Blog Tour Review: Claimed by Love

Posted 23rd March 2016 by Emma in Blog Tours, Reviews / 2 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Claimed by Love

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: Claimed by LoveClaimed by Love by Melissa Foster
Also by this author: Sisters in Love, Lovers At Heart, Destined For Love, Friendship on Fire
Series: The Ryders #2
Also in this series: Seized by Love, Chased by Love, Rescued by Love, Swept Into Love
Published by World Literary Press on 23rd March 2016
Genres: Chicklit, Erotica, Humour, Love & Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: for a Blog Tour
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Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor…until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke’s powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who’s used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

Thank you to Lisa for letting me take part in this tour. This is the second book in the Ryders series and I have to say it did not disappoint.

Before we get on to the characters I have to say that I adored the island of Elpitha. I am half Greek myself and I love visiting Greek islands and seeing the culture there. I could imagine the scenes at the taverna very clearly. I have some friends in a village in Corfu that are exactly the same, whenever I visit they sit me down and ply me with food and alcohol and tell me stories. I love it so I can see why Gabriella was so fiercely protective of the island.

Gabriella’s plan is to bore and irritate Duke so much on the island that he won’t think it’s worth the investment. Duke however loves the culture and meeting the residents. I think he starts to fall in love with the island himself as well as falling for Gabriella.

Gabriella has been jaded by her job. As a high flying family law attorney she’s seen how relationships can turn nasty and irreparable. This has made her cautious with her heart. She does all she can to resist Duke but sometimes love has other ideas.

Duke is usually so focused when he’s on a job. He knows it can get messy to have a relationship with someone who is involved in 0ne of his deals but he just can’t stay away from Gabriella. He’s feelings are all consuming, he’s never felt like this before and he knows that nothing in the world would keep him from Gabriella.

I adored this story and I can’t wait to read more of the Ryder family books.


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About Melissa Foster

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, and 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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2 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Claimed by Love

  1. That’s great you were able to relate to the characters and location! It’s great when that happens and I’m so glad you visualized it so easily! Thank you for your wonderful review. I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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