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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Dreaming of Love by Melissa Foster / @TastyBookTours @Melissa_Foster

Title: The Bradens #11: Love in Bloom #19: Dreaming of Love
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

Emily Braden is a leader in architectural preservation, a pillar in her small hometown, and successful in everything she does—with the exception of finding true love. She’s watched several of her brothers fall in love, and she needs this trip to Tuscany to get away from it all and to stop focusing on what she doesn’t have.

Dae Bray doesn’t do flings, and he never stays in one place for very long. As a demolitionist, he goes where jobs take him, and the more often he travels, the better. His trip to Tuscany is all work—until he meets smart and sexy Emily, who makes him reconsider his fear of settling down, his no-fling rule—and just about everything else he’s ever believed about himself.

Passion sizzles as Dae and Emily explore the history and beauty of Tuscany. Their romance moves beyond tourist attractions to the bedroom, blossoming into a deep connection neither can deny. But their worlds collide when Emily wants to preserve the property that Dae is there to demolish. Can a woman who sees the beauty in preservation and a man whose life is spent tearing things down find a solid foundation for their love?

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Dae and Emily's passion for their work was obvious, but so was their passion for their beliefs. Emily believes in preserving buildings, not because they're old or architectural wonders. She believes because others believe. The value isn't in the building itself but in what it, or something in it, means to someone or someones. This brings her to a crossroad with Dae, who's in Italy to demo a building that she would rather save.

Dae's background keeps him from having one-night stands. He doesn't want to ever leave a woman feeling what his birth mother felt, to go through what she did with her own family. That changes with Emily. The connection is instant. Precautions are still taken when they're intimate, but he knows that she's it for him. It's funny how he reacts to the House of Wishes after he and Emily see it together. He appears uncaring, distant, but he's really not. He's good at his job, knows and keeps in mind his commitments to his clients. His heart and mind war over this one building that means so much to his love and to the women in the community.

I have to admire Dae's commitment to his client. Despite Emily's repeated methods of reminding him how much the House means to the women, he stays the course. He assesses the site and reports to the owner. I was on pins and needles waiting for him to make a decision. The one he made blew me out of the water.

Forever sometimes comes slowly, while it can happen suddenly at other times. Emily and Dae weren't looking for forever when they met. Physical attraction and an unexplainable connection helped ground them when emotions, desires, needs, and wants clashed over the House. The House wasn't a deal breaker though. It was just a bump in the road for them, one they tackled together and came out better because of it.

Ms. Foster has an incredible knack for writing love stories that showcases her characters' strengths and weaknesses without making them unappealing or overwhelming. She connects two people who are the same yet very different, who need what they can only find in one another, who discover that love sometimes happens at the most unexpected time in the most unexpected place.

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Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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