Hearts at Play: The Bradens # 6 by Melissa Foster
Today I have a contemporary romance: please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be one of three winners to get a digital copy of Destined for Love by Melissa Foster
The second that I have read in this series, Melissa Foster is wrapping up the Braden clan by finding them their match. I’m a sucker for a romance when I know, as I turn the first page, that the story will have a happy ending, reading is an escape and I want to leave that world with a smile.
Brianna is a single mum, she is, like many single mothers out there, entirely dedicated to her child and doing the best for her possible. With a twelve year plan to take her to her daughter turns 18: men, dating and the concept of love are not on her radar.Hugh is the fast-paced celebrity brother: a grand prix racer he goes through women like his race team does tires. Tall, leggy, easy on the eye and not requiring commitments, his intention and desire to find a lasting relationship is negligible.
When Hugh spots Brianna he is instantly intrigued: so different from those he is used to encountering, she doesn’t even know who he is or what he does. Her casual responses, while friendly are distant and he is far more used to having women falling over him, knowing who he is and how his position can improve their lives.
Hugh makes some huge changes in his life: he wants Brianna and will need to drop that ‘rico suave’ exterior to show her that he has a heart and they stand a chance. Brianna is so focused on keeping Layla happy, even to the detriment of her own life, that she is unwilling to allow a man in. But, like all good things, plans change and Briana needs to face some of her own insecurities to take a chance at a family that will be more than she ever imagined.
Characters are well defined and portrayed, with real emotions and insecurities that feel natural and familiar to all readers. While the instant attraction and connection was a bit farfetched, and made hash of Brianna’s ‘set in stone life plan’, it did show how futile such rigid planning can be. Foster manages to incorporate real world concerns that will resonate with many, and while making this a romance, the omnipresent issue of family and children first kept the reader aware of the choices and how difficult it is to balance all the concerns with everyone’s best interests at heart.
A great installment in the series, I do need to go back and read the earlier books in the series, but I didn’t find a great lack of understanding or information jumping into the series at the end.
Title: Hearts at Play
Author: Melissa Foster
Published by: World Literary Press
Source: Author via Tour Company
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About the Book:
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?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.