River of Love: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, Book 3 (Unabridged)
by Melissa Foster
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River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He's fast, focussed, 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.
I want to be Braden’s girl!
Faith and Sam.... an unlikely combination. Faith has been burned by a former boyfriend and Sam is known as the town "player". His reputation is well earned but underneath all that "alpha-ness" is a tender heart that has also been bruised and battered.
Faith works for Sam's brother, Cole, and Sam has been warned that she is "hands off". Everyone thinks she is too sweet and innocent for a man like Sam. But Sam is determined to win her over in spite of hers and his friend's and family's objections. He has set his sights on Faith and is willing to become everything she needs him to be in order to show his love for her. Faith struggles to believe that Sam can change and she bounces back and forth in her mind as to whether he truly cares for her or is he just leading her on.
I love Melissa's books and I really enjoyed seeing Sam and Faith's relationship grow and blossom. It was not an easy road for either of them but in the end, it was worth the effort.
The narrator, BJ Harrison, does a great job and has a voice that is very easy to listen to. I would recommend either the print or the audio version without hesitation.
Wow....Sam is such a complex character. In Melissa's books usually the female makes the most changes, but in this book it's the male. I'm so happy about that. I like to see different angles that an author can take. Sam is a ladies man with a reputation to match his wild ways....thats until Faith turns him down for a date. It's not the first time it's happened to Sam, but it doesn't happen often. Sam reevaluated his life to be the man Faith needs. Even when friends and family aren't happy about the coupling, love wins out!
The audio of his book is just amazing. It gives you emotion and you feel like you are right there.
Sam and Faith
As with the rest of this series, BJ Harrison is amazing. The characters are brought to life with the changing tones of his voice, his smooth cadence, and his wonderful reading of River of Love. There were many times that I found myself lost in his voice not paying attention to what else I was doing.
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.