Seized by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders #1)

Seized by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders #1)

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 Ryders and the Love in Bloom series.



Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister's education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she's put her social life on hold until her sister's education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn't been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he's extended--Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie's kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie's life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie's secret is revealed and the safe bubble she's hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.


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

TRU 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


"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480236
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Series: Love in Bloom: The Ryders Series , #1
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(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 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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THERE WERE SOME nights when Lizzie Barber simply didn’t feel like donning an apron, black-framed glasses, and high heels, covering her shiny brunette locks with a blond wig, and prancing around nearly naked. Tonight was one of those nights. Gazing at her reflection in the mirror of her basement bathroom, Lizzie tucked the last few strands of her hair beneath the wig and forced her very best smile. Thank God her elfin lips naturally curled up at the edges—even when she wasn’t smiling, she looked like she was. And tonight she definitely wasn’t in the mood to smile. Her oven had been acting up for the last few nights, and she prayed to the gods of all things sugary and sweet that it would behave tonight.

Tightening the apron tie around her neck and the one around her waist, to avoid wardrobe malfunctions, and tugging on the hem of the apron to ensure her skin-colored thong and all her naughty bits were covered, she went into the studio—aka the miniscule kitchen located in the basement of her cute Cape Cod cottage—and surveyed her baking accoutrements one last time before queuing the intro music for her webcast and pasting that perfectly perky smile back in place.

“Welcome back, my hot and hunky bakers,” she purred into the camera. “Today we’re going to bake delicious angel food cupcakes with fluffy frosting that will make your mouth water.” She leaned forward, flashing the camera an eyeful of cleavage and her most seductive smile as she crooked her finger in a come-hither fashion. “And because we all know it’s what’s beneath all that delicious frosting that counts, we’re going to sprinkle a few surprises inside the thick, creamy centers.”

Lizzie had mastered making baking sound naughty while in college, when her father had taken ill and her parents had closed their inn for six months to focus on his medical care, leaving Lizzie without college tuition. Her part-time job at a florist shop hadn’t done a darn thing for her mounting school loans, and when a friend suggested she try making videos and monetizing them to earn fast cash, she drew upon her passion for baking and secretly put on a webcast called Cooking with Coeds. It turned out that scantily clad baking was a real money earner. She’d paid for her books and meal plan that way, and eventually earned enough to pay for most of her college tuition. Lizzie had two passions in life—baking and flowers, and she’d hoped to open her own floral shop after college. After graduation, Cooking with Coeds became the Naked Baker webcast, and she’d made enough money to finish paying off her school loans and open a flower shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts, just like she’d always dreamed of. She hadn’t intended to continue the Naked Baker after opening P-town Petals, but when her parents fell upon hard times again and her younger sister Maddy’s educational fund disappeared, the Naked Baker webcast became Lizzie’s contribution to Maddy’s education. Their very conservative parents would have a conniption if they knew what their proper little girl was doing behind closed doors, but what other choice did she have? Her parents ran a small bed-and-breakfast in Brewster, Massachusetts, and with her father’s health ping-ponging, they barely earned enough money to make ends meet—and affording college for a child who had come as a surprise to them seven years after Lizzie was born had proven difficult.

Lizzie narrowed her eyes seductively as she gazed into the camera and stirred the batter. She dipped her finger into the rich, creamy goodness and put that finger into her mouth, making a sensual show of sucking it off. “Mm-mm. Nothing better than thick, creamy batter.” Her tongue swept over her lower lip as she ran through the motions of creating what she’d come to think of as baking porn.

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Seized by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Melissa Foster ... but this one is at the bottom of my list. Could not get into Lizzie and Blue, stop reading after chapter 6 ... Very Boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made it to page 149 before quiting. Great idea for a story, however it just never gels. It gets repetitive, so much that i skipped pages and pages of sex scenes - same stuff over and over again. The author leaves nothing to the imagination, and believe me it would have been a good thing if she had. I was optimistic that the story would improve. Sadly it did not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made it to page 60 before I stopped. Seemed like a decent idea for a story but it couldn't keep my interest. Too slow and silly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not a cliffhanger! Lizzie is a solutionist. She found a way to pay for college, open her own florist business, and she is putting her younger sister through college. Her solution is a little salacious but it is legal, and she is not hurting anyone else. Blue fell for Lizzie ar a wedding a year ago. For a year he tried to get her on a date... no luck. Lizzie kept saying "NO" but he kept on asking until the day she finally said, "YES"... Blue had a trust issue after a failed relationship. Lizzie had a secret.... Could Blue trust Lizzie after she revealed her secret? I guess you'll have to read it to find out!!
Wicked_Reads More than 1 year ago
Any Melissa Foster reader will be delighted with the start of this new series – which again intertwines previously introduced characters into a new run of stories. I really enjoyed this book, because although we can be certain that things will be resolved (after all we are in it for the romance!), there were times ... when self-sabotage, on both fronts, looked to be a serious contender to win out. I liked that Lizzie's business acumen was recognised and celebrated, even if it was due to an unexpected venture. There were plenty of hot, sexy moments – there was no shortage of chemistry, once they let go, that is for sure. There was enough angst to be interesting, without it becoming repetitive, and some wonderful humour too. The whole cast made it a fuller book, and as the rest of the Ryder clan fall through the series, I will be cheering along with them. Thank you Ms. Foster for another sexy, atmospheric and entertaining read. This review was written by Ruthie on the Wicked Reads Review Team. Reviewer received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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I typically don't mind Melissa Foster's books, but this one really grated on my nerves. A lot. II'm really didn't even want to finish it. Honestly I would read something else by her; she has better stories than this one.
jr347 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was funny and a quick read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little on the boring side but a nice different story line. C
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Seized By Love is the first book in The Ryders, the newest mini-series in Melissa Foster's bestselling Love in Bloom series. The only other mini-series I've read is Harborside Nights, but the previously released mini-series are all on my to-be-read list, so I'm hoping to get through each of those once my review schedule clears up (because there are A LOT that have already been published). Luckily, this series starter did quite well as a standalone, and while you do become curious about Cash Ryder and Siena Remington's love story, you'll be fine without having any previous knowledge of it. But yeah, add it to your TBR list. ♥ Blue Ryder first came off as this really ideal guy. In short, he was the perfect book boyfriend. But then when Lizzie's secret comes out in the open, his reaction proves that he is human after all, which then makes him more worthy of admiration. Why? I'll always go for the guy who makes mistakes but owns up to them rather than the guy who makes no mistakes at all...because that guy doesn't exist, people. Blue redeems himself and I loved how he never wavered when it came to his being in love with her even as he struggled with dealing with her revelation of being the online baking sensation known as the Naked Baker. Lizzie Barber was resilient and intelligent, doing what was needed in order to fend for herself while in college, and later on, for her younger sister. She doesn't glamorize what she does as the Naked Baker and I liked that there was a push and pull going on, especially after she met Ryder. She wasn't exactly proud about being what she was doing in her videos but she was proud about coming up with a way to make money that wasn't illegal and wasn't using anyone. Your heart breaks for her when she and Ryder go through the challenges caused by the whole Naked Baker fiasco, but you admire her for her inner strength. With both Blue and Cash Ryder getting their love stories told, there are four more Ryder siblings waiting in the wings--Duke, Trish, Gage, and Jake--and this first book in The Ryders has certainly made me ready and raring to learn more about this close-knit family composed of five brothers and a sister who live their own lives while still being supportive of each other. If you're nervous about the number of books the Love in Bloom series has, don't worry about having to read all of them before starting Seized By Love because you can go ahead and read this and go through the rest later on. I'm giving book one 4.5 stars out of five. ♥
LindalovestoreadLR More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed quite a few books by Ms. Foster, but this one was stupid and annoying, and I had to push myself to finish it.
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Melissa. It is had to pick who my favourite is right now Luke Braden from Taken by Love or Blue Ryder. Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast by night to help pay for her little sister’s education. To keep from her family and friends finding out about her secret she puts her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off. Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie when he met her a year ago and hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about her cuts straight to his heart. Thought she has turned down every invitation to go out with him. With renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into her life. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything, but when her secret is revealed and the safe bubble she has hidden in shatters. True love may not be enough to put the pieces back together. Not many guys would be so understanding of their girlfriend’s secret but after his initial reaction wore off, he was able to appreciate her motivation and business skills. I love that he is so open about how he feels about her. Every time I finish one of Melissa’s books I want more. I fall in love with every character and get to know them. I am looking forward to the rest of the Ryder sibling’s stories. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lizzy and Blue love story. A little too much plot before she shares her secret for my taste but the journey was amazing. I highly recommend this book!
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
This is another great book from Melissa Foster. What was different for me this time around was that this is the only Melissa Foster book where I didn't like all of the characters right from the beginning. Blue Ryder...I can honestly say that in the beginning I didn't like him. But by the end of the book, he had totally won me over. When It comes to Blue and Lizzie however it's a very interesting and hot story! One that you will absolutely love. This story has it's ups and downs, which is something that I loved about it. Like in life everything is not always perfect 100% of the time. I really like books like that and that's why I really like Melissa Foster! This book is the first in this series and I already know I can't wait for the next one. I did receive this product discounted or free of charge in exchange for a review, however all opinions are 100% honest based on my own experience.
TheUltimateFanBlog More than 1 year ago
I had been waiting patiently for Blue's story. The wait was so worth it! I've read all the current Seaside books and this is where I first met Blue the close friend of Sky. I have to say that I secretly wanted Sky and Blue to get together, but now I'm glad they didn't. Lizzie was also one of my favorite characters from the Seaside books. She was always the spunky friend that you wanted to learn more about. Well, you are in for a treat. Not only does Lizzie run her own successful flower shop, but she also manages to make, edit, and upload her own baking show on the web. It's not your everyday baking show though, it's called the Naked Baker. She's not altogether naked though....just a little bit. Enough to keep the viewers active and interested. Lizzie is only doing this to help with her sisters school expenses. As soon as she has put away enough money, she plans on ending the web show. See...Lizzie doesn't want anyone to find out what she's doing. She's pretty sure their reactions will not be favorable. Blue Ryder has been carrying a torch for Lizzie for a while now. He hasn't made it a secret, but Lizzie keeps turning her down. He just doesn't understand why. It was really entertaining to read how the two of these would flirt with each other. There was no secret how one felt about the other. I look forward to many more best sellers from Ms. Foster. Seized by Love was just as entertaining to read as the very first Melissa Foster book I picked up. Hot, steamy, and full of some of the most sexiest characters around. That being said, they are also the group of friends I would love to be a part of
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Wearing an apron will burn you with desire I loved this story of Lizzie and Blue. Blue is so consistent of asking her for a date for a year until Lizzie finally said yes. Their chemistry is hot than the burning stove. Blue and Lizzie are both hard workers. Lizzie has a heart of gold. This girl is not only beautiful but she is very sweet. I admired her so much for helping her little sister with her education. This big sister will do anything for her little sister to success in her life. She has a secret which will change your idea on wearing an apron. It will burn you with desire when you wear it just like Lizzie. Blue is a very sweet and very hot guy. This guy has many talents. I adored him too. He is such a perfect boyfriend that a girl can love. I also loved how his family are so close with each other. Ms. Melissa Foster's books are really great books to read. This story is a heart wrenching, sweet and very hot too. Love is patience and willing to forgive. Blood also is thicker than water. Blue and Lizzie's story is one of a kind to read.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
Blue and Lizzie are a great couple that I really enjoyed reading about. They are fun and very easy to relate to. It was a fast read for me because I was able to get into the story like I do almost all of Melissa Foster's books. She is able to keep a person in the story and her books are not repetitive but fresh and fun. I really loved this read.
AGill More than 1 year ago
Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber are such a fun couple! I loved getting to know them in Seized by Love. I think Lizzie and I could be friends. I could eat all of her leftover baked goods and we'd laugh and laugh. Such a sweet girl that is willing to do what it takes to take care of her family. Blue is a perfect match for Lizzie. Such a hard worker and quite the hottie. I'd probably break my oven just so he could come over and fix it! After Blue asking Lizzie out on dates over and over again, she finally agrees to hangout as friends but quickly realizes that she doesn't want to be just Blue's friend. She has been fantasizing about him for over a year now. Of course friends wouldn't do! Sweet kisses turn into sleepovers and well, Melissa Foster knows how to write Romance! In Seized by Love we got to go back to the Cape. This is my favorite setting out of all that Melissa writes. It's a great place to fall in love. I urge you to pick up Seized by Love today! As this is the first book in The Ryders, you'll fall for Blue, but his brothers aren't far behind! I loved this book and I know you will too.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
A lot of readers might find Blue's constant pursuing of Lizzie "cute", "sweet" or "romantic" but honestly, I felt that if I were in Lizzie's shoes, I might feel a little stalked but she is very much into him as much as he was into her. Lizzie has a pretty big secret that she doesn't want discovered but Blue is extremely hard to resist! I really love the dedication that Lizzie has to making sure her little sister can finish school and be debt-free. That is the truest love in any sense but when Blue discovers her secret, is their love for one another able to survive? Even at the risk of losing him, Lizzie shows that she graciously earns the title as a Melissa Foster strong, lead female. Blue has been hurt in the past and he knows that Lizzie is hiding something - when all is revealed, will Blue be able to accept it or will he be broken all over again? The way Blue and Lizzie interact remind me of real couples - it's not all sweet and roses. Life is real. It's messy and ugly at times. Only the truest of loves make it. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting to read about Lizzie and Blue ever since reading Seaside Summers. I was thrilled with how Seized by Love turned out. The way Seized by Love starts out had me wondering what on Earth is going on with Lizzie and what she is up to. I had Lizzie in my head as being very sweet from her parts in Seaside Summers. I had not expected her to be such a seductress and to have such a naughty side. Even with the Naked Baker webcast, the way Melissa has Lizzie's Naked Baker moments illustrated made Lizzie seem like she was still on the classy side of naughty. I loved Blue Ryder in Seaside Summers. He seems like the perfect, fun, and flirty friend. He's even better in Seized by Love. He's very patient, loyal, and loving. When he finds out about Lizzie being the Naked Baker, I was so afraid for their relationship and friendship. I read half of the book the first night because I needed to know if Blue would find out and how he would react. His insecurities and past experience with his ex cheating on him had me worried that he would lose trust in Lizzie completely. I cannot wait for more Ryder books! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
JKRindy More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster - Love in Bloom Series – The Ryders Book 1 SEIZED BY LOVE with Blue Ryder and Lizzy Barber. We were introduced to the Ryders with Siena Remington and Cash Ryder in FLAMES OF LOVE (Seaside Sunsets: Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Book 3 March 31, 2014). We met Blue Ryder in Seaside Nights (Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, Book 5) Sky Lacroux and Sawyer Bass, (August 12, 2015). Blue and Sky is best friends and Sky is also friends with Lizzy Barber who owns a Flower shop next door to Sky’s tattoo shop. Blue met Lizzy at the wedding 1 year ago when 4 couples were married all from the Seaside Summers. One of those couples included Siena Remington’s brother, Kurt Remington, a world famous mystery writer who married the love of his life, Leanna. Blue has asked Lizzy to go out on a date with him dozens of times since that time. Lizzy has said “no” every time. Why? Lizzy has a secret and she knew that if Blue knew that she was the “Naked Baker”, an internet sensation, he would not want to have anything to do with her. Lizzy had to make these shows because she is paying for her sister’s college and her flower shop doesn’t make enough to pay for it. She has carried this burden and shame alone since she started the show when she was paying for her own college. Blue was renovating Lizzy’s kitchen and she continued to decline his request to go out. When they finally gave into a kiss, their chemistry was so large that they couldn’t contain their feelings. Since High School, Blue has had an issue with trust since his girlfriend violated that confidence. Since then he has closed off his heart and will never allow anyone to hurt him like that again. What will happen if Lizzy and Blue continue to get closer and he finds out about her secret? Find out what happens to Lizzy and Blue as they continue toward a possible Happy Ever After.