Crushing on Love - Melissa Foster

Crushing on Love

By Melissa Foster

  • Release Date: 2016-09-19
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 66 Ratings)


HEARTS COLLIDE when a feisty city girl crashes into Steve "Grizz" Johnson's rural mountain retreat. The Bradens are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak 

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner 
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely   

Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs. 

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance. 

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too? 
WANT MORE BRADENS? All Braden books can be read as stand-alone novels or as part of the series: 

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD) 
Healed by Love (Nate) 
Surrender My Love (Cole) 
River of Love (Sam) 
Crushing on Love (Shannon) 
Whisper of Love (Tempest) 
Thrill of Love (Ty) 
The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Read the complete Love in Bloom series: 

Sisters in Love 
Sisters in Bloom 
Sisters in White 

Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max) 
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade) 
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley) 
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy) 
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack) 
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree) 

Taken by Love (Luke) 
Fated for Love (Wes) 
Romancing My Love (Pierce) 
Flirting with Love (Ross) 
Dreaming of Love (Emily) 
Crashing into Love (Jake) 

Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella) 
**Best if read after Weston & Trusty Bradens** 

Game of Love (Dex) 
Stroke of Love (Sage) 
Flames of Love (Siena) 
Slope of Love (Rush) 
Read, Write, Love (Kurt) 

Seaside Dreams (Bella) 
Seaside Hearts (Jenna) 
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie) 
Seaside Secrets (Amy) 
Seaside Nights (Sky) 
Seaside Embrace (Hunter) 
Seaside Lovers (Grayson) 
Seaside Whispers (Matt) 

", 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 

"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning, avid reader 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance 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.


  • Loved it more in audio!

    By Torinolvr
    Loved it.. Yes! I don't know if a sexier mountain man exists then Steve or as Shannon calls him, Grizz! Shannon, Butterfly to Steve, is a researcher who takes a position researching wolves in Colorado near her uncle and Steve, the mountain man that she wants to be more. Steve is a man that not only lives on the mountain, it is who he is but is he willing to change for the city girl that may have stolen his heart? Shannon and Steve navigate their different lives and find one that might just involve each other. Steve is the ultimate mountain man - he saves wild Hawks, creates detailed maps for Shannon and learns a little about the art of romance and compromise for his Shannon. Shannon is a people person with a love of Pop Tarts and pink boot laces. Together they don't appear to work but they find out how love crushes all of those obstacles and lands a mountain man chilling on the beaches of Maryland and Butterfly living on a mountain in Colorado. You won't be disappointed.
  • Five Big Mountain Man Stars!

    By Amanda0314
    Melissa Foster... seriously?! You cannot write a bad book! Steve and Shannon are two of my newest favorites in all of her books thus far. Their relationship starts out complicated. With the pressure of distance and the knowledge that Shannon will be moving back to Peaceful Harbor once her research is complete. Steve has been attracted to her from the beginning, but knows that getting involved with her is risky- risky to both of their hearts. Once they both give in, it is hot hot hot! This book was scorching and had me hooked from the start. Shannon was extremely relatable and I loved connecting with her on a more personal level while reading. Love visiting Weston! Cannot wait to read the next in the series. Melissa is fantastic! I also had the opportunity to listen to the audio book and I LOVED it! It is always so fun to get another side of the book you loved so much. The narrator, as always was awesome!
  • You will cry in the best way!

    By Momof2cuteboysKatie
    I loved this story so much!!! The audio verision is amazing!!!! I was transpoerted into the story and I couldn't be happier! Enjoy!!!!
  • heart and humor as well as steam

    By jensreadingo
    Steve and Shannon are the perfect match and I loved seeing them fall in love! Their pet names are too cute and fit their personalities perfectly. There is a lot of heart and humor as well as steam. As a matter of fact, I think this may be the hottest of the Love in Bloom series. Steve is one of the most sensitive and sweet heroes while still being hot and sexy. Can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
  • Shannon and Steve

    By Diva Princess1
    Ok, I know we say the Braden men are hot, but Steve was HOT! He was masculine, sexy, outdoorsy and last but not least, had a way with words. He had swooning......😜. Shannon wad absolutely adorable and moving and talking about a hundred miles a minute, lol😂. Together they were everything. I loved this story, it was surprisingly funny. As usual, the Braden's were stand up people. Yay....👍
  • Beautiful! Crushing on Love

    By Bruin Reviewer
    Loved this series but I think this is my favorite! The peaceful life of Steve, a ranger in the Colorado Mountains, is instantly interrupted by Shannon. A recent encounter at a wedding, had both people had lingering memories of each other. Shannon is there temporarily and their simmering heat is combustible with each look. Steve's attempt to keep his distance soon can not stop the unstoppable connection. Their nicknames, add to the steamy story. When Shannon's assignment ends, she has to decide where "home" really is. This is not a book that you can stop reading or put down. Once again, Melissa Foster has a 5 star book!
  • Amazing characters!!!

    By Cheryl SDS
    Steve is TOTALLY AMAZING! Sexy, gorgeous, built like a Mack truck and cares deeply about conservation. Shannon is quirky, smart and is crazy about Steve. Their relationship is enviable and seems like they've been together forever. Reading their story had me happy, sad, holding my breath and feeling the crazy love between them. He's so sincere with a dark sexy side that is delicious! These two take intimacy to a whole new level. Great writing Melissa Foster! I don't know how she keeps coming up with these amazing characters but keep it up because I'm a very satisfied reader. I also love how these series are connected. Received a copy via RickStarLit in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
  • Melissa foster 9/21/16 Steve and Shannon are hot, hot, hot.

    By Grinandstampit
    When you read Melissa Foster's latest Braden novel you will fall in love with them too. This book is just too good to put down. The love scenes are steamy and this is truly a romance. Who would have believed Steve Johnson (Jade's brother), proclaimed mountain man who didn't need people could be so romantic. This story is a must read.
  • Terrific opposites attract love story!

    By Mom's Cooking The Books
    Wow! This was a fun read! This was the first book I have read by this author and I want to go back and read her prior books. This is a stand-alone novel, but can be read as part of a larger series. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything when I hadn’t read the previous books, but it sure makes me curious to find out how the sparks ignited between Shannon and Steve in the previous books. Shannon is a vivacious city girl that loves technology and is a people person, and Steve is a mountain man more in tune with nature and really feels technology is more of a hindrance than a help. They met in previous books and most recently at Steve’s sister and Shannon’s cousins wedding and there was a very strong attraction. Under the encouragement of Shannon’s sister, she takes a temporary research position studying fox habitats and is able to return to Colorado to see if she can pursue this attraction she has for Steve. She can feel the pull and knows he feels it too, but he is resistant to her charms. “Every minute with Shannon was a battle of self-control, and he was hanging on by a thread. If he kissed her, touched her, let himself do the things he wanted to with her, his feelings would only magnify. He knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there would be nothing left to hold on to. Nothing to keep his head on straight. Nothing to protect his heart—or hers.” Steve doesn’t do casual relationships and he knows Shannon is only there temporarily so he tries to resist, but he can’t deny his growing desire for her. Once he finally gives in, wow the chemistry is off the charts and they both fall hard. This is a sweet and very sexy read and I am not going to give away anymore on their journey, but it was a good one. They work together to try to save the town of Weston from developers and they learn more about themselves and each other along the way. You won’t regret reading this opposites attract love story.
  • Crushing on Love

    By Xtymom
    Mountain man, Steve Johnson's kisses should come with a forest fire warning from Smokey the Bear. Steve is so passionate about everything he does. His work and preserving the land are so important to him. Shannon is back for Steve and to try and figure out if the life she has is really what she wants. Sparks were starting to fly at Rex and Jade's wedding. And when Shannon, on another research trip, flies back into Steve's life knocking down his walls he finds he can't resist her any more. He tries to keep his distance, but their attraction is too strong. He's attached to the mountain and she's a beach town city girl. Shannon leaves in a few weeks and therefore they have an expiration date, or do they? There are so many parts of this book that are amazing, loving and hot. I want to tell you all about them, but I can't. I can tell you this, Steve and Shannon will leave you breathless. You're going to have to buy the book to see what I mean. This is by far one of my favorite books.