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Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he's going home to try to forget her all together.

Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she's never needed a man to help her find her way - until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she'd spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain - including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat. When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever - and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2014 Melissa Foster

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  • Laura
  • 02-03-2017

Amazement

Would you consider the audio edition of Lovers at Heart to be better than the print version?

I believe it's to close to call.. I love books. I love reading. This was the first time I used an Audio book and I was very pleased. I loved how having someone read to me, made the book come alive.

What other book might you compare Lovers at Heart to and why?

I am a Melissa Foster fan. All her books are captivating, amazing, and a chance to escape for a while.

What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

B.J. Harrison helps bring the book to life. He is an exquisite narrator. I would love to listen to him again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two hearts that beat as one.

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  • Gaele
  • 06-01-2017

there was a TON of back and forth with these two

AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

A story that best works after reading the Snow Sisters series, but can stand alone, Lovers at Heart focuses on Treat and Max’s stories, and the aftermath of a destination wedding. Max is the organizing guru with more than a dash of neuroses and ocd, and while helpful with her planning work, is often detrimental to her personal life. She’s clever, driven, outwardly self-confident and wholly in charge of her life. Treat owns several resorts, is always bouncing about and around, and he’s got a serious case of wedding hangover after a memorable, if not his best, moment at the wedding.

Together – these two get another chance to make things right DESPITE their both having serious reservations and issues. Treat is very metrosexual – he’s a solidly good guy who I seriously hoped would find some emotional control. His own dedication to his family and to seeing them happy and settled, often to the detriment of his own forward progress and growth wasn’t over the top, until you add in his bone-deep fear of finding that “love” and then losing it. There’s plenty of growth that needs to happen for Treat, and while I like characters that are in touch with their emotions, there was a bit of “not again’ with each new emotional revelation for him.

On the other hand, Max is almost closed off from her inner voices, until or unless she encounters someone who reminds her of all the bad moments with her ex. Unwilling to stand for any critical judgments from any man, she just shuts down and pushes people away from her, with an almost angry overtone. We do see that her self-confidence from her work, which she does near perfectly, isn’t always translating over, and that makes her very defensive. Oh – and when she’s angry or feeling pressured by anything BUT work, she’s a horrible listener, and refuses to ask questions or hear explanations. So there was a TON of back and forth with these two. And, I kind of have to give Treat kudos for sticking in there, making it clear that he wanted her and her alone, and that he wouldn’t stop pursuing her. In the abstract, for a story, it’s pretty damn romantic…although I can see how it could dance over the edge to stalker if their connection wasn’t so palpable and obvious to everyone else.

Narration is again provided by B, J, Harrison, who again does a lovely job in presenting characters, story and emotional layers without overworking the emotion or getting in the way of the story as it unfolded. But it is less a critique of performance than musing over the ‘rightness’ of this narrator for this book. I would have liked a dual narrator team for this title, while Harrison does a wonderful job in separating and distinctly presenting both male and female voices, I would have appreciated the addition of a female to narrate the women’s parts. There was just a little something not quite fitting with the characters as I envisioned them – and having read and listened to this story (I own the title) there was a piece missing, some youthful edge, that would have added to the performance here.

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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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 13-06-2018

Pretty good

This story was pretty good. Lots of cliches and some pretty cheesy lines. The characters annoyed me at times, but overall it was good. It held my interest although it’s predictable.

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  • Virginia
  • 07-05-2018

Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

I love Melissa Foster's writing abilities, the heat she puts into her plots and the beautifully written love stories. B. J. Harrison narration brings it to the table, making you lick your lips.
Treat Braden is the eldest of the Braden men and he owned resorts all over the world. He met Max Armstrong at his cousins wedding that was held in Nassau at his resort. Max was the coordinator for an Indi Film Festival. He thought Max had slept with one of his employees and was mad from the start. Treat went home in Colorado to visit his father at the ranch and they were holding a film festival there. He saw Max there and he knew he had to go after her. Loved it!

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  • MIssy DeHaven
  • 26-10-2017

Max and Treat!

What a couple. They both come into their relationship with so much life baggage that it takes them most of the book to both be on the same page at the same time. But it was worth the wait!! Another wonderful story from Melissa Foster and (if you read the books in order) our first full on adventure into the world of the amazing and beautiful Braden clan!! This audio book was heaven sent as I listened during our recent trip to Cape Cod. I highly recommend you take a listen. Five stars all the way!!

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  • Beth Talbot
  • 23-09-2017

Not just an easy love story

Would you listen to Lovers at Heart again? Why?

I loved Lovers at Heart. Max and Treat are both so independent that it is a battle to see who will drop their guard first (and most) to let the other in. The amount of heart and emotion (and chemistry and heat) that they have is insane! I would definitely listen to this again - in fact I started listening to this at the gym and my 30 minute workouts soon became 1 hour workouts because I had to listen for 5 more minutes, over and over again.

What other book might you compare Lovers at Heart to and why?

I don't like doing comparisons. Melissa Foster is amazing and each book should be individually appreciated.

What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Just the character nuances that each one has.

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

I love this book. I laughed, cried, cursed when they were being dumb, and smiled.

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  • Geri Grinstead
  • 04-08-2017

Fall in love with the Braden Family!

I think this is my favorite Love in Bloom series book so far! In Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster she tells the story of Treat and Max who met at Chaz and Kaylie's wedding. He is a resort owner who grew up in Colorado. Treat was judgmental of Max and he has come back to Colorado to try to win her over since he couldn't get her out of his mind (or his heart). Hal Braden is Treat's dad and the patriarch of this family as well as a kind loving father who helps Treat work through some issues. I love Melissa Foster's characters. They are multidimensional and we come to know them well through her writings. And the voice of BJ Harrison brings them to life. His narration had me laughing out loud! I highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • BJ's Reviews
  • 15-07-2017

3.5/4.5 Open Your Heart to 2nd Chances Stars

3.5 Open Your Heart to Second Chances Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration.

Lovers at Heart is a second chance romance with a strong women's fiction influence.  At the heart of this story (pun intended!) is the vulnerability of opening up one's heart to love after an initial rejection.  Much of this story is focused on an introspection of the fear of vulnerability that a person must necessarily experience to fall in love.  

Although Lovers At Heart is the beginning of a new series, The Bradens, it's also a spin-off of the Love in Bloom Series where the hero and heroine are first introduced.  The heroine is Max, Chaz's assistant and the hero is Treat, the owner of the resort where sisters, Danica and Kaylie, get married.  Treat and Max first meet on the resort and share an intimate moment. However, Max is heartbroken when the next day Treat spurns her.  Of course, what Treat reacts to is seeing Max in the company of a co-worker in the early morning hours and she is wearing the same clothes from the night before which leads to Treat's own jealousy and hurt feelings.

When Max and Treat meet again unexpectedly in Treat's hometown of Weston, Colorado, it's their opportunity to explore their second chance. But when the hurt feelings of their first meeting make this second opportunity at a union difficult, Treat and Max must learn that they must be willing to get hurt again if they really want to find love. Can their be a HEA under the circumstances?

BJ Harrison returns to narrate this debut book in the spin-off series of The Bradens. Having already gotten used to Mr. Harrison's melodic voice, I was able to quickly re-transition back into the lives of these characters. I also as a general matter enjoy his voice. Mr. Harrison has a soothing voice that sounds like a therapist's voice. This voice worked well to highlight Treat's good qualities and also helped to bring to life Max's and Treat's struggles with their own feelings as they try and find love.

All in all, the focus of this book is on the struggles that people must overcome to finally find true happiness and love. If you enjoy books with this as the central theme, and enjoy a full cast in your romances with lots of secondary characters that give the book the feeling of a family drama, then Lovers at Heart is sure to hit the right spot.

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

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  • Shannon O'Brien
  • 30-06-2017

I'm in love!

I love Foster's books, that's no secret! I've read nearly all of them. However, I'm loving going back to reread them the past few months! It's so good to get a chance to reconnect with old favorite characters. I forgot how much I'd missed treat and max! A+ to both Foster's writing and Harrison's narrating! It really added to a favorite tale.

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  • JJB
  • 02-06-2017

Great start to the Braden series

What made the experience of listening to Lovers at Heart the most enjoyable?

This is Treat and Max's story. We meet them in the Sisters in Love series. Treat is a big time resort owner and Max is working for Chaz. Treat will stop at nothing to win the heart of Max, and Max doesn't want her heart to be won. Love does prevail. This is also a great introduction to the rest of the characters you will meet through the other Braden books.

The audio is very good. I really enjoy listening to BJ's voice. He really emphasizes the emotions of the characters. Can't wait for the next one.

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

Max is my favorite

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  • katiemay
  • 10-06-2017

We all need a Treat in our lives

Where does Lovers at Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to about 5/6 books from the series this would be no.3

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max, because she is tough on the outside but really she just wants someone to love her.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending when she heads to the ranch and Treat is heading to her place

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

When Max confronts her ex boyfriend

Any additional comments?

Loved this book and it was made even more special as I was walking down Wellfleet high street listening a Max and Treat where doing the same thing

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  • Debra McDonald
  • 19-02-2017

Another awesome audiobook

This book made me laugh, cry and swoon so much especially hearing it on audio book. So totally worth listening to.