Stroke of Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book 2)

Stroke of Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book 2)

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.


Kate Paletto runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn't felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what's missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate's misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way--even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world--and love her to the ends of the earth.

**BONUS** Includes the first chapter (sneak peek) of Flames of Love (The Remingtons)

STROKE OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While STROKE OF LOVE can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.


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


"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." Kimberly Winning, avid reader

"[The Remingtons] Sweet, sexy, and sensual." Bestselling author Amy Manemann

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991046867
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: Love in Bloom: The Remingtons Series , #2
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 363,539
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(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 with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. "

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THICK BRANCHES SCRAPED the sides of the all-wheel-drive passenger van as it ambled along the narrow dirt road that divided the dense, unforgiving jungle. Sage Remington startled as a mass of giant leaves slapped against the grit-covered window. Plumes of dust billowed in their wake, swallowing the road, and Sage wondered if they were really heading toward civilization or away from it. The van keeled to the left, sending Sage and the other passengers flying across their seats until the bus rocked back to center and found its balance. Sage had never experienced anything like the trek to the remote village of Punta Palacia, and as he listened to the other passengers bitch and moan, he turned a deaf ear—and focused his artist’s eyes on the verdant jungle boasting some of the most vibrant and interesting hues he’d ever set his eyes on. He’d been living in the concrete jungle of New York City for the past five years and rarely had a chance to venture beyond the streets, offices, and subways. When he’d heard about Artists for International Aid (AIA), a nonprofit organization that brought educational, medical, and environmental programs to newly developing nations, he’d immediately volunteered to be a part of one of their two-week projects.

“This is such bullshit. Belize, my agent said to me.” Actress Penelope Price gathered her long blond hair in her hand and pulled it over her shoulder, fanning her face with an exhausted sigh. “Think beautiful beaches and sunshine, she said.” After some fancy twisting and poking of a long, gold needlelike thing, she looked as if she was ready for the red carpet—or at least her hair was. The rest of her body—and her legs, which were long enough to wrap around any man’s waist twice—glistened with sweat. “My Chanel is ruined!”

Sage shook his head at her Oscar-worthy performance. AIA worked with artists and celebrity volunteers, and as he listened to Penelope bitch, he wondered why she’d even volunteered for the project. He pulled a bandana from the pocket of his cargo shorts and wiped his forehead, which had long ago stopped beading with sweat and succumbed to the drenching wetness caused by the heat and humidity of southern Belize. Despite the sweat-soaked tank top clinging to his body like a second skin and the bitchy prima donnas he was traveling with, he didn’t regret his decision.

“Stop your bitching,” Clayton Ray snapped. Clayton was a country music star and—from what Sage had witnessed at the airport and during the long flight over—an asshole extraordinaire. “You’ll have air-conditioning when we get there.”

Sage hid his laugh behind a cough. AC, my ass. At least he knew what he was getting into. Apparently, the others hadn’t been clued in to the realities of Punta Palacia. Sage was looking forward to the simplistic lifestyle, braving the heat and humidity of the jungle, and maybe, just maybe, figuring out why the hell a man who had enough money to buy half of New York and a career doing what he loved most felt so damn empty inside.

“All I can say is that if there’s no air-conditioning, I’m heading back to Belize City. Pronto.” Cassidy Bay, a B-list actress, dabbed at her streaked eyeliner. “I can’t sleep in this weather, and without sleep, my eyes will be puffy.”

Penelope whipped her head around to commiserate. “We can do that? Then why didn’t we just stay there?”

Sage had been distracted and rushed when they’d boarded the van at the landing strip, and he had caught only a glimpse of Kate Paletto, the program director for AIA. He was six four and guessed she was about five two and weighed a buck ten soaking wet. He hadn’t gotten a good look at her face, but as she led them through to the van, he couldn’t help but notice her slim hips and sleek, feminine arms.

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Stroke of Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.7 Star Review - Stroke Of Love Sage is on a journey of self discovery. Can he set aside his lifestyle and truly get to know Kate? Kate is tired of diva volunteers. She wonders if the volenteering is even worth putting up with all the divas. The story was full of sweet moments but still a steamy love story. Definitely worth the time to read. Can I just say I love Sage's name... Can't wait for the next story in this series.
CassandraNZ More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Melissa. Sage Remington knows something is missing in his life. He just doesn’t know what it is. Seeking an escape from New York City and the perpetual feeling of being lost, he joins a group providing humanitarian aid to a remote, impoverished village in Belize. Sage stumbles upon the very thing to give him hope – love. Kate Parello knows better than to put any faith in the volunteers that show up at the village several times a year. They are rich, spoiled and never interested in the charitable work they’ve signed up to do. A few photo ops with a smiling kid, holding a paint brush just long enough for the flash to go off and pretending they care is about all she will get out of them. So when a rich and famous artist steps off the bus she knows better than to get involved with him. Only he is different than the rest, no matter what she tells herself and when he puts his heart into bettering the lives of the villagers, he opens a piece of Kate’s heart as well. The chemistry between them is undeniable. The romance develops quickly as their time together in Belize is rather short but it somehow seems perfectly paced and not so much instant infatuation as something believable and real. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
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*she sighs.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.AM hooked on this author's hot sensual writing. All characters are fully developed and ask intertwine. Read the series starting at the beginning of the Remingtons. You will love this book. Finished it in 2 days..could not put it down.
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Great characters and really true love.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak Rating:4.5 Stars Have you ever seen so much passion in helping others? Kate Parello had done nothing but help others, she was a Peace Corps brat. Her parents had been on humanitarian missions since she was young, and now, she runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid. Sounds professional right? But in reality, she’s doing more of babysitting celebrities who wanted publicity rather than real people wanting to make a change. Her world had revolved around this company, around the people in the community. She didn’t have any time for herself, or for having fun. She had a cause worth fighting for, and every day, her she makes a list of what to do next – falling in love wasn’t one of them. She had seen volunteers fell in love, and then the romance was suddenly over when it was time to come home. And she didn’t want that. She longed for something more. But looking at the sexy, handsome and talented artist, Sage Remington, who seemed to cause havoc with her emotions – her heart was really in danger. Two weeks – he signed in for two weeks of volunteer works, self-discovery and escape. He had everything – money and fame, every person’s dream. He was in the peak of his career in the busiest city in the world, and he had never felt more alone. He seemed lost, and he just wanted his life to have a meaning. When he was young, he and Jack used to go into the woods, and nothing gave him the sense of peace other than nature. And going to Belize, it was like coming home, only that this time, he had a bonus: meeting Kate. He was attracted to her, not just because of her beauty and her knack for organization but Kate was doing everything he wanted to do with his life – helping other people. But first, he needed to find out first what was missing in his life rather than wasting in on a woman. The attraction though was too potent to ignore. They both tried to stifle it, especially Kate who already stereotyped him like the rest of the celebs. She wanted him to be that so that she could hate him, but every time she does, he would find a way to defy her misconceptions about him. He was perfect, he was generous-to-a-fault, and somehow in the middle of all this, you will have this question: IS HE FOR REAL? Because that is what exactly Kate was feeling, that what exactly why she was hesitant to go into a relationship with him. First, he was a stranger, he was too good to be true, and he was a celebrity – she was just a volunteer who can’t compete with the gorgeous models he can have in New York. She has nothing to offer him. However, Sage was determined. Not just to have her, but to make a difference. And that is what this novel does: INSPIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, INSPIRE CHANGE. At the end of it, you will ask yourself, what will you do to make a difference in this world? Melissa Foster is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and her series are yet to disappoint me. She knows how to blend in family issues, love issues as well as social issues and make one heck of a novel that can inspire you to do something different. Just like the rest of her novels, I enjoyed reading it, watching them fight against their feelings, and finally succumb to love.  "Love me one stroke at a time." ¿Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
ysar More than 1 year ago
Sage Remington knows something is missing in his life. He just doesn’t know what it is. Seeking an escape from New York City and the perpetual feeling of being lost, he joins a group providing humanitarian aid to a remote, impoverished village in Belize. Amid the sweltering heat, swarms of insects, and selfish celebrities looking to clean up their tarnished images, Sage stumbles upon the very thing to give him hope — love. Kate Parello knows better than to put any faith in the volunteers that show up at the village several times a year. They’re rich, spoiled, and never interested in the charitable work they’ve signed up to do. A few photo ops with with a smiling kid, holding a paint brush just long enough for the flash to go off, and pretending they care is about all she’ll get out of them. So when a rich and famous artist steps off the bus, she knows better than to get involved with him. Only he’s different than the rest, no matter what she tells herself, and when he puts his heart into bettering the lives of the villagers, he opens up a piece of Kate’s heart as well. The Verdict... Melissa Foster is a genius when it comes to writing series. She’s created a series in which every story is completely different from the last, and every character is someone entirely new. Where most series have me screaming bloody murder over a cliffhanger or lose some of their magic as a tried and true formula is recycled into each additional book, The Remingtons series delivers the unexpected. Sage is nothing like the brother we met in the last book. Okay, so he’s gorgeous and rich, and Mama raised him right, but where Dex was a successful software geek, Sage is the tortured and inspired artist. He can’t stand the emptiness of the life he’s been living, not because he has no special woman in his life, but because despite losing himself in his art, he’s not making a difference in the world. And Kate is exactly what he needs. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and while Kate may have some preconceived notions about the rich and famous, they’re quickly dismissed as Sage’s honest and humble ways come to light. The romance develops quickly, as their time together in Belize is rather short, but it somehow seems perfectly paced and not so much instant infatuation as something believable and real. And while Sage’s financial status adds possibilities, it’s not used as a magic cure-all for their relationship or their work with the underserved. Stroke of Love is a simple but heated romance between two entirely loveable characters, each with their fair share of flaws, and I can’t wait to see where the next book in the series takes me. ***FicCentral received this book from Fiction Addiction Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Sage is tired of donating money to causes and really wants to do some hands on work and not just signing a check. He is a wonderful artist but he is tired of living in New York. He feels like his life is missing something and it is only after he goes to Belize and meets Kate that he knows what is missing. Kate works hard and loves to help others. While she loves helping people she is tired of celebrities just coming in to get publicity. She has a hard time trusting them and Sage makes her see they aren't all like that. While they work together and she listens to Sage's ideas she just has to learn to open up her heart and learn to take a chance. Sage is a sweet caring guy who is very talented. He wants to do good for people and not to gain publicity. He actually wants to help. He works hard and if he had a downfall I would say it's that he gets so involved in his own world other people disappear, but he does try to change that. Kate has trouble with some changes and she has trouble trusting some people. She is very passionate about helping others who are less fortunate and she really believes in giving people joy. She is smart and at times can be afraid to take chances. I liked both of these character very much. I believe I could read any book by this author and love it. She has a way of making her characters seem so real you feel as if you really know them and you can't wait to read more about them. Sage's story is simply amazing as you get to see just what a fantastic guy he is. Not only does he want to do good he also knows when to admit he has faults. He is attracted to Kate from the start but doesn't try to take advantage and is more about showing her he isn't like others. They both clearly fall for each other quickly. This book to me was more about Kate learning to take chances and take help where she can. For Sage it is about showing him how he can do good. I love the setting of this book and seeing more of some of the characters I already know and love. The only ones I didn't like where the celebs and how they acted. I also have to say I love Lucy and hope he author considers making her her own happily ever after.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Do opposites really attract? Can down to Earth Sage really make a go at it with Little Miss Sassy Pants Kate? Stroke of Love is a stroke of genius! Melissa Foster usually provides backdrops that are reminiscent of somewhere I’ve been (Colorado, NY, the beach) but Belize is a new one for me. She manages to give just enough that I am able to picture everything, but not too much that I am overwhelmed with scenery.Sage Remington is an interesting addition to the family. Of the Remingtons that Melissa has introduced us to so far, he is the most unlike anyone that I know in real life. I throughly enjoyed the glimpse into the life of an artist, especially as I have absolutely no artistic leanings at all!Stop in for a steamy, dreamy, HOT love story you won’t want to put down!
MargsWorld More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better. Who couldnt fall for the guy with a big heart? Sage is out the change the way that Kate's sees him and then he falls hard for her. And their quest to make the other a better person made this a great read! You dont have to read the entire series; this works great just on its one. 4 stars!
SherryMH More than 1 year ago
This is the second book about the Remington siblings and this one brings us Sage. Oh, sweet Sage. *insert swooning here* Talented artist Sage Remington is looking for something bigger in his life – like finding out where he belongs. So, he decides it’s time for a retreat away from home and travels to Belize to find himself. Little does he realize he will find his future in that two week time frame. Sage is so relaxed, especially compared to Kate’s overly organized ways but together they make a great couple. Both selfless and both wanting what comes next. Melissa Foster does it again with a story of self-discovery, finding your soul mate, and living happily ever after. Although, this book is a bit different in how it’s written. To me it seemed like there was a lot of build up, but a rush to the end. That being said, the characters are easy to love, hard to let go, and definitely keep you on the edge wanting to know what comes next. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Remington siblings in the next few books. Melissa Foster keeps bringing us all these sexy heroes and I definitely keep swooning.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Another winner for Melissa in my books! Stroke of Love made me feel every emotion the characters went through – unsure, anger, happiness, love, sadness. I loved everything about it and it made my mind go a mile a minute! I love that Sage has such a big heart and this book really got me thinking about helping others and going big, following my heart like Sage did. While Sage is not a Braden boy, I’m definitely having to rank him amongst one of my favorite Remington boys (I’ve met 3 so far and really, I think they all rank about even… although I’m thinking Sage may be about half a point higher than Jack, followed closely by Dex). There really is so much love and heart in this book that you can’t not fall in love with all of it!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Sage Remington, a definite hunk with an artistic soul wants to do more with his life. He is at the top of his game as an artist and has more money then he knows what to do with--he lives in Greenwich Village (NYC) and is actually quite unhappy. He decides to volunteer for two weeks in a small village in Belize to see if maybe he can "center" himself. He loves nature and the concrete jungle is not quite cutting it. The group of volunteers he joins up with are all celebrities and not at all like he is--of course he has to convince the woman in charge (Kate)--which does take a while, even though there is an instant attraction between them. Kate is all about lists and knowing exactly what is and will be happening at any second of any day. Sage is a do it by your gut kind of guy-I mean he is an artist. Talk about opposites attract--It isn't until Sage finally convinces Kate that he should help the kids draw a mural and the kids obviously like it and him that she begins a fast thaw. Everyone in the small village knows they were meant for each other but Kate! I loved how this book ended and can't wait until I find out if the not for profit business Sage is starting with Kate actually works out. I will continue reading this series because I am sure that somewhere down the line Melissa Foster will let us know!
Stressed_Rach More than 1 year ago
Stroke of Love is book 2 in The Remingtons Series and book 11 in the Love In Bloom Series. From the first chapter of reading Stroke of Love I knew I was going to like it as much as I have liked Melissa Foster’s other novels in this series. What is there not to like? A hot artist  in the form of Sage Remington, what a man! Kate Parello the woman who is running the volunteer program in Belize for AIA a sexy lady that Sage cannot take his eyes off. But Sage thinks that Kate thinks he is a bit of a slimeball. What Sage doesn’t realise is that Kate is lusting after him just as much as he is of her. I loved that even though Sage had it all he was down to Earth and not stuck up like the other celebrities who were also on the volunteer program. It was inevitable that Sage and Kate would get together and have a fantastic romance but the journey was very emotional. There was real passion between these two characters and I felt what they were feeling. The sex was hot but the romance was hotter. Melissa has written yet another great addition to this series and I cannot wait for more. I love her work.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Sage, successful artist, has been living a life missing something.   He chooses to help the Artist for International Aid or AIA in a little known area.  Once there he meets Kate, the program director.   While she is use to working with celebrities and their larger than life egos, she finds out that Sage is not like the other celebrities that come to help.   Sage is down to earth, there for the right reasons, and not looking to see his name on TV, newspaper, or internet.  My Review: I immediately fell for Sage, although he is a popular and successful artist, he is so down to earth and real.   He knows what he wants to do and isn’t doing it to make him more popular or to make him more money; he does it to make the world better or just because he wants to.    He is not selfish and is really a breath of fresh air.   The way he eases into Kate’s life and world, not letting Kate’s tough exterior keep him away or detour him from making a difference in the town or with the kids he is working for.   I am sure I say this about Melissa Foster’s entire series, but it is amazing.   They are each so perfectly written and with so much love and character I cannot stop reading.  Each can be read as a stand-alone, but are so much more enjoyable as a series.  
bethlattanzi09EL More than 1 year ago
This was a breath of fresh air and a joy to read! I was a big fan of Dex in Game of Love (The Remington’s Book 1) and Sage sure didn’t disappoint here in Book 2! Sage was an artist who made very well. He needed an escape from city life though and went to Belize to give some of his time and not just his money. That is where he meets Kate who is a worker there. Kate is use to celebrities coming and volunteering for their own selfish purposes and so she has built her own walls up against them. She stands her ground against them and doesn’t let their status get to her. Although there is an instant attraction between Sage and Kate, she thinks he is just like the rest of the celebrities that are there. It isn’t long though before she realizes the person Sage really is! Sage is passionate, successful, giving, and definitely good looking! The two soon begin a romance but what happens when Sage’s trip is over? Will their relationship continue to work?? “Then I fell in love with you and you were what was missing, Kate.” “Hey, my job as your partner, your lover, and who knows what else one day, is to encourage your dreams and help you fulfill them, and I intend to do just that. We’re going to spend our lives making a difference.” This is definitely a sweet, must read, love story that will grab your heart! It is a fairly quick read and doesn’t have all of the angst and drama that some romance stories have! I’m not saying it’s completely perfect without any doubts or questions either but you will enjoy it if you are a romantic at heart! I can’t wait to see what Melissa Foster has in store for us in the next book of The Remington’s series!
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster did an awesome job with this series! What I loved most is the awareness that's weaved into the storyline. Issues impacting women and children are near and dear to this Diva's heart. The love that blossoms with Kate and Sage makes your heart go a flutter but their combined passion to give back to others and truly make a difference in the lives of others made me fall head over heels in love with them both! I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing all of the novels in this series and in Stroke of Love it warmed my heart to see how far emotionally the patriarch of the Remington clan has come. I love that the author builds on each story and your favorite characters from previous novels are still present. You get a glimpse into their happily ever after. Even if you haven't read any of the previous novels in this series, you will enjoy this one.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Praise once again for Melissa! I loved the story of Sage Remington. He is a very free man yet he has the intensity that all women look for. Even better he is an artist which means he has a sensitive and provocative side. Yum! At the age of 28, Sage is feeling the need to break away from the confines of his life in the big city and to explore more of what nature has to offer him. He wants to feel more fulfilled so that he can broaden his range of talents. It is not always about being the famous guy. Sometimes you need to just take a step back and enjoy what is around you naturally and not what has been given to you. Sage is immediately drawn to an organization called AIA, which is Artists for International Aid. Yes he is all about giving which makes him even that much more drool worthy. He becomes part of one of their two week projects that they do and is assigned to be on the crew with other celebrities and entertainers. Their assignment is to visit the village of Belize under one of the directors, Kate Paletto. She notices that Sage is different from the others that she is usually in charge of, and I think you can see where this is going. I love Melissa’s writing and her way to tell a story without being overbearing. She allows the character’s real essense to shine through so that you know what they are feeling at all times. You can see the surroundings for the story as they are meant to be experienced with how well she describes them. I am so glad that she has expanded the Remington series. This is Book 11 in the Love In Bloom Series and I am not over it yet, not even by a long shot. Disclosure: I was given a copy of this novel for my open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
I’ve said it again & again about Melissa Foster’s books – They’re amazing!! This one was no different. I loved reading about Kate & Sage’s adventures in the outdoors! I was on the edge of my seat wondering how things would go for them in the Jungle and whether or not they would get together or not! Of course, Sage sounds totally hot – tattoo’ed and absolutely sweet! 
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of Stroke of Love - that love could be found while working in the trenches of an underdeveloped country. There was a lot to really like about this book. The setting was awesome. The main project was well thought out. The writing was really compelling. And, the main hunky alpha male was pretty damn awesome. Sage is unfulfilled living the good life in New York. He wants to use his artistic talent to truly help others in need. So, he signs on with a group that sends celebrities to underdeveloped nations for charity work. His group of pretentious publicity seekers goes to Belize to work under the watchful eye of Kate Parello who has become jaded over the years. Sage and Kate hit it off, and both manage to re-work the others' idea of what they want out of life. The best part about Stroke of Love is the fact that nearly all of it takes place in a remote village in Belize. I loved the infusion of local culture. There was a lot of talk about local foods, beverages, language and people, which was really fun and refreshing. The base camp area for the charity work almost seemed set up like what I remember camp was like as a teen with cabins for the participants and a main mess hall for socializing and meals. It was cool hearing about the set up and how the camp worked. Sage is an artist - like, a painter/sculpture artist. He's amazingly talented and wildly successful. He's a millionaire many, many times over because of it. He goes to Belize because he doesn't want to just write a check to a charity. He wants to get his hands dirty and really DO something. He's gorgeous, artistic, filthy rich, a humanitarian, kind, generous, romantic. He's perfect. Way. Too. Perfect. Sage's only flaw is that he sometimes gets too involved in his art and loses track of time, therefore blowing off appointments and dates and such. This guy does not exist in real life. As described, he would wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed at the butt crack of dawn and create a masterpiece before breakfast. Next, he would rescue a kitten from a tree, visit a nursing home, take his girlfriend to an expensive restaurant, then have amazing sex with her all night long. On top of that, Sage appears to come from a perfect family. He has four brothers and one sister. His brothers include a brilliant engineer, a published author, an Olympian, the owner of a successful software company and his sister is a highly-sought after model. His mother is also an accomplished artist, and his father is a 5-star general. Seriously. There is not one unsuccessful, disingenuous, unattractive member of this family. No black sheep to speak of. Everyone gets along and is highly supportive of one another. Again - a family like this is a mythical creature. I had a really hard time reconciling Sage and his family with what is reality, and that made the book as a whole a lot less impactful for me. Kate was raised by veteran Peace Corp volunteers, and she lives to work with the less fortunate. She hates having to deal with the fake celebrities who only come to better their image and not themselves. She pigeon-holes Sage from the beginning, and that was my favorite part of their relationship. She wasn't so nice to him and thought the worse, and Sage had to work hard to turn her opinion of him around. I did like Sage's ways to win Kate over to his side. I liked that he loved children and wanted to work with them to paint a mural on the side of the school. But, for heaven's sake, this man needs a fatal flaw! Couldn't he have been even a little bit of a jerk? Or even have a little BO or something? Anything? I also liked that Stroke of Love was told in dual POV. I liked being in on Kate's insecurities regarding her job and her relationship with Sage. I even loved hearing Sage's perfect thoughts. I loved the ideas presented in Stroke of Love. I loved the setting and the relationships that formed. I just really, really wanted some more drama. Things seemed to come too easy to these perfect people, and it didn't seem quite real. In any case, I really want to visit Belize now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sage Remington is a person anyone would expect to be perfectly happy.  He is a successful artist living in New York.  His family loves him. He is quite attractive.  However he feels like he just isn't fulfilled in life.  Sage decides to do some volunteer work in Belize, but he had no idea going there would lead him to such beauty.  A beautiful scene and a beautiful woman. Kate, a director for Artist for International Aid, the company Sage volunteered with, has always been so focused on the job and very disappointed in the celebrities sent to her location.  They're seeking publicity, after all.  At first she doesn't see Sage for who he is, but the journey you take as she starts to see the person inside of Sage will keep you reading page after page!   It was not hard to love Sage right away.  This story is powerful and beautiful.