Flirting with Love (Bradens at Trusty, CO Series)

Flirting with Love (Bradens at Trusty, CO Series)

by Melissa Foster


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


Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt's farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood--and falling for Trusty's hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.

Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn't date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life--and his heart--inside out.

Despite rumors about Elisabeth's motives toward her aunt's property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth's efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.

**BONUS** Includes the first chapter of Dreaming of Love (The Bradens)


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

BAYSIDE SUMMERS: Bayside Desires, Bayside Passions, Bayside Heat, Bayside Escape, Coming Soon: Bayside Fantasies and Bayside Romance

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

TUR BLUE & THE WHISKEYS: Tru Blue, Truly, Madly, Whiskey, Driving Whiskey Wild, Wicked Whiskey Love, Mad about Moon

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS: Catching Cassidy, Discovering Delilah, Tempting Tristan, Coming Soon: Chasing Charley, Breaking Brandon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480052
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 10/29/2014
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Trusty, CO Series , #4
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 608,201
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(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 new adult romance 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 lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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ROSS BRADEN HANDED Flossie, a frail fifteen-year-old tabby with thinning fur and soulful eyes, to Alice Shalmer. Alice had recently retired from the Trusty, Colorado, library, where she’d been the head librarian for thirty-plus years. She lived on the outskirts of town and had seven cats, but Flossie was her favorite.

Alice clutched the cat against her thin chest and buried her angular nose and pointy chin in her side. “Think I’ll get another year out of my old girl?”

No, he didn’t, but Alice knew this already. They’d been playing the I-hope-so game for several months already. No need to drive the sadness home.

“I sure hope so.” And Ross truly did.

Alice pushed her black frames back up her nose and smiled. With Flossie safely snuggled against her, she left his office, closing the door behind her. It was Friday morning, and as the Trusty town veterinarian, Ross had a long day ahead of him. He didn’t mind, as Fridays were reserved for well checks, giving him a less stressful workday than the rest of the week. And Friday night was just a few hours away. He was already thinking about his options—call one of his brothers and have a beer in town, or drive down to one of the neighboring towns and connect with one of the handful of women he’d dated over the past few months, getting lost in her for a few hours. Ross didn’t date women in his hometown, where gossip was as plentiful as the grass was green. He preferred to keep his private life to himself, and driving half an hour in either direction offered him the comfort and privacy that he desired.

“Ross?” Kelsey Trowell poked her head into the exam room where Ross was washing his hands. Her long dark hair was pulled back in a casual ponytail. Kelsey was in her midtwenties and rarely wore makeup. In the standard Trusty attire of jeans, cowgirl boots, and a T-shirt, she looked about eighteen years old. She was smart, efficient, and sweet as molasses. More importantly, she was one of the few women around who wasn’t trying to rope a husband, or more specifically, wouldn’t try to reel in Ross, one of the last Braden bachelors, making her ideal for her position.


Knight, one of Ross’s three Labradors, walked into the exam room behind Kelsey. She reached down and stroked Knight’s thick black fur as he passed.

“I told your two o’clock she could come in at ten. She had a hair appointment that she forgot about and couldn’t reschedule.”

Ross arched a brow and reached for a chart. “We wouldn’t want Mrs. Mace to miss her hair appointment, now, would we? That’s fine.”

Kelsey moved to the side as Sarge, Ross’s three-year-old golden Lab, joined Knight, now lounging at Ross’s feet. Ross’s boys were always on his heels.

“Want me to take the boys out of the office so you can bring Tracie Smith back with their new silky terrier? Her daughter, Maddy, is so cute. She hasn’t put their new puppy down since they got here. Oh, and your next two appointments are here. Everyone seems to be early today. Should I get them set up in the other exam rooms?”

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Flirting with Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
rosesareamber1 More than 1 year ago
Meet Ross Braden, second oldest brother in a hot loving family. He's a vet in Trusty, Colorado, where all most women want is to rope in any eligible man. He doesn't date women from town, it's a rule he's about to break when his surgery it turned upside down by a squealing piglet that escapes from the clutches of Elisabeth Nash. Just one look and the electricity is sparking between them. Elisabeth isn't looking for love, she's just taken over her Aunts farm and pie business. Moving from Los Angeles she'd also like to build a new home for her pet massage and pampering services. However, grooming ranch dogs is low down on most people's list of wants. Ross can't help being drawn in by Elisabeth's kind and animal caring nature, but the townsfolk are less sure of her intentions. Is it really only the dogs and Ross that see her for what she really is? This is hot sexy romance, plus adorable dogs to help melt your heart and make you fall for yet another Braden brother. This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author via Brook Cottage Books
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Why, oh why can't I find a guy like Ross. Actually I would have been happy to meet up with any one of the Braden Men or their cousins. Elisabeth's Aunt left her the farm and a pie business in Trusty, Colorado. It would seem a far cry from what a LA girl would want --but Elisabeth had always loved Trusty and had dreamed of leaving the rat race that was her life and moving there. Ross Braden. the town's vet never dated girl's from Trusty. If you have ever read any of the other books you will remember the grape vine there--nothing but nothing escaped attention--and rumors were always rampant. Then there is the Braden family grapevine!! Well at any rate Elisabeth is worried about one of the piglets and goes to see the town vet--the piglet escapes her arms and it is all uphill from there--well mostly. But then true love never runs smooth. I would not be surprised if we see this couple again with all the adorable dogs and other animals--I hope we do!!
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth had always dreamed of moving to Trusty, Colorado, where her Aunt Cora lived. The people and the town seemed so perfect to her each time she stayed with her aunt. Now that she has inherited Cora’s farm and her pie business, Elisabeth leaves California life behind. But she quickly discovers that the people of Trusty are not as friendly as she believed. In fact, they are downright inhospitable to her, as an outsider. That is, until she meets Ross Braden, the local veterinarian, and her neighbor. Will his help be enough to make her fit in with the town? And what about the feelings that they seem to share? Is Ross just being a good neighbor, or is there more to it? For Elisabeth, the answer will make all the difference in the world. Here we go again on the Braden dream boat. I believe I would be just like Elisabeth, a staring, babbling idiot! While I read this story, I could visualize different scenes with songs being played like a movie…..Faith Hill’s This Kiss, This Kiss……and Berlin’s Take My Breath Away. And of course I imagined that I was Elisabeth. Their girls night in had me longing to be included. This was such a fun read and Melissa Foster has left me with a satisfied smile on my face once again.
AGill More than 1 year ago
I have been reviewing books for Melissa Foster for some time now and I know I say this in every review but she amazes me! The story lines she brings to life through the Bradens and other families are just beautiful! In Flirting with Love we meet Elisabeth Nash and get to know Ross Braden a lot better. While Elisabeth feels like she belongs in Trusty, CO; most of the people in the town don't think so. That is until Ross Braden falls in love and helps to change their minds. The cute flirting that occurs between Elisabeth and Ross made me feel like a young twenty-something again. I'm definitely adding this book to my favorites!
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
As always, I love this addition to the Love in Bloom series! Melissa Foster knocked it out of the park with this book yet again. From the squealing, escaping piglet at the very beginning of the story to the last words, I couldn't put it down. Melissa Foster definitely knows how to write a very steamy, down to earth romance! Elisabeth and Ross are both written as real people, rather than the over the top characters that are often found in romance novels. Several other Bradens from past (and presumably future) stories were also involved in this book, tying in into the series well. This book can easily be read as a stand alone book if you haven't already started the series, but it will definitely convince you to go back and start on the other books! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Whenever I have the opportunity to read anything that has Melissa Foster on the cover, I jump for it as they are always great books. Flirting with Love was no different as Foster has a way with words and men ... especially the Braden men. Foster has the magic touch to write a story that will capture your heart, soul and mind and make you want to continue reading into all hours of the night. Foster writes such strong female and male lead characters that have this amazing chemistry that is not only touching but very steamy and sexy. She doesn't disappoint with her last novel, Flirting With Love as both Elizabeth and Ross are exactly that. The chemistry between the two of them is imminent the very first time they meet and doesn't let up. The sexual chemistry between the two is undeniable and you are just waiting for them to move forward in their relationship. If you have read previous books of Foster and enjoyed them, you will not be disappointed with her newest novel Flirting With Love. This is a definite must add to your To-Be-Read-Shelf as Foster is one of the most prominent Romance writers of this time.
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Foster rolls out another hot reveal from the Braden Clan. Residents of Trusty spread rumors like wildfire. When Elisabeth returns to this small town after inheriting her Aunt’s farm, she finds the people there have already decided she is a spoiled rich girl (she is far from that). The scandalous hearsay is abundant in this little city, which is why Ross Braden has always refused to date anyone from there. That is until Elisabeth shows up with a screaming baby pig in his veterinarian office. You can guess his ‘don’t date women who live in Trusty’ rule went flying out the window. I just love the interaction between them. As things progress will we see the residents trust grow in the town of Trusty towards Elisabeth? Read and find out!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh, Melissa Foster, you just keep writing more and more stories about my book crushes.    I love Ross Braden.  He is a dream come true.    The Braden men all have amazing manners and a romantic heart.  If only there were more real men like them (SIGH). Elisabeth knows what her dreams are and know that she has to follow them.    I cannot imagine moving to a small town where the only person that you really knew has passed away.    That is exactly what Elisabeth does.  She also knows she wants a real relationship, not the fluffy mean nothing relationships that her mother thinks she has had in the past.     Her character was so relatable and lovable that I could not hope that she would get accepted into the town of Trusty and fall in love, like her dreams. With each story the reader gets to visit her favorite characters and see how their lives are shaping up, while being introduced to new and fun characters.    I love seeing where my last book crush has ended up and meeting my new book crush in each book.   Of course, I recommend this entire series to any romance reader looking for a fun new series to read.
MrsC919 More than 1 year ago
I felt that Melissa captured the small town gossip angle perfectly, as I've lived it my entire life, I'll count myself as an expert, and she did it perfectly. The quirkiness, the gossip, the care for others, and the skepticism for outsiders. I loved the simplicity of their relationship, it wasn't overly complicated or elaborate, it was just plain, simple falling in love. There was very little conflict, which is refreshing. I often feel like writers tend to put so much drama in their romance novels and they can become too bogged down or long. I could not put this one down and it only took me about a day and a half to read it! I've loved every one of Melissa's books that I've read and this one is no exception. *I received a free copy in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
i feel like i am constantly repeating myself with melissa’s books, but they’re all so steamy and good! i have enjoyed learning more about the braden cousins, as well as seeing, or rather reading about, the “original” braden’s! 2 days is how long it took me to read this book! i didn’t want to put my ipad down (since my only e-reader is the kindle app on there) and it didn’t make rosalie happy! i could have had the book done sooner, but i did have to share with her! i enjoyed learning about ross and elisabeth! i really  hoped that ross and his dogs wouldn’t be the only ones that saw elisabeth for who she really was! i have always been one who doesn’t judge a book by it’s cover, so it bothers me when people judge other people before they really get to know them! that’s what happened with me and my family last year when my boys started their new school! none of us knew anyone at all. melissa foster always writes about such strong male and female leads in books and the chemistry between them is always amazing and normally smoking hot! once again, this book is a part of  series, but don’t think that you can’t read it as a stand alone, because you most certainly can!
SherryMH More than 1 year ago
Flirting with Love by Melissa Foster follows the lives of Ross Braden and Elisabeth Nash. Yes, Elisabeth with an "s". ;) Ross, being one of the Braden cousins is all hot and sexy, but he has a little something extra. He's a veterinarian, which means he loves dogs, which means he has a few, which makes him even more swoon-worthy. Ross and Lissa's relationship isn't an angst-filled story. It's sweet, romantic, and continues with Melissa's theme of everyone-should-love-a-Braden. You know those stories that just make you smile while you're reading and fill your tummy with happy flutters? Flirting with Love is just that kind of story. It is a stand-alone novel, but I recommend that you start from the beginning and read the entire series to get the Braden back story and see the love that this family has for each other. Each sibling and each cousin gets their own story and their own happily ever after. If you like a sexy man who cherishes his woman and loves animals, Ross is definitely your man. With a mix of humor, sexiness, and love Flirting with Love by Melissa Foster is one of my favorites of the series. Looking for a fun, entertaining, heart-warming read with steamy sex scenes? This is your book.
Ladydi232 More than 1 year ago
Small Town Romance At Its Best! I absolutely love the town of Trusty and these books set there. This is definitely my new favorite book by this author. Ross Braden is a veterinarian who cares about his patients and his town. He is not looking for a love interest especially one in Trusty where the town gossip and rumor mill will take even the slightest tidbit and turn it into a meal!! Elisabeth Nash has always dreamed of making her home in Trusty ever since spending summers with her aunt there. When she inherits her aunts small farmette, she uproots her LA life and decides to see if she can make a go of it. Melissa Foster sure can write a small town romance with all the heart, sweetness and small town feel that I expect plus delivering with plenty of sexy heat! The narration is awesome. I love listening to this series on audiobook!! -4.5 Stars!-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Not great. I really liked Luke's story, this one not so much. This hero really bugged me. He didn't want to give in to the attraction between himself and the heroine because the town will talk. That's crappy. It's like saying she isn't worth it. Just grow a pair already dude. And speaking of this town 'Trusty', what a terrible place. These people are gossipy, judgemental, and unfriendly. In Luke's story a bunch of the girls were bullies. Sure the heroine is a new resident, but her aunt lived there her whole life, yet they treat her badly. It's like 'guilty until proven innocent' which irks me. I'm always friendly to new neighbors until they give me a reason not to be. This poor heroine thought it would be a good idea to open a pet spa in a farming town. I liked how sweet she was, and understood why she was so confused about the hero's mixed signals. I was too. I don't like wishy washy heroes either. Bummer, I was looking forward to Ross' story.
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Love this family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another steamy and sexy romance novel by Melissa Foster. The author continues to bring us interesting love stories that include heroes and heroines in a small town environment. I enjoy the family and community relationship despice the gossip and "small mindiness" of some. The animals featured in Flirting with Love were so cute. This story was humorous as well as steamy. LA-TXN
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I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading would recommend this and all books written by Melissa Foster. It had you from the beginning as a HEA read but the way it captured your heart to see it all happen was impressive. All family should be as strong willed and happy as a family like this.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Despite not having read a single one of Melissa Foster's books before, I found myself really enjoying my first taste of her work. Elisabeth and Ross are a couple you are drawn to immediately. You want to see them together, and you want them to stay together. It felt like it took so long for them to finally cave in (because, um, first kiss, HELLO, bring it on) but when they did (and phew, boy, YES, it was a good one), it was a nice journey. Flirting With Love is one of those warms your heart through and through kind of novels. I really liked the whole premise, and all of the outside factors and players. Even though I'm very romance focused when reading, I liked to see everything else unfold around Elisabeth and Ross. Of course, I loved the two of them together because they were adorable and sweet and everything as a couple. I would love to see what else is in store with this series for sure! My Rating: Pretty Good
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
Can I give this more than 5 stars??!?!? Oh Melissa. How do you get me to fall in love with these Braden boys over and over again? Ross is no exception and it appears as though the sweet Elisabeth would say the same. Who wouldn't swoon a bit over the handsome veterinarian, Ross? I mean, really. The latest book in the series revolving around the Bradens will surely satisfy! Ross has to break his own rules once Elisabeth gets under his skin and if we know anything it's when a Braden falls they tend to fall hard! Can they make it amid rumors about Elisabeth's motives? Can Ross be comfortable with breaking his rules? Can Trusty handle another hot steamy Braden romance? Can I? Just go get this book. If you like any Melissa Foster book it's safe to say just go buy anything with her name on it. She continually outdoes herself!
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A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Have you ever dreamed of leaving the rat race behind and moving to a small town to start over? Elisabeth Nash does just that, proving to all of us that it can be done!  Small town life can be tough, especially when you are dating one of the most eligible bachelors in town.  I fell in love with Elisabeth and her determination to make it all work. I felt for her when she was trying to fit in. Coming from a small town I know how hard it is to fit into the mold that is expected of you. Elisabeth pretty much says "screw that! I'm gonna do my own thing." How can you not love an attitude like that?
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Stressed_Rach More than 1 year ago
I cannot even remember what number this book is in the series as it is a long series but it keeps getting better and better and I never want her to stop writing books as I have loved every single one. In Flirting With Love we have Elisabeth Nash and Ross Braden this is their story and it is steamy hot. Ross is a vet, he loves animals especially dogs, which made me instantly like him as I love dogs too, He never dated any woman from Trusty, this is revealed in other books in the series. So what makes Elisabeth so different. As with all of the Braden romances, things do not run smoothly to begin with but you know it will all turn out okay in the end. Bring on the next book in the series!