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Destined for Love

Love in Bloom, Volume 5 (The Bradens, Book 2)
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: The Bradens, Book 2, Love in Bloom, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs
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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 40 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.

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.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2014 Melissa Foster

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  • Happyreader
  • 01-02-2015

Awesome story!

I loved this book and the one before this. It had the right amount of sex scenes and regular relationship interactions. I will definitely read all the other books in the series.

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  • Gaele
  • 17-03-2017

Stories of the Bradens are not to be missed

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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 benefited 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.

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  • Bren
  • 27-09-2020

Sexy Rexy, Jade and Fate

Sexy Rexy, Jade and Fate I enjoyed learning the story of the feud between the Bradens and the Johnsons and the past between Rex and Jade. Jade has a great fierceness to her and Rex has a sweetness to him, which makes them great together as they try to have a Forbidden romance together. I enjoyed following them through their journey and having the other Bradens back again (especially Treat and Max). I loved this book and look forward to the next book in the series. Narration was very good.

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  • AMcCrary
  • 15-07-2020

Totally hooked!

These books are awesome! I cannot wait for all of the weddings and children!! I love the eY favorite characters have cameos in other stories.

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  • carvanz
  • 14-07-2020

Loving this series!

Audiobook:  Narrator - B.J. Harrison This was a very nice narration by Mr. Harrison.  He brings so much emotion and life to the characters.  I did struggle a bit with the accent he gave to a few of the women characters, but it didn’t hinder my listening enjoyment.  Definitely knows how to do slow, sensuous, and emotion filled.  There’s no denying I’m a fan of this family so when I realized that Jade and Rex’s story was going to be a bit like a romance between the offspring of the Hatfields and McCoys (more earthy than Romeo and Juliet), I couldn’t wait to jump in.  And oh yeah, it was soo good!  This couple not only have to work through their own issues that have held them back throughout the years, they then have to deal with the issues wrought by their families. My heart hurt for Rex before he ever got his own book and now I’m completely in love with him.  Jade also won me over pretty quickly for a variety of reasons...her vocation and how she used it was pretty amazing.  Together they suffered a bit of angst but watching them pull themselves out of the box they were forced into due to their families was awesome. There were so many plot points in this book that had me totally captivated to find out more that I often found myself continuing to listen after I would normally turn it off.  Can’t wait to get more of this family!!!

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  • Lynnz
  • 13-07-2020

Family Feud at its Finest

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. The continuation of this series does not disappoint. The Hatfields and McCoys of modern day. Rex and Jade have a romance they have to hide from their families. The author writes a quality story that the listener can become absorbed in. I couldn't stop listening until the beautiful end. I might have teared up in the end. The narrator did a great job with the characters.

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  • G C
  • 07-06-2020

KEEP EM COMING!

I enjoyed it! The narration was great and kept me entertained! The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. I have read the Snow sisters and now I'm into the Bradens and can definitely say I'm hooked! I look forward to reading the next book in this series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • brisy
  • 17-05-2020

Great book and found a new narrator to stalk!!

Bj Harrison.. Okay I'm starting with the narration because it needs to be addressed. When I first saw the name I wasn't excited (nothing against the name) if you're anything like me you have your go to narrators and most of us know who the good ones are. Well Bj is a diamond in the rough for me. He's fantastic and new for me!! He gives a flawless performance, not once did he distract me from being in the moment and that's a feat. I'm not picky but I am easily distracted and pulled from immersion by little things. He has so many voices that aren't just passable but convincing. Guess who has a new narrator to stalk 🖐 Now about the book. I'm still amazed how Melissa Foster can write a storyline that's exciting but not angsty. Love that! This one was a little different from the last one I read because it had some suspense thrown in. It gave me that whole creepy, Is someone watching me feeling. Don't worry if you're sensitive to creepy, it's mild.The love story is the main event and the sexy time was definitely not skimmed over. The details and descriptions have you practically smelling hay and dewy mornings. I'm ready for the next brother or book, whatever.

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  • ajmeyer
  • 12-03-2020

Secret Lovers!

Rex Braden and Jade Johnson have loved one another since high school. A 40-year feud have kept them from exploring their feelings for each other. When Jade moves back home, their loyalty to their families keeps them on edge whenever they run into each other. One night when they happen to be at the same bar when a guy Jade accepted a ride home from becomes too aggressive, Rex steps in. This is the beginning of their forbidden love story. As they begin to date, keeping it a secret from their families is hurting them both. When they finally come clean about their relationship, will the feud between their families keep them apart or will they decide their love is now the priority with or without the support of their families. Rex and Jade are explosive together! Another wonderful story!

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  • Lorraine Patterson
  • 11-03-2020

Rex and Jade

just finished this story and like its predecessors it was great. I love this family and will be reading more books. Also, the narration was very good.

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  • Lisa Dryden
  • 28-08-2020

INCREDIBLE!

There are so many words for this audiobook. Amazing doesn't even come close. Rex Braden is a dream, he gives off the bad boy persona but the love, loyalty and protectiveness he shows not just his family but Jade too is enough to make you swoon. Jade is feisty and loves just as wholeheartedly as Rex and they are a perfect match for each other. Their road to happily ever after is not an easy one but the saying is true love really does conquer all! This audiobook shows you just how much The Bradens truly love and respect each and how much they are willing to do for each other, incredible!

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  • katiemay
  • 23-01-2019

Fall in Love with Sexy Rexy

I have read this book and have now listened to it as well. I never thought I would listen to audio books but I love them. Rex is a a man who loves his family and the values his father has instilled into all his brothers and sister. Jade has returned home after a break up and looking to establish her career. Their families have been feuding for over 40 years so a relationship between them could tear the families apart. When Rex rescues Jade and her horse the sparks start to fly. They keep the relationship to themselves at the beginning until a fright with Hope the horse Rex's father brought for their mother. From then on fences are mended. This is another good book by Melissa and another good narration by BJ Harrison

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 21-02-2017

Rex and Jade smoking hot!!

Having read this book countless times it was great to hear it in audio book. The Love between Rec and Jade comes through powerfully as does the family feud. Definitely one to listen to as the emotions are so powerful.