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Friendship on Fire

Love in Bloom, Book 6
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Series: Love in Bloom, Book 6, The Bradens, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Friendship on Fire is the sixth book in the Love in Bloom series. While Friendship on Fire can be experienced as a standalone novel, for even more listening enjoyment you may want to hear the Love in Bloom series in series order.

Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break - working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and - just maybe - explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.

Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.

Josh and Riley's friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley's mentor accuses her of stealing the design.

Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry - and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.

Content warning: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18-plus.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

Critic reviews

"[L]ove, loss, lies, grief, finding happiness in the face of adversity, romance, humor, bravery, hot hot hot sex scenes, marriages, births and totally awesome characters." (Supportive Business Mums, UK)
"The entire Love in Bloom series takes everything I love about a good romance novel and serves it up the way few authors can." (Fic Central)
"Steamy sex scenes and heartfelt confessions....a satisfying addition to the Love in Bloom series." ( Midwest Book Review, on Lovers at Heart)
"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." (Kimberly Winning, avid reader)

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Got to love a girl who wears Gucci Premiere

Josh and Riley have had a crush on each other since school. But because of an on going feud with the Bradens and the Johnsons (her best friend Jade Johnson) they never let each other know. When Jade got together with Rex Braden, Riley was embraced into the family. When Josh offered her a job in New York she jumped at the chance to become a fashion designer and learn from the best. She tries her hardest to fit in and quickly makes friends with most of her co workers. But there is one who tries to belittle her at every opportunity. Claudia wants Josh and will do anything to get him. As Josh and Riley get closer Claudia steps up her game. When Claudia accuses Riley of stealing designs it get ugly quickly with Josh caught in the middle, will his love for Riley fizzle before its even started or will the evidence clear Riley. Josh is one of my favourite Bradens along with his brother Dane. I have read the book on several occasions and have now listened to it on audio. Melissa did good when she picked BJ Harrison as the narrator

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Friends to lovers

I love all of Melissa Fosters books and this one did not disappoint. I adore the way BJ was able to enhance the story further by using different voices and he brings warmth to the story as well. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • Gaele
  • 24-04-17

Oh the tensions were strong in this one.

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Josh Braden always was a bit different from everyone else in his family, he sees life through the eyes of a designer, a fashion designer. He’s got a successful business, a full staff, a growing reputation as a designer and women falling at his feet. What he doesn’t have is the ability to ignore the new assistant, a part of a family that has been embroiled in difficulties with his own back home in Colorado.

Riley Banks has her own dreams of design, and a gentle (or not so) push from Rex and Jade convince Josh to look at her work. He’s surprised at her talent, and knows that she just needs a mentor and some help to learn the ins and outs, before launching her own career. Even though she’s intrigued (and hides a long- standing crush) by Josh, she’s completely surprised when he offers her a chance to learn the business from the inside – and work her way up. He’s got an assistant perfectly poised to help her in Claudia, and it won’t be that difficult to help someone from ‘home’.

Oh the tensions were strong in this one. Let’s completely ignore the forbidden “boss / employee” angle, especially in the media heavy world of design and just focus on the prevalence of models, media and sycophants all willing to suck up to the boss in order to rise to the top. Then add in the less than welcoming (and often devious) machinations of Riley’s mentor Claudia, and the repeated barbs and ‘first to the story’ moments that Claudia has with Josh. Oh and add in an electric attraction to Josh, the chemistry smokes between these two, and mix in a bit of “keep it secret”. You can’t help but see Riley’s concern that the relationship, while hidden, is most probably more intense because they are keeping it secret. But, to Josh’s favor, when the plot comes to crisis point and Riley is accused of stealing designs – he’s willing to look at everything and everyone, not giving Riley a pass but a chance. While the mystery isn’t difficult to solve, the increase in tension and the use of that crisis to bring the characters to their tipping point, where every step will determine their future is well done, and shows the power of the connection between Riley and Josh for what it is: true, honest and palpable, despite the difficulties in situation and appearance.

Narrated by B.J, Harrison, the continuity in narrator is commendable, allowing for a familiar feel to each character’s voice, my ears are screaming out for variation and a bit more of the interplay in the back and forth that comes with a two-person narration. It’s not that Harrison’s ability is lacking, his female voices are credible and not overdone, the male voices are clear and each character does present as distinct in pitch and tone, but the pacing, the speed at which someone speaks or responds, is calling out for more variation. Fast paced moments in dialogue weren’t as rapid-fire as expected (or often needed) simply because the switch between characters doesn’t allow for that transition. The narration as it stands is workmanlike and consistent, never stretching to great or stooping to average, but I do believe that a change that incorporated another narrator into the mix would benefit this story greatly.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

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  • Xiaguan
  • 04-01-20

Josh and Riley

The Braden’s are an amazing family. Josh is tall dark handsome and successful. Riley is the girl from home who was adored from afar . Now they get their chance if the jealous Cruellas can just leave them alone. I am getting used to the narrator l. It took me awhile but I loved the story and I am finding that while not my favorite narrator he grows on you ;)

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 08-09-19

not what you think but really is

Its hard to put this in to words and not give away the story. Josh and Riley are from the same small town in CO. They went to the same school and know many of the same people, but to call them friends before this past season would be straining the truth just a bit. While in town earlier in the year Riley and Josh got to know each other a bit more than they had in their passing in the past. They formed a friendship.

On to the big city where back stabbing and sabotaging are a way of life for those in the industry of fashion. Riley finds that sometime dreams can and do come true, but at what price. She has been a die hard lover of fashion and designing from early on in her life. She wants nothing more than to make a name for herself and be a success at what she loves. The golden ticket was Josh. He was not a part of the bargain of living in the city and realizing her dream.

Josh was in a world that he hid himself from. He was there but not really there. He held himself back in many aspect but in others he was open like a book. He worked hard to form a business and contact that would launch his lines and boost his career further. Living in the city was what he wanted. He knew what he was and what he was not. He also knew what he was looking for in a woman and what he would not tolerate in a partner. All he could every want was right there before his eyes. It just took him a little longer to realize that he could have it all. But as you know all things come with a price. The price of having his career and the woman of his dreams was jealousy and lies.

Watching Josh and Riley find their way in to a relationship both professional and personal was an added bonous. There was something more about watching this Braden fall in love and discovery just what he would and would not do to maintain his love.

MF brings us some characters that we already liked a lot and just morphed in to love and then a character or two that you just want nothing to do with. This will always be a part of writing a success. You can't love every character you read but reading the differences in them makes for a story that you will remember. I loved Josh and Riley.

BJ Harrison came back to narrate this third book in the series. It was pleasant and consistent with previous narration of the Braden characters. I loved Braden senior and the richness of the voice BJ provides for him. It has a touch of wisdom behind the tones and pitch of the voice. The Braden brothers have strength in their voices also.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 01-08-19

Great Read

Friendship on Fire (The Bradens at Wesont, CO #3) was another great read by Melissa Foster. I loved reading Josh and Riley’s story, we met them in Destined for Love. Riley has come from a small town and has finally gotten her big break as a fashion design assistant in Manhattan. She is working for her childhood crush, Josh. Their friendship heated up while she worked for him. I loved reading this book and I can’t wait to read more by Melissa Foster. B.J. Harrison did a great job of narrating the book and keeping you enthralled in what is happening to the characters.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 18-03-19

Great Story!

This is the third book in The Bradens Series. This series is also part of the Love in Bloom Series. I love Josh and Riley's story. This is a great friends to lovers story. BJ Harrison did a great narration.

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  • Denise M
  • 25-02-19

Friends to Lovers

Riley Banks is best friends with Jade Johnson and like Jade, had a crush in high school on one the Braden boys - Josh Braden. Unknown to Riley, Josh shared that attraction, though he never acted on it. Fast forward to years later. Riley is a young designer with no where to go in Weston and Josh is a celebrated New York fashion designer.

Through a series of home visits Josh sees Riley’s portfolio and offers her a job at his design firm. This is the break Riley never saw coming and as she heads out to NYC, she’s filled with a mix of anticipation and apprehension, questioning whether she’s meant for the big city, at the same time Josh is questioning his own direction. He misses the simplicity of back home and honesty compared to the often cutthroat environment he works and resides in. He’s tired of dating the “right” women and the more time he spends with Riley, the clearer things appear. Riley is easy to be with, beautiful and sexy, honest and real, vibrant and full of life. Josh, the hot, celebrated eligible bachelor, who longs for more, can’t resist her. He and Riley start a relationship in spite of her determination to focus only on her budding career, not wanting to become the office water cooler gossip topic, Josh reluctantly agrees t keep their relationship secret.

Claudia, the conniving, often manipulative employee assigned as Riley’s mentor does everything in her power to destroy Riley’s credibility and the budding attraction she witnesses, wanting to claim Josh for herself. Her uncle gave Josh his first big break and Josh felt compelled to hire Claudia as a favor. Riley is eventually accused of stealing designs and has to defend herself. These accusations can end her career before it even gets off the ground and it tests her relationship with Josh on both a business and personal level.

This is where we see Josh’s struggle. He wants to believe Riley, but all evidence points to her guilt. Riley is floored, but refuses to let it ruin her or beg Josh to believe her.

This friends to lovers story won’t disappoint. Read or listen for yourself. I did both. I love B.J. Harrison and can easily get lost in the story listening to his narration. Another 5 stars!

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  • Virginia
  • 10-05-18

Love is on Fire!

Melissa Foster has brought us another story that is on Fire. B. J. Harrison is a master narrator that has the characters spot on! For even more enjoyment of the Braden's, start with the Snow Sisters.
Josh Braden was a top fashion designer in New York City. Riley Banks was given a position as assistant designer to Josh and she travels to NYC from Colorado. Josh's business associate Peter had Josh hire his niece Claudia and she was out to get her claws into Josh. Then all hell breaks loose when Claudia accuses Riley of stealing her designs.

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  • MIssy DeHaven
  • 27-04-18

What a wonderful tale of love

Josh and Riley had secret crushes on each other for years. Time has past and Josh is now a super successful designer and Riley is just entering the business. And their budding love is threatened by a jealous and vindicate rival. Can their love withstand this challenge?

Once again Melissa Foster has woven a tale so life like that you feel like you could see these characters walking down the street beside you. The narrator brings Melissa's words to life and makes for a very enjoyable "read". Enjoy.

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  • Beth Talbot
  • 14-01-18

Friends to Lovers

Oh man, I love Riley and Josh's story. Friendship is such a strong foundation to build love upon and these two are the perfect example of it. The love, humor, and just awe moments are wonderful in this story and I love the ability to listen to the story as I do my daily work and homework. Believe it or not, it makes anything more entertaining when you get to hear a Melissa Foster love story.

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  • Geri Grinstead
  • 09-10-17

An Emotion filled Read!


BJ Harrison narrates this wonderful Melissa Foster book in a way you actually feel the emotion of the characters. This book is the story of award winning clothes designer Josh Braden and up and coming designer Riley Banks. Riley has crushed on Josh all her life as they grew up together in Colorado. Josh hires Riley and she moves to New York where their relationship has a chance to grow. But due to a work situation they are challenged both professionally and personally. As BJ Harrison reads these sections I found myself fascinated by the emotion of the characters. His voice just carried so much of their feelings and again later during a conversation between Josh and his dad Hal. Of course Melissa Foster has provided the beautiful words for him to narrate. I loved this audiobook.