River of Love (Bradens at Peaceful Harbor Series)

River of Love (Bradens at Peaceful Harbor Series)

by Melissa Foster


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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.


The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the LOVE IN BLOOM family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, Seaside Summers, and The Ryders. (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK).


River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He's fast, focused, and determined--and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She's also put what she's learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss's sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn't want, and she's determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn't have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it's Faith who's left with something to prove.


SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire, Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play, Promise My Love, Our New Love, Story of Love, Daring Her Love, A Very Braden Christmas

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love, Love at Last

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love, Surrender My Love, River of Love, Crushing on Love, Whisper of Love, Thrill of Love

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) Embracing Her Heart, Anything for Love, Trails of Love – Wild, Crazy Heart, Making You Mine, Searching for Love

THE REMINGTONS: Game of Love, Stroke of Love, Flames of Love, Slope of Love, Read, Write, Love, Touched by Love

SEASIDE SUMMERS: Seaside Dreams, Seaside Hearts, Seaside Sunsets, Seaside Secrets, Seaside Nights, Seaside Embrace, Seaside Lovers, Seaside Whispers

BAYSIDE SUMMERS: Bayside Desires, Bayside Passions, Bayside Heat, Bayside Escape, Coming Soon: Bayside Fantasies and Bayside Romance

THE RYDERS: Seized by Love, Claimed by Love, Chased by Love. Rescued by Love, Swept into Love

TRU BLUE & THE WHISKEYS: Tru Blue, Truly, Madly, Whiskey, Driving Whiskey Wild, Wicked Whiskey Love, Mad about Moon

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS: Catching Cassidy, Discovering Delilah, Tempting Tristan, Coming Soon: Chasing Charley, Breaking Brandon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480311
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 04/20/2016
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD Series , #3
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 500,552
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented--perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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A MAN COULD take a wedding for only so long before he drank too much booze or left with a warm, willing woman to wash away all that purity. Sam Braden stood with a drink in one hand and a greedy itch in the other, debating doing both.

“I’ll take the redhead if you want the brunette.” Ty, his youngest brother, lifted his chin in the direction of the bar. In addition to being a world-renowned mountain climber and photographer, Ty was also Sam’s carousing partner. “Unless you’re double-dipping tonight, in which case I’ll go for one of the Staley sisters.”

Sam scoffed. Been there, done them.

He spotted two blondes slinking across the dance floor toward them. He’d hooked up with the one who was currently eye-fucking him last month, and the redhead Ty had been ogling moments ago had joined them in their hot, sweaty romp. His gaze shifted to the sexy brunette standing by the bar looking like she wanted to jump over it and hide behind it but she couldn’t quite figure out how. Faith Hayes. He’d been trying not to look at Faith all night, but he was losing that battle. Faith worked in Sam’s brother Cole’s medical practice. She was sweet, and good, and smart, and… Sam should not be thinking about laying her on the bar and doing dirty things to her gorgeous body.

No. He definitely should not.

Every time he looked at her, every time he thought of her—which was every damn day—that feeling of wanting more than a few quick hookups resurfaced. He not only wanted to lay her down on the bar, but he wanted to take her home. That was bizarre, too, since as a rule Sam never took any woman to his cabin. But half his visits with Cole at his office were merely made-up opportunities to get a glimpse of Faith. He didn’t fully understand his fascination with her, considering he usually preferred the kind of woman who wanted to jump him and damn well knew how, but there was no denying the stirring inside him every time she was near. He forced himself to look away and focused on the dance floor, where Cole, their eldest brother, danced with his new wife, Leesa, and just beyond, their younger brother Nate and his fiancée, Jewel, were gazing into each other’s eyes. Weren’t they always? Sam used to get hives just thinking about being tied down—unless, of course, it was to a bed. But he couldn’t deny how happy his brothers seemed since they’d fallen in love, and lately he’d begun feeling as if he were missing out on something.

The tall blonde sidled up to Sam, blocking his view of Faith and blinking flirtatiously, while her friend joined Ty. “You boys look lonely.”

“Ladies,” Sam said smoothly, bringing his attention back to the pretty girls who definitely knew how to use their bodies for the good of mankind.

“Care to dance?” she asked, and like a puppy with a bone, Sam followed her out to the dance floor.

Music and dancing ranked right up there with white-water rafting in Sam’s book. As the owner of Rough Riders, a rafting and adventure company, he rarely slowed down, but a strong beat calmed his internal restlessness. And Sam was always a little restless.

The blonde moved sensuously in his arms, reminding him of all the reasons a woman should win out over booze tonight. On that thought, his eyes drifted back to Faith, still standing by the bar, holding a drink he’d bet was soda, and nervously running her finger up the side of the glass as she…watched him? Sam’s lips curved up and Faith’s gaze skittered away. She became adorably flustered whenever he visited Cole at the office, and though he probably shouldn’t, Sam got a kick out of flirting with her.

Cole stepped into his line of sight, blocking his view of Faith and casting a threatening look at Sam, sending the message, Don’t even think about it.

There were no two ways about it, Sam loved women and everyone around him knew it.

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River Of Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of second chances. I never regret reading a Melissa Foster book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Sam is my new favorite. Would love a series about the Whiskey family, they peeked my interest. I can see great stories about them in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam and Faith's store, is amazing. But he's mine and she can't have him any more. Melissa outdid herself on this one. I loved the story it was just so real. Marianne Mitchell
Anonymous 8 months ago
you will love how romantic Sam really is. It is so sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is to much. She needs a psychiatrist and her best friend..... not sure what would help. Not into the whole "we are victims " theme. I made it in about 125 pages and the tone of the book never changed. He's sorry for who he was and she is scared and controlled by her friend. I am normally a huge fan of Mellissa Foster books, but this missed the mark completely. It needed stronger characters.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
River of Love by Melissa Foster I loved the characters in this book almost as much as they learned to love each other. Sam has been a ladies man since being dumped in high school so when he falls for Faith, he falls hard. But Faith has also had a rough history and has trouble trusting his sincerity. It was apparent from early on that these two were going to get an HEA, so it was really just good fun to sit back and watch it happen. This is my first read by Melissa Foster and it seemed odd to begin in the middle of several series, but it had no effect on my enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was almost sickening sweet. I liked it anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great love story
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
River of Love is book #34 in the Love in Bloom series and is book #3 in the Bradens at Peaceful Harbor series but can be read as a standalone. Another great book from Melissa as always and another Braden bites the dust! Faith Hayes is fairly new to Peaceful Harbor and loves her job as a physician assistant. She tends to be very cautious and calculating when it comes to men since her previous boyfriend cheated on her which led her to create an organization, Woman Against Cheaters (WAC). She is at her boss Cole Braden’s wedding when she comes face to face with Sam Braden a notorious player around town. Sam Braden owns Rough Riders and adventure- based company and loves everything outdoorsy. His personal life is just as wild as any adventure he could take you on. He’s never had any qualms about his love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle. That is until he met Faith. His brother Cole has already warned him not to go after her. Sam is exactly the type of man Faith is trying to avoid and she is convinced that he will cheat on her and hurt her. How far will Sam have to go to gain Faith’s trust and can he break down her walls so she can get to know the real Sam? Can Sam prove that he’s change and can be the man she deserves? **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. Before reading this story please read the below books first Healed By Love (Love in Bloom; The Bradens, #13) Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom; The Bradens, #14) This is Faith and Sam’s story. Faith was cheated on by her last boyfriend and now in her free time she runs a forum for women who were cheated on. Sam love woman and does not make a secret of it. When he sets his site on Faith she keeps pushing him away. Faith does not need another playboy who is going to cheat on her. The more time she spends with Sam the more she falls for him but can she really trust him? Sam realizes that he not only has to prove to Faith he serious he has to prove it to everyone. With the way he was in the past it makes it harder to prove he has changed. Can Faith give Sam a chance to prove he is a great guy? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that the next Love in Bloom: The Remingtons will be better than this one, the first about this family. It was difficult to read. I am not sure why, but not to my liking. I took a few days before writing this review and going on to the next one giving it some thought. LA-TXN
TheUltimateFanBlog More than 1 year ago
I literally just finished reading Sam and Faith's story. As usual, no complaints and I loved it! Any time I get to spend with a Braden is time well spent. I know I'll never be disappointed but will always be surprised. Sam Braden has the reputation of being a player. He's always thoughful and even a gentleman, but he's a player nonetheless. When it comes to wooing Faith though, Sam has to put his best foot forward. His past is getting in the way and leaving Faith a little less than enthusiastic about being pursued by Sam. He's always had a thing for her, and vice versa, but Faith never thought it would be possible that he would be interested in her. Faith works as a physician's assistant in Cole's office. Cole is Sam's brother and has warned him not to play around with his employee. He doesn't think things will end well. Sam is intent on proving everyone wrong and winning Faith's trust. Sam's tactics at winning Faith's attention had me swooning in my chair! I loved his imagination and found myself cheering him on! River of Love is a truly heartfelt story. I loved every minute of it and know that other readers will too!
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I am sure I have mentioned before how much I love Melissa Foster's books but I will mention it again just as a little reminder. When I read I am doing so to get away from my everyday life of stress and parenting. It is my me time and a time to relax. Reading steamy books is just an awesome way for me to get away. This is a great read. Sam runs a river rafting company and end up meeting a girl whom his brother told him to stay away from. Faith works for his brother and has been through horrible relationships in her past. Sam will have to prove her is worthy of her but can he? It was another one that sucked me right in and I finished it quickly.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster has reconfirmed why she is one of my favorite authors! This is a love story for the true romantic at heart! Faith and Sam were absolutely meant for one another and their love shows it! Both of them found themselves with broken hearts and I loved how they helped each other heal. This was a book that I absolutely did not want to put down. This great love story had me in tears and at the same time that I was smiling. This is a book that you must read and like all of Melissa Foster’s books I absolutely recommend it.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of a kind I enjoyed reading Sam and Faith's love story. Sam known to be a womanizer in the past and Faith is careful not to be a part of his charms. This book is one of a kind. It is funny. I giggled many times. It keeps you breathless. The connection of these two is undeniable. Despite Faith holding up her feelings, her body cannot resist Sam's charm. This guy will do anything extra ordinary to make Faith believes that he is different and will treat her perfectly as she wants to be treated. The story is so sweet, inspirational and will make you fall in-love again. Ms. Melissa Foster will blown your mind away in this book River Of Love. I loved this book so much. The story is different and unique. I highly recommends it to everybody who wants to read amazing book from this author. Disclosure: I received the e-book copy in exchange of my honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Just the thought of The Braden’s bring butterflies to my stomach. I can hardly wait to read each new book as Melissa Foster releases them. This is The Braden’s at Peaceful Harbor, which are the cousins of the other Braden’s in the Love in Bloom Series. This is the first book in this series that I felt a connection to the woman character before I fell for the man. While Sam Braden is amazing, Faith was even more amazing. She was hurt, badly, yet she stepped out of all her comfort zones and became a better, strong, and more sufficient woman. Her life could have go the other way and she could have wallowed and lost her way yet she not only made something of herself she helped so many others become better people too. I believe she made Sam a much better person just by being around him. Sam is of course wonderful. He also has been hurt, yet he acts out and becomes a person that he doesn’t always like so much. The best part is the romantic part of him Sam. I believe this a part that he didn’t know existed within him and when it comes out he becomes the best man he can be. When faced with hard work and a challenge he steps up and conquers it. Of course, I love Sam and Faith. I recommend this book. It is part of a series, but Melissa’s Love in Bloom series each book can be read as a standalone. If read in order they are even better since you will be more familiar with the characters and settings. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful couple created by Melissa Foster, I loved Sam and Faith from the first page. He is handsome and womanizer, she is sweet, shy, smart. Sam is really sexy and has never had a serious relationship. Faith has been betrayed in the past and doesn't trust men. They are not the ideal couple but the attraction between them is very strong. Faith works in the study of Cole, Sam's brother. It 's very difficult for her to avoid meeting him. Sam feels that she is different from all other women and has finally decided to engage seriously. But he will have to convince Faith and will not be easy. Although it is the third book in the series can be read as a stand alone, but once you read the first book is very easy to want to read the others. It 's a romantic and very passionate story, the ideal reading for lovers of romance
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
River of Love reminds me of every small town story. There is always a guy or girl with a bad reputation, that maybe they deserve (or maybe they don't) that wants to be seen for who they really are. Sam Braden is the bad boy of Peaceful Harbor. He has watched his brothers fall head over heals in love and stubbornly refused to let that happen to him... But... Along comes Faith. Faith is the perfect name for her! She has been burned in the past and is weary to try out love again. Bad boy Sam sets his sights on her, the forbidden fruit that she is. I really liked watching it play out and even found myself rooting for the bad boy!
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
So it seems we all have baggage from our past. Sam and Faith are no exception. Sam is well-known as a player when it comes to women. I guess you can say until he meets Faith. The thing is... Faith flat-out does not trust men. Due to her past experience with cheating boyfriend, Faith is convinced Sam will be the same and hurt her in the end. Sam has to overcome his previous reputation to win her heart, Faith must overcome her distrust and a little something that pops up from her past. The characters interaction is a challenging journey, and of course is a bit spicy. Melissa Foster continues to present her readers with a new couple that must overcome hurdles to see what could lie ahead. This is another spectacular addition to the Braden Series. Each in the series can be read alone, but put them all together AND... well I sure wish I was a part of this family!!!
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
River of Love is book 3 The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor and could Sam be any hotter!! Ok who am I kidding all the men in Melissa Fosters book are just hot, hot, hot. Oh my god how does this woman do it? Sam Braden is one of those guys who doesn't do relationships - or rather he does't do them as he hasn't found the right woman so naturally he has a reputation of being a bit of player. At his brother Cole's wedding he set his sights on Faith, who works with Cole. Cole has warned Sam not to mess with Faith but he cant shake the feeling that he wants to be with her. Faith alongside working with Cole also runs WAC - Woman Against Cheaters, which she set up after being cheated on herself as a way to help other women in the same situation and she has already judged Sam before the see the guy he really is, that is until he convinces her to go on a date with him. He works hard to prove he is done with the playboy days and she comes around to him, they are such a great couple together and the chemistry is just amazing how he gets her, but when someone from the past shows up and jeopardises what they have, I totally wasn't expecting that!! Most books have the wee twist but I didn't really see this one I was just so engrossed in Sam and Faith that I guess I missed the connection. I actually thought that her BFF Vivian was going to have something revealed as I really didn't like her = but then she was just being a true friend to Faith, so will let her off! This is yet another outstanding book from Melissa Foster, again one that can be read as a stand alone but you will not settle for just reading this book - you connect with each and every single character that you will want to go back and read about them, and you will be patiently waiting for the next one to come out! 5 Hot Braden Stars
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Melissa breaks the love mold again with Sam and Faith. By their very nature, they shouldn't be attracted to one another yet they find that staying away from one another is easier said that done. These two characters have so much depth to who they are that I was incredibly impressed! Sam is your typical player - he could blink and have women fall over at his feet - he's that sexy and charismatic! But what tugged at my heart strings was the fact that Sam was open to discussing his feelings. There is nothing sexier than a man who can be so strong and open in every aspect of his life! Faith was guarded and your typical good girl. She was completely anti-player and used her support group, Women Against Cheaters (WAC) as a crutch. I was surprised that she even decided to give Sam a chance but that is when I took it to heart that when people click, they can't help the draw to one another. Their weaknesses turn out to be the very things that work for them! After reading this one, I had to sit down and have one of those deep, soulful cries. I realized how we go through stages in our lives. At first, we come across as being selfish but we are young at this stage and simply trying to find who we are. We get to enter the second stage when we stop letting everyone else decide who we are based on their perceptions. In order to learn, we actually have to live and I think that Sam did just that. Faith happened to be one of the lessons for her ex but she took a lot from it so she could be ready for the time that Sam entered her life. I'll admit, I'm a little biased when it comes to Melissa because I love everything of hers that I've ever put my hands on but she shocked me with this one! You won't be let down with "just another romance" book on this one! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I got the chance to read River of Love by Melissa Foster and I loved it! Sam and Faith's love is the kind of love we all dream of. The perfect balance of sweet, sexy, and naughty. It's a dream of a lot of woman to turn the bad boy player guy to the perfect monogamous boyfriend. I love how they kept each other in check and were each other's weakness like a puzzle piece, ying and yang opposites. Apparently opposites do attract. Faith the smart, good girl who's been hurt and Sam, the wild risk taker, playboy who's also been hurt. I mean what is not to love. I couldn't put this book down I read it in less than 24 hours it was sooo good. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance love story. It's definitely HOT!! So get it today you will be glad you did! Check out other books in this awesome book tour and enter for your chance to win these great books, it will end June 1st so enter today.
IrishDaisy More than 1 year ago
Sam Braden the town's playboy seems to have finally found a girl who doesn't fall at his feet and I loved it!!! Faith is a nurse and is shy but that is due to being hurt in the past, so you can understand her reluctance when it comes to Sam. I loved these two characters and being a massive Melissa Foster fan I love how she tells the story of her hero/heroine. It appears like a game od cat and mouse between Sam and Faith as Sam tries to tell Faith his reputation isn't as bad as it seems and most of it is a front, one that he is trying to protect his heart. As these two characters get to know each other better, it begins a process of two healing hearts and the passion soon takes over. I loved this book, another 5***** read by Melissa Foster