Sweet, Sexy Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys #8) Love in Bloom Contemporary Romance

· The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) Book 8 · Sold by World Literary Press
41 reviews

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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.

For this sweet bookstore owner, avoiding the charms of a famed-football-player-turned-author was supposed to be easy... Funny, sinfully sexy, opposite-attracts romance.

Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life, running her bookstore, taking long walks with Reno, her Labrador retriever seizure-response dog, and spending time with her close-knit family. She’s never needed thrills the way some of her sisters have. In an effort to control her epilepsy, she tries to avoid anything that creates too much excitement or stress—including relationships. When Amber hosts a book signing for famed-athlete-turned-author Dash Pennington, he’s everything she’s spent her life avoiding: loud, aggressive, and far too handsome, as proven by the hordes of women who surround him everywhere he goes. Amber can’t ignore the sparks flying between her and Dash, but this is a no-brainer for her: Ignore their chemistry and hold her breath until he leaves town.

Dash Pennington has spent his life running. Running the ball in for a touchdown, running from town to town to appease his public relations reps, and for years, running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his family, and lately, his sanity. But he’s ready to make a change. When he comes to the sleepy little town of Oak Falls, Virginia, and witnesses the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen living the life he craves, she refuses to have anything to do with him. But now that Dash has found the one thing he doesn’t want to run from, he’ll stop at nothing to win her over.


Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection, characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

Snow Sisters

The Bradens at Weston

The Bradens at Trusty

The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor

The Bradens & The Montgomerys

The Remingtons

The Ryders

Seaside Summers

Bayside Summers

Steeles at Silver Harbor

Wild Billionaires After Dark

Bad Billionaires After Dark

Harborside Nights

Tru Blue and The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor

The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside

Sugar Lake

Harmony Pointe

Silver Harbor


"When it comes to contemporary romances with realistic characters, an emotional love story and smokin' hot sex, author Melissa Foster always delivers!" The Romance Reviews

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

"I highly recommend this book to fans of Nora Roberts (one of my personal faves) and fans of a sweet story filled with heat and heart." - Tia Bach, author

"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated for Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing (on Fated for Love)

"I highly recommend the Snow Sisters all the Braden and Remington books....I am sure there are going to be other family's that intertwine and that is what I love most about these books. They remind me of the McCarthy of Gansett series and The Green Mountain series. I am a huge fan of Marie Force. And now Melissa Foster has joined her ranks...." - I Love NY, Reviewer


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction 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. Melissa loves to chat with book clubs and readers, invite her to your next event.

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of big-family, small-town romance. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are not, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

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41 reviews
Patti Lucas
August 4, 2021
I absolutely loved Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster, it is an incredible love at first sight love story. It is the ninth book in her The Bradens and Montgomerys: Pleasant Hills – Oak Falls series. Sweet, Sexy Heart is the first book that I have read by Melissa Foster and am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I was pleased that each book is a standalone and that I did not have to have read the other books in her series to enjoy Sweet Sexy Heart. Melissa Foster showed that she is an amazing storyteller. I could not put Sweet, Sexy Heart down and I loved every page. Who doesn't love hot sexy men, strong females, loving families and friends, who always support one another? I really enjoy how the book is told from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting the insight and feelings from the different characters. Sweet, Sexy Heart is a love at first sight love story and is filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. I love the lighter moments where I find myself smiling and laughing out loud. My favorite moments are the ones that pull at my heartstrings that cause me to sigh, as I read the heartbreaking moments. Sweet, Sexy Heart is filled with such moments, and with so much emotion. It is filled with all those things that we have come to love and expect in a love story, Melissa Foster did not disappoint, especially with the poignant and bittersweet moments that filled this page turner. Sweet, Sexy Heart is the story of Dash Pennington, retired professional football player, current motivational speaker and author of a new book, Capturing the Fire Within and Amber Montgomery, owner of Story Time bookstore, who was hosting the first stop of his book signing tour. Amber and Dash meet when Dash arrives early in Oak Harbor for some rest and relaxation. He heads to a jam session with a friend and unexpectedly meets Amber. He is taken by her before he even is introduced. After the introduction Amber disappears and heads home. Dash heads to Story Time and ends up assisting Amber in mailing out books for one of her online book clubs. I love that a photo of him reading the book on an airplane goes viral. Conversation between Amber and Dash flows so easily, I love that both Amber and Dash share secrets with one another that they have not shared with anyone before, especially the secrets that Dash shares about his family and Amber’s about her epilepsy. As Amber and Dash spend time together, things change between them and they both admit their true feelings for one another. I love what occurs following Amber and Dash’s first kiss, it is truly priceless. I love that Dash starts exercising with the women of Oak Harbor, and his plans for the future. My favorite part was how Dash fulfilled Amber’s teenage dreams, since teenage boys did not want to date her because of her epilepsy. It was so heartwarming. I enjoyed all the song choices that were interspersed throughout the story. I loved that Sweet, Sexy Heart is a more than just a romance, there are dilemmas that both Amber and Dash are facing that need to be resolved. I love Dash’s proposal and the ending of the love story, how both Amber and Dash change because of their love for one another and how Dash makes Amber’s dreams come true. Sweet, Sexy Heart is filled with poignant and bittersweet moments as well as plot twists. I love the characters and the family dynamic in Sweet, Sexy Heart the characters feel like family and friends. I enjoyed all the interactions between the Montgomery siblings and Dash’s interactions with his siblings, it feels like real family love and makes me laugh at their teasing. I loved all the characters in Sweet, Sexy Heart and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Who doesn’t love family and friends that always have each other’s backs? I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet, Sexy Heart, who doesn’t love a love at first sight love story. Highly recommend this incredible love story and am so looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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Leila Brenner
August 4, 2021
I have been reading Melissa Foster romances for a long time and whenever I think she can’t make her books any better, she finds a way to surprise me and makes it better than the last. I have no idea how she does it, but her characters continually evolve and just get better making for steamier, hotter, more romantic, and more loving romances! Amber is someone we have touched on a few times as several of her sisters have had their own romance journey, but it was so fun getting to know her. She is definitely someone I could see being friends with and wanting to spend time with! Dash is… wow. The biggest heart ever. He made everyone – myself included – fall in love with him instantly. You can’t help yourself! The electricity between Amber and Dash sizzles every time they are near each other and the things they go through and do for each other are… dreamy. Those are the things that slap you in the face and tell you that it’s real love. There were times in the story where you could feel the emotions. The hitch in the breath; the yearning to be close; the love; the heat radiating between the two of them. This romance story felt so much different, and I think that had to do with the characters. They were as unique as their love story. I could not put this book down and would love to see a future book about them. They definitely had a future, but one with unanswered questions. I would love to see how they work through those as the amazing couple that they are.
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Kristien Vanhove
August 4, 2021
One of the things I love the most about Melissa Foster's books is how she always manages to shine a light on important topics. In Sweet, Sexy Heart, the heroine has epilepsy. While reading, the author educates us about the illness, its symptoms, and the battles people who suffer from it and their loved ones have to fight. Amber was such a strong, sweet woman who build a big life in a small town. At first, she didn't want to give Dash the time of day because she had a specific image of him. That made her feel so realistic, Amber let her lead by the picture the media had drawn for her. Slowly she got to know the real Dash but made him work for her attention but once she was in, she was entirely in. Never before, a hero was swoony like Dash Pennington. The hero's we have met before don't hold a candle next to Dash Pennington. Even if I wanted to, I was unable to stop falling in love with him. Dash is perfect without being too much or fake. He is sweet, kind, considerate, attentive, supportive. He was open about his feelings and knew what he wanted in life and his relationships. Dash and Amber are perfect together. He didn't have judgments about Amber's condition. Dash educated himself and did his best to make everything as comfortable as possible. He made sure Amber lived her life to the fullest, but at a pace her health allowed. I loved the most about their relationship how they supported each other. Dash and Amber were different but had things in common that made their relationship so unique. They were also both very honest about their feelings. They communicated like adults, played no games, their relationship was real. Before Dash, Amber didn't have much sexual experience, but she came out of her shell what made up for some pretty hot sex scènes. Like in all Melissa Foster books, we get to catch up with old friends. Everyone is connected or knows each other in some way or form. Sweet, Sexy Heart is a perfect small-town romance with hilarious characters, where everyone knows and cares for everyone. Sweet, Sexy Heart is lighthearted and low on drama. There was some, but it all gets worked through very mature and fast. This story swept me off my feet. It made my heart race with emotion and swell with love. If you are looking for a perfect small-town romance that's low on drama but still touches some important topics, this is your book. You never go wrong with buying a book written by Melissa Foster. Her stories are everything you never knew you needed. I received an ARC from the author and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction 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. Melissa loves to chat with book clubs and readers, invite her to your next event.

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