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Monday, March 21, 2016

5* #Review #Giveaway Claimed by Love by @Melissa_Foster @TastyBookTours

Claimed by Love
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing March 23, 2016
World Literary Press

Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

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5 stars!

Of course this is another great read by Melissa Foster. I have yet to pick up one of her stories that I have been disappointed by. They Ryder's are no exception to that. I am loving them more and more as we get more in this series.

Duke Ryder is a real estate investor that is looking to go in with his partner Pierce to buy some of the Elpitha Island to put one of their resorts there. Their resorts include casinos and gold courses. The island is in financial difficulty but when Duke meets the daughter of the owner for most of the island, he knows that his work is cut out for him. Gabriella is a Law Attorney and deals with family stuff mostly. When she is put in charge of showing Duke around the island, her main goal is to make him not want to buy there and scare him away. What Gabriella does not know is that just the opposite happens when Duke lays eyes on her.

Duke is immediately taken by Gabriella and knows that he wants to make her his. Gabriella is not so taken at first sight, but after spending a little time with Duke, she begins to develop feelings for Duke as well. Gabriella knows that she does not want to fall for Duke because he is trying to take away a part of her that she is so passionate about, the island. Gabriella has always had a passion for the island and does not want anyone to make changes to the island and the way that she knows it. She has valid arguments for her side, but Duke also has valid arguments for his side as well.

When Gabriella goes back to her home and work place, she wishes that she had asked Duke if he could come along, but she also knows that she told him she needed some space to figure everything out. When Duke shows up on her doorstep, she is so grateful! Not only does Duke go above and beyond to show Gabriella how much he really cares for her, he asks her opinion about the deal he and his partner are trying to make on the island. Will Gabriella and Duke be able to get past the deal on the island and move on with their own relationship? You need to read this great story to find out!

Melissa Foster always knows how to draw her readers in and keep their attention all the way through the story. I love that we get to see others from the series in the books as well. Thanks for another great read! I can't wait for the next one!

Author Info
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 CafĂ© 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. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting CLAIMED BY LOVE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. And thank YOU for another amazing review! I'm so happy you took the time to join the tour and read another Love in Bloom book. XOXO