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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.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2017 Melissa Foster

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A holiday romance

I absolutely loved the story of Sage and Kate.

Sage is an artist on a two week holiday of self discovery, to get away from his Big Apple lifestyle. Kate runs a volunteer program which allows 'celebs' the opportunity to try and help those less fortunate and also perhaps repair their own damaged reputations. Over time Kate has got used to her volunteers and their agendas, and distances herself from them. Only this time, Sage stirs emotions that she hasn't felt for a long time.

This is a very sweet story of a girl trying to protect her heart from a man trying to prove he his who he seems and he wants to protect her heart too.

I found B J Harrison's narration very smooth and easy to listen too. I'd listen to more from him.


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Love in the Jungle

What did you like most about Stroke of Love?

All the different characters in the book blend together to make another good read/listen to from Melissa

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luce, because she said it how she saw it. Great sense of humour and her heart is truly in the right please

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favourite?

He is so good at what he does its difficult to pick one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always listen to my audio books when I a, travelling, either to work or shopping

Any additional comments?

BJ Harrison a great find by Melissa

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  • Jocelyne
  • 01-04-18

Love It!

I love the storyline! This story is well written and realistic. It's entertaining and captivating. The two main characters, Sage and Kate, are two beautiful soul mates. They encountered in Belzile when Sage volunteers for an International Aid ran by Kate. It's a heartwarming listen. The narration is really great and easy to listen.

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  • Jan M
  • 15-03-18

Heart of Humanitarians

This is such a feel good listen about two incredible people. I loved the original storyline and thought both Sage Remington and Kate were endearing and realistic. The imagery of Belize makes me want to go volunteer there. I thought that the character of Javier stole some of the thunder with his charming personality. He is such a cute kid. I loved his voice that BJ Harrison gave him. The performance of this book is wonderful. I can't recommend this book enough. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. I thought it was great how Kate met Sage's family and was accepted.

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  • Kimberly Dawn
  • 04-07-18

Really loved it...

Stroke of Love was a great book. Sage is in search of whatever is missing in his life. He has to figure out what. Kate is tired of the diva artists and longs for something more. The chemistry is amazing between these two. Will they each be what the other needs? Their story kept me hooked throughout. I enjoyed listening to this narrator as well. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • sweetliks
  • 23-06-18

Sage & Kate <3

I enjoyed B.J. Harrison's narration as Sage, the voice worked well for the character! I liked reading about Sage and Kate and enjoyed reading about their charity work, the relationship with the kids in the community, etc. I liked that it was different because they were away from the normal hustle and bustle of city life and instead you got to read about their humanitarian efforts and how Kate got to discover that Sage was not what she stereotyped him to be. I would have liked more struggle between Kate and Sage's relationship but overall, it was still very enjoyable to listen to the audiobook!

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  • Janis Bell
  • 20-06-18

Sage and Kate- An artists romance in Belize!

First and foremost with all of the Remingtons. Once they find love they love with all they have. Sage Remington, who is an artist who lives in NYC, was looking for a cause that was more then just to write a check as his donation. He hears about a non-profit group called AIA. Artists for International Aid. As he wants to make a difference he decides to donate his time AND his talent. With this he ends up in Punta Palacia, Belize.

Meet Kate Paletto. Kate is in charge of the volunteers that come to Belize with AIA and she lets all the volunteers what she expects from them. Which come to find out is not much. Most of the volunteers are actors and musicians who are only doing this for he publicity. Quite frankly she is tired of dealing with their childish, whining and complaining behavior. She also vows she will never “fall for” one of the volunteers since they are only there for a short time.

Usually women jump at the chance to be on Sage’s arm. Not Kate. She has walls around her heart and she is not willing to knock down those walls for anyone. Brick by brick Sage does just that. She finds that he is not one of those artists that care about his image and only his image. Once she accepts Sage for Sage she finds that she loves the way he engages the children to paint a mural on their school. She loves the fact that he makes things happen through hard work and sweat. She finally falls in love with Sage!

As for the narration. I really like BJ Harrison. I feel he reads with emotion and really touches the person listening to him tell the story. I think he is a good match for Melissa’s books!

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  • Doxie Mom
  • 19-06-18

Love it

This book is one of my favorites in the Remington's part of the LIB series. The story takes place in Punta Palitia and the narrator BJ Harrison does a great job of making you feel like you are right there in the hot sticky jungle working to help make life a little better for the residents. When you read or listen to this book you will see what little things we take for granted like clean drinking water and good cellphone and internet connections. This was a great book filled with lots of love.

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  • Carol Y Nicholas
  • 08-06-18

Belize my Homeland

I enjoy all Melissa’s books, this one was especially dear to me because I was born in Belize but likes in the US for over 45 years . I still think of Belize as my home. Thank you Melisa for showing the beauty of this country in this book. Keep them coming. I will be vacationing in Belize in a couple of weeks.
Thank you
Carol

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  • Amanda314
  • 30-04-18

Sage and Kate are a Perfect Match!

Sage and Kate's story in Stroke of Love definitely surprised me from the very beginning. Melissa Foster took a different spin on things by taking the story to Belize. This was a fantastic change up to her usual settings (not that I don't adore those), it truly made me want to pack my bags and visit myself!

Sage is looking for more in life. He has been very successful and blessed in life, but is still looking for more. More meaning to life. When he meets Kate, the two of them share an instant connection, and struggle denying it. But the last thing that Sage needs is a woman complicating things!

I truly adored this book from start to finish! The characters were a perfect fit for each other, and Melissa Fosters writing never disappoints. I have listened to many of Melissa's books, and BJ Harrison always does a great job of bringing the story, and the characters to life. You won't be disappointed with Stroke of Love!

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  • ElyLibrarySec
  • 12-04-18

This Is A Full Bouquet

Would you consider the audio edition of Stroke of Love to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book, yet, I can't answer that question. I can tell you however that I loved this edition. It had me remembering my own volunteer experience.

What other book might you compare Stroke of Love to and why?

Unless I find a book that has characters exactly like Sage and Kate, in the same type of situation, there's no way that I can compare. I can tell you that if you've ever had a chance to enrich your life, by going to another country to help others, than you will love Sage and Kate. Granted it's not the same as your own experience but it will bring back memories for you - I know it did for me. It also had me wishing that I could have the chance to go back again and do some more good for the people I had the chance to meet.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

Like is not strong enough. I loved how Mr. Harrison handled this book. We get accents as we get to know some of the people that Kate works with. This was one of the reasons that I started to reminisce about the time I spent down in Brazil. He also has me looking forward to more of his work and in having the time to listen to this book again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

First, I don't think that I could say there was just one moment that moved me. And other than the volunteer experience, I don't want to say more so that other readers have a chance to experience the book for themselves.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Foster and Mr. Harrison make a perfect couple. She has the right words and he has the right voice that brings all of them to life. I also just added another four books to my wish list so that I don't miss one of the Remingtons' stories. Ms. Foster writes stories about people that you could easily be friends with. Mr. Harrison has a very soothing tone of voice that makes it a pleasure to listen to what he's reading. And having the humanitarian aspect is just an added bonus.

When I get too stressed or if I have a lot to do out in the yard, Ms. Foster's books are the perfect thing to take the stress down to a managable level and the yard work more tolerable. The bad thing is that as I add more of their books into my library the harder it is to come inside. And it becomes very difficult to turn it off when I'm at work. And now that my review is done I'm off to listen to my next Foster book.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Mommysuz
  • 28-03-18

Wonderful Story

Sage is a New York City Artist. There is something missing in his life. He seeks and finds it in while volunteering in Belize. He also finds Kate, who runs the non profit for the village. Sage falls hard for Kate. The things they do together for the village is wonderful. I highly recommend this book. It has a HEA with no cliffhangers. I have listened and love the audio version of this book. I love the narration of BJ Harrison.