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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Audiobookworm Presents: Taken By Love by Melissa Foster; #Audiobook #BlogTour, #OutNow, #Review

Author: Melissa Foster
Narrator: B.J. Harrison
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes
Series: The Bradens at Trusty, Book 1
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Released: Dec. 01, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:  5 Stars

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Melissa Foster. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again - but she's completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her - and the man she's never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he's finally ready to settle down - only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he's never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke's past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy's life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can't manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Taken by Love is part of the Love in Bloom series. While it can be heard as a stand-alone novel, for even more enjoyment, you may want to listen to the entire Love in Bloom series in order. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event!

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely


Narrator Bio
Cultivated. Quirky. Captivating. Considerate. Nuanced. 7 years, 700 five-star ratings/reviews. My audiobook podcast, The Classic Tales Podcast, now in its seventh year, has had over 10 million downloads and is still consistently among the top 10 literature podcasts at the iTunes Music Store. My reading of Poe's The Tell-tale Heart was the #3 bestselling audiobook in 2008 at the iTunes Music Store. Currently, my recording of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection is the top-selling Wodehouse title at Audible. It contains dozens of British accent variations. I'm an American.

"In the world of audiobooks, BJ Harrison is one of the best... if not the best." Joe Renzetti - Academy-Award-winning Film Composer
"BJ Harrison is a master at his craft, with smooth narration skills that reflect every nuance of emotion and bring stories to life with every breath. He's professional, efficient, and I highly recommend his services." New York Times Bestselling author Melissa Foster
Just finished listening to "She". In a word.... "Stunning". I am encouraging friends, colleagues, strangers to listen to your readings. Excellent work. Daj Oberg, Classic Tales Listener


 Would you consider the audio edition of Taken by Love to be better than the print version? 

I have the book version but haven't read it yet. That may have been a good thing. I've never tried the Whispersync for Voice before and this just may be the book that changes that.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a story about being able to go home again. Daisy Honey was unsure at the beginning but with the right incentive she may change her mind. Luke has his own insecurities but he's ready to get past it all in order to let love in.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favorite?

I don't have one favorite with this one. Every character is important in their own way - even down to the secondary characters. Especially when we're trying to get to know the town of Trusty Colorado.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a moment but it didn't particularly move me. Daisy lets us get to know her at the beginning of the story. She felt that she had to reinvent herself because of past misinterpretations. People, especially kids, can be hurtful and there can be consequences because of it. Daisy was stronger but it was sad because she felt that she had to change something in order to silence the bullies.

Any additional comments?

This was my first introduction to the Bradens of Trusty Colorado. It was a great first introduction. I used to have a farm at the end of my street and this book made me wish that it was still there. They had one horse and as I was delivering papers; I would stop, say hello, and then feed said horse. I'm also a certain age where doctor's made house calls. I could picture Daisy as one of them. Mr. Harrison lets us see how much she cares about people and her first thought is to help them.

Taken By Love made me glad that I don't live in a small town. I wouldn't mind going for a visit but to live there you'd have to deal with town gossip. It's one thing to talk about it but it's another to be the butt of the gossip. Then I think roadtrip since I've never been to Colorado.

Mr. Harrison has a soothing voice that has you sit back and sigh. I don't mind that I can't picture what a character may look like. There's just something about his voice where I automatically sit back and listen to him bring this story to life. Once the warmer weather gets here it will be nice to sit back and have some relaxing time to do nothing more than relisten to this book. There's a farm, up the road apiece, that sells ice cream - a second thought of where to relisten. I just have to be careful about sitting downwind. 

We all seem to buy the new books that come out - but why. You should buy a book because you want to. If you're following a series and need to fill in some of the gaps, remember that you can also check out your local library. A lot of them have programs where you can borrow audiobooks as well. Some have cooperating programs where you can also get them should your own library not have the title you're looking for. It would be sad that if you're following the Braden's you don't have all the books.

What's good about this author is that a lot of her books can be read as a standalone even though at times I want to experience the character's stories in order. My problem becomes with all the series that she currently has out, I don't know that I'll ever catch up. That's good too because there will always be another one ready for me. I won't have to wait for the next book to come out. But then I have another issue, how about when I want to relisten to a book. Makes me wish we always had three day weekends.

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