Taken by Love (Bradens at Trusty, CO Series)

Taken by Love (Bradens at Trusty, CO Series)

by Melissa Foster

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Overview

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.

**TAKEN BY LOVE is a USA TODAY BESTSELLER**

In TAKEN BY LOVE...

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again--but she's completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her--and the man she's never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the Midwest. After a restless youth, he's finally ready to settle down--only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he's never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke's past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy's life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can't manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

TAKEN BY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While TAKEN BY 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.

READ THE FULL 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480007
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Trusty, CO Series , #1
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 202,266
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(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 new adult romance 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 lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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DAISY HONEY JUGGLED a cup of coffee, a cake she’d bought for her mother, a bag of two chocolate-dipped doughnuts—because a girl’s gotta have something sweet in her life, and this was about all the sweetness she had time for at the moment—and her keys.

“You sure you got that, sugar?” Margie Holmes had worked at the Town Diner for as long as Daisy could remember. With her outdated feathered hairstyle and old-fashioned, pink waitress uniform, Margie was as much a landmark in Trusty, Colorado, as the backdrop of the Colorado Mountains and the miles and miles of farms and ranches. Trusty was a far cry from Philly, where Daisy had just completed her medical residency in family practice, and it was the last place she wanted to be.

Daisy glanced at the clock. She had ten minutes to get to work. Work. If she could call working as a temporary doctor at the Trusty Urgent Care Clinic work. She’d worked damn hard to obtain her medical degree with the hopes of leaving the Podunk town behind, but the idea of relocating had been delayed when her father fell off the tractor and injured his back. She’d never turn her back on her family, even if she’d rather be starting her career elsewhere. She supposed it was good timing—if there was such a thing. Daisy had been offered permanent positions in Chicago and New York, and she had four weeks to accept or decline the offers. She hoped by then her father would either have hired someone to manage the farm or decided if he was going to sell—an idea she was having a difficult time stomaching, since the farm had been in her family for generations. Since the closest hospital or family physician was forty-five minutes away and the urgent care clinic picked up the slack in the small town, Daisy was happy to have found temporary employment in her field even if it wasn’t ideal.

“Yeah, I’ve got it. Thanks for the cake, Margie. Mom will love it.” She pushed the door open with her butt—thank you, doughnuts—just as someone tugged it open, causing her to stumble. As if in slow motion, the cake tipped to the side. Daisy slammed her eyes shut to avoid seeing the beautiful triple-layer chocolate-almond cake crash to the ground.

There was no telltale clunk! of the box hitting the floor. She opened one eye and was met with a pair of muscled pecs attached to broad shoulders and six foot something of unadulterated male beefcake oozing pure male sexuality—and he was holding her mother’s cake in one large hand, safe and sound.

She swallowed hard against the sizzling heat radiating off of Luke Braden, one of only two men in Trusty who had ever stood up for her—and the man whose face she pictured on lonely nights. When she’d decided to come back to Trusty, her mind had immediately raced back to Luke. She’d wondered—maybe even hoped—she’d run into him. Residency had been all-consuming and exhausting, with working right through thirty-six-hour shifts. She hadn’t had time to even think about dating, much less had time for actual dating. Her body tingled in places that hadn’t been touched by a man in a very long time.

“I think it’s okay.” With smoldering dark eyes and a wickedly naughty grin, he eyed the cake.

His deep voice shuddered through her. Okay, Daisy. Get ahold of yourself. He might have saved you in high school, but that was eleven years ago. He was no longer the cute boy with long bangs that covered perpetually hungry eyes. No, Luke Braden was anything but a boy, and by the look on his face, he had no recollection of who she was, making the torch she’d carried for him all these years heavy as lead.

“Thank you.” She reached for the cake, and he pulled it just out of reach as his eyes took a slow stroll down her body, which was enough to weaken her knees and wake her up.

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Taken by Love (Love in Bloom: The Bradens, Book Seven) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING! This is not a cliffhanger. It is a deliciously adult book about a woman who escaped from the false rumors by going to medical school. She left the girls who made up stories about her sexual escapades that never exsisted. Once, over a decade ago, Luke saved Daisy from a drunk collegee boy who believed those rumors he had heard. Daisy came back because her father sprained hs back, falling off his tractor. Her story with Luke's was interesting because as a strong woman she had to determine if NY or Chicago was where she really practice mediciene. She wanted the fame and the stimulation of other doctors as the reward for plowing through 11 years of medical school. Now isn't the time for love!!! You are safe choosing to read this book!!!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Coming home after years away, Dr. Daisy Honey hoped she had left behind the small town gossip that ruined her reputation in high school. Her father has been injured in a farming accident and needs her help, and family helps family, no matter what, but Daisy would rather have a root canal then come back to the place that made her life miserable and lonely. Luke Braden has been known for two things, being a breeder of excellent horses and being trouble in his youth. He’s handsome, charming if he wants, but has never settled down with one woman. He’s also the only person to stand up for Daisy when she needed it most all those years ago. When Daisy and Luke cross paths again, they are now adults, both lonely, both with their life paths carved out for them, but will the electricity that sparks between them throw them off course and into each other’s arms? Daisy has no intention of staying in town, and Luke wants a woman who will stand by him, will their attraction be short-lived, only to be doused by distance, or will the heat of their passion solidify their growing bond? Taken by Love by Melissa Foster takes two people, tosses in conflict, romance, humor and the smoldering heat of passion to come up with the perfect romantic read for those who like the flavor of rugged cowboy in their heroes. Add to that the great dialogue and banter and I was hooked. Ms. Foster succeeds in bringing that small town/small minds feel to life, where everyone knows who is doing who and has a definite opinion to share. Her characters are well-developed, some a bit clichéd, but they add to the “essence” of small town charm, playing their part to the hilt. I swear I could smell the coffee, the hay and the sweat from farming in the heat of the Colorado sun. Each scene comes to life as these two dance the dance of denial as their affair can only be short-lived. Will their hearts overrule their heads? Ms. Foster has created a tale that can raise your heart rate, frustrate your romantic side, and keep you asking for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Fantastic read. This is my first book by Melissa, but you can bet I'll be seeking others. I really enjoyed it. Luke was perfection. Holy hotness batman, where do I find myself an older version of him? He was so sweet, loving on his horses. And every time he saw Daisy, he'd say: I missed you (sigh). Daisy was awesome as well. I loved that she was smart AND beautiful. And driving a tractor in daisy dukes with cowboy boots? Nice. Their chemistry was sizzling and totally made me smile. My only complaint is that is was lacking a conflict. There were minor outside conflicts, but none between the hero and heroine. Ergo, one star deduction. Still a sweet, fun, and interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little too sappy. A Lot of hang ups that were a bit annoying. Predictable ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Daisy couldn't wait to grow up and leave Trusty behind. She had a horrible time in school and now she is deciding where to open her own practice. She has gone back home to help her dad after he was injured. She has never forgot what the girls she went to school with did to her. She also hasn't forgot Luke. Luke has a reputation that just won't leave him. He got into a little trouble and the town won't let him forget it. He is working at being a horse breeder and he didn't expect to run into the feisty Daisy again. He remembers her from school but she is a whole lo different now. Now Luke is wanting Daisy to stay in Trusty with him. He doesn't want to make her mind up for her but he knows he can't let her go. Don't let the rumors in Trusty fool you Luke is not a trouble maker. He is a very amazing guy who tries his best to do the right thing. He is very caring and willing to help anyone. He is also very sexy and when he makes his mind up he goes for it. Daisy is smart and sexy yet when she comes back to town you can see it has an effect on her. She worries a lot about what other people say and what they think. She loves to help people but is afraid ti get close again to the small town. I love these two so much! Every time I think I can't enjoy this author's work anymore she comes out with another story that simply amazes me. This book in some ways has a little more heat than the others but still has the wonderful story line you love if you have read any of this series. I connected so much with this story. The author got the small town living down perfect at least what I have known of it growing up in one. Everyone knows everyone's business and everyone likes to talk. However when you need help they are right there for you. That is what I love about this book besides the two main characters. Daisy has to learn to let go of her past and what happened to her. She has to see everyone grows up at sometime. Luke has to face his past as well. Both even though they are grown ups still have growing and learning to do. I which everyone would read this series and this book. I can't wait to see more of Luke's family and the town of Trusty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, definitely my new favorite in the series
Anonymous 23 hours ago
Great read!
Anonymous 25 days ago
loved it
Anonymous 7 months ago
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RenWar More than 1 year ago
Taken by Love is the story of Daisy Honey and Luke Braden. Daisy is a beautiful girl whose reputation was slaughtered in her high school years by lies and rumors spread by hear jealous female classmates. She left her hometown of Trusty, Colorado right after high school, going to medical school and becoming a doctor. After receiving her degree, she returns to Trusty to help care for her injured father and their ranch, and to decide which big city she will relocate to and begin her career. Luke Braden is, well, a Braden. What can you say? He’s handsome and wealthy. A hard-working, extremely successful horse breeder, and single; and every unattached woman in Trusty would love to corral him. He’s ready to find someone to spend his life with but worries that his past may present a roadblock to his happily ever after. Like everyone else, Daisy has always had a crush on Luke. When she literally runs into him and takes care of a barbed wire cut on his arm, which he has duct taped, she remembers how he had been the only one in high school to stand up for her when things got bad. Luke remembers Daisy, too, and decides he’d like to get to know this grown-up Daisy a little better. So begins a journey of healing for both Luke and Daisy, and the realization that home may really be the best place to be. Though the old animosity is still there, they manage to work through it and the town embraces them and discovers who they really are. This is another wonderful love story from Melissa Foster, for everyone who loves the Braden’s and their magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so wonderfully written it was truly hard to put down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Come take a ride on the side of Trusty. See the other side of the Bradens. Get more of their story and start it all with Luke Braden. He's the baby but he sure packs a lot in. Daisy Honey had no idea that her high school crush would one day mean so much to her. She goes back to the town she vowed to never make her home and find more than just a new person to love and cherish. She finds that maybe the way she saw things all those years ago may have been a bit more than she could understand at that time. If you have ever read a Melissa Foster book you will not be disappointed with this one. I found that romance to be expected but sweet. The passion open yet tame. This by no means was a clean romance but it was sweet with fire. There are scenes of intense pleasure but nothing that would put you off the enjoyment of the listen. B.J. Harrison did a fair job. I found it hard at some points to distinguish male of female, especially when it came to Daisy and Luke (when they were in the same scene). I still enjoyed the listen. The story allows you to feel that you can go home and find something more than you could have ever expected from where you left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. The characters were likable and easy to read. The story, entertaining. Sexy and sweet. Cant wait to read more about these sexy siblings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked alot.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, difficult putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the twists and turns in a small town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Real life issues?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very cute. It made me smile. A very sweet love story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet love story with all the mush. Not a huge twist, just a settling in to new relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok.