Seized by Love - book review
Seized by Love was written by Melissa Foster. It is the first book in The Ryders series, and part of the Love in Bloom series. This post was organized by Beck Valley Book Tours. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
NEW RELEASE........ New Addition to the Love in Bloom Series, Seized by Love, Book #1 The Ryders
YOU FELL IN love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series.
Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.
Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying.
Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.
THE RYDERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons, & Seaside Summers)
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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When we first met Blue I was sure he would end up with Sky (although "Sky Blue" was moving too close to corny). But... Sky met Sawyer and it was perfection... and Sky and Blue were meant to continue on being the very best of friends. Now... Blue and Lizzie??? Is there something beyond perfection?
I had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I want to say I loved the flow to their story... the way they moved together and apart. It was like the ebb and flow of the ocean. But... I also hated the flow... it took a year of Blue expressing his interest, and then they crashed together and it was heaven. And then, right around the 1/2 way part Lizzie tells her secret and everything "shatters". And then it took FOREVER for things to resolve. That said... this book had me. Like every other Melissa Foster book... the characters grabbed me from page one. I was drawn right into their story. I could feel what they were going through. They're so real.
And... again... a Melissa Foster book is nothing without it's family bond. The Ryder family is that family that everyone wishes they were a part of. The love and support is something of a dream. One of my favorite scenes had to be with Lizzie talking with Blue's mom and soon-to-be sister-in-law in his mom's kitchen. It flawlessly showed the welcoming nature that Melissa Foster's families always feature.
About the author:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. 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. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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