Lovers At Heart by Melissa Foster
Series: , The Bradens #1
Publisher: World Literary Press (Self-Published) on October 26, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he's going home to try to forget her all together.
Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she's never needed a man to help her find her way--until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she'd spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain--including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.
When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever--and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Treat Braden remembers it clearly, the morning the saw the woman who consumed his thoughts making the walk of shame from one of his employees’ rooms. The disappointment and raw pain that shot through him came out in judgement and anger, and when she looked at his face, she knew exactly what he thought of her. But months later, he still can’t get her out of his mind, wishing he had another chance.
Max Armstrong never expected to see him again, but when Treat shows up at the festival in Allure, all those feelings she had come rushing back. But she’s known his brand of judgement before, and it all but destroyed her. So falling head over heels for him isn’t exactly on her agenda, even if she can’t help doing so. Now she just has to get past her insecurities to give him another chance.
Oh, holy angst, Batman! Treat might be one of the most romantic fictional men I’ve ever met, but Max has got some serious issues. Not that I didn’t like her, but wow. Her internal monologue was all twisted up, and while it later became clear why she had such a problem trusting love, she seriously had me wondering if she’d ever get it together enough to solidify a relationship with Treat.
But drunk Max? Drunk Max I looooooved! Yeah, she was kind of awesome, and in her odd drunken way, she made a lot more sense. I was pretty mad at her for ignoring all the omg-he’s-so-perfect things that Treat said and obsessing over Thailand instead (trust me, it makes sense if you read the book). But then she had a few too many drinks, and voila! Max became every woman who’s ever been in love with a man. Now, who can’t relate to that?
I have to say that Lovers at Heart really surprised me. Neither Max nor Treat were your typical romance novel characters. Treat was all ready to throw caution to the wind and ditch his pride, unlike pretty much every other romantic hero in history, and Max was wonderfully neurotic. It made for a whole new dynamic, and I had to sit down and read it cover to cover. Sleep was forgotten. Food was delivered. Romance novel was devoured. And now I’m off to read about Rex –because, yum!