Review of Friendship on Fire

About the 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. 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 annual 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 The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.



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About the book

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 is the third book in the ‘Braden’ series and I thought I might be at a disadvantage, not having read the other two. However, it can be read as a standalone and Melissa Foster gives us glimpses into the lives of the other brothers, which now means I want to read the full set.  This book forms part of a nine book series in which the author has created a family of heroes to swoon over and in this book, Josh Braden is no exception. Riley Banks has had a crush on Josh since high school and when she’s invited to work for him in Manhatten, we see the world of a top designer through her eyes. Be warned, this book is steamy – there are some explicit sex scenes leaving nothing to the imagination. You will need to cool down afterwards!

I enjoyed the way the relationship between Josh and Riley develops. As you might expect there is always a barrier to love. In this book, Riley’s mentor who is nicknamed Cruella, accuses her of stealing a design for a wedding dress. Whilst the plot may not be totally original- I seem to have read books in a similar vein before, the writing and the characters lift the book onto another level. The way that Riley struggles with city life at first after coming from the provinces is especially endearing and the reader wants nothing more than for her to be locked into Josh’s strong arms for safekeeping. With Cruella determined to ruin Riley’s chances though, you’ll have to read the book yourself to see if love wins out.


Best for ……

Those who like their romances hot and steamy


My rating



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Melissa Foster | Reply 27.01.2014 17.39

Thank you for your awesome review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Josh and Riley's story. XOXO

julie ryan 27.01.2014 17.42

think I'm in love with Josh, Melissa

Shaz Goodwin | Reply 24.01.2014 18.02

Love your review Julie! Hope you enjoy the series as much as Friendship on Fire :)

Thank you for taking part in Melissa's tour.

julie ryan 24.01.2014 22.10

It's a pleasure Shaz

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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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