Flirting with Love (book review)

Flirting with Love was written by Melissa Foster.  It is a part of her series about The Bradens.  This book tour was organized by Beck Valley Book Book Tours. I was given a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:


Book #10 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #20

Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.

Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.

Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.

THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, this is the third of six books.

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

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My review:

Each time I start a Melissa Foster book I think "OK... there is no way I can like this book as much as I liked the last one.  It's just not possible."  And yet, somehow, I love each of her romance novels more than the last.  And... I love each of the Braden's more than the last.  I seriously don't know how Foster continues to create these characters that all capture my heart.  I can't even begin to tell which book is my favorite.  Not possible.  I also can't tell you if it's the relationship development that makes me fall in love... or if it's the strong family bonds that come through so clearly... or the female friendships that Emily Braden and all of the Braden wives/girlfriends have... or the hot/sweet/strong/sensitive/talk, dark, & handsome Braden men.  It's all of the above and more.

And... I want to crawl into her books and be at a girls night in with pizza & margaritas.

Ross and Elisabeth are just as perfect coming together as each of the previous Braden brother couples.  I love that Elisabeth has lived her life in LA... but has such a draw, such a feeling of home, in Trusty, CO where she's inherited her aunt's farm and pie business.  And I love... like Foster's other female leads... she has such a strong quality of independence and such a strength to push out in life on her own... but still has a willingness to ask and accept help from Ross.  And of course... I love that Ross and Elisabeth are so cautious with each other... but just can't fight chemistry, love, fate, destiny, or whatever else you'd like to call it.  When you belong together... there's just no fighting it.  (And you know... pies and puppies.)

Oh!  And the side story of Ross running a program with prison inmates training service dogs.  I don't know how it would work... but if Trout were ever to be released from prison... I can imagine an amazing story of him finding love and a new life.  (If anyone could write that story... it would be Melissa Foster.)

About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. 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, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa'sinterests 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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