Sweet, Sexy Heart
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #8
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: August 4, 2021
Source: Author for Review
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For this sweet bookstore owner, avoiding the charms of a famed-football-player-turned-author was supposed to be easy… Funny, sinfully sexy, opposite-attracts romance.
Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life. She loves running her bookstore, taking long walks with Reno, her Labrador retriever seizure-response dog, and spending time with her close-knit family. She’s never needed thrills the way some of her sisters have. In an effort to control her epilepsy, she tries to avoid anything that creates too much excitement or stress—including relationships. When Amber hosts a book signing for famed-athlete-turned-author Dash Pennington, he’s everything she’s spent her life avoiding: loud, aggressive, and far too handsome, as proven by the hordes of women who surround him everywhere he goes. Amber can’t ignore the sparks flying between her and Dash, but this is a no-brainer for her: Ignore their chemistry and hold her breath until he leaves town.
Dash Pennington has spent his life running. Running the ball in for a touchdown, running from town to town to appease his public relations reps, and for years, running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his family, and lately, his sanity. But he’s ready to make a change. When he comes to the sleepy little town of Oak Falls, Virginia, and witnesses the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen living the life he craves, she refuses to have anything to do with him. But now that Dash has found the one thing he doesn’t want to run from, he’ll stop at nothing to win her over.
Man, oh man. Can we just take a moment (or 20) to appreciate the wonders that are the Melissa Foster men? Whether he's a Bad, Braden, Remmington, Wild, or in this case, a Pennington, they are all freaking amazing men that ruin Melissa's readers for good. Melissa's men come in all forms - bad boy bikers that could scare small children (but don't), players who quickly change their ways when they've finally met their match (Butterscotch, I'm looking at you), or they are sweet as sin like Mr. Dash Pennington. I loved how sweet and locked on to Amber's feelings Dash was. He didn't corner her or pressure her into taking their relationship further than she was ready. He knew Amber was the one for him and he made sure she knew it. That's what I love about Melissa's heroes. No matter which book you pick up or what the cover model looks like, you know the hero will be a loving man who is willing to put his life on the line for his heroine. In Sweet, Sexy Heart, I adored Dash and Amber. Their romance was sweet, sexy, and filled to the brim with real emotions. You'll definitely need a fan and a box of tissues with this one.
Melissa Foster is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestselling 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.