Friday, 28 February 2014

Books Read: Melissa Foster - Hearts at Play

Brianna Heart has a six-year old daughter and a twelve-year plan to keep her life as simple as possible until Layla turns eighteen. 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?

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Brianna Heart (Bree) is a young single mother who has put her dating life on hold to bring up her young daughter Layla but her resolve is threatened when handsome racer Hugh Braden walks into the bar she's working in.  The sparks between them are electric, so will he be able to break down her barriers to allow him to date her?

This was definitely my favourite book in the series as both Bree and Hugh were sweethearts. Even though I'm not a mum myself I totally understood Bree's reasoning for her plan to not date until her daughter was much older, but at the same time I loved how Hugh was doing everything to prove to her that he was not a playboy race car driver who would break hers and Layla's hearts.  His dedication to the both of them was so heartwarming and there was one scene in particular involving him and Layla that made my heart melt...

As with most of the other books in the series there are cameo appearances with the rest of the family which I loved as I may have mentioned one or two times before, I love reading book series as getting to see the characters develop over the series.  And it definitely wouldn't be a Melissa Foster romance novel without some steamy bedroom action involved...

I'm actually a little sad that I've finished this book as it now means that I have come to the end of the original 9 books in the Love in Bloom series featuring the Snow Sisters and the Braden family.  If you'd like to try these books for yourselves, the first books of both series are currently free on Amazon, Sisters in Love and Lovers at Heart.

But the good news for me, and for other fans of the series, is that there will now be a further 5 books in the series featuring the brothers and sister of Jack Remington who we have already met in Bursting with Love.  I definitely plan to read all of these books at some stage in the future once I've cleared a few more from my reviews backlog.


  1. Yay! So happy you enjoyed the whole series and plan on reading the future releases. Thank you for your awesome review!! XOXO

  2. Hearts at Play has been readers favourites on tour Sharon - you are not alone :)

    Thank you for your fabulous review and all your support.