Grace and Reed finally get a second chance at a first love!
EMBRACING HER HEART
The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 1
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.
Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.
Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…
I’m giving you a little warning that you may choose to ignore. If you don’t want a hint as to where this series is going don’t read the Note to Readers – but now that I’ve told you, you may not be able to help yourself. Or you could just scroll down to the bottom of the note and follow the link to her Reader’s Goodies page.
Grace Montgomery and her two sisters have an interesting way to spend their morning. I would be more than happy to have a morning like that any day. Reed Cross seems to want to make up for lost time. Your e-reader may get a little sticky because when he talks to Grace you can see the honey drip slowly off the honeycomb.
If you love a small town romance than you’ll be happy with this one. Even though the story focuses on Reed and Grace, you still get that sense of a rural town where they still have all things that you may have to go miles in order to find. It’s also a story about family. I never had sisters but it was fun watching the fun the Montgomery sisters had.
Grace seems to be the skittish one here. Ryan seems to know what he wants. It was interesting to watch as they navigate from what they had to what they want now. Can you go back and reminisce and make it work in the future? Have you ever wondered what happened to your high school sweetheart? What would you do if you ever came across each other again? There is plenty of heat between our main characters but it’s also a very sweet romance. It all ends with a smile, a laugh, and looking forward to more. And I’m left doing a happy dance because the next book in this series comes out on my birthday – I know what I’ll be doing on that day.
Excerpt: First Chapter
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance 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 lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.