Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book 6)

Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book 6)

by Melissa Foster

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Overview

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.

**TOUCHED BY LOVE is a USA TODAY BESTSELLER**

In TOUCHED BY LOVE...

Fiercely independent Janie Jansen has always believed there were worse things in life than being blind, and she's spent her life proving it. She's moved away from her overprotective parents, built a life in New York City, and is one of the top technical editors in her company. That is, until an unfortunate accident turns her life upside down and she's forced to give up the very independence she's worked so hard to achieve.

Firefighter Boyd Hudson pushed past his tragic past and is weeks away from accomplishing his ultimate dream-being accepted into medical school. His intense focus on his goal while working three jobs has taken its toll. With a trail of failed relationships behind him, Boyd is painstakingly aware of his limitations and avoids girlfriends completely-a difficult task given his attraction to one of his co-workers.

When Boyd comes to Janie's rescue, she's forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there's more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn't the only one who needs healing. Boyd's painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.

READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES:

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

REVIEWS:

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" -New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

The Remingtons are part of the Love in Bloom Series, voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business, Moms, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480410
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 05/18/2016
Series: Love in Bloom: The Remingtons Series , #6
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(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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Blaine’s mouth blazed a path up her inner thigh. His hot breath teased over her wet flesh. Kenya fisted her hands in the sheets, dug her heels into the mattress, and rocked her hips, aching for his talented tongue in the place she needed him most. Blaine lifted smoldering dark eyes, a hint of wickedness shining through, as his tongue slicked over his lips. He was a master at seduction, but Kenya didn’t give a shit about seduction. She wanted to be fucked hard. Now. She needed his—

A large hand landed on Janie Jansen’s desk beside her braille device. She nearly jumped out of her skin and nervously yanked out her earbuds. Holy shit. She was supposed to be finishing a technical editing assignment, not listening to the latest hot romance audiobook.

“Nice article in the newsletter this week, Jansen. The Oxford Comma Revolution. Catchy.” Her boss, Clay Bishop, was slightly less arid than a desert, but Janie didn’t mind. He’d hired her to work at Tech Ed Co, or TEC, on a trial basis, and four years later, her respect for him had only grown. He was a fair and equitable boss, and was currently considering her for a promotion.

It was difficult to spice up a weekly column geared toward grammar and editing, but Janie tried. It was just one more step toward the promotion of technical writer she’d been vying for, a nice step up from editor.

“You’re here late. Trouble with the ARKENS handbook?”

“I’m just catching up on a few things. The handbook is almost done.” Well, technically not almost done, but she’d meet the deadline. She had yet to miss one. She loved editing, but she hadn’t set out to be an editor after college. She’d wanted to be a journalist, but that door had closed and she’d tabled her dream and settled for editing. Usually the intensity of her job didn’t get to her, but after weeks of grueling revisions on this particular medical equipment handbook, she’d needed a short mental break. But Clay would never think to take a break. He was all business all the time, even hours after their workday officially ended.

“Perfect. Don’t forget, Monday afternoon we have the peer review of your writing sample. If that goes well, your promotion will be in the hands of the management team. I’m not worried—you’re always on top of your game.”

“Yeah, she is.” Boyd Hudson’s amused voice brought a smile to Janie’s lips.

Boyd consulted at TEC only a few days a month, and though Janie didn’t know him well, he was quippy and flirtatious, bringing a spark of amusement into her otherwise quiet days.

“Hudson,” Clay said dryly. “Okay, well, it’s late, so…”

“See you Monday, Clay.” Janie listened to his retreating footsteps and let out a relieved sigh.

“He almost caught you again, didn’t he?”

She heard the smirk in Boyd’s voice. “He didn’t catch me last time. I was on my lunch break last week. And besides, I was just studying the nuances of the romance genre.”

“If by study you mean getting swept away in the sexy fantasy life of some fictional, ridiculously unattainable hero, then yeah, I’d buy that.”

“Why do you trash the genre when you know it’s my favorite escape?” She began gathering her things to leave for the day.

“Because it’s fun. You’re too smart to be a cliché, Janie. You know that, right? Girl who’s blind whiles away hours of her youth reading romances because her parents are too controlling. Grows up wanting a fictional life that can never exist. Break free from it.” His voice rose with excitement. “Let it go. Romance isn’t real. It’s crap writing about fake people.”

She never should have revealed that tidbit about her parents in the break room last month. They’d been talking about their childhoods, and while others had fun stories of hanging out at the mall, or going on spur-of-the-moment outings with groups of friends, Janie had very few spur-of-the-moment anything to share. Her parents worried about every step she made, questioning her safety and whether this or that location would be difficult for her to navigate without them to hold her hand. They’d been a noose around her neck, and it had often been easier to escape into fictional worlds than to battle for the chance to go out.

“And your sci-fi adventures are more real than romance? Ha!” She hefted her bag over her shoulder. “I bet you’ve never even read a romance.”

“Don’t need to. It’s crap.”

“It’s not crap. I bet I could write a romance that you’d not only read, but love.” Janie turned off her computer and braille device.

“Not unless it’s got a heroine who likes sci-fi, is smarter than me, and is into kinky sex.”

“God, you’re a pig. Fine, sci-fi and kinky sex. It shouldn’t be hard to make her smarter than you.” She lifted her brows with the tease. “But if I write it, you not only have to read every single page of it, but you also have to go to the Romance Writers Festival with me in October and stay all day. Plus,” she added, getting excited about the bet, “you have to buy me every romance book I want for a month.”

He placed Janie’s cane in her hand. “A little greedy, aren’t you?”

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Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
beachy58 More than 1 year ago
Tender love story. Boyd and Janie discover that although different from one another, in that, Janie lives in a world without sight; they are similar due to being hindered by internal fears that could destroy the fragile love that holds them together. Janie's fear is her strong will and commitment to hold onto her independence, not to rely on anyone to help her function in her daily life. Boyd's fear are nightmares from a long ago fire that devastated his family. His guilt that he may have done something to save his parents but failed to do so continues to plague him. That event causes Boyd to make decisions that impacts Janie's sense of independence, as he finds himself caring more and more for her. However, are Boyd's actions deriving out of his fear that he could lose her if she came to harm? Melissa Foster's depiction of the everyday life of a woman without sight was done without a touch of melodrama. I found Janie to be strong, courageous, passionate and beautiful - all characteristics women with or without handicaps possess. Boyd was a true hero, he was attracted to Janie for a long time but didn't let on until he knew she felt the same; along with being handsome, strong, and sensitive to Janie's every want and need, Boyd was giving and willing to put his own life on hold. Touched by Love was a lovely book, written in a different perspective that was done beautifully.
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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 Game of Love (Love in Bloom, #10; The Remingtons, #1) Stroke of Love (Love in Bloom, #11; The Remingtons, #2) Flames of Love (Love in Bloom, #12; The Remingtons, #3) Slope of Love (Love in Bloom, #13; The Remingtons, #4) Read, Write, Love (Love in Bloom, #14; The Remingtons, #5) This is Janie and Boyd’s story. Janie is blind and one night on her way home from work she has a little accident. Boyd helps her out when she gets hurt. The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot. The more time they spend together the more they are drawn to each other. But Boyd has things in his past he is not will to share. Can Janie understand that? Boyd loves Janie but he has had a plan for his future for years that he is following. Can he give up his plan to make Janie not have to move from her friends? Or will he make choices that he should have talked to her about first? Can they find a middle ground to stay together or is this the end of them? 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.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Beyond mind-blowing and heart wrenching story Wow! This story is so unique. I think it is the BEST and most EMOTIONAL book I ever read from Ms. Melissa Foster. It is beyond mind-blowing and heart wrenching story. Though I did not cry (seldom happens) this book will penetrate right to your body and soul. Janie and Boyd love story is exceptionally beautiful. I missed New York City and taking subways while reading this beautiful story. It is mesmerizing. Janie is very inspirational. The strength of hers without her eye sight is beyond unbelievable. This will give us knowledge how a blind person goes on with their daily activities from not seeing things but just touch. Boyd on the other hand is hotness overload yet he has a heart of gold. He is very kind and his patience to help people is very inspiring. He has his own demons that he needs to overcome with the help of Janie. Touched By Love is very fun and very hot to read. You will laugh out loud at the same time fan yourself. Ms. Foster did amazing in this story. Janie and Boyd is one of my favorite couples. Their love story in extra ordinary. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange of my honest review.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
I love stories where friendship turns into love. I also love stories where the protagonist is a strong and independent woman. This book combines the two perfectly! In this story Jamie and Boyd meet and have a great friendship, one that turns into a passionate and intense love. I also really liked how the protagonists are both very normal characters, with flaws of their own. I immediately connected with them and was absolutely Touched By Love! Even though this is book #6 in the series, it can absolutely be read by itself. However I personally recommend that you read all of Melissa Foster’s books. You will soon realize why she is one of my favorite authors!
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
Touched by Love saw me read it in a day, Melissa Foster had me completely and utterly hooked on Janie and Boyd's story. As with all her books I loved this one, but there was just something about this story that compelled me to not put it down. I am glad I read it on my phone as it was with me everywhere! Janie is blind - and that put a whole different perspective on the story and also made this even more of a heartwarming and emotional read. Never have two characters been so perfect for each other than these two, and I dont think I have read a book where the main character is blind. Boyd is a part time firefighter who also works alongside Janie - he has long admired her strength and ability to not allow her disability hinder anything she does. So when he rescues her from falling on the train tracks at the beginning I just knew he was the one for her. Not without his own problems, the two quickly fall for each other the spark, between them making it impossible for them not to! The characters - you will fall in love with and connect with, as you do with all of Melissa Fosters creations. And this one can easily be read as a stand alone, though lets face it you will want to go back and read everything she has ever written! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Janie Jensen, who has learned to navigate the congested streets of New York despite being blind, is a strongly independent woman. Although she is a competent editor and is being considered for a promotion, her greatest desire is to write a romance novel. Boyd Hudson, a consultant at Janie’s workplace, finds Janie after a fall in the subway station. Boyd also works as a firefighter, while his life goal is to become a doctor. He also has unresolved issues surrounding a tragic event in his childhood. On the subway platform, a sizzling romance begins in Touched By Love: The Remingtons, Book Six, Love in Bloom Series by Melissa Foster. Janie’s best friend and next-door neighbor, Kiki, has been her closest companion since elementary school. Boyd’s family and friends are added to the cast of supporters for Janie and Boyd’s growing relationship. Janie and Boyd’s potentially conflicting goals add interesting complications to a future together. Author Melissa Foster has incorporated many substantial components in her novel, Touched By Love. She has competently illustrated how people with visual limitations can succeed in work and city environments. A reader will learn how specific accommodations and a supportive attitude of treating them like sighted people are vitally important. Likewise, the character of Boyd demonstrates how traumatic childhood events can affect a person when these memories are not processed in healthy ways. Ms. Foster writes in a clear, succinct style. This novel is an enjoyable, relaxing read, with a good amount of sizzle!
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Janie is a strong and independent woman, who shares a casual and flirtatious relationship with her coworker Boyd, who puts on a tough playboy pretense. True to the fun nature of their relationship, they make a silly that showcases their secret loves of romance and sci-fi and brings out their chemistry. Janie, who is visually impaired, is involved in a terrifying accident that catapults them together past their casual friendship, as Janie finds herself in a situation that requires her to temporarily be dependent on someone in order to get through daily life activities. Boyd, the protector that he is, has lent himself to be the helper that Janie requires. Their time spent together, surprises them due to their fast growing feelings for each other. Boyd, is a protector to his family and as a firefighter, and Janie is steadfast in maintaining the independence that she has worked so hard to achieve. Their roles are their strengths, but could also hinder their growing relationship. In true Foster fashion, this is a story for anyone who has to choose whether to push past their damaged histories or combine their strengths and allow their relationship to flourish.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Touched by Love has a slew of interesting characters. For starters, Janie is a woman to be admired. It is one thing tome to a big city all on your own; It is another thing to move to a new city that you can never see. I am partial to heroines that have a job that makes English majors look sexy! And, really, who doesn't love a firefighter?! This is a loose continuation of a long running series by Melissa Foster. She has a way of weaving in prior characters without demanding that you have read their own story to understand the novel in your hand. If you are looking for an update on Cash and Sienna Remington's story--This is it! Grab this novel right now to get your fix. I am continuously amazed by the simple fact that Foster maintains the sheer number of story lines straight in each book. Rarely do I find an author that can write such a long running series without a mis-step in the back story.
Jaroslava Beaubien More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me with my promise for a honest review A love story, am a sucker for them, always have been and always will be. This one thought had a angle that I did not think was there. Both her characters were to say the least very interesting. Janie her female character is as strong as they come, but she is blind. Boyd the male character has his own problems to overcome, that stem from a tragedy that happened to him when he was but a child. The Author brought these characters together and wove a magical story of love, discovery and trust that comes with love. I loved this trip through the story that took me from pain loneliness, love and back again through it all.
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
I must admit I am a romance book addict lol. I never thought that would be me but here I am reading 3 or more books a week hehe. So when I got the chance to read Touched by Love by Melissa Foster I couldn't wait! I have read a few of her books and loved every one. Her writing is so smooth, catchy and good. I can never put her books down. Boyd and Janie's love story has its ups and downs but they communicate and love each other above all even with their flaws. Janie may be blind but can see more than most others can see. Boyd is a tough, sexy, fireman, paramedic, and pre-med guy who is full of internal scars along with the physical ones. It takes the both of them together to realize how much they need dependence on each other even if they are completely independent in life. I love their romance and the sexy steamy parts. They are the best kind of lovers. True love conquers all obstacles and this story proves that! I am in love with Melissa Foster's books. Now I have to buy more. I'm addicted! Check out this awesome book!
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
Not very many authors can keep a series going like Melissa Foster can. She keeps the characters fresh and the stories hot and fun. This one is no different and I was very pleased with it. Janie is blind and not looking for love but then Boy comes around. Boyd and Janie both come with a lot of baggage. Janie is very independent and not wanting help but Boyd steps in and insists on helping. It is an emotional read and I loved it a lot.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh Boyd. You melted my heart. I felt like Boyd should be a tough, hard to reach, bad boy fireman. He tried to be but he failed. He is so soft, cuddly, lovable, and needing love that I could not help by fall for him. Touched by Love is his story. Sure Janie is in it, there has to be a woman to fall for, but this book is all about Boyd. This is the story of a boy who lost his parents and took on the roll of mother and father to his siblings. It is the story of a man who has never properly dealt with the loss of his parents. This is the story of a man who will do anything to protect, guide, and love those who are dearest to him. Janie is in need of a rescue and Boyd is in the right place at the right time to rescue her. She pushed him away, he pushes himself closer to her, the tug of war was so fun to watch. I knew it would be equally gratifying for them both when they came to accept they were meant for each other. There was no disappointment when they did finally realize that they had to be together. I was incredibly impressed by the way Janie was portrayed. Being blind could be seen as a handicap but in Melissa Foster’s world it is appreciated and enhances the sense of Janie. She knows her limitations and then says she can surpass them all. She asks for help when she absolutely has to and pushes away help when she knows she can do it on her own. I loved how Janie called people out on treating her differently and expected no special treatment due to her lack of sight. I have read all the Love in Bloom books thus far and always look forward to more. The characters make appearances in each other books but each book is a standalone story. I recommend picking up Boyd and Janie’s story then going back and picking up the rest of this series. They are all amazing. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+** *** THE REMINGTONS are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 6-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, Seaside Summers & The Ryders)
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Lets take a look at this. What exactly do you want from a romance novel? You want some conflict between the couple... Yet you want undeniable chemistry. You want emotional and steamy interactions! Most of all, you want to be a part of a characters story as they overcome their past and open up to each another. Foster delivers this again in Touched by Love. Boyd has suffered great horrifying loss in his past that he must deal with. He lso is so close to achieving a dream he has had. Janie is blind and has worked hard to achieve some independence. An accident brings them together, but the question is will they stop trying to keep the distance between them up, or let go. This is a great read with heartfelt emotions and of course some steamy interactions. Another perfect addition to the Love in Bloom Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet feel good story.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
I've read a LOT of Melissa Foster's books, and this is by far my favorite of her books. The descriptions in this book are amazing, specifically since most of the descriptions are touch or scent based (since Janie is blind). This also made for much much hotter scenes of intimacy, because it's so much easier to immerse yourself in the scene without the visual descriptions. Janie is definitely a very independent woman. She also has a stubborn streak a mile wide, since she's spent her whole life proving to the world that she can do things by herself. Boyd has spent his entire life focusing on one goal, and he doesn't want to give it all up for a woman. A freak accident on the subway makes Janie dependent on other people for a change, and Boyd is happy to come to her rescue (and nurse her back to health). But their lives are moving away from each other at neck breaking speeds, so will they be able to sustain a relationship? Or will their ships pass in the night? This book can be read as a stand alone book, and it seems to have less character crossover than many of Melissa Foster's other works, but I still recommend reading them all! You won't regret it (until you get to the last book and are forced to wait for the next one to come out). I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
While my usual enjoyment of a Melissa Foster novel is the quiet island life or the gorgeous Colorado mountains, Touched by Love is mostly in New York City. I have lived most of my life in New York State but can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to The City. It is busy, bustling and too much for me. I do not mind cities, per se, but do dislike NYC. Janie amazes me with her ability to live in NYC after coming from Peaceful Harbor, Maryland. While she does have a close friend who lives in the apartment next door, she is almost 100% blind and that makes the idea of living in NYC a foreign concept to me. I couldn’t live there and I have sight. The fact that Boyd comes from rural Virginia also has me wondering why these two ended up in a huge metropolitan area. I know the answer to that question now but do not want to giveaway too much of the story. Because of their backgrounds, it is an anomaly that both Janie and Boyd would end up in NYC. Even longer odds are that they would find each other. Foster does a wonderful job, as usual, weaving back story and current events into this book. Pick it up and get hooked on the Love in Bloom Series. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
I adored this story. It was not the first book I've read by this author, and it won't be the last. Janie is an admirable heroine that wants to be independently living in New York City, despite being blind. she relies on her best friend for some guidance occasionally, but for the most part has the city memorized so she can get around. Unfortunately, one night after work, she trips and falls onto the subway platform, injuring herself. Her coworker, the fun and playful Boyd, comes to her rescue and gets her to the hospital. He offers to help her for a few days until she can get around by herself. He's got a bit of a hero thing going in how he is always rescuing her, even when she doesn't need or want it. But she has to swallow her pride when she realizes she can't get around with a crutch and her stick. Boyd has all the yumminess going on... he's a firefighter, occasionally works as a paramedic, and is going to med school. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. This is an author that never disappoints with her unique characters and story lines. I highly recommend this for romance lovers. I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Lawdy, lawdy. I love Melissa. If you follow me, you know how much I love Melissa and her romance stories, but lawdy. Lynchburg Mama says this book is “the one” and I think I have to agree! I loved everything about Touched by Love. I generally read my books and typically don’t say anything to hubby about them. Especially the romance stories. But this one? Oh wow. I had to share some of the sweet moments and some of the dirty moments. I even told him he should pick this one up and read it himself for some pointers! {And I’m not talking about the sexual pointers either!} Boyd is… WOW. His past. Him. His romance. His caring. His. Wow. I love him. {I really do have a thing for firefighters. I grew up with firefighters. Need I say more?} He makes my heart melt. I just love him and his caring ways. Janie… I love Janie. I love everything about her. Her stubbornness. Her independence. Her success. She is the perfect mate for Boyd. There is so much in this book that I can’t share for fear of giving something away, but the little things are what really make me love the entire book… the shirt, the keychain, the dinner date… If you never read a Melissa Foster – past or future – do yourself a favor and at least read this one! You won’t regret it!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
As much as I love Melissa Foster, this book is the ONE (I know, I know, I've said that before...and I'm pretty sure I will say it again as I continue reading her books!!). This book is different in the fact that the woman is the typical "needy" stereotype woman. She is so fiercely independent despite being blind - so much, in fact, that I am envious of Janie. She leaves her comfort zone and tackles life all on her own and even when she's involved in an accident that requires she have help, I love her sense of confidence throughout the entire experience. Her male counterpart in this book, Boyd, is a heartfelt character that I literally wanted to reach inside of the book and hug for days! His tragic life experiences should have made him cold and untouchable but he is full of positivity, encouragement and has a lot of love to give. So much that it almost seems overbearing but it's all a part of who he has become. Janie and Boyd both are like watching a flower open - one little petal at a time until each of them are ready to completely expose themselves to the world. I love the way Melissa infuses love into this storyline. Janie can't see and whether we like to admit it or not, physical appearance is usually the first thing that attracts us to one another, right? All she has to go on his how he treats her, talks to her and a gut instinct. Boyd, on the other hand, has to prove himself worthy of a woman who can't physically see him. He has to open himself up even more to Janie than he would to other women. Their unique vulnerabilities make this book a wonderful read! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
I do not know how Melissa Foster keeps on writing hit after hit. Foster's ability to continue to write books that are not only enjoyable to read but are heartwarming and touching is something far beyond amazing. Melissa Foster does it again with her newest novel Touched by Love which is a beautiful story of two people who are both suffering in different ways brought together by the very touch of love. I loved Janie Jansen as she is such a strong-willed female character and although she may be blind, does not let that hold her back. Fiercely independent, brave, nothing holds her back. After a traumatic accident that leaves her vulnerable, Janie has to rely on her sweet co-worker Boyd Hudson to help her heal. However, the instant the two touch, something sparks between the two of them and they cannot but help be attracted to one another. Melissa Foster has the ability to create the best characters and then throw them into the perfect storyline to create something that is totally unique, beautiful and so eloquently written. I loved the chemistry, the interaction and the very essence of the storyline of Janie and Boyd. Nobody can write contemporary romances like Melissa Foster, she has this gift unlike no other, which makes her the best romance writer today. If you are looking for a great read that is going to touch not only your heart, but your soul as well, Touched by Love is the book for you. Anytime a book has Melissa's name on the cover, you can be guaranteed it is going to be a great read! Foster has done it again with her latest book in the Love in Bloom Series and is definitely a must read.
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
Touched by Love is very heart warming and adorable read. The characters stood out and are memorable. I love how independent and determined Janie is. She doesn't let her blindness stop her, and it's inspiring. Janie is a very strong and brave woman. She faces her problems and fears head on. I absolutely loved Boyd's character. The way he described the surroundings and photographs to Janie made me adore him. One of my favorite lines that Boyd says is, "I'm not romantic or heroic. I'm just a guy trying to make a beautiful woman's day a little brighter." I found it ironic since he's a firefighter and was a paramedic. He also helped Janie after her accident. In my view, he's a heroic guy. Boyd also claims not to be a romantic, yet so many things he says and does for Janie is incredibly sweet. That line made Boyd seem humble and down to earth. Touched by Love left a smile on my face throughout the story. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, heartwarming, sense intensifying read that will bring out the sweet, loving, softer-side of romance. This romance give you a strong, independent, loving, blind heroine in Janie Jansen and a sweet, nurturing, supportive, protective firefighter turned medical student Boyd Hudson. The two have a slow but steady journey with flirty, sweet, conversation and close simple interaction. All of which leads to the bloom of romance between them. The beauty of their romance was sweet. The draw of their interactions was emotional. The bond they created was heartwarming. The journey to love was built over time and had its test and trials. Foster does a beautiful job of showing the love and romance between Janie and Boyd. There is always something true in the words she put on her pages. Each romance give you a sense that true love and deep lasting romance can exists for everyone. **This ARC was provided via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
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JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Even though she is blind, Janie Jansen is fiercely independent. Boyd Hudson is a part-time co-worker, who secretly admires her from afar. When Janie gets injured in the subway, Boyd rearranges his schedule to help her while she recovers. This daily interaction though, draws them closer than either were expecting. I didn’t think I was going to be very interested in this love story. Boy, was I wrong. Janie and Boyd were perfect for each other. With Janie’s strong personality, and Boyd’s broken background, they couldn’t help but be attracted to each other. I loved Boyd’s cheesy lines, and was doing eye rolls along with Janie. This was a special story and Melissa Foster did it justice.