Embracing Her Heart

Embracing Her Heart

by Melissa Foster


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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens.

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you're greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence.


Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters' drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again-ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan's leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle's business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he's spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed's spell again-and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he's never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas...

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance. PLEASE NOTE: Future books in the original Montgomery series are crossing over to the Bradens at Pleasant Hill, and for this reason I have combined the series into THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls).


SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire, Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play, Promise My Love, Our New Love, Story of Love, Daring Her Love, A Very Braden Christmas

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love, Love at Last

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love, Surrender My Love, River of Love, Crushing on Love, Whisper of Love, Thrill of Love

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) Embracing Her Heart, Anything for Love, Trails of Love – Wild, Crazy Heart, Making You Mine, Searching for Love

THE REMINGTONS: Game of Love, Stroke of Love, Flames of Love, Slope of Love, Read, Write, Love, Touched by Love

SEASIDE SUMMERS: Seaside Dreams, Seaside Hearts, Seaside Sunsets, Seaside Secrets, Seaside Nights, Seaside Embrace, Seaside Lovers, Seaside Whispers

THE RYDERS: Seized by Love, Claimed by Love, Chased by Love. Rescued by Love, Swept into Love

& More...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480373
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) , #1
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 1,089,919
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary 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 and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Embracing Her Heart 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 Star review of Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) #1) by Melissa Foster Having read several books by Melissa Foster I jumped at the chance to read this one and I was in no way disappointed When Grace Montgomery returns home she is suddenly made to realise just how easy it was for her to remove herself from her sisters drama filled lives when she was living in New York. Not only do they draw her in, but she comes face to face with the one man she hoped never to see again, Reed Cross. Reed too has returned home and crosses paths with the woman he was once in love with, his first love Grace, a woman he has never truly forgotten. What happens, when Reed wants to re connect and Grace is bound and determined not too? Who will win this battle? When circumstances finally bring these two together, their obvious chemistry and passion cannot be denied, however at what cost? Will Grace be prepared to give love with Reed another chance? Grace is a strong and independent woman who certainly gave as good as she got, I really liked her. Her family was hilarious and I cannot wait to read more about them in coming releases. This is a well written story that tugged at the heart strings and is a second chance at love story; full of hopes and dreams and one that I recommend.
IrishDaisy More than 1 year ago
EEEEK It's here!!! And Holy smokes what a read :-) I was so excited for this new series from Melissa Foster and she did not disappoint! I love 2nd chance romance books there's just something about them that tugs on those heartstrings, Add in it being a small town romance and you have one heck of a read. Reed and Grace were together in their teenage years and now 10yrs later things are hotting up!! Coming back home for a visit from New York Grace bumps into Reed who is also back home to take are of his Uncle's business, Grace thought for sure she was over him, but one look and all those feelings come flying back to her. Can she get over her anger to forgive and move on? That's the question!! The same goes for Reed when he accidentally comes across Grace, his old feelings came back like a tsunami slamming into him. The chemistry between these two characters is awesome and definitely can't be ignored it has plenty of heat, heartbreaking-love, family values and traditions and everything else we have come to expect from a Melissa Foster romance!! Snuggle up with this New Series from this amazing Author and get lost in the Braden Montgomery World set in Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls it will feel lie you have gone on this amazing journey with Grace and Reed!! What are you waiting for?? #OneClickNow #NotToBeMissedRead
PamLCT 11 months ago
Small town hero get's the girl! The story and narration were right on point with Embracing Her Heart. This is a second chance love story that bypasses all of the lengthy problems that occur in other romance stories and get's right down to the nitty-gritty of a real relationship. Grace and Reed have a second chance at love in the small town they grew up in. Both left, leaving each other heartbroken as well. But they had their chance to see what life would be like away from one another. When Reed moves back and Grace comes to visit for vacation, they run into each other again and it's all sparks and fireworks from that point. This story focused on their relationship and well as Reed's feeling of abandonment due to his father leaving him as a small child. I really liked that the story was focused on their current relationship and being together instead of bringing some other problem into the story-line. It was interesting, hot and full of redemption in many ways. The narration was so on-point. Andy and Sebastian did a fantastic job of making these characters come to life and that is what I look for in an audio book.
PamLCT 11 months ago
Small town hero get's the girl! The story and narration were right on point with Embracing Her Heart. This is a second chance love story that bypasses all of the lengthy problems that occur in other romance stories and get's right down to the nitty-gritty of a real relationship. Grace and Reed have a second chance at love in the small town they grew up in. Both left, leaving each other heartbroken as well. But they had their chance to see what life would be like away from one another. When Reed moves back and Grace comes to visit for vacation, they run into each other again and it's all sparks and fireworks from that point. This story focused on their relationship and well as Reed's feeling of abandonment due to his father leaving him as a small child. I really liked that the story was focused on their current relationship and being together instead of bringing some other problem into the story-line. It was interesting, hot and full of redemption in many ways. The narration was so on-point. Andy and Sebastian did a fantastic job of making these characters come to life and that is what I look for in an audio book.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a romance about second chances, and small towns, this is the one for you. Grace Montgomery and Reed Cross were secretly sweethearts in HS. She broke his heart when she left him behind to the lights and glamour of NYC when she goes of to college. Fast forward ten years and now Grace and Reed are back in town, each to assist in a family crisis. While one wants to stay away from falling in love again, the other one wants a second chance. Will they be able to find love a second time and have a future together, or will distance and the past keep them apart? An entertaining story for an afternoon of leisure. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
Ms. Foster has done it again. I love second chance romance but lately they have all seemed too alike. Ms. Foster has reminded me once again why I love a great second chance romance and why hers are the best. I couldn't help but root for Grace and Reed for the very start. Reed is the perfect book boyfriend we all want and so does Grace, even if she doesn't want to admit it. Grace needs a nudge to allow herself to give in to her heart but once she does she doesn't look back. The world building these series has always blown me away and now I'm even more excited to see what will happen when the Braden's and Montgomery's come together.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Second chance of love is even better First love will always had a big part in our hearts but with second chance happened, it is even better. This book will capture not only your heart but will make you laugh out loud, enjoy those times with your family and most of all fall in-love with Reed and Grace. Reed will make you swoon not only with his looks but with his sweet gestures. I hope this guy is for real. Any woman will want him. Both Reed and Grace have the passion not only for each other but their hearts are beautiful and loves to give back to the their community. This book is so sweet and at the same time it is hotness overload. I really enjoyed reading this book. I cannot wait to read more of Ms. Melissa Forster's incoming books.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
I love a sorry where lovers who part ways come together again after years. That’s exactly what happens in this great love story. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Melissa Foster. She just can’t do me wrong. I’ve never been disappointed in any of her books. Which is big for me since she is the first of only two authors that I can say that about. If you are like me and like love stories with second chances, this is a great book for you. In this book we meet Grace and Reed. Grace was Reed’s first love seeing her again brings back memories and feelings he thought were gone. Will they get back together and ignite the fire that once blazed? Or will they part on their own ways never to see each other again? You’ll have to read this book to find out. One thing I will tell you is that you will not be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Looking forward to more
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Grace (Gracie) was a small town girl, who is now a well known New York playwright, staying busy and rarely returning home. Now home to help with a screenwriting class, Gracie is hit with memories and confliction with who she really is. Throughout Reed's life, he has been through the emotional wringer; his father abandons him, his first love leaves their hometown, and his near fiance cheats on him with his business partner. Returning home to care for his uncle and take up his business, Reed can't help but feel his connection to his roots. Grace and Reed went to opposing high schools, at a time when rivalries were a big deal, so they kept their relationship a secret. With big dreams of leaving her small town, Grace left her home and Reed but "the heart never forgets a first love". From the moment of their reconnection, their connection is undeniable! Whenever you start a Melissa Foster tale, you'll hate any moment you have to put your book down to return to your own life. Another favourite couple added to my Foster list. *An advance copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only, at my request, all opinions expressed are my own*
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing Melissa Foster book just came out and if you haven’t read any of her books you are missing out but that’s okay you can start with Embracing her heart and I’ll guarantee you will be hooked. Melissa just is an amazing writer and comes up with awesome storylines. You will love her! Grace and Reed’s story is so frustrating. High school lovers that had to hide their relationship because they went to rival schools is just sad! Grace is this popular cheerleader who loves producing plays and goes off to study theatre. She doesn’t date and buried herself in work. She barely ever goes back to her small home town and tries to forget most of it. She eventually heads back for a family visit and it changes her life. Reed is a small town boy who was a football player for a rival team. He fell in love but he knew she had to go fulfill her dreams no matter how bad it broke his heart. Then he is back helping his family and she returns. He is convinced it’s his second chance to show her they belong together. I just love the story and the sweet love they shared since high school. True love never ends no matter what happens and if it’s meant to be it will be. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out and see which sister will find true love next! I definitely recommend this book and this author! Melissa never disappoints and your bound to find a book you will love! Embrace her heart was awesome and a great romance book so check it out today!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Being a southern lady myself, I instantly connected with Grace Montgomery. She's full of sass with big city flair. Oak Falls reminds me a lot of my hometown where I'm sure the drama is never-ending. At first, I was a bit annoyed with Grace but it didn't take long for her small town mannerism to return; well, that is until she stumbles upon Reed Cross again. He's a man who if anyone else, would fall down a dark hole from all the pain he's experienced. But goodness, this man is (for lack of a better word...) AMAZING! He maintains a positive attitude, is headstrong, and displays such an incredible about of integrity -- especially in regards to those he loves the most.  Every character in this book has captured a special place in my heart. They easily feel like they could become my parents, my best friend, neighbors, community members, etc. I must be naive to believe that this could become a reality for a small town like mine; however, Melissa gives me hope with this beautiful stories. This is definitely a 5-star book that I'll be reading again and again.   I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster never disappoints. What a joyous love story. I laughed, cried a lot and fell in love. A must read.
ShaysBookwormReads More than 1 year ago
Well, Melissa Foster never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful, heartfelt, romantic books!! Embracing Her Heart is all about second chances in life with your first love! I'm from the south so there's nothing better than to read books based on Southern girls with horses, rodeos, and small town life! You just can't beat it! After being worlds apart for years Grace and Reed finally come together again! Will they get their second chance at love or are old wounds never going to die? Can't wait to read the rest of the series! I can never put down her books!!
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
Embracing Her Heart is a nice read for the Montgomery sisters. The connection and chemistry between the main characters is very strong and noticeable. Grace is a very independent, strong, and determined woman. She sought after her dreams and achieved them. The career she always wanted is hers. It's what Grace thought she always wanted. Her family is very close and loving. I loved the different personalities of her sisters. Reed loves his aunt and uncle. He would do anything for them, including moving back to his hometown to help his uncle's business. Reed is hard working and fun loving. He seems like a great book boyfriend. Reed has always been in love with Grace. Time apart couldn't change that. After years of pain and heartbreak, their connection is still strong. I kept hoping that distance wouldn't keep them apart. I received this book as an Advance Reader's Copy. I volunteered to leave my review. All opinions are my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I love second chance romances. Embracing Her Heart is the perfect example of why I love them. Grace and Reed were girlfriend/boyfriend in high school, although their relationship was kept a secret due to them going to rival schools. They parted not because they didn’t love each other but because the loved each other so much that they let each other go to find their own ways. Grace had dreams of going to the big city and directing, writing, and producing screen plays. Reed swore to never leave Oak Falls but ended up fleeing to Michigan to hide from his memories of Grace. Both characters followed their dreams, found their ways, and are living successful lives doing what they love. Fast forward 10 years… both Grace and Reed are back in Oak Falls and of course are not able to steer clear of each other. They also are not able to deny the sparks that are still sizzling between them. I love that Reed is the one that is not willing to let Grace hide from her feelings. He pushes her to talk about how she feels and what she wants. He also is the romantic one. He relives some memories, makes some that they couldn’t do together in high school, and helps makes so many new ones. He is definitely one romantic soul who proves that he will do anything to keep his Gracie happy and in his life. This is the first book in the Pleasant Hill-Oak Falls series. The Montgomery Family is featured in the story and I cannot wait for more from them. I love that the Braden Family is mentioned and know that they will be more prominent in future books in this series.
Littlebird84 More than 1 year ago
I've read a handful of Melissa Foster's books in the past and was thrilled to receive a free copy of this eBook in return for an honest review. I have volunteered to share my review and all opinions are 100% my own. Grace Montgomery left everything behind to pursue her dream, and no-one was going to hold her back, not her family, not her home town and certainly not her high school sweetheart Reed - who swore he would never leave Oak Falls. Beautifully creative, ambitious and intelligent Grace achieves everything she ever wanted; except one thing. True passionate love. A promise to her sister brings her home where Grace realises that her life may be in New York City but her heart is in Oak Falls. Reed Cross is jaw droppingly gorgeous. After Grace left him behind Reed had no choice but to flee Oak Falls and the memories of the love he lost. He becomes a leading historical preservation experts but deception and his beloved Uncle's poor health bring him back to his home town. A chance meeting throws our former lovers back together but years of unfulfilled desire and white hot chemistry lead them to wonders of what could have been then but most importantly, what could be now. Embracing Her Heart is a second chance love story, that made me happy to read. Although it is erotica this book feels wholesome, it is not just about sex and romantic love between our two main characters. Family is a key theme throughout this book, from the doting Aunt and Uncle who raised Reed as their own after his mother passed and his father failed to care for him, to Grace worried about being driven mad by her annoying sisters find that they enrich her life by pushing her to do more of what she loves. One of my favourite scenes is where Grace rushes home to her mother as a revelation leaves her frightened that she has led her parents to think she is embarrassed by them. The reaction from Grace's mum is beautiful as is the relationship between mother and all her daughters. Foster uses her superb descriptive skills to sculpt characters who are stunningly beautiful yet relatable. A perfect mix of fantasy and reality. As always she writes sex that is hot, believable and adventurous without being vulgar or cringe worthy. I really don't want to discuss the plot too much as I hate spoilers and I don't want to risk ruining the book for you. What I will say is that I definitely recommend this book, it's a great read and I found it highly entertaining. I've read some reviews that say they would have preferred more conflict in this story however, with so much conflict in the world sometimes you just want to read a good romance that transports you to the beautiful South, has characters you care about and gets you a little hot under the collar!
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Another amazing offering from Melissa Foster, this time bringing her new group of books to combine the Braden's and Montgomerys. Gracie and Reed was high school sweethearts but nobody knew as they went to opposing High Schools. Now they have found each other, but can they defeat all the obstacles to keep each other.
KAndrade More than 1 year ago
This new series from Melissa Foster set in Oak Falls is sure to be a hit!!! Grace & Reed, amazing chemistry & just the right amount of heat!! A sweet, sexy romance that is hard to put down....You will not be disappointed with this one!! Can't wait for the next in the series!!!
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Grace is an insanely busy with her career in New York, and she has spent her life running from her small hometown and the memories in it. She takes a break to spend time with family and teach a screenwriting class in her hometown. Reed has come home after years of nursing a broken heart, and is shocked to find Grace standing in front of him after all these years. They quickly fall back into old routines, but their relationship was so broken that it can never be repaired, can it? They only have a few weeks together, so they agree to make the best of it and not worry about the future. But with Reed's life and future in Oak Falls and Grace's in New York, can they make things last beyond a short time? I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
TBR_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Another classic Melissa Foster story that’s a hot, small town Romance that creates a world you love to get wrapped up in! This is a second chance romance that will make you laugh and swoon. Grace is a strong independent woman who left Oak Falls and Reed to chance her dreams and get OUT of Oak Falls. She was destined for things outside Oak Falls and she was making it happen. And Reed. Oh just like every other Melissa Foster hero, he’s perfect. He’s hot and sweet and he knows that his Gracie is back and he’s going to get her. I love the Montgomery sisters and their craziness! Another Melissa Foster series I’d be sucked into if I wasn’t already devouring everything she’s ever written!
Cowgirl2Fireman More than 1 year ago
A second chance romance with a first love! Embracing Her Heart is the first book in the The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) series. This book drew me in from the very beginning. It is a story full of romance, humor, and definitely some steamy heat. A well-written story with a plot that moves at a steady pace with a fresh, new story line that is easy to read. It is captivating and kept my attention to the very end. This is a story that will make you smile and laugh. Definitely a book that gives you all sorts of emotions. The characters are well developed and easy to like. This author knows how to create a story with enough romance and action to keep the reader entertained and interested. The characters in this series have become like my own friends and family. I can’t wait to read more in this series to see what happens with the rest of the characters. Melissa does a great job of intertwining the characters from each book into the rest of them. You get a new story with a little more of the future of the characters you have read about previously. I have said this before but Melissa never fails to keep her books interesting, entertaining and captivating. They always make me want to go find another book of hers to read. The stories just get better and better. Embracing Her Heart is another book from a very gifted author that I had the pleasure to read. Melissa Foster is a very talented author that tells remarkable stories that captivate you and will have you not wanting to put the book down. I have not been disappointed yet! Definitely, an author that you will want to keep on your go-to list. If you enjoy reading a romance that is entertaining and full of humor, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book and series. This series will leave you wanting to read more!
alotabooks13 More than 1 year ago
Grace once left her hometown and Reed Cross behind several years ago. When she returns for a couple weeks. She's made it big in New York and didn't think she'd return, let alone see her secret high school boyfriend/lover/first love, again. Reed has come back to Oak Falls to take over his uncle Roys Business. He was working on a porch for nonother than the Montgomery's. Who happens to be the family of his first love, Grace. They meet again and rekindle their past love, but will they both stay and live together or run away when things get rough? These two characters really complement each other. They are so sweet to each other. I loved how they went after their dreams and a few years later they get a chance to be a real public couple. I loved Graces personality and her determination. She goes for what she wants and won't let anyone get in her way. Reed is such a lovely character and I loved seeing him grow and take on his past. I would love to read a continuation and hopefully get to see a family down the line for these characters!
Jenthomason1109 More than 1 year ago
Grace is a well-developed character with a lot of depth, one that I could tell Melissa Foster took her time with, allowing her to realize all the ways that she has changed over the years and allowing her to figure out what to do with her revelations about herself. She is creative, driven, caring, but has also become a little burned out from her fast-paced world in New York theaters. Reed was just – yum! He is smart, sexy, adorable, romantic, and polite. However, combined with all of his many perfections, he is struggling with demons of his own regarding his natural father that left him with his aunt and uncle as a child. Embracing Her Heart has numerous secondary characters that are fabulous, especially Nana, whom we have met in other novels. Also, Grace has a ton of siblings (too many to list) and they are wonderfully unique in their own ways. Also, very close to my heart are the wonderful service dogs in the story that are trained by Grace’s mom. It was such a sweet surprise how much these dogs and what they represent were relevant in the story. Fans of Melissa Foster will fall in love with this new novel and new series, and for some reason, if you haven’t already become addicted to her novels, this is the time to jump in. Embracing Her Heart is an outstanding novel encompassing romance, love, family, and the bonds within small town communities. There are several hilarious moments regarding nighttime traditions among Grace and her siblings, there are sexy moments, and suspenseful moments.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Embracing Her Heart might be my favorite book in the Braden-Montgomery series. I have always liked the area in Virgina where the Montgomery books are set. It reminds me of areas I would drive through when I lived in upstate NY and would head south for a road race. Grace may be one of my favorite characters. She knew she didn't want to stick around in the small town she was raised in. I remember that feeling. I took off for a two year school as quickly as I could. And, when transferring to a four year school, picked the one furthest away. I was never going back, until I did. Grace is like that. Add to this Reed. His memories of the small area he grew up in all went around Grace. He didn't think he could live with that so went north to Michigan and probably would have never come back if he hadn't found his business partner in a compromising situation. What happens when the two of them come together is what makes this book fantastic! You need to pick up a copy of Embracing Her Heart and give it a read. I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.