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Publisher's Summary

Discover the magic of New York Times best seller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. 

Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance. 

In Searching for Love: Zev Braden and Carly Dylan have known each other their whole lives. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry - until a devastating tragedy struck, breaking the two lovers apart. Over the next decade, Zev, a nomadic treasure hunter, rarely returned to his hometown, and Carly became a chocolatier and built a whole new life across the country. When a chance encounter brings them back into each other’s lives, can they find the true love that once existed, or will shattered dreams and broken hearts prevail? Find out in Searching for Love, a deliciously sexy, funny, and emotional second-chance romance. 

Love in Bloom novels feature alpha male heroes and smart, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to those who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.

©2020 Melissa Foster (P)2020 Melissa Foster

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  • Lisa Osborn
  • 07-09-2020

Loved it!

Melissa Foster’s rendition on the story about two childhood friends who become lovers made me fall head over heels for Zev and Carly!! Zev was protective, passionate honest, adventurous and forthcoming with his true feelings no matter the situation! Carly was loving, forgiving, independent and resilient! Although both suffered from the tragedy of losing a friend, it shaped each of them in a different way, thereby proving that what does not kill us makes us stronger! Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino’s performances held me captive from beginning to end! I felt each emotionally charged yet poignant moment of their heartfelt relationship! Loved it ❣️😍🥰🤩😘

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  • kgagnon
  • 02-09-2020

Sweet and Steamy Romance!

Zev Braden and Carly Dylan's story is a sweet and steamy second chance romance. They were childhood best friends and first loves. They both loved adventure and dreamed of finding sunken treasure together. They were destined to be together forever until tragedy strikes and tears them both apart, breaking both their hearts. Zev went on to have great adventures while Carly changed her path to a safe, quiet life as a chocolatier. They never forgot their other half and could never quite move on. Now, years later, they have a chance meeting, and their chemistry is still fiery as ever. Zev doesn't recognize the woman before him, living a quiet life, but he sees glimpses of the adventurer who has always owned his heart. Now that he has Carly back in his life, he is determined to show her that he is a better man, one she deserves. But first he needs to remind her who she really is and to take a chance on him and the life they are meant to have together. But Carly has a new life that she has worked hard to build, with a successful business and great friends. Is it too late for Zev to win her back?
Narrators Virginia Rose, and Brian Pallino are so perfect as Carly and Zev. Their expressive voices and ability to easily move between fun and flirty to impassioned and poignant is incredible. I love listening to them both and they definitely make this story filled with friendship, family and a sweet and steamy romance even better.

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  • KindleKat64
  • 01-09-2020

A love that stood the test of time and distance

I absolutely loved this story! Zev and Carly will make you believe that it is never too late for second chances to get things right and that true love always prevails. You never forget your first love and if your lucky, he/she becomes your last love!! This book is everything I have come to expect in a Melissa Foster romance! My heart is so happy and full! This is a fun, sexy, flirty, adventurous and emotional book. The narration is wonderful and really brought this incredible love story to life. Brian is amazing as Zev! And Virginia did a great job as Carly too. I love the way they voiced the other characters as well. As with all the books in this long running series, we get to see many of the other characters we know and love again as well as new ones! That's because besides love, family is always at the heart of these books.

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  • Virginia
  • 29-08-2020

Fantastic!

Melissa has written another mind blowing story. It is fun, romantic, sexy, and has plenty of laughs to keep you entertained until the last word.
Zev and Carly were the best of friends since second grade. Zev said that she was the only girl to keep up with him. Then one day a death of a friend tore them apart. Zev went on his treasure hunting expeditions in the ocean. It was a dream that Zev and Carly had together for years, but Carly went to Colorado and took over her aunts chocolate shop. Years later they met again at a wedding, and there were feelings that could not be denied. What an adventure!
Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino narrated the story and they were fabulous! They each had perfect voices for the characters. I thought I was watching a movie with me standing there watching with my emotions on my sleeve.

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  • G C
  • 27-08-2020

I LOVED IT!

I absolutely loved it! This book was full of emotions, drama and romance. The narration was outstanding and kept me entertained! The author did an outstanding job with the character builds and plot. I've read so many books by this author and really love her writing style! I look forward to reading more books in this series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • lclarke1
  • 20-08-2020

Good story!

This was a good second chance romance as Zev and Carly find love with each other again. The pair have suffered loss of a friend as well as guilt of actions leading up to the grief that they suffered as teens. They then reunited a few years later where they had a one night stand but Carly felt that she needed to protect herself and left before they could attempt to resolve anything with their pasts. The pair are then reunited a second time where they find love with each other and resolve their feelings and issues from the past.
The characters are both well written with chemistry that was off the charts. I enjoyed the family orientation that they characters have as well as the return of characters from previous books and series. The story moved along well an kept me interested throughout as the story flowed.
In the audio version, the narrators, Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino, performed the story well doing a great job bringing the story to life. Overall, this was a good book that I would recommend to others.

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  • AMcCrary
  • 16-08-2020

Searching for Love....FOUND!

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow....what a wonderful love story! I had Lucky Charms Cereal this morning before I finished this book! Wow, true love that began in early childhood, that has stood the test of time. A true treasure!!

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  • Terri C.
  • 10-10-2021

A passionate love story!

Ms. Foster has created another passionate love story that pulls on the heartstrings. This is a second chance trope about Zev and Carly, who became friends when they were very young and hand their relationship progress all the way to lovers. They had their future planned out, but than a tragedy sent Zev leaving their home town. He and Carly are reunited and slowly work their way back together temporarily. They have very different lives now--their dreams are no longer the same. Zev is still searching for the sunken boat and treasure that they planned on recovering together. Could he discover that Carly is the most priceless treasure of all?



I listened to the audio version of this book. The narration by Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino were spot on.

Thanks to Melissa Foster for the gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • Denise M
  • 21-09-2021

Zev and Carly

If you like second-chance romances then buckle up and grab a beverage of choice and settle in. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino. Their voices, inflections and tone blend perfectly together to make this a highly enjoyable listen.

This is the story of Zev Braden and Carly Dylan who were childhood best friends, first everything and of course and first loves.

Everyone thought they’d go on to marry, but a heartbreaking tragedy struck and upended their world, affecting both families and causing Zev in his ignorance of youth and not enough life experience, to leave Carly behind for her own good. *Sidenote: I hate when people make those kind of decisions for someone else. and it usually isn’t the right decision for either one. As we know the road to hades is paved with good intentions.

Both have grown up and forged different lives for themselves. Zev went on to become a treasure hunter, a lifestyle he’d always hoped to share with Carly and Carly carved out a new life for herself as a chocolatier far from their hometown.

Fate and a helping hand bring them back together at Zev’s brother Beau and his fiancé Charlotte Sterling’s wedding.

The chemistry burns even hotter after a decade apart and as these two, now adults, reconnect. The derp and abiding love is ever present, but can these two forge a real life together when they’ve been living in such different worlds?

Searching for Love is a classic Melissa Foster book with old friends and family returning as well as meeting interesting and very likable new characters.

I think you’ll love the witty banter, passionate and sexy moments and the emotional highs and lows of this second-chance romance as much as I did.

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  • Okie Amy
  • 20-09-2021

The Search is Over

If you liked the Goonies you will like Searching for Love. Zev is a treasure hunter who has thought of two things since he was a kid. Carly Dylan and The Pride. The Pride being a sunken ship full of treasure. He and Carly hoped to one day find the ship that interested them so much.

Over the years things changed and they went different paths until Zev’s brothers wedding brings them crashing into each others lives again.

I did find this book to be a little predictable but none the less it is a great story to listen to. Virginia Rose and Brian Pallino narrate and they do a great job. They make you feel like you are right there hunting for treasure. Heyyyyy youuuu guyssss you need to listen to this book!!!

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  • katiemay
  • 22-03-2021

Fantastic book to listen to

There is nothing like a good audio book to get your heart thumping and the tears flowing and Melissa Foster does all of that in this book. Zev and Carly have suffered so much heartache when they where teenagers, after a tragedy that shook their small hometown. At the wedding of his brother Beau they finally meet again. They both know they still love each other, the sparks are there waiting to ignite. This is an emotional story of love heartbreak and even more love. It is lightened by Birdie her best friend who pushes her to be the best. So many new characters we get introduced to and some old ones to catch up on.

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