Title: Friendship on Fire
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: Love in Bloom: Snow Sisters & The Bradens #6; Love in Bloom: The Bradens #3
Published: November 2013, World Literary Press
Format: E-copy, 304 pages
Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break—working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and—just maybe—explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.
Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.
Josh and Riley’s friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss, and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley's mentor accuses her of stealing the design.
Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry—and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.
My thoughts: Oh boy...this is one steamy series and I love it!!! These Braden men sure do make me swoon! This time around, we get to know Josh and I fell in love all over again. I have a feeling that with each book I read in this series - and let me tell you I will absolutely be reading every book in this series! - that I will be having a new favorite.
What I love about this series is that the characters feel so real. They are dealing with real life issues and their frustrations and anger in dealing with these issues are warranted. I also love how in addition to the romance, Melissa Foster also focuses on the sibling relationships in her books. The Bradens are a strong family unit and coming from a big family myself, I know when I am dealing with a big problem, I lean on my family. That is exactly what the characters do in this book and to me, that just feels right.
I also love that Hal Braden, the patriarch of the Braden clan, is always there for his children. He's that silent hero though - he's there when you need him, willing to offer advice when needed, or a word of support. He lost his wife years ago but loves her as if she's still alive and loves his kids with all his heart...I love his character!
So far, I've read two books in this series and I will say, these books are quick reads. It's very easy to get wrapped up in the story, almost as if you are right there alongside the characters. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
Books in the 9-book Love in Bloom series:
Snow Sisters The Bradens
1. Sisters in Love 4. Lovers at Heart
2. Sisters in Bloom 5. Destined for Love
3. Sisters in White 6. Friendship on Fire
7. Sea of Love
8. Bursting with Love
9. Hearts at Play
*** Both Sisters in Love and Lovers at Heart are currently free on Amazon US.
More information about this series can be found here:
About the author: Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.