Tuesday, May 24, 2016

review || TOUCHED BY LOVE { blog tour } by Melissa Foster

World Literary Press | May 18, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
The Remingtons, book 6


Fiercely independent Janie Jansen has always believed there were worse things in life than being blind, and she’s spent her life proving it. She’s moved away from her overprotective parents, built a life in New York City, and is one of the top technical editors in her company. That is, until an unfortunate accident turns her life upside down and she’s forced to give up the very independence she’s worked so hard to achieve.

Firefighter Boyd Hudson pushed past his tragic past and is weeks away from accomplishing his ultimate dream—being accepted into medical school. His intense focus on his goal while working three jobs has taken its toll. With a trail of failed relationships behind him, Boyd is painstakingly aware of his limitations and avoids girlfriends completely—a difficult task given his attraction to one of his co-workers.

When Boyd comes to Janie’s rescue, she’s forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there’s more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn’t the only one who needs healing. Boyd’s painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.

{ about author } .

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

{ review } .

This was yet another cute, solid read from Melissa Foster.

In a twist from her norm, Ms. Foster brings us a heroine with a slight disadvantage -- she's blind. For the most part, I felt that she did Janie justice, but there were many times in which I forgot she was blind. Some of the descriptions were written in a way that she could truly see what was going on. But beyond that...

Janie has learned to adapt in the best ways. She has her closest friend, who she entrusts with her hair; she has her systems to get to and from work and other places; she has her heart on heavy guarded lock. Her opinion of Boyd, initially, is that he's a slacker, as he only comes in to the place she works a few times a month. However in one day, she learns he is so much more.

Boyd was a strong character. I pictured him in my head as a bit younger than Ms. Foster's other males, but he was just as strong, just as driven, as the others. He works for the fire department, is working absurdly hard to get into medical school, and loves to have an excuse to see Janie. After lying and saying he had a date to attend, he walks her to the subway (because she refuses to take a cab for many legitimate reasons) and leaves her there -- only to end up being her knight in shining armor shortly later.

This story was certainly well crafted. The emotions between these two were gradual and real; I loved when Boyd knew and accepted Janie needed to touch him to feel his response to items -- whether it was a smile, a frown... Janie's chip on her shoulder, though, was the ever looming ghost in the corner. She wants to be independent and she wants to be an equal in a relationship; will her fears and independent streak have her seeing things that aren't really there?

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  1. Thank you for hosting and reviewing TOUCHED BY LOVE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Janie touching his face to "see" his emotion is something I love too. I'm so happy you enjoyed Touched by Love. Thank you for reading and reviewing!! XOXO