Apr 27, 2016

Review Tour -- River Of Love by Melissa Foster

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The Bradens- Peaceful Harbor, MD #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing on April 20th, 2016
World Literary Press 

Fall in love with Sam Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love.

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

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"His mind refused to play any woman game these days. It was drenched in thoughts of Faith, and he wanted to experience all those things about her firsthand."

Goodness me, I love those Bradens!! 

I also love stories just like this one. You know the ones. The notorious player (a.k.a. Sam Braden) starts to slowly morph into a one woman man once he meets the right one (a.k.a. Faith Hayes).

They considered each other forbidden because Faith's boss just happens to be Sam's brother, Cole. But that doesn't stop emotions when they are too strong to hold back anymore.

"Go out with me."
"No, thank you."
"You want to go out with me, Faith."
"No, I don't."
"You do. You will."

Faith had been through hell and back with her last relationship and she wasn't aiming to jump into a new one anytime soon. Especially not with someone she knew had the power to crush her.

But the thing about Sam was that he was so much more than she ever thought he could be. The playboy act was a facade he carried around with him to protect his own painful past.

"You might miss out on a really great story if you judge a book by it's cover."

(Might just be my favorite line from the book;))

I love the constant push and pull between these two. They want each other so much, but there is so much in between the lust in the present and the pain of the past they must work though.

Not to mention Faith can't put Sam's reputation behind her. She was burned once before, so she's very hesitant.

Sam grabbed ahold of my heart throughout this entire story. His struggle to prove he was more than what everyone thought/assumed was so good to see. The romantic gestures he did for Faith...the first date. Be still my heart!!

"When you look at me, you're afraid to step in the boat. But you don't have to be. I know you can't handle squalls and heavy winds, and I'd never risk losing the way you at me in those moments when you see past my reputation. I see flashes of clarity, and in the next breath you eyes cloud over and you put your life jacket on. You don't need a life jacket, Faith. I'll keep you afloat."

Good LAWD! I mean...come on!! Those words!!

I love Sam!! But I guess that means I love Melissa for writing such beautiful words!! <3

With every book that Melissa Foster writes, I find myself being placed into that town watching the story unfold in front of my eyes. It's a beautiful experience!

I also really love that this series has continued to showcase all the characters we know and love. Plus gives the opening for the future stories to come.

"You've got me, Sam. You can stop doing all these things for me and just be yourself."
"I think for the time in my life, that's exactly who I am."

Beautiful work, once again, Melissa!!

I cherish every Braden story that gets placed in my hands. I look very forward to the next installments to come!!

As for River of Love, Sam and Faith might be my favorite so far;)

"You're everything I never thought you were."
"You're everything I always knew you were."


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 CafĂ© 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.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting RIVER OF LOVE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Tiffany, I can tell just how much you love the Bradens and I LOVE you for it! Thank you for an awesome review. I'm so happy you joined the tour! XOXO


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