Embracing Her Heart
The Bradens and Montgomerys
(Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) – Book 1
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press
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…
A second chance to get it right … *happy sigh* This should have been a bit of an angsty read, but it wasn’t. I think that’s where it kinda failed for me. I’m not giving away the plot, but from the blurb alone, you should expect a bit of angst. Everything else about the story was on-point. Per usual, this was very well written, but it lacked the wow factor I’m so used to with this author.
The story was definitly sweet and full of heart. It’s a perfect rainy afternoon read!
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Embracing Her Heart was a sweet second chance. Grace is back in her hometown and having trouble avoiding her first love, Reed.
While I had some trouble getting lost in Embracing Her Heart, Reed kept me hooked. I fell in love with him quickly, and loved watching him convince Grace they could still spark as much as they once had. Grace was a stubborn, independent woman. She was a tough nut for me to crack, but k eventually did.
Overall, Embracing Her Heart was sweet and fun, with some spice thrown in. It was very evenly paced, and very little drama. Recommended to the reader looking for a relaxing read
3,5* for this one.
I’ve deducted 1,5* due to the fact that Grace bugged the hell out of me in the begging. Her attitude toward Reed as to why they broke up in high school or when he told her he was engaged just didn’t sit well with me.I just couldn’t get past that at first.
But as the story continues mostly due because of Reed I started worming up to her and her character. As far as Reed goes – that man can have me any day of the week.
After I got past annoyance with Grace this story developed beautifully and was funny and sweet by the end.
It wasn’t my favorite but I’ll be picking up Mellissa’s book in the future for sure.
***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
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