Book Review: 'Destined For Love' by Melissa Foster

by - January 13, 2014


Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.

After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.

Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.


Destined for Loveis part of a 9 book series by Melissa Foster called 'Love in Bloom'. My first Melissa Foster novel was Where Petals Fall, a psychological mystery, which I recently reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed. I was excited to read Destined for Love, as I was keen to see how Melissa's writing tackled the Romance genre in comparison to mystery, and I can honestly say it didn't disappoint.

Destined for Love, although being part of a series, can be read as a stand alone novel. However, Melissa is a brilliant author, so I would definitely recommend reading the rest of the series - I am going to! This story follows the forbidden love between Jade and Rex, as a result of a long-standing family feud. It is very Romeo-and-Juliet-esque (always a winner!). After finding her life turned upside down, Jade returns to the small town she grew up in and starts to get her life back on track. Little did she know that when her path crossed with Rex Braden, all the chemistry and sparks from the past would start flying again.

Ever since they were teenagers, Rex and Jade were unable to explore the connection they felt between them, as their fathers were in an ongoing dispute and their relationship would not be accepted by their families. However, Jade's return to her hometown sees her and Rex fighting to take a stand against their families in order to hold onto the strong relationship they could have together.

Melissa's writing is effective in giving the reader a real sense of the chemistry and the tension in this relationship. You can feel the passion between the two characters and there are a few saucy scenes to help get the blood pumping ladies! ;) Rex is your typically good 'book boyfriend' - he's hot with a tough exterior, but on the inside he is a genuine, loving and protective man. It is easy to see why Jade finds herself so hopelessly attracted to Rex, especially when you see how Rex stands up for Jade and fights to keep her by his side *swoon*. Jade is a very likeable character. After the nasty relationship she has escaped from, the reader is left cheering her on and hoping for things to work out for her and Rex.

Melissa's writing is very successful in portraying the romantic journey of Jade and Rex. Her imagery brings the story to life for the reader and she brilliantly captures the reader's heart, drawing the reader in to the entangled love of Jade and Rex. Although many romance stories can be predictable, Melissa Foster's exploration of intense feelings and hot, steamy scenes, makes for a brilliant read.

I would definitely recommend this novel if you enjoy a good romance story, tinged with sexiness and two hot, loveable characters.

On this tour Melissa Foster is giving away 3 e-copies of her novel Lovers at Heart - enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! It's free to enter so you've got nothing to lose!

More information about this series can be found here:

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Why not check out Sisters in Love, from the Snow Sisters Collection in the 'Love in Bloom' series:

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  1. I'm so glad you're going to read the others in the series! What an awesome review, and I LOVE your blog - how cute!! You're not the only one with a book crush on sexy Rexy Braden. Who can deny a hot cowboy? XOXO

  2. Fabulous review Jess! So glad you enjoyed Destined for Love.

    Thank you for taking part in Melissa's tour.

  3. Thank you so much Melissa, I am glad you enjoyed the review and so happy that you love my blog! It is rather special to me and love when people seem to be enjoying it! Haha.. a hot cowboy is definitely hard to resist... and why should we?! ;) xxx


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