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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book in the series, 27 Feb 2014
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Sharon (Wiltshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hearts at Play (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Six ) Contemporary Romance (Kindle Edition)
Brianna Heart (Bree) is a young single mother who has put her dating life on hold to bring up her young daughter Layla but her resolve is threatened when handsome racer Hugh Braden walks into the bar she's working in. The sparks between them are electric, so will he be able to break down her barriers to allow him to date her?

This was definitely my favourite book in the series as both Bree and Hugh were sweethearts. Even though I'm not a mum myself I totally understood Bree's reasoning for her plan to not date until her daughter was much older, but at the same time I loved how Hugh was doing everything to prove to her that he was not a playboy race car driver who would break hers and Layla's hearts. His dedication to the both was so heartwarming and there was one scene in particular involving him and Layla that made my heart melt...

As with most of the other books in the series there are cameo appearances with the rest of the family which I loved as I may have mentioned one or two times before, I love reading book series as getting to see the characters develop over the series. And it definitely wouldn't be a Melissa Foster romance novel without some steamy bedroom action involved...

I'm actually a little sad that I've finished this book as it now means that I have come to the end of the original 9 books in the Love in Bloom series featuring the Snow Sisters and the Braden family.

But the good news for me, and for other fans of the series, is that there will now be a further 5 books in the series featuring the brothers and sister of Jack Remington who we have already met in Bursting with Love. I definitely plan to read all of these books at some stage in the future once I've cleared a few more from my reviews backlog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Cars and True Love, 14 July 2014
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clahain (Las Vegas, Nevada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hearts at Play (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Six ) Contemporary Romance (Kindle Edition)
HEARTS AT PLAY is book six in Melissa Foster's "The Bradens" contemporary romance series. This one focuses on race car driver Hugh Braden and single mother Brianna Heart. Hugh lives the standard wealthy playboy lifestyle--lots of cash, fast cars and women. But he's getting weary of all the flash and glamour. I wouldn't say he's actively looking for true love. More that he's at that point where people who've found success stop and ask, "Is this all there is?" Brianna is a waitress in a bar in rural Virginia, not too far from one of Hugh's homes. He comes in for a (disastrously funny) blind date and falls for Bree. But she's given up on men and dating--at least until her young daughter hits eighteen.

And so begins a race for Happily Ever After.

As we've come to expect from Foster, HEARTS AT PLAY is populated with likable, well-realized characters. Even Bree's daughter (Layla) lives and breathes and has an active part in the story. Too often kids in romance novels are no more than window dressing, or, worse, a means to evoke instant reader emotion--just add "cute" and stir! Foster is a better writer than that. She builds Hugh's relationship with Layla in parallel to his relationship with her mother, and we see all three characters blossom.

Another way HEARTS AT PLAY stands out is in the focus on Hugh's point of view. Usually it's the heroine of a romance novel who gets the most air time. Here, though, attention is weighted toward Hugh's efforts to come to grips with his changing personal values and his determination to win over Bree...and Layla.

This book doesn't have the thematic heft of some of the others in the series. Both LOVERS AT HEART and SEA OF LOVE deal with scary real-world situations like sexual violence and serious phobias--the kind of crippling fear that scars the memory and stifles living. HEARTS AT PLAY is lighter. The conflict can seem a little forced in places. The kind of molehills-for-mountains stuff that makes you want to knock the main characters' heads together and order them to get over themselves.

On the whole, though, HEARTS AT PLAY is a fun, touching book. Well worth an afternoon curled up on the sofa with your Kindle and a cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prince charming hugh, 24 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Hearts at Play (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Six ) Contemporary Romance (Kindle Edition)
Wow!! Melissa Foster your truly talented author, I can't get enough of this series n character's. I loved the story of there courting and how loved blossomed between them, his thoughtfulness towards layla was beautiful, wow!! All the broadens are spoken for now, Remmingtons turn now!!! Hmmmm more hotties and sexy encounters no doubt... One more thing yay Max n Treat going be parent's can't wait for more from this family n growing all the time...5 * n more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love in Bloom series: The Bradens., 27 May 2014
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Excellent ending to the Braden Family lives and romances. Love in Bloom series: The Bradens is a must for die hard romantics! Each book within the series has you loving each and ever character...Whisking you into their lives and loves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 10 May 2014
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A. E. Clark "Angie Clark" (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hearts at Play (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Six ) Contemporary Romance (Kindle Edition)
If you read nothing else this summer you just have to read the Braden series of books. Once you start on book one you won't be able to resist reading all the others. Don't hesitate, buy them now !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting, 28 April 2014
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Once I started to read the book I just couldn't put it down. A brilliant story I cannot wait for more of the series. Fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another one I coudn't put down, 14 April 2014
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enjoyed the whole series, gets expensive though when there are so many but enjoyed them, waiting for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 29 Mar 2014
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this book brought tears to my eyes. I loved every minute of it. would recommend it to anyone. just fab to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last book, 17 Mar 2014
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Great last book in the series, have enjoyed them all and this was a fitting ending, fantastic series in all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts at play, 27 Feb 2014
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Brilliant there was just the right amount of action under the sheets and out did not want to put down.
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