Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by World Literary Press on Feb 17, 2014
Source: Author, Tour Host
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Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.
Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the U.S. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.
A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge or are they destined to be apart forever?
This book was incredibly sweet. After the past few books that I have been reading, this was a breath of fresh air. Was there conflict? Yes. Were there lies and broken hearts? Yes. But it wasn’t too intense or crazy, and it was almost leisurely — which is exactly what I needed at the time.
Dex and Ellie have been dancing around the inevitable for years — and by “dancing”, I mean that they secretly love each other, but Ellie gets scared and runs away, and Dex’s heart breaks again — and all for good reason.
First of, I love Dex as a character (and not just because his full name is “Dexter”, which was a fantastic show for about 4-5 seasons.. ahem… but I digress): He’s a college grad who creates video games and he’s very successful. But he also wants the kids who play his games to not miss school, and to go to college and graduate. His hackles rise every time a fan tells him that they don’t need school to play video games for a living, which is essentially what Dex and half of his team do. I like that he stands up for education and feels a responsibility towards them, which brings up a brilliant idea in the book. And he has tattoos. I love tattoos.
Ellie is a bit more complicated, having a bad history of foster homes and a lot of bad stuff that goes down — but not as bad as one might think, and that’s what I meant by saying this book wasn’t as intense. Because it’s not. Was there bad stuff? Absolutely. Does she have a right to be scarred and damaged? Yes. But it’s nothing like the past few books I’ve read and for that I’m grateful. Every once in a while, you need a breather.
I feel like this is the book you turn to when you need to happily escape. I don’t make this comparison often, because the author I’m about to mention is one of my favorites of all time… But Melissa Foster, in her series and worlds, is similar to those of Nora Roberts. She has a lot of books that intertwine, but many of them can be standalone, and even if you’ve read the book before, when you need to get away, you turn to her books to refresh your life. I’ve done that many times with Nora Roberts, and I feel that Melissa Foster will be the same.
The only criticism that I noted was that there is quite a bit of texting between characters in the book, but no differentiation between that dialogue and spoken dialogue. I feel that if the bits of texting were italicized or a different font, it would be a bit clearer to the readers. But not a deal breaker.
So readers, read on, and look up the entire series — which I believe includes: “Love In Bloom: Snow Sisters”, “Love in Bloom: The Bradens” and “Love in Bloom: The Remingtons” (of which this is book #1.)