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Review: Crushing on Love: Shannon Braden (The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4) by Melissa Foster


Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control–after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

My Review

“Every minute with Shannon was a battle of self-control, and he was hanging on by a thread. If he kissed her, touched her, let himself do the things he wanted to with her, his feelings would only magnify. He knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there would be nothing left to hold on to. Nothing to keep his head on straight. Nothing to protect his heart—or hers.”

“You’re changing my world, Butterfly. One pushy moment at a time.”

“This love is bigger than us. It’s unstoppable.”

Another amazing, swoon worthy tale from Melissa Foster!!

Told from dual points of view, Crushing on Love follows the story of Shannon and Steve. Steve is living the life. He loves living in the Colorado Mountain wilderness and all that it entails. He can’t get enough of his peaceful life and has no plans to ever leave the mountains. His life is exactly how he wants it to be….That is until Shannon blows into town. She turns his world completely upside down and has him wanting dangerous things. The fight for self-control has never been harder and Steve will be pushed to the limits. He knows the chemistry between him and Shannon is undeniable, but he doesn’t want to start up something when he knows Shannon is going to just turn around and leave. Will Shannon convince Steve to take a chance and see where things can go? Or is Steve’s self-control stronger than even he knows? You are just going to have to read for yourself and see how everything is going to play out with these two lovebirds….

Look, I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet and tell you that I loved it. I thought the story-line was fun and entertaining. I fell in love with Shannon and Steve right off the bat. I couldn’t get enough of the pull that they had for each other. I loved the will they, won’t they moments. They had me on pins and needles, wondering if they were finally going to get their chance at love.

Crushing on Love gave me everything that I was looking for and more. This book is the fourth in The Peaceful Harbor Series, and like all the others in this series & inter-connected series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone read. Crushing on Love is well written. The story-line is fun and the characters are intriguing. It has the perfect mix of angst, and sexy good times. For the most part, this story is pretty light on the drama and is just an overall really good story. I can’t wait to see where the story will go next in Whisper of Love.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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