When it comes to reading, I am not at all a snob. And I will warn those of you who are, you may not like a lot of what I read. As a matter of fact, I’m not a snob about my movies or television either. If I enjoy it I will read it or watch it, be it sci-fi, romance, drama, comedy…it doesn’t matter to me.
Another thing you’ll find with my book picks, I take extreme advantage of freebies on my Kindle. This means that I have a lot of romance books. If you have a Kindle, go ahead and search for “free Kindle book” in books and you will find that most of the results are romance novels. Since I have a hard time sticking with one book when it’s over 200 pages (I’ll explain more about this in another post), I find these romance stories are great fillers. A lot of them are fluff, but I often find a gem hidden in there. (Note: I did an update on my thought regarding Romance on 6/24/22. You can find that post here.)
Aside from being a sucker for a good romance novel, I am a HUGE sucker for Christmas. I love Christmas and I adore a good Christmas romance. This past December I was itching for some good Christmas loving so I did a search on Kindle books for “Christmas romance” and downloaded a few of the free deals. Included in those downloads was Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster. (Which, by the way, I didn’t really find to be a Christmas book.)
This is the first of a small series which is the first series in a series of series. Got that?
To simplify with a longer explanation, Melissa Foster has a series called Love in Bloom. The first three books in the series are the Snow Sisters series because they follow…the Snow sisters. From there she goes into six books in the Braden series about the Braden siblings. How are we still in the same series with two different families? Well, we are introduced to a couple of the Braden boys in book three of the Snow Sisters books, Sisters in White.
Similarly, in book five of the Bradens, Bursting With Love, we meet the Remingtons. The Remingtons will be the next series within the Love in Bloom series.
As I said, I got the first book in this series for free on my Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the end of the eBook they gave away the first book of the Bradens part of the series for free. Now here I am, having really enjoyed the first book and having the fourth book waiting for me. Of course, I bought books 2 & 3 right away. That’s how they get you!
These books have a lot of sex, so they’re not for a teenager or the faint of heart. Yet they are also sweet and engaging. Not just the relationships between the couples in each book, but the relationships between family and friends. I think what really drew me into the series was the family/friend aspect. Each book draws on what we’ve learned about the these families and introduces us to some new characters to continue building. I was REALLY drawn in. I started the first book on December 19 and finished Bursting with Love, the eighth book of the series as a whole (and, FYI, the most graphic of them all so far) on December 29. Then I had to stop because the next book in the series, which is the last of the Braden part of the series, was not out yet.
Thank goodness I got a bunch of Amazon gift cards for my Christmas or my husband would have killed me!
Some would call these books a guilty pleasure. I’m trying to get away from using that term. Why should I feel guilty about enjoying something if it’s not hurting anyone? And Ms. Foster’s writing is very good. She is not some flash in the pan 50 shades of something that continually uses the same phrases and tropes over and over again. My biggest complaint is the covers. They are a bit dramatic and leave something to be desired for sure.
To follow are the books in the series that are currently available (the 9th book came out last week and was immediately read) and they link to my reviews on Goodreads. If you like sexy romance books, you’ll love these. If you don’t, you won’t. I, for one, can’t wait until the next book comes out in February so I can start reading more about the Remingtons.
Love In Bloom Series
Snow Sisters (3 books)
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White
The Bradens (6 books)
Lovers at Heart
Destined for Love
Friendship on Fire
Sea of Love
Bursting with Love
Hearts at Play
Do you have a good romance series you can recommend?
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