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New Release Review and Giveaway! SURRENDER MY LOVE by Melissa Foster (Love in Bloom: The Bradens #14)

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Love in Bloom: The Bradens #14
Melissa Foster
Releasing on January 13, 2016
World Literary Press 
Annalise “Leesa” Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush—and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step.

From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He’s a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there’s a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart—and a painful past—but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore.

A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs—and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him?
I loved, loved, loved Cole Braden. He’s definitely book crush material! A dedicated doctor who’s devoted to his family and looking to settle down–what’s not to love? He’s also pretty much the most understanding and supporting boyfriend on the planet…tragically, he’s also fictional, but what can you do? 😉

Leesa/Annalise was a sympathetic character–she lived through what is pretty much every teacher’s worst nightmare and comes out still standing on the other side. I have to admit I thought she was crazy for her need to confront her accuser at the end, but it worked out well and the way it played out made sense both for the characters and for the story.

(However, as a former junior high English teacher–as Leesa was in the book–one aspect of the story drove me crazy. In all of her fond reminiscing of her past life, Leesa never once thought about all the work involved in teaching ELA at that level. To hear her tell it, she came home from work every day refreshed from imparting knowledge on bright and shining preteen and teenaged darlings and then spent the evening doing recreational reading in blessed solitude. When did she read and grade papers? Put together lesson plans? Deal with the common core? State tests? Surly hormonal children? Helicopter parents? I’m not saying it’s not a rewarding job–it definitely is. I did it for ten years, and loved both the job and my students. But it’s a lot of time-consuming, use-up-your-“free”-time work. I graded papers at just about every family function for all of those ten years; ask any member of my extended family. There’s waaaay more time for all the reading she claimed to do every day during summer vacation than during the school year!)

Though this is book 14 of the series, it worked fine as a standalone. It’s the second book featuring the Maryland branch of the Bradens–Cole’s brother and girlfriend Jewel from the first book ( Healed By Love ) play a pretty big role here, and I’ve added their book to my TBR because the bits we hear of their story make it sound like it’s right up my alley.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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 World Literary Café and Fostering Success. 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 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 social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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  1. I’m so glad Cole Braden made the perfect book boyfriend! I have only the highest regard for teachers. I know it is an exhausting and oftentimes a thankless job. So, I want to thank you for not only your review but for teaching those hormonal kiddos you gave so much of your time servicing XOXO

  2. Thank you Melissa! And thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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