Surrender My Love is the latest novel in the Love in Bloom series and The Bradens series from Melissa Foster. Each book is a complete standalone but with the characters interconnected, fans will see familiar faces with each book. I feel like every time I read a book by Melissa Foster I just can't help but smile. Her stories are always so steamy and sweet and I just can't get enough of them. Melissa Foster is the queen of contemporary romance, and I hope she never stops writing!
When Annalise "Leesa" Avalon's life falls apart, she heads to the town of Peaceful Harbor, Maryland to regroup while helping her best friend recover from an injury. There she meets her best friend's sexy doctor, Cole Braden, and though they both feel a connection right away, Leesa knows that it isn't the right time for her to be starting a relationship. Cole is looking for someone that he can settle down with, and the more he gets to know Leesa the more he thinks it could be her. But with Leesa's past and the accusations that were made against her, she knows that she needs to stay away from him. Cole is determined to show her that he can handle anything with her by his side, and that it doesn't matter what others might think. But can Leesa take a chance on something with Cole after knowing what it feels like to lose everything?
Leesa was so strong here, and I loved her positive attitude. After everything she had been through, she didn't fully blame everything on those that had been responsible for ripping her life apart. She saw beyond what had been done and I loved her for that. While I would never have been able to handle things with the grace and strength she did, I admired her so much. She thought that she needed to stay away from Cole, but I was so glad that he didn't give up on her. He was exactly what she needed, and I absolutely loved them together. Cole was sexy and supportive, and just a genuinely good guy. He had a past as well, and though he could have let everyone know what had really happened, he chose to keep quiet and handle things with an integrity that few have. He didn't want to bad mouth someone and ruin their life, even though he would have had every right to set the record straight. I just loved both of these characters so much, and I really felt the connection they were forming. The chemistry was off the charts between them, not that I was surprised with this being a Melissa Foster novel. She has such a way with words that you can't help but fall in love with her characters and feel like their story is believable and realistic.
Overall, I loved these two and thought that they were perfect together. These books are some of my favorites, and I know with each new story in the series that I will enjoy it. It is always great to see familiar faces, and I love that you never quite know who will make an appearance! While that is something to look forward to for fans, it isn't confusing or overdone for those that are unfamiliar with the series. Melissa Foster does a great job of balancing the steamy scenes as well as the emotional, and her books are both light and easy as well as heartwarming. If you haven't read any of her books before, you definitely should if you enjoy contemporary romance books and Surrender My Love is a great place to start! If you area already a fan, Cole's story is one that shouldn't be missed! I can't wait for more from Melissa Foster, and I will anxiously be awaiting her next book.
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