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Cowboy Cal Hayden has loved Rachel Gray practically since the first time he set eyes on her. But Cal’s a careful, responsible man who knows better than to start a relationship before he can give it his all. He bided his time while caring for his family through his father’s terminal illness. Now his father is gone and his mother is settled, but has Cal waited too long to make his move? 

Find out more about these friends of the Bradens in Love at Last, and catch up with many of your favorite Love in Bloom characters, including much-anticipated news about babies for the Bradens in Trusty, Colorado! 

If this is your first introduction to the Bradens, please note that this is a flirt not a full-length novel. Like all Love in Bloom books, flirts are written to stand alone, so jump right in and enjoy the fun, sexy, and emotional ride. 

What Is a Flirt?
The Love in Bloom big-family romance world has become so widely enjoyed, I have been asked by thousands of readers to write the stories of our beloved side characters. While I couldn’t possibly fit in writing full-length novels for each of them while maintaining my normal publication schedule, I’ve created flirts. Flirts cover 24 to 48 hours of two side characters’ lives on their path to their happily ever after, while also updating readers about their favorite main characters. Flirts vary in length and heat levels. I hope you love these quick, fun, sexy stories as much as I enjoy writing them. 

If this is your first Love in Bloom story, then you have a whole series of loyal, sexy, and wickedly naughty heroes and smart, sassy heroines to catch up with. The characters from each family series within the Love in Bloom world cross into other family series and make appearances in future books so you never miss an engagement, wedding, or birth. Visit Melissa’s website for free Love in Bloom listener goodies such as series checklists, publication schedules, and family trees.

Listen to the Rest of the Love in Bloom Series:
Snow Sisters
The Bradens at Weston
The Bradens at Trusty
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor
The Bradens at Pleasant Hill
The Remingtons
The Ryders
Seaside Summers
Bayside Summers
Wild Billionaires After Dark
Bad Billionaires After Dark
Harborside Nights
The Montgomerys
The Whiskeys & Tru Blue

©2018 Melissa Foster (P)2021 Melissa Foster

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  • 01-01-22

new couple short...

Cal and Rachel have been somewhat dancing around each other for far too long. This short brings it all in to focus for them both. We are back in Trusty, CO. We get updates on the Braden family. We get to see a new romance long in the making. Cal and Rachel have been making eyes at each other for far too long. the time has now come for them to have a little piece of happiness in the is Braden Flirt.

There just something about secondary characters that make an impact that requires them to have their own story. Cal Hayden was one of them. He had been in love with Rachel Gray for eternity. She too had been longing so for him. Things just did not seem like they would go their way until that moment. Melissa Foster knows just how to give it that little something extra that had me falling in love again with a character that I was already for.

Lance and Ava bring all the characters to life new and old. All with a sense of familiarity and home.

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  • Terri D
  • 12-11-21

Sweet love

This book is a sweet love story of two people that have been attracted to one another for some time but neither of them will act on it until finally everything lines up and the sparks fly. Cal and Rachel are sweet and the love blooms quickly. We get to visit with others in this short story too to catch up a little.

Lance Greenfield and Ava Erickson bring the charm with Cal and Rachel and were a pleasure to listen to.

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  • lclarke1
  • 27-10-21

Great addition to this series!!

This was a quick read and a great way to catch up with the Braden's of Trusty Colorado with Rachael and Cal's short story. Their story was brief as the pair had feelings that they had yet to act on for a while but they had chemistry that was explosive together. Their HEA was just a matter of time in the making and perfect for them.

In the audio version of this short story, Lance Greenfield and Ava Ericksoni did a great job narrating and bringing this story to life while making it an enjoyable listening experience.

I enjoyed catching up with the Trusty Braden's and seeing what was happening with them now. I enjoyed this book from the first page and would recommend it to others.

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  • Virginia
  • 26-10-21


Melissa writes another breath taking story about a cowboy and a hairdresser.
Cal Hayden was a master horse trainer and he was one in a million. At the festival where he was going to ride a horse, women hit on him all day. He kept looking for Rachel Gray to come. Rachel's insides turned upside down very time she saw Cal. When Cal finally spotted her talking to another man, he wasn't going to have that, so he went immediately to get to her. They made candles at the fair and that is not all they made.
Lance Greenfield and Ava Erickson does a super job narrating it. They put all the emotions in motion.