REVIEW + Giveaway: River of Love by Melissa Foster

river-of-loveAuthor: Melissa Foster
Release Date: April 20, 2016 by World Literary Press
Series: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #3
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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Fall in love with Sam Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love.

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

Sam Braden is almost every girl’s hookup at Peaceful Harbor. He’s known for his player reputation and is unapologetic about it. He loves his business, Rough Riders, which caters river rafting and almost every crazy adventure/sports you could think of for adventurous and adrenaline-seeker like him. Which is why he’s drawn to Faith Hayes, his brother’s (who’s a doctor) assistant. Smart, sexy as hell Faith. Faith had a rough start moving to Peaceful Harbor. She’s been cheated by her d-bag of an ex that’s why she created Women Against Cheaters, a community of women who also suffered the same fate as hers. But it’s built to lift and help each other up. That’s why one look at Sam on the night of her boss’s wedding and she knew she couldn’t risk her heart that way again. Only, Sam got other plans. And when Sam set sight on a thing he wanted, needed, he doesn’t half-ass it.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I think I just found another author to 1-click! And hug and kiss and smother. Like real fast! I’m so glad that I took a chance with her. Because this story’s worth it. It’s unlike any other romance books out there with so much stuff thrown in the way to make things interesting, unique that only made the theme (romance, HEA) more of like a background than the main attraction. Not even a trace of insta-everything. Only slow, burning passion.

River of Love is about two different people who were hurt by their pasts but didn’t let that ruin what they could’ve had. While I wasn’t a fan of cheating tropes (I don’t really like that so you can trust me on this one not being that kind of cheating), Melissa made sure it wasn’t about the MC getting unfaithful to the LI. Which I loved, by the way. If anything, I was glad that Sam turned out to be the bigger person in their relationship. But it didn’t mean Faith was the mean girl. She surely just reacted based on what she saw so she had all the rights to second-guess him. What I wasn’t expecting though was how things flowed smoothly and progressed nicely that I felt like I was right there with Faith getting all swept by sweet and thoughtful Sam. And how romantic it turned out to be given the underlying cheated-by and player hints of the story.

I have SO MUCH love with Sam and Faith that I knew they’d be under my Most Favorite Couples with both characters earning a spot in my Top MC and LI lists. Faith with all that she experienced in her past came up with so much strength, drawing her independence and courage to move on with her life, leaving her past behind. The cherry on top? It’s with Sam along the way. Sam though, OMG, Sam Braden. I didn’t like him at first because he’s a player but I guess there’s more than what it meets the eye? He’s come around when he knew what he really wanted in life. And I could totally keep him! Definitely book boyfriend material! He’s such a sweetheart but only if you got to know him better and see him way past the player behavior because that’s not who he really is. But most people don’t know that because Sam only showed them what he wanted to.

I loved every second I spent reading this story because aside from a great prose, nothing in it felt forced, even the chemistry and the slow, sure love that bloomed between the amazing characters. I got sad to know it had to end because the story was just too awesome for words and I couldn’t let Faith and Sam go just yet. They’re really something.

River of Love is one excellent story of taking risks, trust, hope that’s all wrapped in a love that’s all-consuming, passionate and life-changing. It’s very, very heartwarming that I think everyone would love it as much as I did. Definitely one of my best and fave reads this year!

Did I mention this book was sexy and hot? Like OMG, give me a fan please! Totally. Absolutely. Positive. Prepare your ovaries as well because not only the characters would get you hot and bothered but also swoon all. the. freaking. time and leave you satisfied with that insert-hearteyes-emoji-here all over your face. Maybe even mushy. And all things cheesy but not the OTT kind that we’d only end up puking. Haha!

Your first real taste of adult love. The type of love that consumes your every thought. Once you get a taste of that, you’ll do anything and everything for more. You’ll want to drown in it.

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  • OMG, April! I’m so glad you took a chance too! I have the biggest smile after reading your review. What amazing compliments–thank you for reading and reviewing. You made my weekend XOXO

    • April

      Melissa OMG!!! Thank you for taking time to read my review! It means a lot especially to a newbie and small-scale book blogger like me. It’s been a pleasure reading Sam and Faith’s story! I can’t wait to read more of your books!