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HEARTS COLLIDE when a feisty city girl crashes into Steve "Grizz" Johnson's rural mountain retreat. The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak 

" With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner 
  
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely   

In CRUSHING ON LOVE... 
Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs. 

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance. 

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too? 
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WANT MORE BRADENS? All Braden books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series: 

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD) 
Healed by Love (Nate) 
Surrender My Love (Cole) 
River of Love (Sam) 
Crushing on Love (Shannon) 
Whisper of Love (Tempest) 
Thrill of Love (Ty) 
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The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Read the complete Love in Bloom series: 

SNOW SISTERS 
Sisters in Love 
Sisters in Bloom 
Sisters in White 

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO) 
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max) 
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade) 
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley) 
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy) 
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack) 
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree) 

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO) 
Taken by Love (Luke) 
Fated for Love (Wes) 
Romancing My Love (Pierce) 
Flirting with Love (Ross) 
Dreaming of Love (Emily) 
Crashing into Love (Jake) 

THE BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS 
Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella) 
**Best if read after Weston & Trusty Bradens** 

THE REMINGTONS 
Game of Love (Dex) 
Stroke of Love (Sage) 
Flames of Love (Siena) 
Slope of Love (Rush) 
Read, Write, Love (Kurt) 

SEASIDE SUMMERS 
Seaside Dreams (Bella) 
Seaside Hearts (Jenna) 
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie) 
Seaside Secrets (Amy) 
Seaside Nights (Sky) 
Seaside Embrace (Hunter) 
Seaside Lovers (Grayson) 
Seaside Whispers (Matt) 

REVIEWS 
"...love, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." --Supportive Business Moms, UK 

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning, avid reader 

AUTHOR BIO 
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

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    Loved their HEA!!!!

    OMG, your gonna cry. This was such a touching love story! I couldn't put it down. I loved Steve and Shannon. They are an adorable couple and I was so worried how they would make it work. I love their HEA!!!

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    Another fun Braden!

    A sweet and sexy, opposites attract story! Steve Johnson is enjoying his life's dream of living in the Colorado Mountains as a Ranger and wildlife consultant. He likes his quiet life, but it starts to liven up when Shannon Braden moves into a cabin down the road. Shannon is a happy-go-lucky, chatty gal who is friends with everyone and is in Colorado for a few weeks doing some wildlife research. She plans to return to her home in Maryland as soon as she gets all of the info compiled that she needs, but she doesn't count on running into a man to tempt her into not wanting to leave. The pull between the two of them is something neither of them is used to, so they can't turn their back on it even though they know they can only be temporary since she's leaving soon. Will they find a way to have a forever?

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    Intensely passionate story

    Another intensely passionate story in the Peaceful Harbor series. Just when I think Melissa Foster cannot create more intense, more compassionate heroes, she releases another book. Steve is a wonderful character - deeply passionate about the environment -- and Shannon. I was a little perplexed at the beginning regarding why Steve was so attached to his mountain and inflexible about leaving but over time, his love of the land and his role in became as much a part of the book as the other characters. Shannon is an exuberant character. I love how there were times when she could move from topic to topic, bouncing from one idea to another, and her bubbly personality came through the words on the page. I love how confident she is in her feelings for Steve, and the risk she takes to see if he feels the same. At the same time, I wanted to smack her upside the head a couple of times, wanting her to open her eyes and see what was right in front of her. Because while she took a chance to see what could develop between Steve, she was unwilling to take a chance on the permanence of that love. Her fear of losing connection to her family was valid but her lack of insight into ways to have both was frustrating. But, have no fear. As in true romance, Shannon and Steve find their happily-ever-after. And the reader finds another great read from Melissa Foster in the Braden's series. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    A sweetly tuned second chance story.

    To date Ms. Foster has tackled heavy issues within her Bradens series. Whether trust issues have arisen, guilt and grief associated with loss, escaping a painful past or trying to outrun hurtful accusations, these Bradens prove they are made of strong stock. Naturally, I had to read Crushing on Love. Steve and Shannon's was not as dramatic and angst ridden as some of the other romances. All in all, there were obstacles but the journey to love was sedate for this author. Wherever there's history, complication is not far behind, but the appeal of Shannon and Steve is that the subtlety added to, not detracted from. A sweetly tuned second chance story.

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    AMAZING characters!!!

    Steve is TOTALLY AMAZING! Sexy, gorgeous, built like a Mack truck and cares deeply about conservation. Shannon is quirky, smart and is crazy about Steve. Their relationship is enviable and seems like they've been together forever. Reading their story had me happy, sad, holding my breath and feeling the crazy love between them. He's so sincere with a dark sexy side that is delicious! These two take intimacy to a whole new level. Great writing Melissa Foster! I don't know how she keeps coming up with these amazing characters but keep it up because I'm a very satisfied reader. I also love how these series are connected. Received a copy via RickStarLit in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.

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