REVIEW + Giveaway: Crushing on Love by Melissa Foster

crushing-on-loveAuthor: Melissa Foster
Series: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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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?

I have a huge crush on Crushing on Love and by far this is my second most fave Melissa Foster book! It’s so beautiful in all the right places and hits a little too close to home.

Steven Johnson wants one thing he can’t have and not because the girl doesn’t want him. If anything, the girl is so into him, it hurts. But the girl, Shannon Braden is not a rural girl. Steve has a life in the mountain, Shannon has hers by the beach. Go figure.

I crashed so hard in Crushing on Love when I found out it was so much more than what I expected. I listed five reasons to get it—stat!

Five Reasons to Read Crushing on Love

  1. Shannon is a freaking researcher. Of animals. I love all things geeky! She loves the wilderness and is packing a lot of enthusiasm. With her urban life, you’d think she’d be grossed out upon seeing animal poop and other wild things in the mountain. But no, every living thing in the mountain interests her, including the mountain man and her good friend, Steve. Steve who’s the polar opposite of Shan. While she is always vibrating with energy, our Steve here is a reserved, careful but thoughtful, a really good man and a lover of nature. Steve also won me over because of his non-badboy reputation even when he had the looks for it. And Shan for not being bitchy about Steve’s life, Steve’s world.
  2. The second stronger point of the book: Steve’s conviction to preserve and protect a huge land of Colorado from the urban developers. It’s so rare in the books I read to have this kind of a male MC whose heart is so huge in protecting Mother Nature.
  3. But both MCs so into it? Where are the more than six star rating feature when you need it?! Together, Shan and Steve found out a way to save the land from being another source of income for a huge developer and it involved online marketing strategies, crowdfunding, research, activities to get the people to help and a huge dose of passion from both characters with blood and sweat to seal the deal. The whole thing was absolutely magnificent! I enjoyed it so much.
  4. The banter, the progress, the tension and chemistry were all believable and flawless as well. And MYGOODNESS, the sexy times were so freaking hawt and tastefully done!!! I never thought I would like that in the books I read but it’s there and it was waaaay more than nice!
  5. The romance was ridiculously heartfelt, it was like wrapping myself in a warm blanket during a cold night. I wasn’t going to pretend I didn’t shed a tear or two because the love of Steve and Shan for each other graced even out of the pages. It was amazing. They just fit so perfectly together.

The plot was actually very simple and a bit predictable but trust Melissa to surprise you as she comes up with something unique to spice things up, something that will pull at your heartstrings, make your eyes water and keep yourself falling in love with reading romance novels. I highly suggest reading it whether you are a longtime fan or a Melissa Foster virgin. You won’t regret it.


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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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  • Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    Thank you for hosting and reviewing CRUSHING ON LOVE today!

  • First off, those are five totally awesome reasons to “crush” on Crushing on Love. I’m so happy this made it to your top two, but I’m curious which Love in Bloom book is in the number one slot? Thank you for your fabulous review–LOVED IT! XOXO

    • Hi Melissa! Thank you for taking time to read my review! (Who does that?! But I really appreciate it!) I really love Steve and Shan and everything about them! Oh, and the top slot is currently owned by Boyd and Janie from Touched by Love!