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HEARTS COLLIDE when a feisty city girl crashes into Steve "Grizz" Johnson's rural mountain retreat. The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.


Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs. 

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance. 

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too? 


WANT MORE BRADENS? All Braden books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series: 

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD) 

Healed by Love (Nate) 

Surrender My Love (Cole) 

River of Love (Sam) 

Crushing on Love (Shannon) 

Whisper of Love (Tempest) 

Thrill of Love (Ty) 


The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Read the complete Love in Bloom series: 


Sisters in Love 

Sisters in Bloom 

Sisters in White 


Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max) 

Destined for Love (Rex & Jade) 

Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley) 

Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy) 

Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack) 

Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree) 


Taken by Love (Luke) 

Fated for Love (Wes) 

Romancing My Love (Pierce) 

Flirting with Love (Ross) 

Dreaming of Love (Emily) 

Crashing into Love (Jake) 


Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella) 

**Best if read after Weston & Trusty Bradens** 


Game of Love (Dex) 

Stroke of Love (Sage) 

Flames of Love (Siena) 

Slope of Love (Rush) 

Read, Write, Love (Kurt) 


Seaside Dreams (Bella) 

Seaside Hearts (Jenna) 

Seaside Sunsets (Jamie) 

Seaside Secrets (Amy) 

Seaside Nights (Sky) 

Seaside Embrace (Hunter) 

Seaside Lovers (Grayson) 

Seaside Whispers (Matt) 


"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!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak 

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner 


"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely   

"...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." K. Winning, avid reader 


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

September 19
World Literary Press
World Literary Press, LLC

Customer Reviews

Nanakay2 ,

Mountain Man meets City Girl.. and sparks fly

Can a mountain man who loves his privacy and a people loving city girl find happiness together? Melissa Foster’s newest book seeks to answer that question. Steve Johnson is a mountain man through and through. He knows the woods forwards and backwards and loves his solitary life. Shannon Braden is a city girl who is spending time in the woods collecting data for a study that she is participating in. They had met at a wedding a few months prior and there was a definite mutual attraction.

Steve is thrown for a loop when Shannon bursts into his quiet little world. She is spunky, sassy and, oh so sexy. His nickname for her is Butterfly as she flits from thing to thing and from place to place. Shannon is drawn to Steve’s burly mountain man exterior and also to his tender heart underneath it all. Can “Grizzly” and “Butterfly” find a way to compromise between their obvious opposite lifestyles? You will have to read the book to find out!

There is a great balance in this book between times of angst and times of sexy fun. The characters are well-developed and you will find yourself laughing at times (watch for Happy Packs and Shmores!) I enjoyed this book and maybe it is true that opposites attract?

B J Harrison is a wonderful narrator with an easy to listen to voice. I have read the print version of the book as well and would highly recommend either version of this book.

Ladydi232 ,

Shannon and Steve have super hot chemistry!!

I loved Crushing on Love. Shannon Braden is a strong heroine. She knows what she wants and goes after it. And what she wants is the handsome wildlife ranger, Steve Johnson.

Steve doesn’t want change. He likes his quiet, reclusive life in the Colorado mountains. But his attraction to Shannon and their super hot chemistry definitely proves too much for him to resist.

Crushing on Love is book four in The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor series. There are interconnecting characters but all the stories are complete standalones.

I’ve been listening to these stories on audiobook and I really enjoy the wonderful narration.
-4 Stars!-

Torinolvr ,

Loved it more in audio!

Loved it..

Yes! I don't know if a sexier mountain man exists then Steve or as Shannon calls him, Grizz! Shannon, Butterfly to Steve, is a researcher who takes a position researching wolves in Colorado near her uncle and Steve, the mountain man that she wants to be more. Steve is a man that not only lives on the mountain, it is who he is but is he willing to change for the city girl that may have stolen his heart? Shannon and Steve navigate their different lives and find one that might just involve each other. Steve is the ultimate mountain man - he saves wild Hawks, creates detailed maps for Shannon and learns a little about the art of romance and compromise for his Shannon. Shannon is a people person with a love of Pop Tarts and pink boot laces. Together they don't appear to work but they find out how love crushes all of those obstacles and lands a mountain man chilling on the beaches of Maryland and Butterfly living on a mountain in Colorado. You won't be disappointed.

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