Series: The Bradens and Montgomerys #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Trails of Love
Also by this author: Cape Cod Promises, Tru Blue, 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle 8, Bayside Passions, Driving Whiskey Wild, Bayside Heat, Wicked Whiskey Love, Trails of Love, Mad About Moon, Call Her Mine, Bayside Romance
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.
In EMBRACING HER HEART…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…
~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, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.
THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls). Order of future books is subject to change Embracing Her HeartAnything For LoveTrails of LoveOur Wicked HeartsSearching for LoveWild Crazy HeartsSummer of LoveHot For LoveSweet Sexy HeartsWinter of LoveClaiming Her Heart
**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).
Love in Bloom features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone without any unresolved issues or cliffhangers.
Small town, second chance romance, and sibling bonds form the basis for Embracing her Heart by Melissa Foster. Grace couldn’t wait to leave her small town and that meant leaving Reed, who planned to stay. Their secret high school love ended after graduation when Grace left town. Now, Reed is back, taking over a family business, and Grace is home to do a favor for her sister. Obviously, sparks are still there; but, so are the reasons the relationship didn’t work the first time.
Grace reminded me so much of all the people I know who grew up in a small town! All through high school they plan their escape from their hometown and can’t wait to get away! She goes off, gets her dream job, yet she is finding the life she thought she wanted a bit…meh. Reed had a great life in Michigan…or so he thought. Now he is back home taking over his uncle’s business. He always loved his hometown though, and is enjoying being back. Most of the tension comes from Grace. She is so resistant to moving back to her small, country town. Reed is determined and its hot! I loved that he didn’t let the past pain make him too angry to try to win Grace back.
Overall, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope, small town romance, or big, crazy families you can’t help but love, Embracing her Heart is a perfect pick! It was sweet and realistic with a hero that will have you swooning hard!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: small town, second chance
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- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler