This book = Maaaan, ALL THE SWOOOOON!!! One of the best books I’ve ever read!
Fiercely independent Janie Jansen has always believed there were worse things in life than being blind, and she’s spent her life proving it. She’s moved away from her overprotective parents, built a life in New York City, and is one of the top technical editors in her company. That is, until an unfortunate accident turns her life upside down and she’s forced to give up the very independence she’s worked so hard to achieve.
Firefighter Boyd Hudson pushed past his tragic past and is weeks away from accomplishing his ultimate dream—being accepted into medical school. His intense focus on his goal while working three jobs has taken its toll. With a trail of failed relationships behind him, Boyd is painstakingly aware of his limitations and avoids girlfriends completely—a difficult task given his attraction to one of his co-workers.
When Boyd comes to Janie’s rescue, she’s forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there’s more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn’t the only one who needs healing. Boyd’s painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.
Second Melissa Foster book and I’m ready to build the woman a freaking monument! If there’d be another word beyond perfect, then that’s it—that fits this book to a T! If all the best romance books could pick one to represent their crowd, this should be first in line.
Editor Janie Jansen’s twin is independence. Being blind made her learn not to rely on people for anything. Her parents’ dotting is enough. But one accident in the subway that sprained her ankle and almost got herself ran over by the train changed everything. Good thing there’s Boyd Hudson to the rescue. Boyd has been fighting off his attraction to Janie ever since he was hired as a consultant in the same company Janie’s working. One unfortunate accident and it was like fate nudged Boyd to get his ass in gear and act on his feelings. But first, he needed to drop the act of being someone he’s not and begin facing the demons of his past. There’s also a med school waiting for him, by the way.
Romance-wise, Touched by Love is a tastefully-written, richly researched, work of art by Melissa. Her talent shone throughout the whole story with a very challenging premise.
How challenging though? The MC, Janie, is blind. She’s stubborn, notoriously independent, smart, sassy, beautiful and doesn’t back down on anything life’s throws her way. She’s also an editor, romance reader ever since, and writes a mean company newsletter. She’s trying to write a romance novel, too, because Boyd thinks romance is crap. (Oh, Boyd, you did not just say that to a hardcore romance reader.) And what did I say about her not backing down on any challenge? Yep.
Boyd Hudson is undeniably one of the best book boyfriends out there. He’s a sweet, good man who knows how to treat women—or his woman—like a queen and MYGOODNESS. He’s freaking swoony, I tell you! Also—firefighter and a paramedic. *googly eyes* But under that sexy bod and gorgeous face is a man who was scarred by his past that he couldn’t seem to let go of easily. He may be an d-bag because of that dick move but he redeemed himself quite well.
I didn’t expect it to be It may come off a bit insta-love for some but well, not to me because the background of the story proved to be sufficient to appear they’ve known each other for quite a long time since they work in the same company.
Janie’s blindness alone was hard enough to pull off but Melissa flawlessly combined it with Janie’s unique and strong personality. But add in the mystery of Boyd’s past, his penchant for deciding for people he loves and the complexity of their relationship, their off-the-charts hot chemistry and entertaining banter and we’ve got ourselves words and progress of the story which just flow impressively that every page promises to be something more exceptional than the previous ones. Did I mention Janie’s writing a romance book? Yep. And you can guess who/what she uses for research. Right—research. Lol.
Overall, Touched by Love covers all the bases of perfection to me—storyline, pacing, writing, conflict, characters, heat, romance and HEA. It promises to deliver a sexy and hot, funny, page-turner romance you wouldn’t get enough of!