Trails of Love by Melissa Foster Release Date: January 9, 2019 Publisher: World Literary Press Book #3 of the Bradens and Montgomerys series A part of the Love in Bloom series Number of Pages: 300 Kindle Edition Contemporary Romance M/F Source: Pre-ordered through Amazon Rating: NC-17 Read 1/9/19 to 1/12/19
When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed’s new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace’s sister Morgyn’s business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn’t ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.
The way Morgyn and Graham meet in this story is beyond cute. Although I adore Melissa Foster’s writing, it’s usually her fellow LWW friend Marina Adair who I rely on for phenomenal meet-cute moments. To be fair though, this is more of a meet cute for adults if you know what I mean.
I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with these two. They are so great together, that wasn’t in question. It’s just that Morgyn is definitely floaty…her word. Although Graham is quite the free-spirit, he’s much more grounded and always weighs the risks. It made me adore him all the more that he appreciates Morgyn’s floaty ways and even encourages most of them. Of course, nobody is perfect. But they are perfect for each other. I absolutely loved a scene where Graham gets jealous. It’s not really one of his character traits, but you can’t blame the guy. So when he makes his gesture it’s unexpected and hot and even kind of funny.
Through this story, I couldn’t help but try pairing Morgyn’s single friends and family with Graham’s single friends and family. Trying to figure out who would make a great match and where another great romance may come into play. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of these folks.
There is so much of this story that is a lead up to a Brindle/Trace pairing. Not in an overwhelming way, but certainly in a way that hooks the reader to want to know more. Another favorite part of this book for me is at the end, during an emotional scene with Brindle, the way their parents respond. I don’t give spoilers so I cannot say what is said. But I just wish all parents in all the world would remember the wise words of the Montgomery patriarch.