Author, family, mom to six, reading, writing, friends, optimist, peace advocate, and addicted to ice cream, brownies, visiting Cape Cod and helping people see the positive side of life.
Melissa Foster is bestselling author and lives in Maryland with her family. Her first manuscript was The Knowning (published with the name Chasing Amanda), her first published novel Megan’s Way. A story about a single mother making the ultimate sacrifice for her daughter, while dealing with cancer. After many rejections she decided to self-publish and see what readers really thought. It was the best move of her life.
That is why when she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. She is the founder of the World Literary Café, a venue for bringing authors and readers together and helping authors learn to promote their work, and Fostering Success, which offers self-guided courses to help authors learn to self-publish, harness the power of social media, create a branded and effective online presence and platform, and effectively market their books.
Crushing on love tells the story of Shannon Braden. “Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.”
Honestly, I didn’t look forward to this story as much as usual, marking the calendar with the release date and counting the days. I thought that I already knew how the story would go. But boy, what was I wrong! Crushing on love totally surprised me!
I really liked to get to know Shannon better, what drives her and makes her one of the Bradens. I was captured by the attraction between Shannon and Steve. The dynamic between these two was splashing off the page, so special and oh so hot. I think it’s because of their diversity, Shannon is a cheerful positive person, always seems to dance, while Steve is always so serious, thinking ten steps ahead than others will. But they both love with all their heart and soul, giving it all. That makes the love between them sparkle so much and I really enjoyed their journey.
Melissa Foster writes so good, she has the perfect mixture of a good story, elaborated characters, love and a lot of happiness. I laughed my ass off by some of the scenes, the bakery conversation for example is priceless. Or what do you think of the learning how to dance scene? I could picture it, could see it before my eyes how Steve was really nervous and how Rex clumsily asked everyone to join them.
That is exactly the wonderful thing of the Braden family and what family in general is all about, besides the awkwardness the love triumphs. And that’s why I love it so much to read the stories of Melissa Foster. Once you welcomed the Braden family to your heart, you never want to let go again. Thankfully Melissa is nowhere done writing!
8.5 / 10 Start reading the wonderful books of Melissa Foster, read Crushing on Love, if you haven’t already. I promise you, you will laugh, get a smile on your lips and you will be touched by this book.