Friday, April 20, 2018

Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) #1) by Melissa Foster #BlogTour #BookReview #giveaway #Romance #TBR @Melissa_Foster #secondchanceatfirstlove #BookLovers #dontmesswithamontgomery #Review #SecondChance

Grace and Reed finally get a second chance at a first love!

The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 1
Melissa Foster
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press

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…

I am a huge fan of the second-chance-at-love trope so I knew I would enjoy this read because honestly there hasn't been a book that Melissa Foster has written that I didn't enjoy. This though, went past what I was expecting with the the second chance at your first love, you know the one that got away, the one you still pine for all those years later. Grace and Reed were meant to be together and their ten year separation was nothing more than a bump in the road.

Grace was a fun character when I first met her in Bad Boys After Dark: Brett which is her best friend Sophie's story (we get to see what is happening with Brett and Sophie in this story as well), so I was looking forward to her finding her HEA. Little did I know at the time that she had already found her one true love while she was a senior in high school.

This was a low angst story which made for more of a fun and steamy read. I'm not saying there isn't any drama because there is, it just that it is worked out rather quickly which I appreciated because Grace and Reed needed to make up for lost time not endure more of it.

As with other books by Melissa Foster, I highly recommend this read especially if you enjoy the second-chance trope. I am really looking forward to seeing how the Braden and the Montgomery families join together in this series. In Embracing Her Heart we meet the Montgomery sisters (and one brother) in the next book Anything For Love we will meet the Bradens' but it's the third book which brings both families together Trails of Love where Graham Braden and Morgyn Montgomery get their HEA 

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About the Author:

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–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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  1. Squeee! I'm so happy Reed and Grace surpassed all of your expectations! An amazing review from a wonderful woman XOXO