Book #12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #20
Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.
Only one woman can heal him.
Fiona Steele has arrived…
Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.
As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.
When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.
THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
I fell in love with the characters in Crashing into Love. Each one have their unique qualities and characteristics that made them stand out. This was my second story I read with the Love in Bloom: The Bradens. I already love their family. They're very close and great relationships with each other. The humor they have is also quite enjoyable. Even with beginning to read this series in the middle, it's easy to follow and learn who each are. You may not have the full back story of each character or family member this way, but they're still very good reads.
At the beginning, I was worried Jake would turn Fiona down. He kept seeming like he wanted nothing to do with her. I could see through his walls that he built around his own heart trying to deny that he had feelings left for Fiona. I was worried that he would keep pushing her away and not allow them the chance to try to find each other again. Of course, if he had done that, there may not have been a story with such a happy ending.
I was pleased with how well Fiona and Jake were trying to communicate with each other once they did start talking again. It may have took time to get them to both open up and move past any trust issues, but it was well worth it and they didn't give up.
I do believe they needed the time apart to find out who each other really are for themselves. They were still young when they had first dated. Their break up made them go after some of their dreams and discover things about themselves that they had not realized. Jake had lost himself in the process. It made Fiona and Jake trying to go back into a relationship together risky.
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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 Café 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.
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