Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister. As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.
Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn't know how to stop doing what he does best.
When Blake walks into Danica's office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn't the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica's desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she's ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she's been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister's promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn't sure it's the right time to set her desires free.
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Sisters in Love: Snow Sisters
I received this audiobook free for an honest review. The author is amazing. This story covers all the feel good bases. Danika is a psychologist and a big sister, also working with her real sister's issues. Blake is a gorgeous man with "player" issues whose best friend/partner dies. One of the things I liked best was how Danika works as a psychologist and how she handles her patients, family and friends with her professional suggestions/recommendations. This is a very sweet love story. A decent amount of sex to keep the reader/listener interested and not be raunchy. The narrator did a great job with the characters. His distinct male/female voices were done tastefully.
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a lot of Melissa Foster's books yet but I have enjoyed the ones that I have read so I was pretty excited to give this one a try. I found it really easy to slip into this story and really enjoyed getting to watch Danica and Blake get to know each other. I found this book to be a very easy listen.
Danica is a therapist and she has always been the responsible one. She is really conservative with just about everything in her life from what she wears to how she behaves. Blake owns a ski shop with his best friend. He is also known as a player. He has no trouble finding women to keep him company and he seems to have company quite often. When tragedy strikes and his world is turned upside down, Blake finds that he wants more out of life.
I really liked the characters in this book. Danica and Blake were both great and I loved the fact that they grew a lot over the course of the story. I really felt like I was on a journey with both of them and they were very different people at the end of the book than they were at the beginning. I thought that they had wonderful chemistry with each other and I thought that they made a great pair. I thought that the secondary characters were equally well done and I am really excited to read their stories in future installments in the series.
I thought that B.J. Harrison did a fantastic job with the narration. This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to listen to this narrator and I found him very easy to listen to. I thought that he did a great job with all of the character voices and I thought that he was able to add a lot of emotion into his reading. I think that his narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I thought that this was a wonderfully emotional romance that was filled with wonderful characters. I look forward to reading more of Melissa Foster's work soon.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist.
Loss, grief, love, growth and self-discovery
Love in Bloom is the first of a trilogy of books about the Snow sisters. In this first installment, Danica Snow has returned to her small hometown to set up shop as a therapist. She has a run-in with the town’s playboy, Blake Carter. Danica is the responsible, serious older sister who worries about her younger sister’s promiscuous ways and takes on being a Big Sister to Michelle, the fragile teenaged daughter of an alcoholic mother. Blake is a man-hoe who takes the opportunity to jump any willing woman who crosses his path. When his best friend and business partner, Dave dies unexpectedly, he does not know how to deal with his grief and his desire to change his ways. This search ultimately leads him to Danica where the sparks begin to fly and Danica is faced with her own choices.
In true, Melissa Foster style this book is emotional and examines numerous difficult topics including alcoholism, promiscuity, grief, friendship, past loves, secrets and more. If you like Debbie Macomber you will love this book. The characters are flawed and struggle to move forward through their challenges but prevail in the end. The reader is drawn into the characters and they are fully brought to life. The story is overall very well written, with the exceptions I note below. The mystery of Dave’s death and “secret life” is intriguing and keeps you guessing. Blake becomes increasingly likeable as he travels on his journey to self-discovery and you ultimately see the good guy hidden beneath his playboy surface.
B J Harrison did a nice job narrating the book. I liked having a male narrator and he clearly voiced each character with its’ own personality and characteristics. His female voices were well done and I enjoyed listening to him. I found he spoke a little to slow for my taste but setting the narration speed a little faster took care of that and I lost myself in his narration.
I had just a couple of points that drove me crazy. They may not bother others but as a healthcare professional myself, they were enough to bother me. First, Danica is constantly referred to as a “therapist”. While this may be accurate it is clear she is a psychologist or a psychotherapist. Clearly specifying her role would be helpful. There are many types of professions that are called “therapists” from occupational therapists to physical therapists to psychotherapists. She is called Dr. Snow so one must presume she is a psychologist. She was very skilled and I actually thought it was a real shame she wanted to quit.
The second point, related to the first, is the doctor-patient relationship between Danica and Blake. There are only two major tropes in romances that tend to really bother me. One is the teacher-student relationship and the other is the psychologist-patient relationship. These two relationships have intense power dynamics, often emotional, as well as strict ethical guidelines about relationships. While Danica is aware of this dynamic and worries over it, she still allows herself to get drawn into a relationship that skirts ethical boundaries. This could have been dealt with by having her discharge Blake when she realized her personal feelings were involved. This could have evolved into a friends relationship that could still have developed in a way that did not set off the ethical heebie-jeebies and still have the story progress in a similar way. Danica’s worry about losing her license to practice is real and she could have faced serious professional sanctions.
Related to point two is Danica’s constant thinking about “giving up her license”. As a professional, that is just plain stupid. This is a woman who clearly has a PhD (she better if she is being called Dr.) meaning she spent at least 8 -10 years getting her degree plus practical work. You do not just “give that up” on a whim. In addition, although she had her dream to run a youth center, which was great by the way, there is no need to give up her license to do so. In fact, having her license and a PhD would give her more credibility as a youth counselor. It just did not make sense and the illogic of it made me angry every time she brought it up.
Clearly, as a professional myself, these points pushed my buttons but did not prevent me from enjoying the book. Other than that I found this an enjoyable, if emotionally intense read. I look forward to seeing what happens with Danica’s sisters in future books
***I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my own unbiased review.***