Seized By Love (love In Bloom: The Ryders): Blue Ryder by Melissa FosterSeized By Love (love In Bloom: The Ryders): Blue Ryder by Melissa Foster

Seized By Love (love In Bloom: The Ryders): Blue Ryder

byMelissa Foster

Paperback | October 28, 2015

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The first standalone novel in a new series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Melissa Foster.
Melissa Foster is aNew York Times&USA Todaybestselling 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 be...
Title:Seized By Love (love In Bloom: The Ryders): Blue RyderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:EverAfter RomanceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941480233

ISBN - 13:9781941480236

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to the Ryders! Seized by Love is the first in "The Ryders" series from Melissa Foster. In the spirit of the Bradens and the Remingtons, Melissa Foster introduces us to the Ryder family. Blue Ryder first met Lizzie Barber in the group wedding set in the Seaside Summers series. In the year since they met, Blue has been relentlessly asking Lizzie out, with no success. I love Blue's dedication. He decided that he was interested in Lizzie and was patient in waiting until she was ready. He is confident and strong but sensitive at the same time. I love his open and loving relationships with his siblings, and especially with his parents. He and his parents have a wonderful, open relationship where Blue is comfortable sharing with them, and seeking their counsel. Its a very healthy parent-child relationship, even in adulthood. Blue is a wonderful character who knows his strengths and his faults, and readily acknowledges where he falls short of his own expectations in his relationship with Lizzie. He demonstrates a lot of growth throughout this book, but honestly, I loved him from the beginning and I'm not sure I can put in words what it is about Blue that makes him an especially endearing character. Contrast Blue's family with Lizzie's family dynamic. Her reluctance to get involved with Blue is rooted in what's going on in her life. She's involved in certain activities to support her sister's college education. Activities that could estrange her from her parents, a relationship that is strained at best, due to her parents strictly conservative views. Lizzie's unwillingness to stop her current activities, and the additional time commitment makes fitting in a relationship difficult at best. I struggled a bit with Lizzie for a while, mainly because she feels ashamed with what's she's doing. As a result, Lizzie doesn't share this information with Blue up front, and its something that has the potential to have a huge impact on their relationship. Not that I specifically haven an option regarding Lizzie's "activities", but if she felt ashamed of her activities, perhaps that should be a clue that she could reconsider what she's doing. But fundamentally, it was something that she should have disclosed to Blue before he fell head over heels for her. It made accepting Lizzie's activities more difficult for me as a reader because she withheld the information from Blue. It took a while for Lizzie to redeem herself in my eyes. But by the end, she did. I also like that the author first introduced a major hurdle - challenge to Lizzie and Blue's relationship early - typically the couple has a longer period to develop their relationship and have a solid foundation before something happens to shake that foundation. In this book, the author introduces the strife in their relationship sooner, and gives the characters more time to dig into how they work through their challenges and come out the other end successfully. The level of detail of the sexual activities described in the book is pretty consistent with Melissa Foster, but Lizzie and Blue's sexual relationship had some more "intimate" aspects that felt new to me in a Melissa Foster book. It appears the author is exploring a bit of sexual variety in her writing that I find interesting.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So many aspects that I love ..... There are so many aspects that I love about Melissa Foster's novels that it would be too hard listing them all. Of course the love story is a plus. Seized By Love introduces Lizzie and Blue. Lizzie is a woman who has lots of love to give but responsibilities throughout her life have caused her to turn inward and rely on herself to look after her loved ones. When Blue looks at Lizzie he sees a women who is in need of TLC. He wants to take care of her and show her she does not have to do everything alone. Melissa Foster got right to the heart of the story from the first page. Seized by Love is about learning that hardships don't have to be faced alone. It's okay to ask for help and to open up and let love in. As with all of her books Ms. Foster created a love story that was sweet and emotional. I like that she also created a character that put family first.
Date published: 2015-10-18

Read from the Book

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.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR MELISSA FOSTER: "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!" -New York Times 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?PRAISE FOR CATCHING CASSIDY:"Catching Cassidy is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!" -#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Bet, Rachel Van Dyken PRAISE FOR SISTERS IN WHITE:"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions...a satisfying addition to the 'Love in Bloom' series." -Midwest Book Review