Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Review Copy via Author
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Synopsis: Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller--that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.
Leanna's come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can't get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she's just stopping by to say thank you, but the steamy afternoon sparks a wild and sexy ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.
I adore novels where one of the main characters is an author because it always gives the reader an insight to how an author views themselves (even if it’s on a subconscious level). So when I saw the synopsis for Melissa Foster’s Read, Write, Love, I knew I couldn’t pass it up! If you haven’t read Foster’s Love in Bloom or Remington series, it’s perfectly okay to delve right in. I haven’t read any books in the series and didn’t find anything that I would consider a spoiler.
Character development is a bit weak. Our heroine is Leanna Bray and she’s a free spirit! Oh boy is she ever. I really liked her outlook on life and how she was cautious about saving the money she inherited. My problem with Leanna is at no point did I really get to know her. Everything I learned was from her friends and other than being a total opposite to Kurt, I’m still not sure what made her so special to him. In a romance novel, I want to know why the hero digs the girl and can’t get her out of his mind and I just couldn’t see it here. As for Kurt…oh he was a treat! I really liked getting to know him and we spend so much time with him. He’s not your typical Alpha and dare I say, he’s a bit Beta? Nevertheless, you’ll really like how rigid he is and I love how during the course of the story, he just allowed himself to adapt because he’s fallen in love. We also have a few secondary characters that play a vital role including Leanna’s dog, Pepper! Ah, Pepper stole the show hands down!
What I liked about Read, Write, Love is the development of the story. I adored how these two opposites balanced each other out. I admit, I was a bit worried because Leanna and Kurt live in different cities and then on top of it, I was concerned about Kurt’s super secret gift to Leanna (I mean…what if she didn’t like it? I suffered a lot of anxiety waiting to see how things turned out). In the end, it was a cute story. What didn’t work for me was the abundance of characters. I had a bit of trouble trying to keep Leanna’s friends straight and midway through I just stopped caring. On Kurt’s side it was easier to manage since there weren’t many interactions with his friends and family. Also, as much I liked Leanna’s entire outlook and being a free spirit, I expected her to take her potential business plans more seriously. I rolled my eyes at a few scenes and won’t go into detail because I don’t want to spoil things, but I like to think anyone trying to go into business or sell a product on the scale she wanted would be better prepared. The whole situation just felt a bit unrealistic.
Overall, Melissa Foster’s Read, Write, Love was a cute read. If you’re a fan of opposites attract type novels then you’ll want to check this out. I personally can’t wait to read her backlist and get to know the Remington clan a little better.
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“What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about… desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked.” — International bestseller, M.J. Rose
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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