Series: Love In Bloom #29, The Ryders #1
Published by World Literary Press
Publication Date: October 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
You fell in love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series.
Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.
Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying.
Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.
THE RYDERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.
Blue Ryder has been interested in Lizzie Barber from the very first time he saw her but in the one year since then, she has rejected every one of his advances. Blue is not willing to give up and helping her fix up her kitchen is the perfect opportunity to be close to her and wear down her resistance. Lizzie has put her social life on hold because of her secret life and while it’s difficult to resist Blue, her concerns about his reaction to her secret mean that she must continue to resist him, but a moment of weakness changes everything between them and now that she’s had a taste of what a relationship with him would be like, it’s hard to give him up even though she knows she must come clean before things get too deep between them.
I love this series but I think that this book is one of my favorites. Blue and Lizzie’s story is not just sweet and passionate and romantic, but it’s also messy, difficult and imperfect. Lizzie is such an interesting mix of naughty and nice, with very strong convictions and a very giving heart. Many people would do anything for themselves, but I don’t know how many would put their lives on hold for someone else to that extent. My only issue was that she did not come clean with Blue before starting anything.
And Blue. Not many guys would be so understanding of their girlfriend’s secret life but after his initial reaction (which really made me mad) wore off, he was able to appreciate her motivation and her business skills. And I love that he’s so open about how he feels about her, so honest about his concerns and so willing to deal with them constructively.
SEIZED BY LOVE was a bit out of the box of what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Foster but after my initial discomfort, I loved it. It may be easy to judge someone for their choices when those choices are not what we expect of them, but no-one really knows the lengths they would go to in certain situations until they find themselves there. I love how good together Blue and Lizzie were and how much they had in common, from their giving natures to their shared sexual interests.
This story is not just about Blue and Lizzie’s hot chemistry and sexy interludes and how they worked out their issues, but it’s also about family expectations and unconditional love and support. The way I see it, a lot of Lizzie’s angst about her show was tied to her conservative upbringing, the expectations of others and her fear of disappointing them.
I actually love that Ms. Foster brought something very fresh to this series with SEIZED BY LOVE and I’m looking forward to the rest of the Ryder siblings’ stories.