ARC Review + Giveaway: River of Love by Melissa Foster

Posted May 2, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 9 Comments

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ARC Review + Giveaway: River of Love by Melissa Foster
River of Love
by Melissa Foster

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 20th 2016
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens #15
Published by EverAfter Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
 

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“The romance is so strong in this book that I think readers will have a tough time NOT falling in love with these characters.”
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RIVER OF LOVE is the first book of Melissa Foster’s that I read without a co-author. I actually discovered her writing though Bella Andre and have been meaning to read more of her work since. Even though this is technically book fifteen in the Love in Bloom: The Bradens series, I found that I could easily slip into this world that Foster has created. As you can expect, there’s quite a big cast of characters as it revolves around a family and their friends but Foster still doesn’t allow that to overshadow the romance.

And oh, what a romance it is. Our heroine, Faith Hayes, is against all men since she was cheated on. The bad breakup was so severe that she even started an organization that supports women who have been cheated on. So it’s quite interesting that Foster paired Faith up with the love em and leave em type of Sam Braden.

Sam has a reputation of a womanizer and at first, I wondered if this was going to be one of “those” books. The one where the heroine gets falls foolishly in love with the bad boy hero and gets her heart broken. Thankfully, it wasn’t like that at all and Sam actually turned out to be quite the catch.

Foster gives so much depth to Sam’s character that you’re helpless but to fall in love with him. I can totally understand Faith’s uncertainty and mistrust concerning men after what she went through but Sam is honestly such a good boy that it’s hard not to care. His persistence and honesty is not only endearing but it made me melt countless times throughout the story. The romance is so strong in this book that I think readers will have a tough time NOT falling in love with these characters.

With fifteen books in the series already, you may balk but I’m actually really excited. I’ve found a new author and more books to devour so I can’t wait to try the others and find out what I am missing. If you like your Contemporary Romances very sweet and heavy on the romance (kind of like Bella Andre’s Sullivans style) then you absolutely need to try Melissa Foster!

Favorite Quote:

You don’t need a life jacket, Faith. I’ll keep you afloat.

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About Melissa Foster

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately...I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge

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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. 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 annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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This was a good one for sure. You must go back and read the others. You’ll fall in love with all the characters.

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Thanks Julie! I think that’s what I’m going to do!

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Thanks for sharing your review today, so glad you enjoyed it! xx

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Thanks for sharing

Martina
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Martina

Great review, raised my interest in this author.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Michele Hayes
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Michele Hayes

Sexy Sam could gain my trust by just being consistent and honest in his attention to me.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Ooo this sounds really good!

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Sexy Sam could gain my trust by being his TRUE self and showing how much he value mes in his world.