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Melissa Brayden

Author of Kiss the Girl

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Works by Melissa Brayden

Kiss the Girl (2014) 81 copies
Waiting in the Wings (2011) 75 copies
First Position (2016) 61 copies
How Sweet It Is (2013) 55 copies
Strawberry Summer (2017) 52 copies
Heart Block (2012) 50 copies
Just Three Words (2015) 49 copies
Eyes Like Those (2017) 39 copies
Back to September (2019) 37 copies
Ready or Not (2015) 35 copies
Beautiful Dreamer (2019) 33 copies
Love Like This (2018) 26 copies
Sparks Like Ours (2018) 23 copies
Hearts Like Hers (2018) 23 copies
To the Moon and Back (2020) 20 copies
Entangled (2020) 15 copies
Two to Tangle (2020) 13 copies
The Last Lavender Sister (2022) 13 copies
Sweet Hearts (2015) 10 copies
Marry Me (2021) 10 copies
Lucky in Lace (2023) 10 copies
Firework (2016) 9 copies
What a Tangled Web (2021) 9 copies
Exclusive (2022) 9 copies
The Forever Factor (2022) 5 copies
Marigold (2023) 4 copies
You Had Me at Merlot (2024) 2 copies


Common Knowledge

20th Century
Places of residence
San Antonio, Texas, USA



"No relationship is perfect, but if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime romance, you tinker. You work at it.”

All the feels in this one. My first read from Melissa Brayden and I'm mildly exasperated with myself for taking so long to get here.

Hannah owns a bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island. She is happy with her life, though a little concerned that business has been slow. From the first page, I loved Hannah's store, "A Likely Story." Its vibe is reminiscent of the store in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, one of my favourite fictional settings.

Hannah applies for her store to host a book tour by Parker Bristow. Parker is a romance author and media darling, and having her appear in the store could be a great boost for the business.

Hannah and Parker "click" immediately. They stumble into friendship and, from there to a one-night stand, then through much angst and heartbreak as they work out how to be a couple.

The story is told solely from Hannah's point of view, my preferred format and one I don't often come across in contemporary romance. There are a couple of steamy, intimate scenes, but they're not the focus here, and the joy in this book for me was spending time in Hannah's world.
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anxovert | 1 other review | Mar 20, 2024 |
Story: 8 / 10
Characters: 7
Setting: 7.5
Prose: 5
MXMLLN | 8 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
A very fine standard romance. I never connected with or liked Isabel a whole lot but I loved me some Taylor. There were no surprises and plenty of foreshadowing for at least one, possibly two, future books in the series. Best thing was that the group of friends all sounded like different people. I was very happy about that.

It's very much a standard Brayden romance. If you enjoyed the Soho Loft series, I think you'll love this one.

Thanks to BSB and NetGalley for the book.
amcheri | 2 other reviews | Jan 5, 2023 |
I'd go 4.5 on this one but rounding up because I couldn't stop smiling at the end.

I've been hit and miss with Ms. Brayden's books but have figured out that I'm a sucker for her stand-alones but not so much of a fan of the ensemble series books. I've always had a tough time with reading any series so it's not a big shock for me.

Beautiful Dreamer was perfect for me in many ways: lots of humor, great chemistry, family issues that aren't completely resolved (because that's how family works), and a happy ending that didn't just happen but took some time. I also seem to be a fan of the "woman returns to small town home after being away for many years, only to discover love and happiness in the place she ran from" trope. While reading Beautiful Dreamer, I had a burning desire to reread [b:Behind the Pine Curtain|645675|Behind the Pine Curtain|Gerri Hill|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1370190649l/645675._SY75_.jpg|631834] and caught myself thinking of other favorites that have the same premise. Didn't [b:Strawberry Summer|31213312|Strawberry Summer|Melissa Brayden|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1470695133l/31213312._SY75_.jpg|51867866] have the "woman returns" thing happening too? Just checked and it did. I loved that book. Yep, it's official. I'm a second chance/come-on-home romance sort of woman.

Now I'll patiently wait for the next stand-alone from one of the best sweet romance writers around.

Thanks to NetGalley and BSB for the ARC!
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amcheri | 5 other reviews | Jan 5, 2023 |



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