After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn't trust - but she's determined not to let her mother's death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she's certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles - even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.
Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he's spent his life protecting those he loves. He's used to being in charge and making things right, and although he'd give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable - until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.
Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn't take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn't even realize she had - and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?
Another Hit by Melissa Foster
I received this audiobook free for an honest review. Melissa Foster gave us another special story in her Braden Series. Rebecca has her secrets, as lots of relationships do. Poor Rebecca and Rich Pierce. However, love knows on boundaries. Great book, couldn't put it down. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters, their personalities and the overall story.
Not surprising this book was a rags to riches, hero wants to take care of heroine, save her, protect her. But I felt like it was too good to be true. I felt like Pierce didn't do his due diligence with this relationship. He fell so hard, so fast. It just didn't feel real. It felt too fairytale-ish.
The one aspect I really enjoyed was watching Rebecca take down the guy in the bar and then watching her confront her fears and what was holding her back from Pierce. She is such a strong female character, both physically and mentally. It was good to see her struggling with her concerns/fears.
This is yet another BJ Harrison narration. Pierce reminded me a lot of Treat. So many similarities between them. So it was good to see Treat in this book and to see them interact together.
Two strong people struggling to accept love.......
Romancing My Love is part of the overall Love in Bloom Series by Melissa Foster, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Of all the books in this series that I have read this far, this one had the least amount of interaction between characters from previous books. However, I still felt the usual sense of love and importance of family that is the underlying theme of all Melissa Foster books. In Romancing My Love, we have two completely stubborn, independent people used to caring for others at the expense of themselves. Rebecca gave up her job, her apartment and pretty much her entire life for 10 months to nurse her mother while she died of cancer. Pierce Braden is a millionaire resort owner and the oldest in his family, used to taking care of his younger siblings from a young age. Although Rebecca has lost everything and is living in her car when she meets Pierce, she has a fierce spirit and is determination to succeed without any outside help. From the minute he meets her, all Pierce longs to do is wrap her in the safety of his arms and make all her problems disappear. You can see the problem with them falling in love.
Luckily, with her usual grace and style, Melissa Foster allows Pierce to slowly open Rebecca's mind to the possibility of accepting his love, and he learns to understand that her independence doesn't mean that she doesn't need and love him. I enjoyed watching the push and pull between Rebecca and Pierce, and I was worried several times that they wouldn't overcome their differences, but that just made me cherish their HEA even more. The heat level in the story is high, and Foster writes her intimate scenes with the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. The entire Braden crew arrives towards the end of the book, and it was their welcoming love towards her that sealed the deal for Rebecca and Pierce. I am, as always, anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
As much as you can depend on Melissa Foster to deliver a wonderful story, you can equally depend on an enchanting narration by BJ Harrison. He narrates most of the books in this series, and he has truly become the voice of the Braden Family for me. His delivery is smooth, his performance is flawless, and his portrayal of the emotions of the story is heartfelt. The combination of Harrison and Foster is a guaranteed hit.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.