I’d like to strongly urge you to read my previous post here, where I get into my relationship to the romance genre over the years. There was a lot to unpack when I got to this week’s flashback, where I’ve been going back and reposting my 5-star rated reviews over the years. I’m not going to rehash all that I said there, so let’s get onto this review.
Melissa Foster is a no-brainer for me. It’s very rare that a book of hers gets lower than 4 stars from me. I’ve read the majority of her stories, most of them a part of the larger Love in Bloom series. This story was a bit earlier on in the series. While most of the stories in this series can be read as standalones, the author has created such a rich and deep tapestry with these families, friends, and communities that I recommend you start at the beginning and enjoy. The Love in Bloom series consists of multiple series within that series. For the most part, the first in each of those series are available free in ebook format.
You can find my original post of this review here while my updated version is below. The updated version is only edited for grammar, spelling, and formatting, not content. There is a link in this review that takes you to an old post of mine. It’s the post that prompted my earlier writing about my relationship with the romance genre. I readily admit some of it is a bit problematic. I don’t believe what I wrote back then would hurt anyone so I have left it up as a reminder to myself to always be growing.
Whisper of Love
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Publisher: World Literary Press
Book #5 in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, MD series
Part of the larger Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages: 300
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Ages 16 and up
Tempest Braden adores her family and her small hometown, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be confining. At almost thirty, having watched most of her siblings find true love, she’s anxious to experience her own happily ever after, and the move to Pleasant Hill, Maryland, is just the change she needs. When she rents a room from ruggedly handsome, and closed-off, artist Nash Morgan and his adorable son, Phillip, she thinks she’s found a little slice of heaven on the outskirts of town, where she can concentrate on building her business. That is, if she can ignore the undeniable heat between her and the sinfully hot single father.
When Nash bought his farmette, he had one goal in mind—to provide a loving, stable home for his son. He never imagined he’d be raising Phillip alone, or renting out a room to keep their heads above water. Then again, he never imagined losing his brother, or spending two years sailing around the world with parents who seemed to forget one son was still alive.
Sparks fly from the moment Tempest moves in, and her positive energy and inquisitive nature brings new life into Nash and Phillip’s quiet, confined world. For the first time in years, Nash wants to let a woman into his world, but while his loss made him stronger, that strength came at a price, leaving him walled off and wary of opening his heart again.
Fair warning for those opposed to insta-romance, this story moves fast! But I loved it! Something about Tempe and Nash seems to demand they don’t pussy-foot around. Even with Nash’s son, Phillip, in the mix it still felt right to me.
The story of Nash and Tempe is one of timing, fate, signs. They quite possibly would not have been ready for each other 6 months ago. But now…now is the perfect time in both of their lives to find their happiness. To allow themselves to take instead of give; although they both do a lot of giving still.
As a mom, I was interested to see the direction this fast paced romance would take with Phillip in the mix. Melissa Foster did a great job of having Tempe step in and having Nash accept her suggestions. Mostly because Tempe was never judgmental and always had the child’s best interest in mind. Plus, everything was put in a way that Nash could see she had a point. Even when he got touchy about certain things, Tempe understands it’s a natural reaction and Nash understands he’s being over-protective. The dynamic between the two of them really works well.
Not only is the relationship sweet and tender, but Nash and Tempe also could set the room ablaze with their desire for each other. The whole chapter that deals with Tempe’s first day moving into Nash’s house had me running between butterflies and hot flashes. My oh my those two could generate enough electricity to light the town up!
If you can’t tell, I definitely think everyone should read this book. It’s fun, thoughtful, sexy, heart-breaking, heart-mending, and heart-melting. I came across this old post of mine from a few years ago about this series as a whole. It may help you decide if you would read this as a standalone (which can be done) or if you want to read the series from the beginning (which I recommend). At the time I wrote that post two years ago I had 9 books of this series. I now have 48! Most of them I’ve rated in the 4 star range and none have been rated less than 3 stars. This author knows what she’s doing and she does it well.