Dreaming of Love (book review)

Dreaming of Love was written by Melissa Foster.  This post was organized by Beck Valley Books.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:


Book #11 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #19

Emily Braden is a leader in architectural preservation, a pillar in her small hometown, and successful in everything she does—with the exception of finding true love. She’s watched several of her brothers fall in love, and she needs this trip to Tuscany to get away from it all and to stop focusing on what she doesn’t have.

Dae Bray doesn’t do flings, and he never stays in one place for very long. As a demolitionist, he goes where jobs take him, and the more often he travels, the better. His trip to Tuscany is all work—until he meets smart and sexy Emily, who makes him reconsider his fear of settling down, his no-fling rule—and just about everything else he’s ever believed about himself.

Passion sizzles as Dae and Emily explore the history and beauty of Tuscany. Their romance moves beyond tourist attractions to the bedroom, blossoming into a deep connection neither can deny. But their worlds collide when Emily wants to preserve the property that Dae is there to demolish. Can a woman who sees the beauty in preservation and a man whose life is spent tearing things down find a solid foundation for their love?

THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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My review:

What do I write about a Melissa Foster book that I haven't already written?  No question in my mind.... she is easily my very favorite romance writer.  A friend asks me for a book recommendation and for romance my answer is "anything by Melissa Foster."  Dreaming of Love just added to my serious girl crush/author crush.

I did have a moment of "oh my gosh... I don't like Dae... how could Melissa write him for Emily???" I had read the book blurb... but I still had a moment of "this can't be right.... Emily's real true love is going to swoop in and save her from Dae."  But... thank you Melissa.... it was only a moment.  I think I just felt like Dae came on a little strong when he and Emily first meet in Tuscany.  He seemed too smooth.

That feeling about Dae passed quickly as Emily spent a day sightseeing with him.  I think like most men (and women too I guess), Dae came on strong when an uncontrollable, unplanned attraction sneaks up.  HE wasn't even sure what came over him.  Dae was quickly forgiven by being smart, attentive, thoughtful, and fully focused on Emily's interests while they took in Italy.  The way they saw Tuscany together made me not only want to visit Tuscany myself... but to follow the path they took.  And when Dae had to leave Italy before Emily's trip was over... my heart broke.  I felt Emily's nerves as she wondered if what was between them was real... wondered if Dae would actually be there in CO to pick her up at the airport... if they would feel the same in the real world... and if it all was real, if they would be able to make a life work when the work they were passionate about was at such odds.

I have to say... I think one of my favorite parts of the book may have been when Emily called her mother from Italy (forgetting about the time change!).  I love that her mom hopped right out of bed, made a cup of coffee, and the two of them had a serious relationship conversation.  She didn't hold back.  She didn't just say what Emily may have wanted to hear.  They had an honest conversation.  The mother-daughter relationship there was awe inspiring.  I love my mom to pieces.... but I would like Emily's mom to be my fictional adopted mom.  And... I'm seriously hoping that once Jake gets his book... and the Braden "kids" have all found their happily-ever-after... that their mom gets a book too.  (Melissa Foster?  Maybe?  Hmm?)

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.

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