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You met Rex Braden in Lovers at Heart, Book One of the The Bradens (Love in Bloom Series). Jade Johnson is about to turn his comfortable rancher's life upside down. Don't miss this powerful love story.DESTINED FOR LOVE is a hot contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoyYou met Rex Braden in Lovers at Heart, Book One of the The Bradens (Love in Bloom Series). Jade Johnson is about to turn his comfortable rancher's life upside down. Don't miss this powerful love story.DESTINED FOR LOVE is a hot contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers’ Favorite Awards, Romance Sizzle categoryDespite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.(...

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  • RedL.
    2019-04-03 21:58

    2,50 Not quite a telenevola stars Sigh. I think it's official, I'm in no condition to really appreciate anything I am reading right now.. Especially after Ruick and Melanthe. Maybe I shouldn't write reviews in this state, but here I am.I got a free copy of this book via Instafreebie and it's not influencing my rating. The premises were too good to resist: a family feud, a couple from opposite sides, cowboy, horses. Who could resist, right? Well, I'm not angry at the story, I wanted something fluffy. With its high count of tropes, non-sensical reactions, perfect smutty and tender moments, it turned out to be both cute and OTT, telenovela style at moments. Mind you, I grew up with South-American telenovelas, I know drama, I LUUUUUURVE drama, but it has to convince me, you need to sweep me away. Destined for lovecoasted mild, unoriginal waters despite including so many explosive elements. Even if this can read as a standalone, there was the info-dumping effect anyway, what with all the Braden siblings and other couples coming from previous books. Quite some recaps on everyone.Too much was explained, told, and in a way that was distracting from real feelings rather than unducing them. At the beginning there was too much eye-fucking and immediate, unreal extreme body reactions between the leads Rex and Jade. Their dialogues and reactions to each others often reminded me of teen-agers rather than people in their thirties. It was odd. If you're using the card that they had been secretly in love with each others since school but avoided each others due to their families' problems, you have to play it right. I want to see meaningful, poignant flashbacks from that period to illustrate their secret attraction, make it palpable after all these years yet, let the reader truly experience it with them, with the guilt and shame that came with it. The turn towards fated lovers was, in this lacking context, much less believable and even forced, especially with the added almost supernatural element The sexual pull between them, their need for closeness, was believably rendered, the falling in love felt kinda rushed even if inevitable. Rex was quite an ass at the beginning, some of his thoughts about men and women were so alpha at times they seemed out of place with the character, then he would say and do just the mooooooost romantic stuff. It did worry me to read that he initially thought he could never love outside of his family, it certainly didn't make him appear love-worthy, but you know, long-hidden fated love and all conquers every doubt. Not a perfect balance. Jade was also a mixed bag and in the end, much less verbally open about her feelings than Rex. I didn't like the author dropping the element of her stalkerish ex without really working it meaninfully in the story, why mention it at all, just to explain why she came back to Weston? Not necessary. What I most loved about them, apart from how they wanted each others, was their caring and deep-seated love for animals, horses in particular. No scene with them bored me. Good thing, considering one of the main characters is a horse, with a human soul.The sex scenes were good enough,sometimes the prose was killing it instead of selling it, passionate without monster cocks and dedicated, unabashed lovers, but nothing out of the ordinary. I liked Jade being more sexually forward than Rex. The family feud and the conflicts in loyalties were the main obstacle thoughout the book, one with a ripple effect in many other areas between the families of lost friends. I felt like it was handled well, weighed too much, dragged a bit too long at the same time. At times both leads seemed too psychologically dependants on their fathers. Like I said before, the drama elements were all there, starting from the loss of Rex's mother during his childhood, but the execution was not deep enough, the writing didn't support it. I am sure the connection with the dead mother would equally bring some to tears and others to disbelieving laughter. I couldn't suspend my desbelief all the time, no matter how good-looking the cowboys were and how much the story wanted me to believe in fate. For anyone into enemy-to lovers, Romeo and Juliet scenarios, this could work pretty well.

  • Bj
    2019-03-29 20:50

    4 "Family Feuds and Their Star Crossed Lovers" Stars for the story and narration.Destined for Love is perfect for lovers of the forbidden love trope, particularly Romeo & Juliet styled romances. Whether you have already fallen in love with the Bradens, are a fan of Western romances, or are just looking for a sweet, feel-good romance, Destined for Love is likely to appeal to a large audience of romance lovers. Moreover, BJ Harrison's smooth, tranquil voice makes this a good audiobook format choice for sitting back and relaxing to a heart-felt tale.The hero of this story is Rex--Treat Braden's brother from book 1, Lovers at Heart. Rex is your good all-American cowboy who runs his family's ranch. He's the kind of guy who is an alpha hero and who you can count on both in terms of loyalty and protection. So imagine his conflict at the realization that the one woman who really ignites his feelings of love and desire is the one woman he cannot under any circumstances have because she is a Johnson, the family that borders his family's ranch and his family's sworn enemy due to a feud between the two family patriarchs. Jade had always had a crush on Rex, but when she left town she never thought she would get a chance to explore her feelings for Rex given the family feud. Then several years later she returns. She now has a successful veterinarian practice and has lived through and moved on from a bad relationship, but still feels those same familiar stirrings when she sees Rex. And then Rex comes to her rescue, and they both feel those feelings stir, even if the same old family feud still stands in the way. Will Jade and Rex get a real chance to explore their attraction to one another? Moreover, will they be the glue that finally finds resolution for the family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons or will the feud become an inconquerable obstacle to their love?BJ Harrison has a melodic voice which pulls the listener in for a comfort listen. While Mr. Harrison doesn't have a huge range in his voices for characters, he does slightly vary his voice for each character. Additionally, he is able to impart emotion and empathy in the right parts of the story to add an additional element of feeling to the story.All in all, Destined for Love is a good choice for any time that you're looking for a sweet, wholesome feel good romance with a good conflict subplot that will add to the intrigue and allure of the romance. Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

  • Tina
    2019-04-19 16:48

    Hotness Rating 3 out of 5Review to come...

  • ChuCha
    2019-03-31 15:56

    Review Originally Posted at: Book FreakRating: 4.5 StarsI have already met Rex when I read Treat’s story. Even then, his rough exterior didn’t put me off. Despite being hard on the outside, this man is a sweet, sensitive creature who’s wealth didn’t just come from his family but from hard work. Unlike Treat who built his empire, Rex opted to stay at the ranch and worked day and night helping his father. He was not the one to flaunt his affairs, he was afraid to cause his father distress. But there was only one girl who had caught his interest since then, one girl he couldn’t have. And now, she’s back in town – more beautiful and more irresistible than ever, the daughter of his father’s arch nemesis, Jade Johnson.After running away from a disastrous relationship and trying to put into practice her degree in veterinary medicine, Jade Johnson comes back to the safety and security of her small hometown. Her world was as mundane as it could be until an incident made her cross-paths with Rex Branden.Not-so-good family history would have stopped them both to be together. They did try to stay away from each other – saving their family not just from humiliation, but from heartaches. The excitement of a forbidden love-affair, not to mention fifteen LONG years of hidden attraction makes the passion stronger than ever – will one of them be strong enough to fight it? Or will both of them succumb to it? Loyalties and relationships will be tested. Will their love be enough to stop the long-standing feud between the family?I loveeeeed Rex and I just knew there was something between him and Jade even from the first book. The sparks were already there, ready to explode once one of them will be brave enough to ignite it. I was wondering who will make the first move, how will their relationship come about, and how will it affect both families… what I didn’t expect is a story about the legend that might prove Rex and Jade are two souls who are meant to be together. The legend was something different and new to my ears. It adds a nice touch to the story.Unlike their fathers, Rex’s siblings were unexpectedly accepting of their relationship. They already liked Jade but already warned Rex about the consequences of their action. The both of them might acted like horny teenagers at some point – but both of them have good heads on their shoulder to consider their families before themselves. But when the time came that both of them needed to chose, they already know what their choices are.It’s always hard to choose between the ones you love – but in the end, no matter what you choose, family will always be family. No pride, no feud, and no forbidden romance can drive it apart.Destined for Love is a modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet, only that the ending was way different. It’s about love, friendship, family and loyalty. I have fallen in love with this series the first time I read Lovers at Heart and will surely to read every single one of them. ★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

  • FicCentral
    2019-04-11 19:57

    Rex Braden doesn't know what started the feud between his family and the Johnsons, but he knows better than to pursue Earl Johnson's daughter Jade. Problem is that she's the only woman who's ever caught his eye and held it, and while she may be off limits, she's still everything he's ever wanted.It seems like chance keeps bringing them together, but when they both start falling, that chance begins to look a whole lot more like destiny. But with decades of bad blood, stubborn parents, and disputed land between them, making an honest go of it isn't going to be easy.The Verdict: Oh, sexy Rexy! In many ways, this might have been my perfect book. Melissa Foster took me home to a ranch, gave me back the Arabian my Daddy bought me when I was a kid, and threw in a sexy as sin but ultimately gentleman cowboy. I'm already sold on her writing, and about the only thing that would have ruined this book for me would have been something along the lines of an alien invasion or zombie outbreak.The whole star-crossed lovers thing in Destined for Love was different than I expected. With the feuding families, I thought Jade and Rex would be at each other's throats, but from the very beginning, they began to bring out the best in each other. Sure, they butted heads, and their futile attempts at hiding their attraction from each other led to some awesome misunderstandings, but Rex remained the gentleman, and Jade was as sweet as she was feisty. It really was the perfect country pairing.And at first, I thought the feud was crazy (I guess I was kind of in sync with the Jade and the Braden kids in this one), but the more I saw of the fathers, the more I believed it. It really is nuts what people will hold against each other for ages, and it seemed these guys were no different from the rest of us in that respect. Emotion almost always wins over logic when it comes to these things, and true to life, emotion started it, and emotion ended it.I guess it goes without saying that this is the perfect romance for anyone who can appreciate the everyday life on a ranch — from mending fences to mucking stalls to running to the feed store. But for those who don't know the difference between Rogues and Ropers, it's still a great escape into a modern cowboy romance.

  • Maria
    2019-04-17 17:50

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Two star crossed lovers kept apart by a family feud are the central characters in Melissa Foster’s Destined for Love, the second book in her contemporary romance series, The Bradens. Well developed characters, good dialogue and just the right amount of spicy romance kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. While a part of a series, this book can be enjoyed completely on its own.A hard working cowboy who’s kept the family ranch running successfully, Rex Braden has reached a crossroad in his life. Tired of settling for part time relationships, Rex knows he wants something more – he just doesn’t know what that is until he runs into Jade Johnson, the girl who got away because of a family feud. He just didn’t realize he’d have to choose between what his heart wants and his family.Returning home after losing her vet practice and being stalked by an ex who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word no, Jade Johnson wants a chance to start over. When her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue, Jade realizes she can no longer deny the attraction between them. She just didn’t plan on losing her heart.The scenes between Rex and Jade are well written and lots of fun. They have great verbal and physical chemistry. Ms. Foster does a good job developing their characters; both are hard working, loyal and deeply devoted to their families. They also know the relationship growing between them is mean to be. They’ll have to take a united stand against their family’s ridiculous feud.The secondary characters are also well written and I enjoyed getting to know the Bradens better. I also enjoyed meeting Jade’s family, especially her dad, Earl. We also get to meet Rex’s horse, Hope, who’s been a "member" of Rex’s family for a while, and who plays an important part in Rex and Jade’s relationship.Will Rex and Jade have what it takes to make their relationship work? Will the love between them be enough to become a bridge between their families? You’ll have to read Destined for Love to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Foster’s work.

  • Charlotte Lynn
    2019-04-18 20:58

    A long standing family feud is keeping Rex Braden and Jade Johnson from the happy ending they both deserve and want. Rex’s dad and Jade’s dad grew up as best friends and continued that friendship into adult life. Then one day it all fell apart and they no longer would even acknowledge each other. The rules were set to the kids of the Johnson and Braden families to not have ANY contact with the other family. But love comes flying above the feud. Rex and Jade have circled around each other since they were teenagers, now as adults they cannot keep their feelings in check. Their hope is that their families will come together and support each other, or their only option will be to move out of their hometown so they can find the happy ever after they need.Destined for Love is book 5 of 9 in the Love In Bloom series. I cannot say it is my favorite, since I have loved each of the stories for their own tale, but it is definitely one of them. Rex is hot from the minute he is introduced to the reader in Book One of the Bradens stories and I could not wait to know what would come of him. I knew and hoped that his true love would come riding in and turn his life upside down. My favorite part of this story is certainly the hot and steamy scenes where there were no holds barred and the love and sexiness shined between Rex and Jade. But this story also showed how two adults, who love their respective families, can stand up to their fathers and make them realize that they had made mistakes and that forgiving was part of living in order to be able to live their lives together. I easily give this book five stars, more if that is possible. There are some extremely sexy and hot scenes that are not suitable for all readers. Once you start reading Destined for Love you will not be able to put it down. I highly recommend you read all the books in this series, but it is not necessary to enjoy this book.

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-03-24 00:04

    I've heard so much about Melissa Foster. It seemed like everywhere I turned, someone was reviewing one of her books. So when I had the opportunity to read one, I jumped on board. Destined For Love is part of The Bradens' series.It is a stand alone novel, but it will have you craving the other...erm 9 books in the series. I did it again, I haven't read any of the other books, but it didn't really affect how I felt about this one.The story has a bit of the Romeo and Juliet premise, of a family feud. Of course, this being a romance, we don't have to worry about either Rex or Jade dying at the end!Yay!Melissa's writing reminds me of Linda Lael Miller's Creed Saga..that spanned a bajillion books, or so it seemed. Well, except for one thing, Melissa's story has a little more spice.Mmmm. Spicy cowboys! Yum!Seriously Jade and Rex were a fabulous couple.Jade's love for animals is what drew me to her, especially her care for Flame and Hope. I'm a sucker for books with animals, always have been. Oh and Riley's nickname for Rex is awesome..Sexy Rexy! It really doesn't get any better than this.It really was painful waiting for the resolution of the feud. The reason wasn't what I was expecting but it made sense.This is a perfect quick read for anyone that loves books about families or if you just love a good hunky cowboy hero!If you haven't read Melissa yet, what is stopping you?

  • Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
    2019-03-29 22:42

    Thanks to Melissa Foster and Tasty Book Tours for the opportunity to continue to read this great series. I have been hooked since the very first story, Sisters in Love. With each book, I fall more in love with the characters. Rex, oh sexy, stubborn, Alpha male cowboy Rex. We met Rex in Lovers at Heart, since he is Treat's brother. Jade, is the daughter of Earl Johnson, who has had an ongoing conflict with Hal Braden, the father of the Braden's. Family feud, long time crush (mutual) and stubbornness lead to an amazing hot forbidden romance, until Momma Braden intervenes from Heaven in only a way that she could. Hope, her horse, has an amazing way of bringing Hal to follow what Momma Braden wants done. (Side note: Melissa, can we get a picture of Hope??) Family, loyalty and love bring about changing two old men and ending a 40 year feud. I think Momma Braden had enough. As of right now, Rex and Jade's story is my favorite of the Braden's and Snow Sisters. I can't wait to read the rest of them! Reviewed by Sarah

  • Marissa Chavez
    2019-03-29 22:37

    Couldn't put this book down. I was rooting for Rex and Jade since the beginning. They were just something about them that you instantly loved. Such a great book. Can't wait to read about Riley and Josh's story next.

  • Alex Rosa
    2019-03-29 18:54

    [ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.][Read other reviews on]3.5 StarsI thought this book was quite adorable from beginning to end. I am a sucker for these types of stories, and practically all the characters were so damn charming it was nearly impossible to not fall in love with every and every one of them. (which has me eager for the series).(This is where I admit that this is the first book I have read by Melissa Foster, and of the Braden Series, but I don't think reading this book out of order affected the story in any way. However, like I implied before, I am more curious than ever to read more about these Braden's. Okay, back to the review...)It may seem cliché at times, but aren’t all romances? Regardless, cliché’s are my favorite, if you can even call them that. For me, when it comes to snuggling up with a good book before I go to bed, these are my favorite books. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ family feud, and forbidden love? Personally, I can’t get enough. And with a charming, handsome character like Rex Braden to read about, I’d read on forever.Rex is your favorite type of cowboy –the country gentlemen with his moments of bad-boy roguishness, with the occasional one night stand(s) thrown into his past. But he loves his family, his horses, and is smart enough to realize when he might actually fall in love with a person, though he might have considered it impossible before meeting said woman. I just adored him. He is clever, honest, loyal (and hot) –in nearly everything he attempts and I just find all those qualities so wonderful in a male lead, because they don’t mess around, and Rex Braden certainly does not mess around. I feel like I should be winking as I read/say that. ;)Jade Johnson is a great female lead. She has her quirks, but is passionate, sincere, and sassy at times, but she holds her ground so solidly. Also gorgeous, and it almost hurts to admit. She has her insecurities, of course, but never did I feel like she was a wavering flower at her leading man’s whim. I loved that one of the twists with this potentially typical horse/ranch theme was that she is passionate about holistic approach when it came to horses. It made the character feel more in tune with her emotions, which complimented her romantic endeavors in a wonderfully sincere manner. Not to mention, making this story far less typical.Now to the family feud. Of course these two perfect individuals won’t have it easy, but as they learn to love you get to hear about how Rex had grown up admiring her from afar, and that Jade had done the same all along too. I was concerned for these two and really wondered where the story was going to take the feuding issue and finally dish out a resolution so they could be together. But there is so much sweetness in between the waiting, including a clever twist that I won’t give away but surely it ties the solution up into a cute bow , and was satisfying to read up until the end.Any person who’s a fan of romance will enjoy this book. It’s got all the ingredients you know you want. A solid story. A dynamic couple that are so perfect and sweet it makes your teeth hurt at times. Also, we cannot forget the steamy scenes that had me wishing I had a Rex Braden of my own. This is a book I’d take to the beach with me or on a flight; fun and entertaining, and it didn’t make my brain hurt, but it had me smiling (sometimes even snickering). 3.5 stars.

  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    2019-04-06 15:46

    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed ReviewsAfter ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.Thank you to Shaz at Fiction Addiction Book Tours for letting me take part on this tour, today is the last stop and I hope you enjoyed everyone's posts.I really love Melissa's writing. I loved Sister's in Love and Lover's at Heart. I'm eager to read Sister's in Bloom and Sister's in White as well as the rest of The Braden's series.Rex reminded me of an injured animal. He was hurt so much when his mum died that he's been too scared to fall in love. Until Jade. Rex is extremely hot but also very broody and brash. He's a typical man not being able to show his feelings. Jade is Rex's apple.Jade is this little feisty ball of hotness. She is a beautiful woman. Rex is all she's ever wanted. He's the one she's thought about for years but she never thought she could be with him. Way before she was born their fathers had a massive fight and a feud began.I really loved the story of the dance of two lovers. It was perfect for Rex and Jade.It was really great to catch up with Max,  Treat, Danica, Blake, Kylie and the rest of the Braden's. I'm eagerly anticipating reading Friendship on Fire, I can already tell its going to be good.I knew from the beginning how I wanted this book to end but I kept asking myself if their love going to be enough. Would it really conquer all?Melissa really shows the way Jade and Rex have been in love for years but were too scared of the fall out to every try. She manages to capture their yearning and passion for each other that has been simmering behind the scenes and turn it into a wonderfully romantic and challenging story, all at the same time.Sisters in Love, book one in the Love in Bloom series, is still free, yes I said FREE on Amazon US and UK, and Barnes and Noble.Melissa has kindly offered a giveaway on this tour of 3 e-copies of Lovers at Heart.a Rafflecopter giveaway 

  • Barb Lie
    2019-03-24 15:48

    Destined for Love by Melissa Foster is the 5th book in her Love in Bloom series. When I started this series with the Snow Sisters, I thought this was going to be a good series. I was wrong, it is a GREAT series, as each book keeps getting better and better. I had just finished reading a few paranormal or historical books, and wanted something light and fast to enjoy. WOW…I read Destined for Love in one sitting. When I read the last book, Lovers at Heart, I thought it was wonderful, not to mention very steamy with a fabulous couple. In that book, I was not crazy about Rex Braden, our hero in this book, since he seemed cold, and sullen. At the start of Destined for Love, he didn’t change my mind, since he was still the same. Right from the start, I loved our heroine Jade Johnson. She comes across as a strong, independent, spunky, and fun loving young lady. The key to this story is the feud between the Bradens and the Johnsons that has been going on for 15 years. The feud is really between the patriarchs of the families, with the children avoiding each other out of loyalty to their fathers. But we see immediately that both Rex and Jade have felt a deep and frustrating attraction to each other all those years, and every time they see each other, the pull is very strong. But they continue to hide their feelings because of this feud.Jade is now a veterinarian, working mostly with horses, and her reputation keeps growing with her special ways with the horses. They both find themselves coming face to face a few times, and each knows they cannot act on their feelings. Jade in her dreams, wants Rex, but Rex continues to scowl and be somewhat of an A**. He desperately hides his feelings and then one day, nothing can hold them back from their lustful feelings. What follows is a wonderful, not to mention a steamy affair they try to hide from others. Once Jade got her hands on Rex, or was it the other way around; he totally changed as far as I was concerned. I fell in love with Rex then, as he and Jade were so perfect for each other. When Rex finally decides he can’t hide his feelings anymore, he blows their relationship open for all to see. It was so beautiful to see his brothers and sister stand behind him. What a family, and they are all hot too.  It is Jade who must help Hope, the Braden’s sick horse, whom used to belong to their deceased mother. This is where Hal Braden & Jade’s father angrily come face to face, as all the Bradens watch. Will Jade and Rex be able to stay together? Will this feud ever end? Please please read this wonderful book to find out.I love the Bradens, and I am thrilled there are many more of them to come. Destined for Love has everything you want in a book, romance, wonderful couple, steamy sex, fabulous family, and a terrific storyline of a relationship that is forbidden by a long time family feud. Melissa, just keep on cranking them out, as I am totally in love. Barb

  • Jess Bickerton
    2019-04-01 18:51

    Destined for Loveis part of a 9 book series by Melissa Foster called 'Love in Bloom'. My first Melissa Foster novel was Where Petals Fall, a psychological mystery, which I recently reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed. I was excited to read Destined for Love, as I was keen to see how Melissa's writing tackled the Romance genre in comparison to mystery, and I can honestly say it didn't disappoint.Destined for Love, although being part of a series, can be read as a stand alone novel. However, Melissa is a brilliant author, so I would definitely recommend reading the rest of the series - I am going to! This story follows the forbidden love between Jade and Rex, as a result of a long-standing family feud. It is very Romeo-and-Juliet-esque (always a winner!). After finding her life turned upside down, Jade returns to the small town she grew up in and starts to get her life back on track. Little did she know that when her path crossed with Rex Braden, all the chemistry and sparks from the past would start flying again.Ever since they were teenagers, Rex and Jade were unable to explore the connection they felt between them, as their fathers were in an ongoing dispute and their relationship would not be accepted by their families. However, Jade's return to her hometown sees her and Rex fighting to take a stand against their families in order to hold onto the strong relationship they could have together.Melissa's writing is effective in giving the reader a real sense of the chemistry and the tension in this relationship. You can feel the passion between the two characters and there are a few saucy scenes to help get the blood pumping ladies! ;) Rex is your typically good 'book boyfriend' - he's hot with a tough exterior, but on the inside he is a genuine, loving and protective man. It is easy to see why Jade finds herself so hopelessly attracted to Rex, especially when you see how Rex stands up for Jade and fights to keep her by his side *swoon*. Jade is a very likeable character. After the nasty relationship she has escaped from, the reader is left cheering her on and hoping for things to work out for her and Rex.Melissa's writing is very successful in portraying the romantic journey of Jade and Rex. Her imagery brings the story to life for the reader and she brilliantly captures the reader's heart, drawing the reader in to the entangled love of Jade and Rex. Although many romance stories can be predictable, Melissa Foster's exploration of intense feelings and hot, steamy scenes, makes for a brilliant read.I would definitely recommend this novel if you enjoy a good romance story, tinged with sexiness and two hot, loveable characters.

  • Carrie Lahain
    2019-04-15 18:52

    I've been enjoying Foster's Love In Bloom series of contemporary romances, though it's a challenge keeping up with them! Book 2 of The Bradens is a departure from the previous books. Sure, there's a gorgeous heroine and a virile, take-charge hero. But Rex Braden and Jade Johnson, while they get off to a rocky start, know they're meant to be pretty much from the beginning. The complication has to do with the decades-long conflict between their rancher fathers. This is great because there's none of that "when will these two wake up" annoyance that sinks so many romances for me. Instead, we get Romeo & Juliet in the Colorado Rockies.Jade is a fully realized, red-blooded character who leaps off the page. She's back home after a rough time in Oklahoma, where her former boyfriend couldn't quite let go. The specter of this stalker is so strong at the beginning of the book, I found myself waiting for him to show up. He doesn't. This disappointed me a little, though Foster does a good job of showing how his actions have haunted Jade and impacted her view of men--especially possessive men like Rex. In that way, the ex IS present in the action, and I have to admit it's a sophisticated way to handle this kind of plot element. It was probably my own blood-thirstiness that made me look forward to seeing Rex pound the guy.Rex is an unusual mix of strength and gentleness. In some of Foster's past books, I was critical of her over-softening her alpha males. The contradictions work better with Rex, because he's such an introverted person to begin with. You can tell a lot of his snorting and pawing is pure one of stallions he loves to work with. His worry about his father's reaction to the relationship with Jade is so childlike. You just want to hug the poor guy.It was great catching up with characters from the earlier books. And there's a teeny tiny paranormal aspect (or perhaps "miraculous" is a better word) that adds to the story without straining the reader's suspension of disbelief. This installment was a real winner for me. I'm looking forward to the next Braden romance.

  • Crystal Martin
    2019-03-27 19:03

    HOO WEE! Melissa Foster has done it again. You’ll want to keep a spray bottle filled with cold water beside you while you read this so you can sort of hose yourself down. Destined For Love by Melissa Foster is another hot, steamy romance that will leave you wishing for your own cowboy to snuggle up to at night.Rex and Jade definitely have passion. Both in their work, for each other and when it comes to family ties. I really liked the story line for Destined For Love. I like that Jade and Rex knew each other and could have possibly been great friends but were forbidden to even look each others way. This story shows how being faithful to your family isn't always in everyone’s best interest. Aside from the lust and steamy love scenes there is a real story that shows us that conflict between two people can affect everyone around, not just the two people in the heart of it.Rex and Jade have some serious battles with their father’s if they want to be together and continue their “Romeo and Juliet” love affair. Those two men are headstrong and determined to never end the feud between them. What caused the feud wasn't really what I thought it would be, so that added some extra intrigue to the whole story.There is also a little mystery when it comes to Jade’s previous relationship. But not quite enough. I would have loved to have seen that delved into a little more. Rex is powerfully protective of those that he loves and I wanted to see Rex take on Jade’s past beau. We get to see a little bit of that protectiveness from time to time, but not really full on with the ex. And I, personally, think that would have made for a great story!If you love modern romance with hot and steamy love scenes, then you are going to LOVE Destined For Love by Melissa Foster. This can be read as a stand alone book but as I mentioned in previous reviews, it is part of a series. I recommend picking up a copy of each one to really get the back story!Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Destined For Love by Melissa Foster as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are strictly my own.

  • KyBunnies
    2019-04-11 15:47

    Originally posted to Bunny's ReviewI started and finished this book last night. If something in my review seems off, it is me not the book. I usually read a book several weeks early so I can process and think about the book before writing a review. Sadly, life and cold weather has gotten to me this time.After reading the blurb I had the feeling this book would be another Hatfield-McCoy families. They hate each other and the kids marry just try and end the feud. Yes, it is partly that but so much more.To this reader Rex is every woman’s dream man, strong, loyal, protective, hard working and very sexy. He is currently only interested in his part-time relationships. Suddenly all his ideas change, he has a longing for something more.Jade is feisty. At first I thought she was recovering from a broken heart, but the more I read I realized she is recovering from her pride being hurt. After being used pride hurts more than anything and slowly I think Jade realizes this.This book has a lot more sass to it than some of the other books I have read by Melissa. A drawing sexual tension pulls readers in as the watch Rex and Jade discover their love.Sometimes it seems like Rex and Jade are just too perfect. Felt like they were without fault. I wish the feud was explained more. The feud was covered just not deep enough for me.Thanks for a fun read.The bunnies and I give this bookcarrots. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own and do not reflect those of the author, my clients or tour companies I work with. This is not a paid review. To form your own opinion please support the author and acquire your own legal copy of the book.

  • Sharon Martin
    2019-04-12 22:56

    I was introduced to Rex Braden in the previous book Lovers at Heart, Rex has helped his dad working on the family ranch since leaving school, he's loyal, honorable, strong, a family guy and obviously rather handsome. The problem is that the girl he is in love with, Jade, the very girl he has loved since school, is a 'Johnson' and is strictly off limits. The Johnson's and the Braden's are the centre of one massive family feud after both fathers fell out over a land dispute years ago, the very mention of each others name is prohibited. What makes matters even worse is that Jade is just as much in love with Rex as he is with her, but neither want to break their families hearts and cause more distress than there already is. Jade and Rex have years of pent up affection, lust and love for each other, will love win out or will their family loyalty win?I enjoyed the whole horsey theme to this story, especially the close bond and affection all the Bradens have for their mothers horse Hope, their father had bought their mother the horse when she became ill before she passed away. Loosing their mother affected each of the Braden family deeply in different ways and there is such a connection to Hope.The second half of the book strongly grabbed me and I read it in one day, I just couldn't put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next, it was intense and emotional! The author easily pulls you into the story feeling that your part of it as it unfolds.The story is not only hot and steamy but it's also heartwarming, emotional, and reinforces just how much family really matters.

  • Marlene
    2019-04-07 19:55

    Well before Rex was born, the Braden and Johnson families have had a long standing feud that has been coined the modern day Hatfield and McCoys. But when Rex spies Jade Johnson in need of rescuing, he doesn’t hesitate to come to her aid. Knowing that both of their fathers would not approve of their communicating they kept this encounter under their hats. And, despite the cold interaction between the two, neither one could deny the desire they secretly feel towards the other. Since they were kids, they secretly pined for one other. But knowing that their families would never approve, neither revealed those feelings. But now that they’re adults, and Jade was back in Colorado, neither could control their feelings and desires towards each other. However, they both knew that in order to spend time together, they had to keep their relationship a secret. This was especially difficult for Rex who always praised himself on being a loyal son. But as their feelings grew stronger, neither wanted to hide how they felt. Both were prepared to stand up to their father’s, even if that meant that they had to leave the town they lived in to be with each other. Destined For Love is book five (of nine) in the Love In Bloom Series. With each new book, I find myself falling more and more in love with the characters. The emotions they have feel so real and authentic. I feel like I’m right there with them witnessing everything they’re going through. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it! Don’t miss out on a great romance that will have you longing for a cowboy of your own!

  • Cassandra
    2019-04-01 18:54

    Destined for Love is book #5 in the Love in Bloom series and is book #2 in the Bradens at Weston. CO series but can be read as a standalone.Two star crossed lovers kept apart by a family feud.A hard working cowboy who’s kept the family ranch running successfully, Rex Braden has reached a crossroad in his life. Tired of settling for part time relationships Rex knows he wants something more. He just doesn’t know what that is until he runs into Jade Johnson, the girl who got away because of a family feud. He just didn’t realize he’s have to choose between what his heart wants and his family.Returning home after losing her vet practice and being stalked by an ex, Jade Johnson wants a chance to start over. When her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue, Jade realizes she can no longer deny the attraction between them. She just didn’t plan on losing her heart.Unlike their fathers, Rex’s siblings were unexpectedly accepting about their relationship. They already liked Jade but already warned Rex about the consequences of their action. Both of them might have acted like horny teenagers at some point but they both have good heads on their shoulders to consider their families before themselves. But when the time came that both needed to choose, they already know what their choices are.Will Rex and Jade have what it takes to make their relationship work? Will the love between them be enough to become a bridge between their families?**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

  • Melanie
    2019-03-22 20:46

    I nearly didn't read this book, a series seems to always flop after a few books, but this one sure did not! No, it certainly didn't. I fell in love with all the characters and held my breath between page turns just waiting for what else would come. Foster has truly made me a top fan, the words were flying off the pages and I finished this book within two days. Destined for Love begins on the Branden Ranch which just happens to be a rival ranch owned by the Johnson family. You will meet Jade Johnson in this book as she flees from a horrible relationship and leaves her job. Upon arriving on the ranch things kick up a notch as rivals pretty much clash from the start, but here's the thing- there's something stirring between Jade and Rex. Despite the nasty war between families which has been going on for about forty years, there's no denying the sparks flying between the two. From the moment Rex and Jade collided in the book I was truly hooked. Their story flows and sizzled with each turn of the page. You've got two strong headed people, both not really looking for any sort of relationship but sure do find it and through heated pages you are left with the question of all times- can true love conquer all? Will the families finally see eye to eye and end the war? You'll have to read the book to find out. If you enjoy a hot steamy read with a little intrigue and drama you'll enjoy Destined for Love by Melissa Foster. You can read all the books in this series as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading them all!

  • Varied Books
    2019-03-23 17:01

    2/14/17 free

  • Kaylee
    2019-04-15 17:00

    I love Melissa Foster’s books because there fun loving novels of family, loyalty, and passionate love. This book can be a stand-alone novel, but I suggest reading this series from the beginning, starting with Sisters in Love.Loyalty, hardworking and extremely sexy, Rex Braden works on his family’s ranch and happy to do it. He’s had his fair share of women when he wants them no commitment, no hassles. That is until he finds Jade Johnson walking her hurt horse. Rex has always had feelings for his neighbor’s daughter but because of a family feud he has suppressed those feelings.Jade Johnson has moved back to town for one reason, to get away from a disastrous relationship and her veterinary practice is in shambles in the process. Moving home was the only smart decision to make. As she rode her horse between the property lines of her neighbor Braden’s her horse stumbles and is hurt. It just happens Rex was riding fences when he comes upon Jade. She has always had feelings for Rex she just ignored them. Now, with being reunited the sparks fly, and the temperature rises to the boiling point. Meeting in spite of the family feud, Rex and Jade have a decision to make. Should they tell their families? Do they risk their family’s anger or continue meeting in private? Can they work together to end the feud so they can finally have their love forever?

  • Jeannie
    2019-04-03 00:00

    Since starting on this series, each book never failed to tug my emotions, make me laugh, make me smile and make me swoon. I love the Braden's and love how they come together in support despite their differences. I love the family values that were instilled in them. All that makes Rex just even sweeter than he already is. This book tugged more on the emotions because of the Braden/Johnson family feud. Rex & Jade were caught in between since young but their feelings of each other were made certain only now as adults.Rex made me swoon on so many occasions with his gentleness and sweetness. He is just so honest with his feelings and emotions that it is difficult to get upset with him for long. The chemistry with Jade is just explosive maybe also due to the fact that he has liked her since young. Jade is such a likable person and one who loves animals. She is passionate, feisty, sassy and sincere.I love how Melissa capture the portrayal of each and every character so well. They are related, they are family, they are romance but they definitely have their unique characters and stories drawing different emotions as you get into their lives. Definitely looking forward to the next book which I believe is about Josh.

  • C Joy
    2019-04-10 23:48

    I got this for free from a recommendation and though it's a clear case of Romeo and Juliet, with Rex and Jade being star-crossed lovers and all that, I loved it. I read the first book in the series to be familiar with the characters (Bradens) because I love family-oriented stories, or series that focus on a family, like one of them find true love and spend his/her life with that person. In a way it reminded me of Bella Andre's Sullivans because of the theme. I liked the way the story was told. The sexual tension between Rex and Jade was palpable every time, even his brothers and sister saw it. There's this matter of a family feud that's keeping them apart, but of course if there's a will, there's always great pleasure to be had.The love scenes were steamy. I liked that this story was aptly titled and I too, am a believer of fate.

  • Heather andrews
    2019-04-17 16:07

    Sometimes Jade gets caught saying the darnest of things when she doesn't think Rex or anyone else is listening, "Jade's voice carried around the bend. "You're such a beautiful boy. You know I'd do anything for you, even get a ride with that obnoxious hunk of a man." And lord help Rex the girl has a temper, "Rex Braden, what is wrong with you? Are you trying to make me feel like a cheap whore? Was that your plan all along? Take me so one else would, then toss me aside like I was a conquest?" And Rex he's learning that with Jade you just need to say how you feel, "for me, Jade. I'm a possessive bas****. I never knew I was, but the idea of you with anyone else kills me. I want you like I've never wanted anyone before." I really did enjoy reading this book.

  •  Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
    2019-04-17 17:53

    Forbidden love is a subject that keeps us cheering on the sidelines, going on and on about the unfairness of the whole situation. For me it was actually kind of fun to watch the men butt their heads for some unknown reason and make the lives of their families that much complicated and conflicted. Fortunately Rex and Jade knew just what to do to make their wish happen.

  • Gaele
    2019-03-21 15:42

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Rex Braden knows that managing a ranch, while occupying much of his time, is not everything. He thinks he wants more, just defining that ‘more’ isn’t the easiest part of the decision. That is, until he runs into Jade, recently home after some drastic life events. Her family’s land borders the Braden’s property line, and the unexpected meeting with Rex due to an injured horse makes being home just a little more interesting. But a family feud between the Bradens and Johnsons, over a reason that no-one can even remember, could be the monkey wrench in Rex’s plans, before he even gets a chance to make one. When you add in Jade’s ex who can’t take no for an answer, Rex’s horse Hope, who like all of the Bradens has her own way of thinking about things (perhaps not as the family would wish), the families and their own bluster as the ‘existence of the feud’ is more relevant than the actual reasons, or overcoming them…..Rex and Jade are wonderful together, and their path to a romance, with or without family intervention, is perfectly paced and keeps listeners engaged Fast-paced dialogue, demonstrable connections and a wonderful horsey inset that adds humor and a sense of reality for anyone who has ever known a horse, the story just flies along. Narration for this story is provided again by B.J. Harrison, who presents the characters, story and adds emotional context without getting in the way with overacting or dramatic vocal alterations to present unique voices for each character. The care in delivery, the staggered pacing and subtle tone changes that help provide character distinction and emotional impact are there. What I am finding is that I believe this book would have benefitted from an additional narrative voice to provide contrast and auditory variance. While each of these books work as a stand-alone title, the people, writing and stories of the Bradens are not to be missed. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared atI am, Indeed

  • A.M.
    2019-03-23 23:50

    Rex Braden and Jade Johnson.The Bradens and the Johnsons have fought over a patch of land for more than forty years. Jade is back in town to apply her vet skills, and avoid a stalker ex, Kane.Her mother confesses that they are in financial trouble. Selling that land would help but her father won’t even consider it so he’s selling off other parts of the ranch.For the last fifteen years Rex and Jade have only had eyes for each other. And once they act on that impulse, they find it especially hard to sneak around.***Their mother died when they were all very young and the Braden boys are starting to think that not having a woman in their lives has made them all a bit casual where women are concerned. [yeah - if they are all so hunky and so rich, you’d think they’d be married off before they hit the mid to late thirties] But Treat swears he knew when he found The One, so there’s hope for his brothers.The explanation for the feud felt a bit anti-climactic. Two men messing up their family’s lives over a dumb issue. Honestly I wanted to smack them. As if it would have stopped me helping my friend when she was ill. Screw husbands.(view spoiler)[Clearly the ghost of their mother wanted to smack her husband as well. Ffs man, when she asks you to deliver a message just say what she wanted you to say. (hide spoiler)]Both Jade and Rex behave a lot like teens which is odd given their age.There are a few plot holes - the stalker storyline was teased and not fulfilled.And a couple of other things, too.3 stars

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-04-11 22:57

    Rex Braden and Jade Johnson have wanted to be together for years but because of their families’ feud, they haven’t been able to. They had accepted this as their fate and moved on but when Jade came back to town years later, they realized they still wanted to be part of each other's life. After meeting secretly for a while, they decided they didn’t want to hide their relationship so prepared to tell their parents how they felt, knowing the news was not going to be taken well.Rex was the perfect cowboy. He worked the long hours that were needed on the ranch and loved every minute of it. He was a tough cowboy and a bit rough at times but gentle with the horses. Especially his mother’s horse, Hope, who he rode every day. Even though he had never found a woman he wanted to build a relationship with, he did have regular one-night-stands. But he always went out of town for these hookups so that he didn’t embarrass his family. Family was everything to him.Jade went back home to get away from her ex who was stalking her. Doing this meant she had to leave her vet practice. Now she had to decide where to settle and open a new practice. That decision gets harder for her to make when she runs into Rex again. Jade is a wonderful woman who stands up for what she believes in, even if it is hard to do. I liked the way she related to the horses and was so good with them.This is an emotional story about family, love, and loyalty. 3.5 stars.