Saturday, 1 October 2016
Destined for Love by Melissa Foster
Series: Love in Bloom (The Bradens #2)
Author: Melissa Foster
Release Date: 28th November 2013
Challenges: 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): You met Rex Braden in Lovers at Heart, Book One of the The Bradens (Love in Bloom Series). Jade Johnson is about to turn his comfortable rancher's life upside down. Don't miss this powerful love story. DESTINED FOR LOVE is a hot contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town. After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life. BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers’ Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle category. Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.
Destined for Love includes a standalone romance though there are characters from other books in the series included in it and reading the series in order (which I definitely haven't done! Oops!) is recommended for the full affect.
I absolutely loved Rex and Jade's story, there was something about it that just drew me in from the very beginning. There weren't games between the two of them and they both recognised their feelings very early on, but the presence of a family feud led to obstacles to their relationship, though I thought that they dealt with it admirably.
At first I thought that Jade's past relationship and the fall out from that may have been the main thing standing in the way of their relationship but actually the only real part it played was to bring out Rex's protective side. However I was pleased to discover that Jade didn't just ignore her past and did scrutinise Rex to make sure he wouldn't turn out the same.
There was great chemistry between Rex and Jade, and that, along with the emotional connection, the same devotion to their families and their connection to horses really drew them together. Their relationship was believable and enjoyable to read.
This was a great read, I love Foster's family centric romances, and this one even had a hint about the next story to come!