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Publisher Description

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" ―New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak


Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. 

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together? 

The RYDERS are just one of the many families featured in the Love in Bloom series. Each book may be read as a standalone novel, or as part of the series.


Seized by Love (Blue) 

Chased by Love (Trish)

Swept Into Love (Gage)

Rescued by Love (Jake)


Full LOVE IN BLOOM series:


THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)


THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)


THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)


"...love, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." --Supportive Business Moms, UK 

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, 

sexy, romantic stories." Kimberly Winning, avid reader 

"Foster's tale of stubborn yet persistent love takes us on a heartbreaking and soul-searing journey." -- Readers' Favorite (on Lovers at Heart) 

"Contemporary romance at its hottest. Each Braden sibling left me craving the next. Sensual, sexy, and satisfying, the Braden series is a captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life." -- Bestselling author, Keri Nola, Psychotherapist (on The Bradens) 

"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." -- Midwest Book Review (on Lovers at Heart)


Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. All Melissa's books may be read as stand-alone novels. They're perfect beach reads featuring alpha male heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

March 23
World Literary Press
World Literary Press, LLC

Customer Reviews

iPod iPad user 101 ,

Another great one!

Gabriella grew up on Elpitha Island, a place where everyone is your family. Duke is interested in purchasing the island from Gabriella's grandfather to put in a resort and to bring business back to the island. Gabriella is to be Duke's tour guide. From Duke and Gabriella's first meeting the sparks fly. Gabriella is afraid to leave her self fall for Duke, afraid he will change her home too much.
I am the biggest BJ Harrison fan. His voice brings the story to life. He makes listening to the audio version so enjoyable.

I have never been disappointed by any of Melissa Foster's books and this one is no different. You can't help but to fall in love with Duke, Gabriella and the Island of Elpitha

DGray4 ,

Island Magic

OMG! Hot steamy sexy men. They sure do get my hopes up that all men could be such caring lovers. The women that love them are so lucky. The next Ryder to find love and the only female in the Ryder sibling’s is Trish. This is the next book up and I can hope that she finds her HEA.

ajmeyer17 ,

Duke & Gabriella..passion from the start!

Gabriella, a New York City attorney, grew up on the island of Elpitha, a small island off the coast of South Carolina. The island is a combination of her Greek heritage as well as her mother's southern upbringing. Due to her love of the island, her grandfather summons Gabriella to the island to be a tour guide to a real estate investor who plans to buy the island and turn it into an exclusive tourism destination. What she is not prepared for is Duke Ryder.

Duke Ryder, the real estate investor interest in Elpitha Island is not the typical "suit" Gabriella is expecting. Even though she is against her grandfather selling the island, she takes Duke on a tour of the island. What she is not ready for is the passion that builds between her and Duke. As Gabriella starts to share her favorite places on the island, Duke's plans about the island have changed and promises to take Gabriella's concerns seriously. Gabriella has to decide if she truly believes Duke will keep his promise and open her heart fully to him.

I loved Duke & Gabriella's story. The narrator was just ok.

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