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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

Embracing Her Heart took my breathe away.

This beautiful story begins with Grace Montgomery returning home from New York to teach a screenwriting class at her sister Amber’s bookstore. While she is home her parents porch is being rebuilt by her secret high school boyfriend Reed Cross, who has also just returned to town. Grace is angered by running into Reed and wants nothing to do with him. But a chance meeting at a group event allows them to at least talk about their past. And what a past it turns out to be. Melissa Foster’s characters truly capture your heart. I felt like a participant rather than reading a story. Reed and Grace follow their hearts and the journey is full of twists and turns. I found myself with tears falling down my cheeks as I read Ms. Foster’s touching words. I am so looking forward to the characters and books in this Braden’s & Montgomery series.

Sweet second chances

This was a truly enjoyable book! Grace is a sassy character. She fled Oak Falls at 18 thinking she didn’t want country life but rather big city theater. She broke things off with her high school sweetheart, Reed, who went to a rival HS. 10 years later, stars align and these two are forced together. She of course sasses him from the minute she sees him. Reed was definitely an alpha male personality, but boy did he have some serious sweet romantic bones in his body! The things he did for his “Gracie”. They were swoon worthy!!! Grace’s sisters are hysterical in this story. They kept her on her toes. I loved that Reed gave her the ultimatum of friends or lovers. But they would not be enemies. He called her out and made her listen and face the past. He was willing to be either, as long as she was in his life somehow. Grace finally met her match and in her three weeks at home, learned that she really needed to be a country girl.

Has the curtain fallen on Grace and Reed?

Grace Montgomery, famed NYC theater producer, finally took a break and is visiting her family in Oak Falls. The last person she expects to see is Reed Cross. Grace and Reed had a forbidden romance in high school since they were from rival high schools and Grace broke up their relationship to pursue her theater dreams. In the years since Grace has become an incredible producer in NYC and Reed actually worked in Michigan restoring old homes until a falling out with his business partner caused him to return to his hometown as well. Now that Grace and Reed are back in the same town for the first time in years, are the sparks that flew crazy, but secretly, before still there? Read this incredible beginning to the Montgomery and Bradens of Pleasant Hill/ Oak Falls and find our whether the curtain truly has fallen on the relationship between Grace and Reed or whether their relationship will be restored just like the theater Reed has purchased. You will not be disappointed in this newest Love in Bloom novel by Melissa Foster, as always a hit - you will not be disappointed!

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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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