Love at Last (A Braden Flirt)

Love at Last (A Braden Flirt)

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.

Cowboy Cal Hayden has loved Rachel Gray practically since the first time he set eyes on her. But Cal's a careful, responsible man who knows better than to start a relationship before he can give it his all. He bided his time while caring for his family through his father's terminal illness. Now his father is gone and his mother is settled, but has Cal waited too long to make his move?

Find out more about these friends of the Bradens in Love at Last, and catch up with many of your favorite Love in Bloom characters, including much-anticipated news about babies for the Bradens in Trusty, Colorado!

If this is your first introduction to the Bradens, please note that this is a flirt not a full-length novel. Like all Love in Bloom books, flirts are written to stand alone, so jump right in and enjoy the fun, sexy, and emotional ride.

What is a Flirt?
The Love in Bloom big-family romance world has become so widely enjoyed, I have been asked by thousands of readers to write the stories of our beloved side characters. While I couldn't possibly fit in writing full-length novels for each of them while maintaining my normal publication schedule, I've created flirts. Flirts cover twenty-four to forty-eight hours of two side characters' lives on their path to their happily ever after, while also updating readers about their favorite main characters. Flirts vary in length and heat levels. I hope you love these quick, fun, sexy stories as much as I enjoy writing them.

If this is your first Love in Bloom story, then you have a whole series of loyal, sexy, and wickedly naughty heroes and smart, sassy heroines to catch up with. The characters from each family series within the Love in Bloom world cross into other family series and make appearances in future books so you never miss an engagement, wedding, or birth. Visit Melissa's website for free Love in Bloom ebooks, and free, downloadable reader checklists, schedules, and family trees.

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 love stories are always family oriented. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158782886
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, MD Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 40,859
File size: 359 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy contemporary romance and contemporary women's fiction - perfect beach reads - with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.

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Love at Last (A Braden Flirt) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, sweet, sexy and lots of love...hope to here more of Cal and Rachel's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love at last! This is an Amazing read! This is about Cal and Rachel finally getting together. This is a short sweet love story that was so much fun to read! I just love all of Melissa’s books! Nobody writes s story like Melissa! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed catching up with the Bradens and their friends. Enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this “Flirt!” Melissa did an excellent job writing all the emotions of falling in love fast! She was able to make me feel all love, excitement, and even the frustration that goes along with navigating a new relationship! I can’t wait for my next Melissa book!
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
Love in Bloom universe is so vast and so lovely! Melissa Foster is one of my favorites authors and she is always one to tell a good story. This one is a novella and so sweet and sexy that you will want more! This is about cowboy Cal Hayden and Rachel Gray, they are both from the Braden Colorado world. He is so sweet and protective and she is a darling taking care of her friends. They have been flirting for some time but Cal had personal issues to attend before he was ready to Rachel . I loved this novella and this couple! You will love their story.
NadineBookaholic More than 1 year ago
What a fun quick read. There has been an attraction for a while between Cal and Rachel, and now it's time for them to get their HEA. I'm going to start off by saying if you haven't read any of Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor you can still read this book. Melissa Foster writes all of her books so that they can be read as part of the series or a standalone. This is a Flirt, which means that the couple involved was not scheduled to have a book for themselves but because of us, the readers, wanting to know more about secondary couples and seeing them get their HEAs we are treated to a novella sized story that covers just a day or two in their lives that will give us what we crave. Cal and Rachel have been lusting after one another for a while but Cal has taken his time in pursuing things with Rachel, he wanted to wait until he could devote his full attention to her because he knew that she was the one that he wanted to be with for the rest of his life and he had a feeling she felt the same way. Cal had been caring for his terminally ill father and then after his passing he needed to make sure things with his mother would be okay. Once his family obligations were tended to he was ready to take the gloves off and go after what he wanted. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Rachel and Cal and while it may seam that it was instalove it really wasn't because these two did have time to become friends first and had been around one another for years. If you are looking for a great quick read I would recommend you giving this flirt a try, I can bet once you finish it you'll be wanting to get to know all the Bradens. Happy Reading! **I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book**
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
I love this flirt, and what a great thing to call it! I love that it was a quick read that caught up with past characters but also gave you the romance you came to expect from Ms. Foster. Cal and Rachel are so much fun and have an amazing connection. This makes me want to go back and read all the other books by Ms. Foster.
Angela_Peay More than 1 year ago
Cal Hayden and Rachel Gray have been pining for each other since the day they met. Even though this is a “Flirt” meaning it isn’t a full length novel, you do get the full story of these two wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the book, the characters and getting to know how other characters in the series are doing. This short story has it all, love, suspense, and a little steamy loving thrown in. Thumbs up Melissa Foster, you amaze me how you continuously write so many wonderful stories.
Cathy_1974 More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gray has been yearning for the hot sexy cowboy Cal Hayden since the first time she laid eyes on him. Cal has been hot for Rachel for a long time but he needed to have his life in order before he felt ready to go beyond the flirting stage to claiming the beautiful Rachel as his own. When the two finally come together it’s like they were always meant to be together and they feel like they have already been a couple for years; it’s simple and they are like to piece of a puzzle finally fitting in together. This is the first “Branden Flirt” short story and I loved it! It’s a light, quick read but still filled with Melissa Foster’s passion for her characters and tons of emotions. I was thrilled to get a peek into the Braden’s world and see how their lives are evolving! Novels, Novellas and now Flirt’s (short stories); Melissa nailed it!!!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This was a Braden Flirt. It gives you a taste of the series and to catch up with characters. It's a nice quick that can be read in one sitting. Rachel and Cal were super adorable, but with heat! They have so much chemistry that burns off the pages. It fun to catch up with previous characters and seeing them enjoying their HEAs. If you're a fan of the series like me then you definitely want to give this one a read because it's a nice little addition to whet your appetite.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gray is getting frustrated. Cal Hayden may be too late. This may be a sweet romance but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to keep your fan handy. I felt like a Southern woman back in the day that would fan herself and say “Lordy!” – possible film reference here. I also felt like I needed to buy or make a pie – that’s all I’m going to say on that subject. You’ll just have to read the book for yourself. I knew this was going to be short going in but I was still left with my mouth hanging open – now what! Then I turn the page and go “aw!” I have yet to read all the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor so I will have to see which book or books coincide with the secondary characters here so I know which one(s) to read next. Our author is always finding new ways to entertain us and I can’t wait to see where she’s going to take us next. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A short, sexy and fun read! With a quick dip into the Braden world in Trusty, Colorado, Melissa Foster brings us some updates on some of our favorite previous characters as well as a short glance into the start of Cal and Rachel's love story. Obviously with this short of a story, we don't get a huge amount of underlying conflict or resolution, but we get a sweet and steamy dalliance with a new couple! Horse trainer Cal Hayden has been falling for the prettiest girl in town for awhile now, but he's had too much going on in his life to give her his all, so he's been standing back and admiring from afar. Now that he's finally settled enough to shower her with attention, he notices she isn't acting like she's all that into him anymore ... did he wait too long? Hairstylist Rachel Gray has been crushing on Cal for what seems like forever, and she was hoping for something to come out of it, but she's getting mighty tired of the hot and cold he seems to throw her way on a regular basis. It might just be time for her to turn her sights on a more interested cowboy!
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!!!
reviewsbycat More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS LOVE AT LAST by Melissa Foster. This is a fun and fast story that entails romance, love and even a touch of heartache. I say that because my heart did hurt for all that Cal went through and for Rachel, having to wait for him. However, their love story is one to enjoy and cherish. Cal is delectable - he's is such a good guy, my heart melted at his words and actions. Rachel is one patient gal and my heart actually hurt a bit for her at times. Seeing the two maneuver through their journey was a joy to read and was uplifting too. Throughout the book, there are many references to characters from previous tales. While I enjoyed catching up with some, at times, I felt there were, maybe, a bit too many. Even having read most of the books of this series, it did get a bit overwhelming for me. However, Rachel and Cal's story still warmed my heart and made me cheer them on to reach their HEA. I enjoyed this "flirt" by Ms. Foster, and look forward to future "flirts" to see where some of her other "minor" characters journey to. (received ARC for honest review)
tracykids4 More than 1 year ago
Cute, fun, sexy read. It’s a short read but worth it. You get hooked from page one. Cal is a total flirt but with Rachel it’s not just flirting. It’s a long-awaited love. Cal has been in love with Rachel for a long time but didn’t feel it was the right time to start anything while still dealing with family stuff. Once he’s done and finally on the right track again he plans on waiting no longer, he must have her now. Rachel wants Cal. Cal flirts with her every time they see each other but she isn’t sure if it’s natural flirting he does with all the woman or if he is truly interested in her. It only takes one kiss to feel what Cal is feeling for her. You will fall for this couple just like with every other Love in Bloom book.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Because I've never read any of the other books where Cal Hayden and Rachel Gray were part of as supporting characters, I have no idea how much of their back story was mentioned before. I'm also unfamiliar with the handful of other characters that are part of this novella, and I confess that I did feel a wee bit lost because there wasn't just one or two of them interacting with Cal and Rachel. This isn't something new with as far as books in the Love in Bloom umbrella series is concerned, but Foster provides enough to keep it all interesting. This was a quick read, but it's also one that's perfect for those short bursts of time that I have in the middle of the day where I want to squeeze in an hour of reading to satisfy the romance reader in me. I liked the chemistry between Cal and Rachel, and while there were quite a few other secondary characters milling about, the spotlight really was on the two of them, allowing me to focus fully on their story and become invested in them. I'm curious to see who the next Braden Flirt will be about, but I hope it'll be as good as Love at Last. Four stars. ♥
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"She wanted to memorize this moment. To remember the way her heart pounded so hard she knew it wanted to beat right beside his, and how he'd erase any doubts she had." "Do you feel it Rachel? Has our time come, or did this cowboy lose his shot with the only woman he wants?" If you're looking for a quick and sexy read, then look no further, Love At Last is the novella for you. Love At Last hits the ground running and pulls you in instantly. From the moment we meet Cal and Rachel, sparks are flying all over the place. Their chemistry is undeniable and it was fun watching these two flirt and dance around their connection. You just knew these two were destined for one another and watching them fall was soooo much fun! Love At Last hit all the marks for me when it comes to novellas. It was quick. It was sexy. It was drama free and just a straight up love story. It is definitely the kind of read you can curl up with and devour in just a few short hours. One of the things I love about Melissa Foster's books is that they all can be read and enjoyed as stand-alone novels. The stories are real. They are sweet and swoon-worthy with just the right amount of steam and sexy good times.  It's the kind of story you can just jump right in to and fall helplessly in love with. I know I did! Love At Last was just the read I was looking for and has me wanting to go back and read the previous books in this series that I have yet to discover.
Mommysuz8 More than 1 year ago
Although this is a Novella, it sure does pack a punch. Cal and Rachel's attraction is so strong. Cal was finally ready to pursue Rachel. Oh and that is exactly what he did. I also loved catching up on the goings on of the previous characters. I highly recommend this little nugget. What an amazing story, Melissa truly is an incredible story teller.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
OMG this was the sweetest story. I just absolutely adore Cal & Rachel! I love the timing of his declaration of love to Rachel and just feel that it was so amazing and swoon worthy. It was also very nice to catch up a bit with some of the Bradens. I can’t give anything away but something so incredibly precious and sweet comes at the end of this story it will make your heart swell and your smile grow so wide. I do believe I’m going to like getting these Flirts from Melissa Foster!! All that good stuff packed into a quickie lol !!!
KatieSEE More than 1 year ago
Do you read  and read and read just trying to get to the good part at the end of the story? This "flirt" is all the good wrapped into a one sit reading. I loved every page of Cal and Rachel's story and I know you will too! Enjoy another Melissa Foster win!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I think that I may have fallen a bit deeper in love with the Braden's. This one may have been shorter than the others but it gave that little hint of sweet, seductive, spice that lured you in further to the world of the Love in Bloom and The Bradens-Trusty CO. There just something about secondary characters that make an impact that requires them to have their own story. Cal Hayden was one of them. He had been in love with Rachel Gray for eternity. She too had been longing so for him. Things just did not seem like they would go their way until that moment. Melissa Foster knows just how to give it that little something extra that had me falling in love again with a character that I was already for. You are going to want to add this one to the collection of Love in Bloom reads/listens. The side story adds that little piece of seeing more and only seeing a little at a time.
Dena_M More than 1 year ago
Love At Last: Cal Hayden & Rachel Gray (A Braden Flirt) by Melissa Foster Here we finally, (FINALLY!) get to revisit our Braden family and friends in Trusty, Colorado for the heart warming and steamy story of Cal Hayden and Rachel Gray. But in this fun Braden flirt we also get to play catch up on what's happening with Braden family Strong, sexy and handsome horse trainer, Cal has been in love with hair salon owner Rachel for a very long time, but circumstances prevented him from acting on his feelings. Now his life is in order and he's free to pursue Rachel, but after sending her mixed signals, she's ready to move on. Cal confesses - "Because I got a little lost, or maybe desperate is a better word. I felt something changing in you like you were losing faith in me." He's so in tune with her from loving her from afar. Cal is a true gentleman cowboy and will melt your heart. His flirting is outrageous and when you see him with Li'l Hal Braden in his arms your ovaries will explode! His sexual innuendoes has sweet and loyal Rachel's heart and head spinning and she doesn't stand a chance. Steady and true Cal wages a full-on assault, including candle making and sensual dancing. There's so much packed into this novella you won't be disappointed. If this is your first Melissa Foster book or you're just wanting to revisit some Braden friends - this is for you!
AliDavies More than 1 year ago
Melissa never fails to deliver, this book pulls you in from the very first page. I'm a sucker for a second chance romance and I wasn't disappointed. Grace left her hometown of Oak Falls, for the city high life and never looked back. She left the love of her life and a family she loves dearly, to follow her dream of becoming a playwright producer. Grace returns home for three weeks to teach a screenplay writing class and runs slap, bang into the one person she was hoping to avoid. Reed Cross!!! Reed left Oak Falls with a broken heart, when the love of his life left for college. But her returns when his girlfriend and business partner stabbed him in the back, then his uncle had a heart attack. He never thought he would run into Grace. She wants to stay far away from the man who hasn't left her heart or her thoughts since she left, he makes her knees weak and her heart pound. But he's not going to let her get away this time, he's all in and will do everything in his power to make her his. Oak Falls make me wish it was real, so I could move there. You instantly fall in love with the place and the people. Grace am nd Reeds love is explosive, you just have to stand back and watch the show...
Booklvr78 More than 1 year ago
What a truly sweet quick read! Since this novella is buried in this series, there was already some rapport between Cal and Rachel. Even if you haven’t read the series, you can definitely tell there is some serious chemistry with these two. Cal is finally in a position to act on his feelings for Rachel. When he does there is no stopping the speed of where there relationship goes. Definitely enjoyable and a good read.
Booklvr78 More than 1 year ago
What a truly sweet quick read! Since this novella is buried in this series, there was already some rapport between Cal and Rachel. Even if you haven’t read the series, you can definitely tell there is some serious chemistry with these two. Cal is finally in a position to act on his feelings for Rachel. When he does there is no stopping the speed of where there relationship goes. Definitely enjoyable and a good read.