Seized by Love is the newest book in the Love in Bloom series from Melissa Foster and is also the first book in The Ryders series. Each of these books can be read as a standalone story, but the characters are all interconnected. Though this is book 29 in the series, there is no reason you can't jump in here. The one thing I will say though is that if you are a fan of contemporary romance, all of these books are worth reading! Though it isn't necessary, you really get the full enjoyment by seeing these characters as the series progresses. This series is one of my all-time favorites, and I love Melissa's writing style.
Blue and Lizzie have both had feelings for one another since they met, but Lizzie has turned down Blue at every turn. Though she runs a successful flower shop during the day, it is the secret webcast that she does at night that pays for her sister's education. Lizzie knows that even though she wants Blue, she needs to keep him at arm's length to keep him and the rest of her friends from discovering her secret. But Blue isn't willing to give up and is determined to do whatever it takes to convince Lizzie to give him a shot. Lizzie finally says yes and gives Blue a shot, but what happens when her secret is revealed?
I liked both Lizzie and Blue a lot. Melissa Foster always writes such interesting and different characters and I love that none of them are even close to the same. I really felt like Lizzie and Blue's personalities were so real and genuine here. They were both really great people that were so likable and easy to relate to. Blue wasn't afraid to admit his feelings and there is just something sexy about a good guy willing to wear his heart on his sleeve. He never gave up on his feelings for Lizzie and the connection that was between them. Lizzie was strong and loyal, and I loved how far she was willing to go for those that she cared about. Both of these characters had such a strong relationship with their families, and I loved that about them. These two just had such a natural fit, and I think a lot of that goes to the friendship that they had. The chemistry between them was so strong as well though that you could just see the sparks between them whenever they together.
Overall, another really great contemporary romance and a wonderful start to the Ryders portion of this series. I love that Melissa Foster's books are always sweet as well as sexy and that the ultimate message is one of love, family and friends. They are so enjoyable to read, and I just always trust that she will deliver a solid romance that I know will be easy to get lost in. Seized by Love was a great book and I really loved Blue and Lizzie. Though they did have their issues and I didn't always agree with Lizzie's choices, I did understand her reasoning and I knew that Lizzie and Blue were perfect for one another. I really recommend this series and Seized by Love for anyone that likes the romance and particularly the contemporary genre. You just can't go wrong with anything that has Melissa Foster's name on it, and I think that readers will really like Lizzie and Blue's story just as much as I did. I am already looking forward to the next book from Melissa Foster, and I know that I will continue to read anything I can get my hands on that has her name on it.
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