Embracing Her Heart

The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) Book 1

“Embracing Her Heart,” was yet another sultry victory for the author, Melissa Foster whose writing I have always embraced with joy and the favoritism certainly continues to move forward. With, Melissa Foster I feel like the author truly knows how to pen the perfect romance story and not just a memorable romance but at best I think that Foster herself is at the very heart of the romance industry itself. So if as a reader you have not read a book by this author then I immensely suggest that you start doing so and stop denying yourself the pleasure that you deserve.

To be honest I was swept away by this book. The plot was outstanding, the romance was steamy, the Virginia landscape was the perfect backdrop, but I think it was the heart of the overall book that blew me away the most. Both the characters, Grace and Reed were on the run from the demons of their past. Neither of the twosome were looking for love, maybe a few nights of some much needed fun, but definitely not love. I’m not giving anything away (romance novel after all) by declaring that romance was exactly the cure for what these two individuals needed the most. I felt like Grace was the character that I could relate to the most. She just reminded me so much of myself and maybe that is why I liked Grace so well. It is always so rewarding to be able to develop a relationship with the characters as a reader and with Foster’s books you can always expect to do so as the reader.

As much as I love this book I did feel that a little bit of the story did drag on for more time then what I felt like was actually necessary and this was the only downside that I had to the story itself. The center of the book is where I felt like things began to slow down and not much happened that was at least worth mentioning in this review. Still, without certain pieces of what I would call valuable information during such scenes I would not have been able to adopt the characters as well as I did. So perhaps this fault is actually just my own.

In the end, you need to read this story. It is beautiful, raw and most importantly it holds the promise of a new beginning which is something I think we all search for and hope to find in the arms of someone. I know that I was immediately hooked with minimum effort and if I am being truthful that does not happen to me that often but once you read “Embracing Her Heart,” I think you will be too.

Book Blurb for Embracing Her Heart

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance families.

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence.


Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…


The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

PLEASE NOTE: Future books in the original Montgomery series are crossing over to the Bradens at Pleasant Hill, and for this reason I have combined the series into THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls).

Night Owl Reviews May, 2018 4.50