Thursday, April 19, 2018

Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster Blog Tour

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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance

Grace has been living a very successful life. She has come home for just a few short weeks to visit, but she knows that she made the right choice in following her dreams and leaving her small town. Her dream was to write and work on plays. However, being back home with her family and sisters, she realizes that she was missing something... she was missing the connection to living.

Reed is back home to help his uncle. There are memories everywhere of his time, and when he runs in to Grace, his first love, sparks fly. Reed is sure that he is living the life he has wanted, but when his past comes back, Reed is confronted with truths that alter his perception of his life.

Grace and Reed have to decide if their love, which still burns bright for each other, is strong enough for distance and obstacles. It's a sweet story about finding love again, never losing hope, and finding the joys in life. I really enjoyed watching Grace and Reed figure out what made them happy, as well as finding a happy medium with their own families. The chemistry between Reed and Grace was hot and well developed.

Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster was a lovely, heartfelt read with just the right amount of heat! This was my first time reading any of Foster’s books, but I have to say so far, I am totally into these cowboys! The first book in The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill-Oak Falls) series follows the story of Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross, which was an easy story to find myself fully invested in. I love a good second chance romance!

Grace left her small-town home in Oak Falls, Virginia to pursue her dreams in New York City and she’s now a successful independent producer for off Broadway. When she returns to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class at her sister’s bookstore, she never imagined she would run into Reed, her first love. Due to a stupid high school rivalry, they kept their relationship a secret from all their friends, but they’re not high schoolers anymore and all those old feelings are rushing back.

I loved that Grace’s character was such a strong independent woman and I was completely smitten with Reed! They had such amazing chemistry on the pages and I loved reading about how their characters have grown over the years. Plus, all of Grace’s siblings were such a riot and I can’t wait to see what mischief they’re up to in future books. All in all, it was a perfect choice for those of us who love a good contemporary romance and some southern charm!

5 STARS for Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Small town romances can be hard when the people involved are in high school, go to different schools, and what to do after graduation looms in the background. Grace and Reed's love story ended almost as soon as it began. Grace wanted bright lights and big city, while Reed never wanted to leave their hometown. She broke up with Reed so that he could find someone in their small town to make a family with while she pursued her dreams. She thought he would never leave Oak Falls and when he did, she was devastated.

When Gracie takes a break and comes home, she's surprised to find Reed building a deck for her parents. Reed is just as surprised to see Gracie and happy to learn that she's single. Grace is not sure if she wants to get involved with Reed again, after all, she's living in New York and he's in Oak Falls.

Reed is willing to do anything for Grace – he wants her to live her dreams and he will do anything to make them come true. All he wants Grace to do is to follow her heart.

First loves may not always turn out to be lifelong love stories, but when they do, it gives everyone hope.

This is another lovely read from Ms. Foster. My only warning is that once you start, you really will just want to read it straight through!

This is a fabulous second chance romance – and as what happened first time around is uncovered, we can really only love them both all the more, and it certainly makes Grace realise that what she had held as true for a very long time, was not. Poor Reed also gets to make a family discovery which affects him deeply. Yet they are now both mature enough to recognise that things may be different, but they still love each other, and time has not changed the bond.

Utterly adorable as a couple and surrounded by some wonderful characters too, this manages to be very hot and steamy, as well as hilarious, and even very moving. There is no doubt that there is plenty more to come out of the Pleasant Hill-Oak Falls series. As long as we have plenty of interjections from Nana, I will be happy!!

Just grab a copy, find a hideaway, a drink, and indulge in the warmest, cheekiest read... nirvana.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys, #1) by Melissa Foster to read and review for this tour.


  1. What fantastic reviews!!! Thank you all so much for the Grace and Reed love!!

  2. I'm sure you'll see Nana again ;-)
    Thank you ALL for your fabulous reviews! You're rock stars XOXO


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