Rex Braden is wealthy, hard-working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over 40 years, moves back into town.
After ditching a horrific relationship - and her veterinary practice in the process - Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.
Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny - and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.
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Love Knows No Boundareies
Destined for Love: Rex Braden by Melissa Foster
Narrated by B.J. Harrison
I read the book and listened to the audio book. I am a fan of B.J. Harrison. His tone and inflection add so much to an already great story.
Rex Braden and Jade Johnson could never act on their mutual attraction since their teen years due to the ongoing family feud akin to the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. Neither even knowing what caused it in the first place.
Rex is the consummate cowboy, dark good looks, rugged, strong, loyal and full of passion. Jade is a raven haired beauty, a veterinarian who loves with all her heart. Both are close to their families, and neither would ever want to hurt or disappoint them.
When Jade returns to her family home, right next door to the Braden’s it’s inevitable that they would run into each other. Rex fights his attraction out of loyalty to his father, the man he measures all others, including himself, against. That high standard causes Rex no small amount of inner turmoil. But as love and the fates decide for you, Rex is unable to resist the pull of love. Being forced to sneak around and hide their relationship puts undue strain on the young lovers.
The love they tried so hard to deny becomes the binding that will keep them together, Taking an “us against the world” attitude, Rex and Jade risk losing their families to be together. The showdown is heartfelt, moving and in the end, what you’ve come to expect from a a Melissa Foster book.
This is one of my favorite Melissa Foster book and now audiobook too. B.J. Harrison does an excellent job - as always - of breathing life and diversity into these characters.
Five stars for a heart warming listen!
A long standing family feud is keeping Rex Braden and Jade Johnson from the happy ending they both deserve and want. Rex’s dad and Jade’s dad grew up as best friends and continued that friendship into adult life. Then one day it all fell apart and they no longer would even acknowledge each other. The rules were set to the kids of the Johnson and Braden families to not have ANY contact with the other family. But love comes flying above the feud. Rex and Jade have circled around each other since they were teenagers, now as adults they cannot keep their feelings in check. Their hope is that their families will come together and support each other, or their only option will be to move out of their hometown so they can find the happy ever after they need.
Destined for Love is book 5 of 9 in the Love In Bloom series. I cannot say it is my favorite, since I have loved each of the stories for their own tale, but it is definitely one of them.
Rex is hot from the minute he is introduced to the reader in Book One of the Bradens stories and I could not wait to know what would come of him. I knew and hoped that his true love would come riding in and turn his life upside down. My favorite part of this story is certainly the hot and steamy scenes where there were no holds barred and the love and sexiness shined between Rex and Jade. But this story also showed how two adults, who love their respective families, can stand up to their fathers and make them realize that they had made mistakes and that forgiving was part of living in order to be able to live their lives together.
I easily give this book five stars, more if that is possible. There are some extremely sexy and hot scenes that are not suitable for all readers. Once you start reading Destined for Love you will not be able to put it down. I highly recommend you read all the books in this series, but it is not necessary to enjoy this book.
Are you ready for a love story?
Destined for Love is another amazing story by Melissa Foster. Rex and Jade have fought their attraction for their entire adult life. A long running feud between their fathers have prevent them from finding true love in each other’s arms. But one faithful night that all changes and they can’t fight their feelings anymore. Together they find a way to mend the rift between their families and be together forever.
This is the fifth book in the Love In Bloom series. It is a great stand alone book but is even better if you read or listen in order. I have read all of Melissa’s book and I find listening to them adds a new level of understanding. Just a few things to keep in mind … Headphones are a must – the love scenes are HOT. Block out enough time to listen to the whole book – once you get started you won’t want to stop. And go ahead and make plans to read the rest of them. Melissa has a magically way of creating a book world so real that you are ready to jump in the car and move there.