River of Love
Book 15, Love in Bloom: The Bradens - Sam Braden (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor)
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The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series.
"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!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
In RIVER OF LOVE...
River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He's fast, focused, 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.
WANT MORE BRADENS? All Braden books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series:
THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD)
Healed by Love (Nate)
Surrender My Love (Cole)
River of Love (Sam)
More Coming Soon!
Crushing on Love (Shannon)
Whisper of Love (Tempest)
Thrill of Love (Ty)
The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Read the complete Love in Bloom series:
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
THE BRADENS (Weston, CO)
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)
THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO)
Taken by Love (Luke)
Fated for Love (Wes)
Romancing My Love (Pierce)
Flirting with Love (Ross)
Dreaming of Love (Emily)
Crashing into Love (Jake)
THE BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS
Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella)
**Best if read after Weston & Trusty Bradens**
Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)
Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)
Seized by Love (Blue)
Claimed by Love (Duke)
Chased by Love (Trish)
Rescued by Love (Jake)
Swept Into Love (Gage)
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"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning
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.
Another hot, sexy read set in the wonderful town of Peaceful Harbor. Honestly, I struggled to get started with this book, having trouble relating to the heroine and her struggles and concerns with Sam at the beginning, but as the story progressed, I became invested in Faith and Sam and their relationship.
Sam is perhaps one of the more complex characters I've read from Melissa Foster. He's alpha male, through and through, but has incredible insight into his own past behaviors. He's also a rare alpha-male that not only owns his feelings, but is comfortable talking about them. He actually wants to talk about his feelings. And that's exactly what Faith needs.
I think my biggest struggle at the beginning was that I wasn't feeling Faith's pain to the depth or extent that she did, so the creation of WAC felt like an over-reaction. But over time, I began to feel her pain and understood more where she was coming from. And being an internet and web-forum junkie, I get exactly how relationships can build online and be a real as ones that grew in person.
I was completely blind-sided (in a good way) by the event that challenges Faith and Sam's relationship, but really liked how Faith and Sam dealt with it and questioned themselves, as well as each other. It gave each of them an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection and an opportunity to see if their relationship could withstand the potential struggles they faced.
I love the entire Braden family and got an opportunity to catch up with some favorite members in this book. I look forward to coming back to Peaceful Harbor and checking in with the Bradens and some of the other characters the author has been introducing and endearing to the reader.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sam Braden is a changed (and smitten) man!
Can Sam overcome his reputation? Is Sam just going against his brother to go after Faith? These are some of the questions confronted by both Sam and Faith in River of Love. Sam has fallen for Faith and has to work hard (which is not his normal MO), to make sure Faith knows his lightbulb went off and she is it for him. Sam wants to make sure Faith understands how important she is to him by showing her "firsts" with a woman - first motorcycle ride and first time at his bar. The strength of family is truly shown in this book as Sam shows how much he respects his brother by ensuring Cole finds out about the two of them from Sam, because as we all know the only reason Sam visited his brothers office was to see Sam. Sam is a changed man and getting over his reputation is difficult but he slowly breaks down the walls erected by Faith one piece at a time - those places no woman has been before and by showing he is truly a good guy and what you see is what you get. You will fall in love with the tenacity and care Sam shows in making Faith see he is the one for her.
What can I say about Sam and Faith? Holy hot tamales. Faith works for Cole, Sam’s brother. He comes into the office frequently to be able to see her, but is too blind to realize why he does it. Faith doesn’t see herself as worthy of his attention, so she admires him from afar.
Faith is involved with Women Against Cheaters group, and at first her bitter, best friend Vivian seriously got on my nerves. Having been cheated on, she was so sure that Sam would cheat on Faith, that she made Faith feel like a heel for being attracted to Sam in the first place. Sam had to fight not just the battle with Faith for a date, but he also had to battle with Vivian. I really didn’t like her at first, but she grows on you.
Sam is determined to show Faith that she isn’t another conquest and spends his time trying to convince her to give into one date with him. The rooftop dinner was so beautiful and romantic, it finally breaks through her defenses. When Sam and Faith finally connect, he is so cautious with and makes her feel like his whole world. Be sure to pick up River of Love and find out the rest of Sam and Faith’s story!
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Apr 20, 2016
- Publisher: World Literary Press
- Seller: World Literary Press, LLC
- Print Length: 300 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 15, Love in Bloom: The Bradens