Crushing on Love
(The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor)
Publication date: September 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Bradens are a series of stand alone novels that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series.
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In CRUSHING ON LOVE…
Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.
Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.
When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?
The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.
Crushing on Love is book 4 in The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor series. The story revolves around Steve Johnson, a quiet, private, mountain man, and Shannon Braden, an outgoing, chatty, fox researcher. I liked Steve. He had all the makings of a sexy mountain. Quiet, reserved, strong, tall and thoughtful. But I had a hard time relating to Shannon. Not only was she overly chatty and rambled incessantly to the point that I was waiting for her to shut up, but I felt some of her actions and over excitement were a bit immature. Her use of “happy pack” in place of a “Happy Meal” & “shmores” in place of “s’mores”, was funny the first time, but ridiculously over used & past the point of good humor throughout the rest of the book. There was quite a bit of push & pull in the beginning where both characters spent a good amount of time contemplating their feelings and what he or she should do, over & over. Along with that, I felt the story moved at a slow pace and I became slightly bored. Another aspect of the story I found confusing was why Shannon took the job in Weston with hopes that a romance would bloom between her & Steve, yet had zero intentions of staying there, even if she got her man. In general, it was an okay story with a few comedic moments between friends & family members. I give it 3.5 Buckles.
Melissa 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. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
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