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Kate Paletto runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn't felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what's missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate's misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way - even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world - and love her to the ends of the earth.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2017 Melissa Foster

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  • Jocelyne
  • 01-04-2018

Love It!

I love the storyline! This story is well written and realistic. It's entertaining and captivating. The two main characters, Sage and Kate, are two beautiful soul mates. They encountered in Belzile when Sage volunteers for an International Aid ran by Kate. It's a heartwarming listen. The narration is really great and easy to listen.

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  • Jan M
  • 15-03-2018

Heart of Humanitarians

This is such a feel good listen about two incredible people. I loved the original storyline and thought both Sage Remington and Kate were endearing and realistic. The imagery of Belize makes me want to go volunteer there. I thought that the character of Javier stole some of the thunder with his charming personality. He is such a cute kid. I loved his voice that BJ Harrison gave him. The performance of this book is wonderful. I can't recommend this book enough. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. I thought it was great how Kate met Sage's family and was accepted.

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  • Amanda314
  • 30-04-2018

Sage and Kate are a Perfect Match!

Sage and Kate's story in Stroke of Love definitely surprised me from the very beginning. Melissa Foster took a different spin on things by taking the story to Belize. This was a fantastic change up to her usual settings (not that I don't adore those), it truly made me want to pack my bags and visit myself!

Sage is looking for more in life. He has been very successful and blessed in life, but is still looking for more. More meaning to life. When he meets Kate, the two of them share an instant connection, and struggle denying it. But the last thing that Sage needs is a woman complicating things!

I truly adored this book from start to finish! The characters were a perfect fit for each other, and Melissa Fosters writing never disappoints. I have listened to many of Melissa's books, and BJ Harrison always does a great job of bringing the story, and the characters to life. You won't be disappointed with Stroke of Love!

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  • ElyLibrarySec
  • 12-04-2018

This Is A Full Bouquet

Would you consider the audio edition of Stroke of Love to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book, yet, I can't answer that question. I can tell you however that I loved this edition. It had me remembering my own volunteer experience.

What other book might you compare Stroke of Love to and why?

Unless I find a book that has characters exactly like Sage and Kate, in the same type of situation, there's no way that I can compare. I can tell you that if you've ever had a chance to enrich your life, by going to another country to help others, than you will love Sage and Kate. Granted it's not the same as your own experience but it will bring back memories for you - I know it did for me. It also had me wishing that I could have the chance to go back again and do some more good for the people I had the chance to meet.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

Like is not strong enough. I loved how Mr. Harrison handled this book. We get accents as we get to know some of the people that Kate works with. This was one of the reasons that I started to reminisce about the time I spent down in Brazil. He also has me looking forward to more of his work and in having the time to listen to this book again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

First, I don't think that I could say there was just one moment that moved me. And other than the volunteer experience, I don't want to say more so that other readers have a chance to experience the book for themselves.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Foster and Mr. Harrison make a perfect couple. She has the right words and he has the right voice that brings all of them to life. I also just added another four books to my wish list so that I don't miss one of the Remingtons' stories. Ms. Foster writes stories about people that you could easily be friends with. Mr. Harrison has a very soothing tone of voice that makes it a pleasure to listen to what he's reading. And having the humanitarian aspect is just an added bonus.

When I get too stressed or if I have a lot to do out in the yard, Ms. Foster's books are the perfect thing to take the stress down to a managable level and the yard work more tolerable. The bad thing is that as I add more of their books into my library the harder it is to come inside. And it becomes very difficult to turn it off when I'm at work. And now that my review is done I'm off to listen to my next Foster book.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Mommysuz
  • 28-03-2018

Wonderful Story

Sage is a New York City Artist. There is something missing in his life. He seeks and finds it in while volunteering in Belize. He also finds Kate, who runs the non profit for the village. Sage falls hard for Kate. The things they do together for the village is wonderful. I highly recommend this book. It has a HEA with no cliffhangers. I have listened and love the audio version of this book. I love the narration of BJ Harrison.

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  • charlligirl
  • 26-03-2018

What a great Human Interest story

Would you listen to Stroke of Love again? Why?

I would definitely listen to it again. I think the human interest aspect of the story was the best. Having been to Belize, it was nice to have the story set there, but in a non-touristy area.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part about the story was the children and their art project. I love Javier and his vulnerability. Without saying it, he was afraid he wouldn't be allowed to paint because he was having trouble with his lessons. I like that Sage asked him if he asked for help and if he tried to figure it out, really tried.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene where Sage goes with Kate to use the computer so he can skype his mom. I love that he pulls her in front of the screen and tells her to say hi. Kate is a planner, but she didn't have time to figure out what to wear or say or anything. She was outside of her comfort zone.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not laugh or cry, but I was able to put myself in the middle of the jungle in Belize. There were moments that I chuckled over something that happened in the book and there were moments that made me wonder what it would be like to be in this family.

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  • Shy G.
  • 21-03-2018

My Thoughts on Stroke of Love

Another really sweet romance by Melissa Foster. It's one of those stories that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy. It has a nice amount of all the good things I love in a contemporary romance. I loved the setting of this story with both main characters doing good things in the world. I liked that the relationship between the characters felt real and issues were handled the way they should be. Through communication and compromise where needed.

The family dynamics were also a really good part of this story. I love books or series about big families and how they're all different but connected. I hope to get the chance to read about all the Remington siblings in future.

The narrator for this story again did a fantastic job bringing emotion and different variations to his voice for all the characters.

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  • Annie
  • 14-03-2018

Art leads the way to love

Honestly, I think Sage is one of my favorite Remingtons, and this book hits the spot. BJ Harrison has a way of taking on the characters personas to a tee. He transports us again but this time to Belize where Sage has taken on a cause near and dear to his heart...and low and behold he finds his heart in Belize. Kate doesn't seek fame and fortune but rather an aid to those in need and while she feels artists seeking attention can do no good, she finds the one that artist that captures her heart more ways than one. To hear this story unfold in a manner that makes you feel a part of the action is a quality BJ has, unlike any others I've listened to. This romance is hot and sexy and just playful enough. This was more like a Stroke of Genius. Don't miss out on this read, it's captivating.

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  • Angie M.
  • 05-03-2018

Soul mates at heart

In my continued quest to listen to all of Melissa’s books, after reading them in print…this one did not disappoint! B.J. Harrison is an awesome narrator! Kate and Sage are like kindred spirits. Driven to help and focused on using their power for the good of others. They quickly seek out the strength that each of them can provide each other.

Sage is an artist who is restless in New York, and seeking out more meaning in his life. Kate is a volunteer coordinator in Belize for a group called Artists for International Aid. She is tired of the string of self-centered celebrities that come through Belize via AIA. Sage is definitely the exception, not the rule.

These two seem to be meant for each other. What can they accomplish if they collaborate! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves Melissa Foster or even to anyone looking for a great story and new author to follow!

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  • Virginia
  • 28-02-2018

Emotional and Entertaining!

Another great story to keep you listening by Melissa. Sage Remington is an artist and he volunteers to go to Belize for International Aid. He wanted to escape the wealthy lifestyle of New York City. He not only found the village in need of water, but he also fell for the woman who ran the volunteer program, Kate Peletto. Kate loved the country and the people, but she was sick of the press-seeking artists that AIA sent to her. She finds Sage is different from all of the others and she fights her feelings for him.

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  • Jo Venison
  • 17-10-2017

A holiday romance

I absolutely loved the story of Sage and Kate.

Sage is an artist on a two week holiday of self discovery, to get away from his Big Apple lifestyle. Kate runs a volunteer program which allows 'celebs' the opportunity to try and help those less fortunate and also perhaps repair their own damaged reputations. Over time Kate has got used to her volunteers and their agendas, and distances herself from them. Only this time, Sage stirs emotions that she hasn't felt for a long time.

This is a very sweet story of a girl trying to protect her heart from a man trying to prove he his who he seems and he wants to protect her heart too.

I found B J Harrison's narration very smooth and easy to listen too. I'd listen to more from him.


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  • katiemay
  • 21-09-2017

Love in the Jungle

What did you like most about Stroke of Love?

All the different characters in the book blend together to make another good read/listen to from Melissa

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luce, because she said it how she saw it. Great sense of humour and her heart is truly in the right please

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favourite?

He is so good at what he does its difficult to pick one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always listen to my audio books when I a, travelling, either to work or shopping

Any additional comments?

BJ Harrison a great find by Melissa