Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taken By Love - Review & Giveaway

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again—but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her—and the man she’s never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down—only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Review by Marlene Engel

For Dr. Daisy Honey, growing up in Trusty, Colorado was a time that she’s more than happy to put behind her.  Because of her unique name and gorgeous looks, she became the target of vicious rumors.  So it’s no surprise that she took the first opportunity she could to move away from the town that had caused so much pain.  But when her father gets hurt, she is forced to return to Trusty and the people she was hoping to leave behind. 

While in town, she bumps into tall, dark and sexy Luke Braden.  He has never been far from her mind and she has fond memories of the way he stood up for her when no one else would.  But his checkered past and recent run in with the law has her seeing yellow!  She knows that her time in Trusty is limited and getting too close to Luke may not be the best decision to make.  Not to mention it will only fuel the rumors that she worked so hard to extinguish. 

But the longer she stays in town, the more she realizes how dire Trusty is in need of a town physician.  When she discovers that many people are driving almost an hour away to see a doctor, and some patients are skipping appointments altogether, she’s torn between leaving town and staying to help the people who made her childhood a living hell.

What I love about this book is that it wasn’t your typical romance novel.  It had deeper elements about bullying and domestic abuse that was brilliantly incorporated into the story.  It had you rooting for Daisy one minute and then swooning over Luke the next.  This is one of those books that you won’t be able to put down and you will be thinking about long after you finish the last page.

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, 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 NestFostering 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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