Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance families.
Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence.
A second chance at their first love…
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…
**Please note that future books in the original Montgomery series are crossing over to the Bradens at Pleasant Hill, and for this reason I have combined the series into THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls).
THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls). Order of future books is subject to change.
Embracing Her Heart
Anything For Love
Trails of Love
Our Wicked Hearts
Searching for Love
Wild Crazy Hearts
Summer of Love
Hot For Love
Sweet Sexy Hearts
Winter of Love
Claiming Her Heart
The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series. Love in Bloom contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.
Read the complete Love in Bloom series:
THE BRADENS (Weston, CO)
THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO)
THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD)
THE BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS
TRU BLUE & THE WHISKEYS
BAD BILLIONAIRES AFTER DARK
Love is sweeter the second time around in the emotional first Love in Bloom contemporary from bestseller Foster. Ten years ago, high school sweethearts Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross broke up their secret romance when they left Oak Falls, Va., to pursue different career paths. Grace is now a successful off-Broadway producer who's temporarily back in Oak Falls to teach a screenplay writing class. The last person she expects to run into is gorgeous Reed, and neither is prepared for their immediate sexual attraction. Grace and Reed are an irresistible cocktail of hotter-than-hot sex and tender vulnerability, and Grace's close-knit family and community give the story both hilarity and heart. There isn't much conflict to test or strengthen the romance, but the sheer depth of Grace and Reed's love will leave readers feeling utterly sated. (BookLife)
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Great start to a new series
Embracing Her Heart is the first title in the Pleasant Hill series, featuring The Bradens and The Montgomery's. It's a heartwarming, and sweet story full of heat, heart and humor. If you love a second chance romance, or small town trope this may be the book for you.
Although this is the first title in the Pleasant Hill series, the town and several of the secondary characters have appeared in Melissa Foster's previous titles including Swept Into Love, Touched By Love and Bad Boys After Dark: Brett.
Reed Cross is such an endearing character, and has the makings of a perfect book boyfriend. He's kind, loyal, caring, compassionate and above all determined. He's a carpenter and very good with his hands.
Grace is fiercely independent and strong, and was desperate to escape the small town of Pleasant Hill the minute she finished high school. Although she's successful and accomplished her childhood dreams and goals, she's finding it's not as wonderful or fulfilling as she had expected.
The sexual chemistry between Grace and Reed is undeniable and intense, and their connection just oozed off the page.
I adored Grace's quirky and fun siblings, each with a distinct personality and I can't wait to see more of them in future titles.
If you are looking for a well written read, interconnected standalone look no further than Melissa Foster, but be prepared once you start her books you will be sucked into her fictional worlds.
Having read several books by Melissa Foster I jumped at the chance to read this one and I was in no way disappointed
When Grace Montgomery returns home she is suddenly made to realise just how easy it was for her to remove herself from her sisters drama filled lives when she was living in New York. Not only do they draw her in, but she comes face to face with the one man she hoped never to see again, Reed Cross.
Reed too has returned home and crosses paths with the woman he was once in love with, his first love Grace, a woman he has never truly forgotten.
What happens, when Reed wants to re connect and Grace is bound and determined not too? Who will win this battle? When circumstances finally bring these two together, their obvious chemistry and passion cannot be denied, however at what cost? Will Grace be prepared to give love with Reed another chance?
Grace is a strong and independent woman who certainly gave as good as she got, I really liked her. Her family was hilarious and I cannot wait to read more about them in coming releases.
This is a well written story that tugged at the heart strings and is a second chance at love story; full of hopes and dreams and one that I recommend.
4.5 Stars for book one in the Pleasant Hill- Oak Falls Series by Melissa Foster, this author is fast becoming a go to author for me so it really wasn’t any surprise when I jumped on this book.
Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstore, coffee shops and the sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters, this book will certainly have you feeling like your part of the family, they will treat you like treasured guests as they welcome you into their life’s.
This is Reed and Grace’s story and what a story they have to tell, both are back in town for different reasons but as soon as they see each other it feels like they never left but will the past prove too much, will this couple have their second chance at love ...........
As always Melissa Foster gives us adorable characters, she gives us towns and families we will fall in love with and this book is no different, if you love big families, small towns and second chance romance this book will be a must click, loved it and looking forward to more in this series