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Embracing Her Heart

Book 1, The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls)

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"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence.

Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

**Please note that future books in the original Montgomery series are crossing over to the Bradens at Pleasant Hill, and for this reason I have combined the series into THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls).

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls). Order of future books is subject to change.
Embracing Her Heart
Anything For Love
Trails of Love
Our Wicked Hearts
Searching for Love
Wild Crazy Hearts
Summer of Love
Hot For Love
Sweet Sexy Hearts
Winter of Love
Claiming Her Heart


The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series. Love in Bloom contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Read the complete Love in Bloom series:

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD)

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 13, 2018 – Love is sweeter the second time around in the emotional first Love in Bloom contemporary from bestseller Foster. Ten years ago, high school sweethearts Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross broke up their secret romance when they left Oak Falls, Va., to pursue different career paths. Grace is now a successful off-Broadway producer who's temporarily back in Oak Falls to teach a screenplay writing class. The last person she expects to run into is gorgeous Reed, and neither is prepared for their immediate sexual attraction. Grace and Reed are an irresistible cocktail of hotter-than-hot sex and tender vulnerability, and Grace's close-knit family and community give the story both hilarity and heart. There isn't much conflict to test or strengthen the romance, but the sheer depth of Grace and Reed's love will leave readers feeling utterly sated. (BookLife)

Customer Reviews

Reed and Grace

I read and reviewed the book first, then had the chance to listen to the audio. The audio is SO good! Narrated by both Andi Arndt and Sebastian York, the audio storytelling just went up a notch! It was so nice having a male voice for Reed and a female voice for Grace! If you get the chance, you should definitely listen to this one.

This is my book review: Do you remember high school? The rivalries? Such an intense time, those teenage years. That’s when Reed and Grace first got together, and with their schools being such heated rivals, they kept their relationship secret (well, mostly). Now, years later, Grace is home for a three- week visit, and Reed is home for good. Life took them in different directions, but now they’re back – and better than ever. But can they make it last this time? Will long distance really work? Will life get in the way, again?!

Melissa Foster writes good characters and interesting families. There’s heat, sibling shenanigans, secrets, and fun. I’m looking forward to what comes next! In the meantime, Grace and Reed have a story to tell, so get to reading it!

Second Chance Romance

Embracing Her Heart is deliciously wonderful second chance romance story that will have you smiling and laughing. Grace Montgomery is back home at Oak Hill, Virginia to help her sister Amber at her bookstore by hosting a playwriting course for the next three weeks. Grace has been working in New York City writing and producing plays. She was “Living the Dream” but it no longer excited her as it did in the beginning. Grace is abruptly awakened by her sisters Brindle and Sable to head off to Hottie Hill in the time honored sister ritual of checking out the Jericho brothers alongside others when they’d break in horses before dawn. They had been doing this since their teens as the guys did this shirtless. Yep! A bevy of shirtless men. Imagine her surprise when she recognized the hot man on a wild horse as her first “everything” Reed Cross. The Montgomery sisters are a riot. The parents as well. Reed Cross was... amazing. Even her friend Sophie Roberts (from Billionaires After Dark) makes an appearance. I really loved this story. It’s the perfect introduction to this new series.

An amazing emotional read!!!

What an amazing story of love, healing, and happily ever afters!!!

I loved Reed and Grace. After a rocky past, when they reunite they just click. There’s not a whole lot of drama that goes with this story, but just enough. I love the small town vibe of the story, and how when someone thinks they’ve got a “secret”, you can guarantee most of the town knows lol. A wonderfully written story that is a must read!!

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Embracing Her Heart
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Apr 17, 2018
  • Publisher: World Literary Press
  • Seller: World Literary Press, LLC
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls)
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