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Sea of Love

Love in Bloom, Book 7
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: The Bradens, Book 4, Love in Bloom, Book 7
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Lacy Snow wasn't looking for love when she met strikingly handsome and seductive Dane Braden. But how could she ignore the six-foot-three, darkly handsome god who tagged and researched sharks for a living - and made every nerve in her body tangle into an overly sensitive knot? Even her fear of sharks could not suppress their intense attraction.

As founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden travels from port to port, educating and advocating on behalf of the mammals he adores - and spends his nights finding solace in the arms of strangers. The last thing Dane was looking for when he met Lacy Snow was a relationship, and the last thing he expected was to fall in love.

Fifteen months - and hundreds of flirty emails, steamy phone calls, and sensual video chats - later, they reunite and take passion to a whole new level. But as Lacy's phobia meets Dane's past love life, their steamy romance is upended, and when tragedy strikes, Dane and Lacy are forced to face their deepest fears head-on as they try to navigate their own sea of love.

©2014 Melissa Foster (P)2015 Melissa Foster

Critic reviews

"...love, 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 Moms, UK)
"Contemporary romance at its hottest. Each Braden sibling left me craving the next. Sensual, sexy, and satisfying, the Braden series is a captivating blend of the dance between lust, love, and life." (Best-selling author Keri Nola)

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Sea of Love

The Story:
Shark tagger an owner of the BRAVE foundation Dane Braden and Lacey Snow have been calling and texting each other for the better part of a year but never really meeting due to Dane always being at sea. Finally at Max & Treat's wedding they meet, and the sparks are electrifying from across the room.

They make the perfect couple, but Lacy is scared of the one thing that Dane works with - Sharks! Following a shark attack that happened to her when she was seven years old Lacy has been afraid of them ever since and feels that is a huge reason not to date Dane. Dane does everything he can to show her that he loves her no matter what, but being that tagging sharks is his living how can he help Lacy overcome her fear of them? With the help of Danica, Dean comes up with a way to help her face her fears head on.

Can Dane and Lacy make it work or will her fear ruin her chance at love? Well this is an Cole/Foster book so if you are long time reader you will be sure of the answer already! If not then definitely read it!

The Narration:
Once again B.J. Harrison has done a great job of bring Melissa's book to life with this production,

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Not all sharks are bad.

What did you like most about Sea of Love?
This was a coming of the Snow sisters with the Braden Family. It was good to catch up with Danica and Kaylie.

Who was your favorite character and why?
So many to choose from, Dane because he loves his job and so wants to share that with Lacy. Kaylie for her sense of humour, Danica for her love of her sister and Lacy for overcoming her fears to be with Dane.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favourite?
He did a good job with all the characters. When he is in female mode you forget he is male. I have re read the book and have just finished listening to it again, still as good a the first time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Lacy has her light bulb moment that accidents can happen everyday.

Any additional comments?
Love listening to BJ Harrison

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  • Gaele
  • 19-10-17

Braden men are solidly good guys –

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Stars: Overall: 4 Narration 4 Story: 4

Lacy and Dane first met 15 months ago at her sister’s wedding: but distance and careers kept them apart. They’ve managed to keep in touch via telephone, Skype and email: but each loves the job they have, and neither is particularly ready for a full-on relationship. Lacy is working in her dream job: marketing and promotion, and she’s completely comfortable doing just that. Sure, she’s attracted to Dane, and she does dream of him, not to mention being totally turned on, but his job (and his commitment to it) scare her to death. Dane makes his living tagging sharks and educating people about them. He’s obsessed with sharks and probably has more than a mild streak of adrenaline junkie. He doesn’t know of Lacy’s bone-deep fear of sharks, or her concerns about a relationship with a man who not only won’t put her first as he works all the time, but works around such danger.

These two are cute together – and Lacy’s certainly got plenty to decide on: is it worth her effort to get attached to a man who works with the thing that scares her most – especially when he’s ALWAYS working? And what about that – is he running away from potential commitments, finding it easier to hide out with the man eaters? Oh Dane does appear to truly enjoy Lacy, and he cares for her – but he’s got a streak of spoilt and isn’t willing to discuss compromise. But neither can forget the electric connection, the steam that rises between them in every interaction – and what steam it is. With plenty of moments from other characters, including plenty of sisterly advice, the two do manage to both open up and be honest, and just maybe Lacy can overcome some of her fear, just as Dane is willing to open up to the possibility of being hurt by love.

Narration for this story is provided by B.J. Harrison, and while his performance was adept and acceptable, my ears and heart yearn for some dual narrative performances for this series, adding that palpable touch of feminine energy that Lacy so required and deserved. His performance of Dane and the other males in the cast felt natural, but there was a clear element missing with the women: it wasn’t for a lack of tone / pitch /delivery changes but a sense of energy that was less male, more feminine and softer, more an iron fist in velvet glove feel than I got here.

Each of these stories works alone, and while previous characters appear and influence the story, the listener is provided with enough information to understand the relationship in the moment, and becomes a treat for listeners familiar with their stories as they are allowed a moment to continue their own stories. The Braden men are solidly good guys – even when they misstep, and are sure to be favorites of many.

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

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  • charlligirl
  • 25-05-20

Chock full of surprises

I love the Bradens. I love their family dynamics and the sage advice of their father. This book starts at Treat and Max's wedding with Dane and Lacy doing the deed. Both just acted on lust and not on ramifications/consequences.

Neither has any clue what is about to happen ...

Fears, anxiety and panic take over. Will Lacy be able to overcome her issues? Will Dane be able to overcome his issues. Will they be there for each other and help the other through?

This story surprised me a little. I always pictured Dane as a playboy, but that is not how he was portrayed in this story. His job is dangerous, but he treats it like another day in the office. I don't think he respects the danger involved in his work. Lacy seemed like a quiet, shy girl, but when she's around Dane, she becomes a vixen. Just surprises all around.

This is another BJ Harrison narrated book and as always he portrays the characters well.

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  • ajmeyer
  • 10-05-20

Love Dane and Lacy's Story!

Dane and Lacy met at her sisters’ double wedding. They have built a long-distance friendship for the past 15 months. Lacy is working extra hard to get a promotion at her job and Dane’s travels for the Brave Foundation, which tags and research sharks, keeps them from seeing each other. They are excited and a little nervous to see each other at Treat and Max’s wedding and decide to spend the weekend together. As their relationship strengthens, Lacy’s fear of sharks due to a childhood accident, is too much for her to overcome. Dane is determined to educate Lacy about all things sharks and she is determined to help him with his issues that stem from his mother’s death so long ago.

Another great story by Melissa Foster. Narration by BJ Harrison was just as great!

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  • Xiaguan
  • 25-02-20

Finding love later in life is worth the wait

Lacy is waiting for her happily ever after.

Dane is busy sailing the 7 seas.

Together they have to overcome a lot of obstacles.

The story is true Melissa Foster. Very down to earth yet full of fantasy. Keeping the reader totally engaged.

I am finally getting used to the narrator (BJ Harrison) of this series. The first few times I wasn’t a the fan of his voice BUT I loved the story so I plugged along. I am not sure if it is because he doesn’t have to do so many regional voices or what but this time I enjoyed listening to him.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 30-01-20

Finally Lacy and Dane

We met Lacy and Dane both in the last Snow sisters book (Sisters in White). We hear the ribbing of Dane from his sibling throughout some of the other Braden books, but now we get Dane and Lacy finally. These two went through a lot to get to there little piece of happiness. We get to see some of the good characters/couples from previous books in the Love In Bloom series. The Snow sisters and husbands and the Bradens with their significant others. This was delightful with that something extra. There was a feel of more intensity.

As I have said before B. J. Harrison is a good narrator but I would like to have more.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 14-12-19

Great Read

Sea of Love: Love in Bloom, Book Seven was a great read by Melissa Foster. Lacy met Dane Braden at a time when she wasn't looking for love. Dane is the founder of the Brave Foundation, which travels from port to port to educate and advocate for animals. Dane also wasn't looking for love or a relationship. They spent fifteen months getting to know eachother through emails, phone calls and video chats. They are both facing their fears head on but they don't know how it will turn out together. I loved reading Lacy and Dane's story and can't wait to read more by Melissa Foster. I loved listening to B.J. Harrison's narration of the characters.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 13-05-19

Great story in the Series

This is the fourth book in The Bradens Series. This Series is also part of the Love in Bloom Series. Lacy and Dane's story is beautiful. They share a strong chemistry. This story is about fears. Dane is a protector of sharks, and Lacy is afraid of them. How to conciliate that? This is another great story in the Series. BJ Harrison did a great narration. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Denise M
  • 27-03-19

Rough Seas for Dane & Lacy

Sea of Love: Love in Bloom, Book 7 by Melissa Foster Narrated by B.J. Harrison

Sea of Love brings us the love story of shark researcher and founder of the Brave Foundation, Dane Braden and Lacy Snow, Danica and Kaylie’s younger half-sister.

Dane travels all over the world educating and protecting sharks. Happy in his life and not looking for a relationship or love, he meets and is immediately smitten with Lacy Snow when they meet at Danica’s and Kaylie;s destination wedding.

Lacy too feels the pull of attraction and heat between them and so begins a fifteen month “relationship” of sort. Dane and Lacy learn about each other through texts, emails, FaceTime and phone calls. Playful, often naughty, flirty and sensual, but never syncing their schedules to meet again until they both attend Max and Treat’s wedding.

Both wondering why they didn’t make the time before now, they embark on a passionate journey all their own, until the past and Lacy’s real fear of sharks and what caused it threaten their new found romance.

The ups and downs forces them to face their differences, their pasts and whether or not they can have a real future together as they navigate their own sea of love.


BJ Harrison has become a favorite narrator for me. His voice is hypnotic and brings life to Melissa’s characters, differentiating between them seamlessly.

Another 5 star listen!

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  • MIssy DeHaven
  • 15-05-18

I am ready to set sail!

Another amazing book by Melissa Foster. This is the story of Dane Braden, founder of the Brave Foundation, a shark Conservatory, and Lacey Snow, one of the Snow Sisters from the original books that started the whole wonderful world of Love at Bloom.

Dane and Lacey have spent the last 15 months and burning up the phone lines, Skype and email since Lacey's sisters double wedding. Another wedding had brought Dane and Lacey back together so they could start down their path to forever love. But the road to forever love is never smooth, and they must face their own trials and tribulations along the way.

This book is a prime example of how Melissa Foster's mind has a phenomenal way of weaving together a world that is so lifelike and real that you feel like you could meet these people on the street.

Listening to Melissa's words brings a different and exciting feel to the story. My only suggestion is to be careful where you read "listen" because some of the scenes are a little steamy. Enjoy.

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  • Virginia
  • 12-05-18

Friends with Benefits

Melissa will make all of the Braden's special to you, as they are to me. B. J. Harrison's narration is nothing short of marvelous!
Lacy Snow met Dane Braden at her self-sisters wedding in Nassau some fifteen months ago. Dane was traveling the world over in and out of the water trying to save sharks. There had been an attraction between them and they had been in contact with each other ever since. When Dane's brother Treat and Max got married, they met again. Lacy was an account executive for World Geographic and she worked long hours. Lacy was afraid of sharks because she had been traumatized by on when she was young. She had a scar on her leg to prove it. Can love overcome this fear? Exciting story!