Mar 24, 2016

Claimed by Love by Melissa Foster Review

Claimed by Love
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing March 23, 2016
World Literary Press


Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

So we are back with the Ryder's in this latest Melissa Foster's latest book and I am eager to get started.

Duke Ryder finds himself on the Elpitha island; a place that looks more like a Mediterranean island, than an island off of the coast of South Carolina. But he is here to make a deal and buy the island for development. Duke has all these plans in his head, until he meets Gabriella Liakos and then suddenly everything changes.

Gabriella Liakos is a New York City family law attorney, whose heart really remained on Elpitha island with the rest of the family, where there are no roads and all of her family still speaks Greek to each other. But now her grandfather has asked her to show this potential developer around and Gabriella is not happy and wants this developer off her families island as quickly as possible and she plans to make it as uncomfortable for him as possible! Until she meets Duke Ryder and then her feeling become torn.

Duke and Gabriella start this dance of love and attractions, but with Duke being a Ryder; he just wants to make everything better for Gabriella and to keep her safe and happy! But Gabriella is struggling with torn loyalties between her love for the island and Duke. Will she find a balance or will she be made to choose?

I have to say that I am amazed by Melissa Foster skill at keeping all of these series straight in her head! I always have to read the other books before starting a new book in the series. But I have to say that the author's quality of writing is outstanding.  I truly felt the anxiety that Gabriella felt over being torn between Duke and her love for the island. I loved the way that Duke felt empathy for little David and took time to teach him how to catch a baseball and found his strength as a pitcher! I loved the way that even if Duke was away, he made sure that Gabriella got home safe and truly I can go on and on!

I honestly think that Claimed by Love is honestly my favorite Melissa Foster book of all time, because it is just pure love! Family love, hero-worship and new passionate love and it is safe to say I LOVED every moment of it!

I give Claimed By Love 5 stars!   

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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1 comment :

  1. Love, love, LOVE!! I'm so happy you enjoyed the love-fest! Thank you for a truly amazing review. SO happy you joined the tour XOXO