TAKEN BY LOVE is the first of six hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

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 Victoria

Taken by Love is the fifteenth book in the Love in Bloom series and the seventh book in The Braden’s series.   While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.

 Daisy Honey left Trusty Colorado to go to college and never planned on returning other than seeing her parents. However, her father got hurt so Daisy returned for what she hoped was temporary to help take care of her father’s farm. Daisy is a gorgeous woman and was gorgeous as a child as well. She fielded rumors left and right, and the local girls always taking cheap shots at her. Daisy has no true reason to stay well that is until she meets Luke Branden.

 Luke Branden is a hot and sexy man. Luke is a local horse breeder and one of the best.  He is the youngest out of all his brothers as well. While Luke wants to settle down he has not found anyone worth his time, well that is until Daisy walked into his life. Daisy has Luke looking back at his childhood and wanting answers to question that have always plagued him. Therefore, Luke goes looking for the answers he seeks.

The chemistry between Luke and Daisy is blistering. It was apparent from the first sight that they had a connection. I enjoyed seeing how both Luke and Daisy tried to fight the attraction and failed. I enjoyed seeing that Luke was not going to force Daisy to stay but let her make the decision that is best for her.

I found this book well written. The main and secondary characters are interesting and engaging.   I loved seeing past characters of the other books make an appearance. Overall, this was a wonderful book. Each book I read by Ms. Foster gets better and better. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


Review by CeeCee


Foster has the uncanny ability to continuously deliver stories that enchant, entertain, and enthuse!

Daisy and Luke are lovable, as well as relatable. She’s hell bent on the big city, while his roots are firmly planted in Trusty. As these wonderful characters branch out from their comfort zones and get to know each other again, a beautiful story unfolds.

You just can’t go wrong with these novels! They’re easy to read in one sitting, the romance is perfectly timed, and there’s always an update on past characters. If you’re looking for a feel good story with a little drama, and some very sexy men, this is definitely your book! Can’t wait for the next!

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“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal”– Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

“What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about… desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked.”  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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 is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 


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  1. Thank you Victoria and CeeCee! I'm so happy that you both enjoyed the story and are recommending it to your followers! Thank you very much for your fantastic review–can't wait to come back 🙂


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