Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Crushing on Love (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4) by Melissa Foster

"Be mine, Butterfly." - Steve Johnson

Crushing on Love
Series: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review

Buy Links: Amazon - B&N - Google Play
iTunes - Kobo
Add to Goodreads

Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

No matter how many Foster books I've read, I still get giddy when one of Melissa's books pops into my Kindle. And as usual, the temptation gets to me and I inevitably read it in one day. We all know how much I adore Melissa's writing and how much I flipping love her characters and Crushing on Love was no different. I'm sticking with my tradition of picking a word (or sometimes a phrase) that best describes my feelings towards the book in question. The word for Crushing on Love is...{insert dramatic pause} Not the word you were expecting? It's not a sexy description, I'll give you that, but it is a word that describes most, if not all, of Melissa's books. Melissa doesn't rely on over-the-top dramatics to put a monkey wrench in her character's relationships. Don't get me wrong, I love a good drama filled scene, but that's not something I look for in one of Melissa's romances. The budding relationship between most of her characters flows naturally. There may be times where a secret puts a kink in things, but you have faith that they'll work it out without blowing a lid. When there is an obstacle in the way, as such was the case with Steve and Shannon, her characters take it in stride. They didn't go off the deep end. Steve tried to compromise, but Shannon understood when it didn't pan out. I loved that it all felt organic rather than forced. They were able to laugh and cry with each other. They experienced firsts together and dared to experiment sexually. It was all in the natural progression of their love. And to me, that is what I truly adore with Melissa Foster. 

Now between you and me, next month's book is going to be really different. Funny I should mention experimenting in my review... *hint*

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult 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, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 


  1. Thank you for hosting CRUSHING ON LOVE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. I'm so happy you enjoyed the evolution of Steve and Shannon's love and romance. Organic, I like it :-)
    Thank you for your thoughtful review XOXO