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5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in Love with the Bradens (but not the cellphones), 21 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Lovers at Heart (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) (Kindle Edition)
Max Armstrong is probably my favorite character from Melissa Foster's LOVE IN BLOOM series of romance novels. She's a type-A organizing maniac whose frenetic self-sufficiency masks a true vulnerability. In LOVE AT HEART, Max comes face to face with her biggest nightmare--a man who makes her want to curl up in his arms and be taken care of.

Max met Treat Braden in SISTERS IN WHITE when she organized her boss' double wedding. Treat, a cousin to the other groom, owns the resort where the event took place. The instant attraction between Max and Treat short circuited due to a misunderstanding, and both of them have spent the past six months trying to forget the other. But Treat's family is from Colorado, not far from where Max lives and works, so the inevitable happens.

On one hand, I enjoyed the tension created as Max and Treat bounce between searching each other out and running away. Both characters have a rich back story, which makes their actions believable most of the time. The POV alternates between Treat and Max. Overall this works fine. Treat is a big (BIG) alpha-male. I love that Foster peels away layers of responsibility and grief suffocating him and gets to the human being inside. At times, though, he's gets a little too Mr. Sensitive. The words that come out of his mouth don't quite convince, rather it's the author speaking her vision of a sensitive man. Max, too, loses her edge at times, but then we learn about the truly horrific event underlying her fear and her over-the-top emotional swings snap right into place.

I did question the number of missed or ignored cell phone calls. I noticed this back in SISTERS IN BLOOM, and it irritated me then as well. It's not just the actual ignoring/missing of the calls. But all the agonizing (remember, we've got TWO points of view) over whether or not the calls should be/are being ignored or missed. Not that I would outlaw cellphones from romance novels. Near the end of the book, Max loses track of her cellphone and it creates an amazing amount of tension for the reader. Picture this: two in the morning and I'm sitting on the sofa yelling at my Kindle... "Where's her F----N phone!" The dogs start barking. It's bedlam. THAT is how an author makes use of modern technology!

Taken as a whole, LOVERS AT HEART is a great read. It's full of well-drawn characters, and Foster does an amazing job with the scenes at Cape Cod and the Braden ranch. I finished the book in love with the Braden brothers. There are five of them, by the way. Plus a sister. Each one is getting a book. That's going to make for plenty of late-night Kindle binges.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2013 01:38:12 GMT
Treat is a great character, but his sensitive side was just a tad too much and i have never met a person who is like that. Actually i have but after a bottle of vodca kind of sensitive. Max's back story is done really well and stripped away slowly by the end you completely understand her actions all the way through. I love that they both decide to face their demons. I was scared right along with Max and i was sobbing along with Treat. The phone part you have written made me laugh because that was my reaction too at 3 in the morning.

I do think that this book should come with a warning for Max's back story though. If people that have gone through forms of sexual assault and are easily triggered SHOULD NOT READ THIS BOOK. If i had known this before hand i would have avoided reading this. Yes i fell in love with the characters and enjoyed the book despite her back story, but i suffered flashes and was upset but determined to make sure she faught her demons and found out why things happened that way. Other than that i love the book, i loved the ending and i am glad closure was given to the characters. I will be reading the rest of the series as i loved the other characters i met.
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