I've just been having a blast this year with Tasty Book Tours and the tours themselves. I can't believe that I've gone so long without reading anything by Melissa Foster! She's pretty amazing and I have A LOT of books to catch up on by looks of this series. Are there any Melissa Foster fans here?
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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 Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: November 18, 2014
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.
Talk about looks being deceiving! I fully expected Flirting with Love to be a romance with a heat rating of 0 (or 1 if I was lucky) based on the first chapter or so. Who knew that Ross and Elisabeth would have such hot chemistry? Or that this small town romance would have me doing my “I Wanna Read The Previous Books in the Series” dance (Think the pee pee dance but without the pee pee part)?
Elisabeth Nash has inherited her late aunt’s farm in Trusty, Colorado, the one place where, as a child, she felt like she belonged. But when she moves into her aunt’s home for good she notices the locals are less than friendly with her. Determined to keep her aunt’s farm from falling apart and making a life in Trusty, Elisabeth takes on the task of caring for the animals on the property, including rushing one panicky piglet to the local veterinarian where she gets more than she bargains for.
Ross Braden is comfortable with his lifestyle; he has a successful veterinary practice in his hometown and manages to keep off the local gossip radar by following one very important rule: Never date women who live in Trusty. That rule goes flying out the window when he meets Elisabeth. He doesn’t want to give people a reason to talk but he can’t help wanting to get to know Elisabeth. Ross finds that he does want her to fit into his hometown and does his best to help her which in turn makes Elisabeth fall a little harder for him.
Wow, looking back on the titles in this series, I realized I had A LOT of catching up to do and I hope I get a chance to read the previous books. As the 10th book in the Bradens series, I didn’t expect to fall so in love with Ross Braden or his family and friends. It’s incredible that author Melissa Foster has written so many books in one connecting series and that it’s taken me this long to catch on.
First things first: A hero who loves animals will always be a winner in my book. It is part of what makes up my fantasy man and for Ross to be a veterinarian as well as spending time working with service dogs? That gave him some major points in my book. Ross also had this calm but “in charge” personality which was perfect given his profession and the fact that he works with service dogs. As much as I love a rough and tumble, in your face alpha male who is all about actions, I can also appreciate someone like Ross who has a more mellow personality. He was so well written that I could believe a man like him exists somewhere in the world. He’s considerate and was not afraid to show that he has emotions. He has fears, worries and dreams just like Elisabeth does and that made me fall for him even more. As much as I like a stoic hero, I also have a soft spot for a hero who lets himself feel, even if he doesn’t tell everyone what he’s feeling.
Not everyone would understand why a woman like Elisabeth would leave L.A. for a small town in Colorado but I did. I completely empathized with her on why she just had to leave. It was more than her not being able to fit in in L.A., it was feeling like she was missing out on something that was more important than vanity, tan lines and celebrity gossip. I know I would have done the same thing in her shoes. On that level I connected with her and appreciated her and of course, she’s an animal person herself so I couldn’t help but like her. But I definitely bonded with Elisabeth from the minute she declared that scruff on a man upped a man’s sexy quotient by a zillion. I want to hang out with her! She and Ross were almost perfect for each other that I was surprised that it took not only them but the whole town to see that.
Flirting with Love left out high levels of drama and angst in favor of emotional development between Ross and Elisabeth. As a couple they started off strong and only got stronger from there. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and grow closer all while trying to deny that they were falling in love fast. I loved the balance of sweet and tender and of course hot and sexy moments with Ross and Elisabeth, they gave the whole romance a more realistic, not to mention interesting feel.
As with most small town romances there is a high level of nosy neighbors and gossiping friends but author Melissa Foster took care to make them, for the most part, likable. That’s always a problem for me with these small town romances, I can’t stand over the top meddling and gossiping but the inhabitants of Trusty, Colorado didn’t aggravate me or turn me off of the story.
Final Verdict: Flirting with Love may have been the first book I read by Melissa Foster but it won't be my last!
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