Prolific romance writer, Melissa Foster, has released her 13th book in the award-winning The Bradens series, but this one is Book #1 in the Peaceful Harbor spin-off, featuring more delicious Bradens. Read on for my 5-star review, and find out how you can win a Love in Bloom/Bradens Series Ebook of your choosing!
Healed By Love
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor # 1 (The Bradens #13)
by Melissa Foster
Publication Date: June 11th, 2015
World Literary Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3
After eight years in the military, Nate Braden returns to Peaceful Harbor with his heart full of love for his best friend’s little sister, and his conscience laden with his best friend’s death. Everyone prods him to finally open up to Jewel, but he can’t claim her until she hears facts he’s kept from her for two years.
Jewel has stopped living for herself ever since losing both her father and her older brother. Her life resembles more that of a soccer mom than a twenty-two year old girl. And men are just not relevant. Apart from Nate Braden. His kisses make her feel that there is beauty in this world. But if mixed signals are frustrating, Nate’s can drive her up the wall. Why can’t he make up his mind? Will she always be his best friend’s off-limits little sister or the love of his life?
To me, Melissa Foster’s writing has a unique feature. It’s no-frills simple yet very effective when it comes to portraying characters. Nate and Jewel truly stand out even though their story is not highly original or extraordinarily complex. Connecting with both protagonists is effortless as their deep need is spelled out, and they even express it to each other, sparing us the unnecessary angst. There’s beauty is such simplicity.
What’s more, you can’t not fall in love with Nate. He’s so solid, ready to be there for Jewel, any way she’ll take him. Sexy, reliable and oh so frustrating. Jewel’s shattered life is heart-rending, and the pattern she follows, trying to raise her siblings in the way she sees fit is what earned this book the extra fifth star. It was very interesting and made Jewel a heroine that could stand her ground in a women’s fiction book.
And then there are the kisses. While the sex scenes are loaded, I didn’t so much care for them as I did for the kissing. Nate and Jewel kiss a lot, and it’s so sweet and hot at the same time, I kept reading on for the next kiss scene. Bone-melting kissing.
Healed by Love is a beautiful and honest story that I think will find many fans.
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The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, & Seaside Summers, (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK).
Fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love.
Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.
About the Author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.