Review – Friendship on Fire by Melissa Foster

Posted February 24, 2021 by Carole in Audiobook, Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Friendship on Fire by Melissa Foster
Narrated by B.J. Harrison
Series: The Bradens #3; Love in Bloom #6
Publisher: Melissa Foster
Publication Date: February 2, 2015
Date Read: February 22, 2021
Length:  10 hours 45 minutes
Source: Author/Publisher

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.

My Review
This was another great romance from Melissa Foster!  This is the third book in the Braden series and the sixth book in the bigger Love in Bloom series.  This story would work well as a stand-alone but a lot of the characters from previous books play a role in this story so it would be ideal to read the series in order if at all possible.  I started listening to this book while doing a few chores around the house and before I knew it several hours had passed. I found this story to be very entertaining.  
Riley goes to New York to start working as a design assistant for Josh Braden.  Riley is put under the guidance of Claudia, who is rather difficult to work with and happens to have a big crush on the boss.  Riley and Josh both grew up in the same town and have had their eye on each other since they were kids.  They are still attracted to each other and eventually act on those feelings.  They decide to keep their relationship under wraps since they are not sure how the employees at the design firm will take the news.  Before they know it, their feelings for each other will be tested in ways they never could have expected.
I liked Riley and Josh together.  I thought that their personalities fit together really well and they had fantastic chemistry together.  When their relationship is challenged, they prove that they are willing to fight for each other and are willing to trust each other completely.  When they make mistakes, they are willing to apologize and do what needs to be done in order to move on.  I really felt like their relationship felt authentic.
B.J. Harrison did a great job with the narration.  He has narrated almost all of the books in the Love in Bloom series and I do enjoy his narration. He does a great job with the character voices and I think that he is able to add a lot of emotion into his reading.  His voice is very pleasant, and I believe that his narration added to my enjoyment of this book.
I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romances.  I had a great time watching Riley and Josh fall for each other and look forward to continuing with the series very soon.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist.

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction 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, the perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and women’s fiction lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

7 responses to “Review – Friendship on Fire by Melissa Foster

  1. Now that I think about it, I still have to try her books . . . Oops! Still, I'm glad to know that you really enjoyed this book, and you know I like contemporary romances, so this one piqued my curiosity 🙂