Thrill of Love by Melissa Foster Release Date: October 4, 2017 Publisher: World Literary Press Contemporary Romance Book #6 in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, MD series Book #22 in the Bradens series Book #37 of the Love in Bloom series Number of Pages: 296 Kindle Edition Source: Pre-purchased through Amazon Rating: XXX Read 10/6/17 to 10/8/17
This one took me a bit longer than most Melissa Foster books, but that’s because it had quite a bit more meat to its bones. There is love and fun and adventure and even some laughs. But there is also some very serious issues to be dealt with. I believe most readers will figure it out pretty quickly, but this story is not about what happens to Aiyla and Ty but how they deal with what happens.
The love story of Aiyla and Ty – how they initially met and how they found each other – is sublime. Even as the pieces started falling into place about what the conflict would be, I fell deeper and deeper in love with them as a couple. I just KNEW they were meant to last.
There’s an underlying theme to this story that deals with mothers. Most often it was with Ty’s own mom, Maisy, that this played out. But Ty and Aiyla thought about and dealt with what family means and what it means to have a mom to have your back means throughout the book. There’s a scene with Ty and his dad where Ty says he didn’t remember something from his childhood his mom had referenced. Ty’s dad said, “You don’t need to. That’s what mothers are for.” Aiyla thinks often of her own mom and her sister, who is a wonderful mom and a mother figure to her. It’s a very sentimental and sweet undertone throughout the story.
If you’re a regular reader of this series, we get to see Nash and Tempe get married. I loved the visual of their wedding and the choices Tempe made. There’s something that happens at the wedding I wasn’t crazy about, but as I was questioning the incident I read a paragraph that showed the family didn’t mind the incident.
As usual, Melissa Foster hits a home run. The fact that she took a chance of going a bit more serious within this series, and it worked, is a testament to her talent and her eye for detail.