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Claimed by Love

Book 2, Love in Bloom: The Ryders - Duke Ryder

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"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

Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

The RYDERS are the newest addition to the Love in Bloom series. Each book may be read as a standalone novel, or as part of the series.

*** MORE RYDERS coming soon!

Seized by Love (Blue) - Available!

Chased by Love (Trish)

Swept Into Love (Gage)

Rescued by Love (Jake)

Full LOVE IN BLOOM series:

THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)


", loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births 
and totally awesome characters." --Supportive Business Moms, UK 

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, 
sexy, romantic stories." Kimberly Winning, avid reader 

"Foster's tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul-searing journey." -- Readers' Favorite (on Lovers at Heart) 

"Contemporary romance at its hottest. Each Braden sibling left me craving the next. Sensual, sexy, and satisfying, the Braden series is a captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life." -- Bestselling author, Keri Nola, Psychotherapist (on The Bradens) 

"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." -- Midwest Book Review (on Lovers at Heart)


Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. All Melissa's books may be read as stand-alone novels. They're perfect beach reads featuring alpha male heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

Customer Reviews

A Must Read. Love Melissa Foster's books

I love this whole series of books. I was introduced to Duke Ryder in previous books but we only got to know the business side of him and his love of family. Wow, Duke Ryder was so much more than I expected and I loved every bit of his character. He is working a deal to purchase a small island off of South Carolina. Gabriella is both an attorney and the granddaughter of the islands owner and is tasked with showing Duke around. While she knows in her head they need investors on the island, her heart does not want to see things change.

Gabriella fights her attraction to Duke as her feelings for the island and the business deal are filled with conflict. But Duke is persistent and is truly falling for her so promises he won't hurt her or the island. There is also conflict between Duke and his partners, Pierce and Emily Braden.

This book kept me wondering what would happen next. Would Gabriella be able to get beyond her feelings for the island? You will have to read this wonderful book to see what Duke is capable of.

Kudos to Melissa Foster and her captivating writing style.


Once again Melissa writes a beautiful love story. This one is with Duke Ruder,a real estate investor, and Gabriella, an attorney. Duke arrives on Elpitha Island, an island that he and his partner are thinking of investing in to try to save. It turns out that Gabriella is the granddaughter of the man who owns the island. Gabriella is from a Greek/Southern family who are very passionate people. She does not want city men coming in and destroying the island that she loves with her whole being.
After spending the day with Gabriella, Duke starts to see the island through her eyes. Let's not forget about the Sparks! There are so many sparks between the two of them that you could light the island! Duke has never felt this way about a woman before and Gabriella ha a few trust issues as well. Gabriella does not want the island to change, but Duke knows something needs to change just to save the Island. Can he help Gabriella's family while saving the island? Does Gabriella trust him enough to try? The way she told this story was incredible. From the family interactions ( think my Big Fat Greek Wedding) to the love story between Duke and Gabriella, you will not be disappointed.

Sexy Read!

Gabriella grew up on a beautiful island off the coast of the Carolinas. Duke is a developer who is coming to the island to rebuild and bring in revenue. Gabriella doesn't want to see her beloved island become a Vegas type destination. When she's giving Duke a tour of the island, he falls in love with the simplicity of life there...and with Gabriella. He promises her that he will do everything he can to keep the island the way she loves it. But can she believe that he can do that and not lose his vision for the island as well?

Duke is a strong, sensitive fascinating man. He really tugged at my heart strings as do all Ryders! This is a fantastic addition to the series and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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Claimed by Love
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Mar 23, 2016
  • Publisher: World Literary Press
  • Seller: World Literary Press, LLC
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Love in Bloom: The Ryders
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