My love of all things Melissa Foster began some time ago. However, the sympathetic introspection into her work has only grown in the last year, perhaps in conjunction with that of my own introspection as I've gotten older, hopefully wiser, but isn't that all any of us can hope for? This novel in particular caught me emotionally off guard.
The beautifully talented Tempest Braden is a therapist. A sensitive soul, she uses music therapy to reach her critically injured patients. As you would expect, this work takes a toll on her, always giving with no true way to refill and heal herself. Tempest moves from her home to start a new life. This time she develops and expand a music program for children, but staying with her loving, always "on" cousin, isn't working for the sleep deprived Tempe. Answering an ad, Tempe finds herself voyeur to father and son duo, Nash and Flip (Phillip) Morgan.
Nash is a renowned artist. His sculptures are highly sought, but Nash only makes furniture these days. He has more important things to do, like clean chicken poop and gather eggs with his three year old son, Phillip. The occasional furniture sale doesn't keep a small farm running or food on the table for long. Nash decides to rent out a room, but he is very picky on the occupant. Good thing for us. ;)
In walks Tempest Braden and from the moment the two meet, sparks fly. Heat seers between the two. Nash hasn't wanted, or needed a woman in his life for three years. Not since Phillip's mother walked out on them and gave up her rights. Now he can't stop thinking of Tempe and she can't stop thinking of him or of Phillip. Phillip blossoms under the gentle, loving care of Tempest. Her sweet loving fortitude wins father and son over.
It's the true endearing interaction between Phillip and the two adults which make me love this book. Foster has taken basic human reactions and given us a glimpse into the mindset. I, for one, have had numerous self-recriminations when my children were small because I had forgotten to do this, that, or the other thing when all that mattered to them was being well-loved. The development of Foster's characters is always fresh, true to the story and to who they are. It is hard to imagine how she can get better and better and without looking at my list, I'm not sure how many Braden's are left. However, I would really love to see a big family reuninon, complete with a family tree, of course!
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.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented.
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