DREAMING OF LOVE by Melissa Foster: ARC Review

Posted January 27, 2015 in Giveaway, Reviews / 2 Comments

DREAMING OF LOVE by Melissa Foster: ARC Review

DREAMING OF LOVE by Melissa Foster: ARC ReviewDreaming of Love by Melissa Foster
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens #11
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: January 20th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 385
Source: Author
Format: eARC
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Emily Braden is a leader in architectural preservation, a pillar in her small hometown, and successful in everything she does—with the exception of finding true love. She’s watched several of her brothers fall in love, and she needs this trip to Tuscany to get away from it all and to stop focusing on what she doesn’t have.

 Dae Bray doesn’t do flings, and he never stays in one place for very long. As a demolitionist, he goes where jobs take him, and the more often he travels, the better. His trip to Tuscany is all work—until he meets smart and sexy Emily, who makes him reconsider his fear of settling down, his no-fling rule—and just about everything else he’s ever believed about himself.

 Passion sizzles as Dae and Emily explore the history and beauty of Tuscany. Their romance moves beyond tourist attractions to the bedroom, blossoming into a deep connection neither can deny. But their worlds collide when Emily wants to preserve the property that Dae is there to demolish. Can a woman who sees the beauty in preservation and a man whose life is spent tearing things down find a solid foundation for their love?


Who goes on a vacation to her dream location and meets the man of her dreams and on the first day of her vacation? Emily Braden, that’s who. All I can say is that if all vacations locales came with such a guarantee, there would be no-one at home!

Emily has always longed to visit Tuscany, Italy and her wish was finally granted when one of her brothers picked the bill and sent her on her dream vacation. The getaway was needed because in addition to being overworked, Emily needs a break from all her coupled-up siblings as she is constantly reminded of what she does not have. In spite of the beautiful scenery, Emily is immediately attracted to the hot guy she meets on her first night in Tuscany.

 As a highly sought after demolitions expert, Dae Bray travels round the world for work and he is in Tuscany to  conduct an assessment on a job when he meets Emily and he’s immediately taken with her. Unfortunately, he does not do flings anymore and even if he did, Emily is definitely not the type. So why does he find himself putting his work to the side to follow Emily around the Tuscan countryside?

Emily is a champion for preserving old architecture, a position which is at odds with Dae’s work in demolitions. When she discovers that the old building the locals call House of Wishes with its myth for granting wishes is his next project, she begins a campaign to changes his mind.

I started this book with a smile on my face because I was enjoying the fun and flirty banter between Emily and Dae and suddenly the heat went from a slow burn to full bast! These two fell very hard and fast for each other and Dae turned out to be quite the romantic – the long walks, the flowers, the drives around the countryside, the tours of the local attractions- he brought romance to every bit if it. The banter between them kept that smile on my face all the way to the end. The entire story is heartwarming – the relationship between Emily and Dae along with the conflicts and their resolutions; the House of Wishes and its legend as well as catching up with the entire Braden family was fun. DREAMING OF LOVE is the perfect falling-in-love tale, sweet and dreamy with a heavy dose of steam.

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success.

When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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