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Hearts at Play

Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book 6
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: Love in Bloom, Book 9, The Bradens, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Brianna Heart has a six-year old daughter and a 12-year plan to keep her life as simple as possible until Layla turns 18. That means swearing off relationships and the drama that goes along with them, working two jobs, and being the best damn mother she can be.

The last thing Capital Series Grand Prix racer Hugh Braden wants after dating media-hungry leggy models and money-hungry fan girls is a blind date. But how could he turn down a favor to one of his best friends? Hugh expected the date to go poorly, but he didn't expect to be intensely attracted to the beautiful brown-eyed bartender who completely blows him off - and steals his every thought thereafter.

When Brianna's perfectly orchestrated life turns upside down, Hugh is there to help, softening the turmoil, and maybe even rescuing her heart from the lonely place where it has been hiding. Can a man who doesn't believe in fate and a woman who doesn't believe in true love find happiness in each other's arms forever?

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

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  • Sereata
  • 11-05-2015

LOVE LOVE LOVE THE BRADENS!!!

What did you love best about Hearts at Play?

I'm n love with Hugh Braden. Glad I got to hear his story. Love all the Bradens. Love Layla & Brianna

What did you like best about this story?

BJ Harrison is the perfect narrator for this series.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's a toss up between the scene were he planned the first date planned for Brianna and the surprise production of the play for Layla. I literally swooned.

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

Yes. Started it Sunday Morning, finished Sunday night.

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait to for hear the rest of the stories and the Remingtons side. The chapter 1 teaser at the end of this audiobook have be salavating to know about Dex. Can't wait for the rest of the stories in the series. I'm on pins and needles for the next audiobook. Please don't make me wait too long.

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  • charlligirl
  • 04-09-2020

This story is bittersweet for me

I was actually surprised in this book. I never expected Hugh (playboy) to settle down especially with a woman with a child. Brianna got pregnant right after college and has been a single mom, working two jobs ever since. When Hugh comes into her life, he turns it upside down giving her and her daughter gifts that she would never purchase on her own. As a matter of fact, she tells Hugh he has to stop buying Layla things because it's too much and she doesn't want her daughter to expect this when he's gone. But he has no intention of going anywhere.

The birthday party was so much fun for little Layla. And let's not forget the theater he rents out to have her play that she wrote produced by family and friends. He thinks of everything. But is he really ready to be a dad and husband? And is Brianna ready to trust him that he won't leave?

I think Hugh is my favorite Braden at the moment. Growing up with a single mom, this story really hit home for me. Unfortunately, there are no Hugh Braden's in real life. So this story is bittersweet for me.

As always, BJ Harrison brings home this story with impeccable taste and I love listening to his portrayal of the Bradens.

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  • Lynnz
  • 21-08-2020

Loved this book as much as all the rest

I received this audiobook free for an honest. Love this book and this series. I heard the beginning of this book at the end of the last one and just had to have it. So excited when I began it. Couldn't stop listening. I didn't get much accomplished around my house other than to listen to this book until it ended. Now looking for the next. You will not be disappointed. Melissa is an excellent, creative author with so many ideas in her brain. Every book is unique, other than same romance theme. This HEA is a standalone, but the characters from the other books play a part in creating this awesome love story. You will enjoy it more if you listen to the others first. The narrator does a great job with the characters, their personalities and the overall story.

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  • Katie
  • 15-08-2020

You don't need a code word to enjoy this story....

Hearts at Play is the long awaited story of the youngest Braden sibling, Hugh, as he falls in love with a single mother and her daughter. During the courtship stories of his brothers and sister, Hugh has been an egocentric, immature playboy, living his life as a famous race car driver to the fullest. Although he was always charming, he had no substance, especially when compared to his ultra responsible and mature family members. Thankfully, by the time he meets Brianna, he has decided that he is ready to settle down and find something with real meaning in his life. Watching Brianna shoot down all his advances in the beginning is priceless.

Brianna is his polar opposite. Although she had an oops moment when she became pregnant right after college, she is a hardworking, dedicated mother with no room in her life for anything but her daughter. She has been betrayed deeply by two men in her past, her father and her daughter's father, so she runs from any sign of male attraction. How these two could fall in love seems inconceivable, but they are actually the perfect compliment to each other. Brianna doesn't make it easy for Hugh to win her affections, but he applies his seduction skills with the same precision he uses on the racetrack. As with all of Love in Bloom books, Hearts at Play can be read as a standalone, but I always love revisiting couple from the previous books. I am sad to say goodbye to the Braden siblings, but I have a feeling that I will like the next family, the Remingtons, just as much.

B.J. Harrison narrates most of the Love in Bloom series, and he is incredibly talented. Although he doesn't overly differentiate between male and female characters, he uses subtle changes in tone and pitch to make it clear which character is speaking. His performance is flawless, and his delivery of the steamy scenes makes them even more passionate (not that you can improve on a Melissa Foster love scene!). I look forward to many future narrations by Harrison.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • AMcCrary
  • 15-07-2020

Another Great Read!!

Great love story! So excited to meet up with Brianna and Layla. Always look forward to Hal Braden’s words of wisdom, and Treat Braden’s loyalty to all of his family members. Also Hugh Braden stole my heart in this one!❤️

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  • ajmeyer
  • 22-06-2020

Love at First Sight

Hugh Braden is a professional race car driver. Brianna Heart is a single mother working as a bartender whose real passion is photography. While waiting me meet a blind date, Brianna catches Hugh’s attention. He is instantly smitten. After he drops of his blind date, he returns to the bar to seek out Brianna.

Brianna’s sole focus is on her six-year-old daughter Layla; she is not looking for any type of relationship due to a 12-year plan she has set for herself, but Hugh consumes her thoughts. She has no idea who he is and that’s a refreshing thing for Hugh. As they get to know each other, Brianna begins to see that Hugh is truly a caring, honest and passionate man. Once she learns of his profession, will she let her insecurities keep her from the most amazing man she’s ever met or will she let them go to find her HEA.

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  • G C
  • 10-06-2020

LOVING IT!

I absolutely loved it! This series is the best! The narration is always outstanding. The author always does an amazing job with the character builds and plot. I would definitely read anything this author writes! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Xiaguan
  • 30-04-2020

Brianna and Hugh

Prince Hugh is all that and a bag of potato chips. Brianna doesn’t stand a chance against him.....but watching her try makes for a fun read.
The narrator does a great job in this story. I’m finally where I like his voice;)

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  • Jocelyne
  • 02-08-2019

Great Single Mom Story!

This is the Sixth book in The Bradens Series. This Series is also part of the Love in Bloom Series. Hugh, Brianna's story is a great single Mom story. Layla, Brianna's daughter, is so cute. This is another great addition to this amazing Series. BJ Harrison did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed my listening.

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  • Denise M
  • 20-05-2019

Hugh, Brianna & Layla

Brianna Hart is a single mom to six-year old Layla with a hectic but organized life. She works two jobs - bartender and photography assistant, and has put any kind of romance on the back burner until Layla turns eighteen. That’s her 12 year plan. Of course fate has other things in store for Brianna’s best laid plans.

Enter Capital Series Grand Prix racer and heart throb Hugh Braden, the youngest of the Weston Braden clan. He meets Brianna when he shows up for a disastrous blind date as a favor to a friend and is immediately captivated by Brianna, the bartender who gives his drink order to someone else to deliver. That’s a first for Hugh and that endears her to him in a new way. Used to women falling at his feet for their own personal reasons, Brianna is a breath of Spring. Although not looking for love, he has been taking stock of his party style life, wanting more. Watching his siblings fall in love makes Hugh realize he wants that connection that’s missing in his life.

Brianna is so busy being the best mom she can be and working practically non-stop, it’s easy to see how she almost fails to recognize her loneliness.

Hugh takes the time to get to know Brianna, understanding that she can’t introduce him to Layla, until they meet quite by accident. I loved Hugh’s quiet pursuit of Brianna and the way he cared to learn about Layla. He was swoon worthy on so many levels, romancing both mother and daughter, understanding her fears and insecurities especially dating a celebrity who has woman fawning all over him. He learned that just because you can doesn’t mean you should and respected Brianna’s wishes not to overly spoil Layla, not wanting her to expect things or lording her good fortune over her friends. Brianna does a great job of teaching Layla what’s important in life and Hugh does a wonderful job of convincing her it’s okay to be spoiled on occasion.

As always the Braden family is there to lend support, whether an ear or helping hand. I love this family so much!

B.J. Harrison is a wonderful narrator, easily switching up the voices of the characters, making sure you feel their emotions without though, adding so much to the already great story.

If you love single parent, new love romances, Hearts at Play is definitely for you!

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  • katiemay
  • 05-08-2017

No frogs to kiss

Would you consider the audio edition of Hearts at Play to be better than the print version?

They are the same although you can get a bit more emotional with the audi version

What did you like best about this story?

It was like an adult version of Cinderella, Brianna a single mother of a 6 year old meets Hugh who likes to thrill seek. I liked the interaction of Hugh with Brianna's daughter Layla. It takes a while for Brianna to step down from her 12 year plan of no dating, but cant help falling for Hugh.

Have you listened to any of B.J. Harrison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Its just as good as all the others I have listened to

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You don't have to kiss that many frogs to find your Prince

Any additional comments?

Another good listen from Melissa and BJ Harrison

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-03-2017

Playboy meets his match

Hugh Braden, playbook racing car driver meets Brianna Heart, single mother, by chance. They end up with sparks flying between them and fall for one another but Brianna is cautious because of her 6year old daughter Layla. Beautiful story and wonderfully narrated. I love that B.J. manages to keep the same voices for each character as the Love in Bloom series continues. Wonderful book by Melissa and amazingly brought to life by B.J. Harrison.