Sweet, Sexy Heart

Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster Book Summary

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the fiercely loyal and sassily sexy characters in the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels or as part of the larger series.

For this sweet bookstore owner, avoiding the charms of a famed-football-player-turned-author was supposed to be easy... Funny, sinfully sexy, opposite-attracts romance.

Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life, running her bookstore, taking long walks with Reno, her Labrador retriever seizure-response dog, and spending time with her close-knit family. She’s never needed thrills the way some of her sisters have. In an effort to control her epilepsy, she tries to avoid anything that creates too much excitement or stress—including relationships. When Amber hosts a book signing for famed-athlete-turned-author Dash Pennington, he’s everything she’s spent her life avoiding: loud, aggressive, and far too handsome, as proven by the hordes of women who surround him everywhere he goes. Amber can’t ignore the sparks flying between her and Dash, but this is a no-brainer for her: Ignore their chemistry and hold her breath until he leaves town.

Dash Pennington has spent his life running. Running the ball in for a touchdown, running from town to town to appease his public relations reps, and for years, running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his family, and lately, his sanity. But he’s ready to make a change. When he comes to the sleepy little town of Oak Falls, Virginia, and witnesses the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen living the life he craves, she refuses to have anything to do with him. But now that Dash has found the one thing he doesn’t want to run from, he’ll stop at nothing to win her over.


Within the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection, characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

Snow Sisters
The Bradens at Weston
The Bradens at Trusty
The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor
The Bradens & The Montgomerys
The Remingtons
The Ryders
Seaside Summers
Bayside Summers
Steeles at Silver Harbor
Wild Billionaires After Dark
Bad Billionaires After Dark
Harborside Nights
Tru Blue and The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor
The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside


"When it comes to contemporary romances with realistic characters, an emotional love story and smokin' hot sex, author Melissa Foster always delivers!" The Romance Reviews

"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!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely

"I highly recommend this book to fans of Nora Roberts (one of my personal faves) and fans of a sweet story filled with heat and heart." - Tia Bach, author

"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated for Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing (on Fated for Love)

"I highly recommend the Snow Sisters all the Braden and Remington books....I am sure there are going to be other family's that intertwine and that is what I love most about these books. They remind me of the McCarthy of Gansett series and The Green Mountain series. I am a huge fan of Marie Force. And now Melissa Foster has joined her ranks...." - I Love NY, Reviewer

Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster Book Reviews

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- Dash!5 star

I’ve read every book Melissa has released and Dash is my favorite. He makes me swoon and want to be so girly and feminine and wear ruffle socks just so he could look at me and make me blush. ❤️

- Dashing4 star

Dash a retired football player, book author and motivational speaker goes to a small town to take some time off a d visit a friend. They decided to go to the barn party and his eyes land one Amber. Amber is a book store owner and the place where he is having g his first book signing in a few weeks. But he ca t help it he pursues her. Amber has epilepsy and has a trained dog with her at all times. She doesn’t think he right for her so she continues to turn him down, but he is no quitter he continues til he wins her over. Dash turns out to be this awesome guy that loves her through her insecurities.

- Great Small Town Romance5 star

I absolutely loved Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster, it is an incredible love at first sight love story. It is the ninth book in her The Bradens and Montgomerys: Pleasant Hills – Oak Falls series. Sweet, Sexy Heart is the first book that I have read by Melissa Foster and am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. I was pleased that each book is a standalone and that I did not have to have read the other books in her series to enjoy Sweet Sexy Heart. Melissa Foster showed that she is an amazing storyteller. I could not put Sweet, Sexy Heart down and I loved every page. Who doesn't love hot sexy men, strong females, loving families and friends, who always support one another? I really enjoy how the book is told from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting the insight and feelings from the different characters. Sweet, Sexy Heart is a love at first sight love story and is filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming moments. I love the lighter moments where I find myself smiling and laughing out loud. My favorite moments are the ones that pull at my heartstrings that cause me to sigh, as I read the heartbreaking moments. Sweet, Sexy Heart is filled with such moments, and with so much emotion. It is filled with all those things that we have come to love and expect in a love story, Melissa Foster did not disappoint, especially with the poignant and bittersweet moments that filled this page turner. Sweet, Sexy Heart is the story of Dash Pennington, retired professional football player, current motivational speaker and author of a new book, Capturing the Fire Within and Amber Montgomery, owner of Story Time bookstore, who was hosting the first stop of his book signing tour. Amber suffers from epilepsy and has a service dog, Reno. Amber and Dash meet when Dash arrives early in Oak Harbor for some rest and relaxation and his friend Sinclair “Sin” Vernon takes him to a jam session to meet Amber. He is taken by her before he even is introduced. After the introduction Amber disappears and heads home. Dash heads to Story Time and ends up assisting Amber in mailing out books for one of her online book clubs. Dash buys the book so that her can read himself to see what type of books Amber reads. I love that a photo of him reading the book on an airplane goes viral. Conversation between Amber and Dash flows so easily, I love that both Amber and Dash share secrets with one another that they have not shared with anyone before, especially the secrets that Dash shares about his family and Amber’s about her epilepsy. As Amber and Dash spend time together, things change between them and they both admit their true feelings for one another. I love what occurs following Amber and Dash’s first kiss, it is truly priceless. I love that Dash starts exercising with the women of Oak Harbor, and his plans for the future. My favorite part was how Dash fulfilled Amber’s teenage dreams, since teenage boys did not want to date her because of her epilepsy. I also loved what Amber and Dash did to the park for Hellie on her anniversary. It was so heartwarming. I enjoyed all the song choices that were interspersed throughout the story. I loved that Sweet, Sexy Heart is a more than just a romance, there are dilemmas that both Amber and Dash are facing that need to be resolved. I love how the storylines get so beautifully resolved. I love Dash’s proposal and the ending of the love story, how both Amber and Dash change because of their love for one another and how Dash makes Amber’s dreams come true. Sweet, Sexy Heart is filled with poignant and bittersweet moments as well as plot twists. I love the characters and the family dynamic in Sweet, Sexy Heart the characters feel like family and friends. I enjoyed all the interactions between the Montgomery siblings and Dash’s interactions with his siblings, it feels like real family love and makes me laugh at their teasing. I loved all the characters in Sweet, Sexy Heart and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Who doesn’t love family and friends that always have each other’s backs? I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet, Sexy Heart, who doesn’t love a love at first sight love story. Highly recommend this incredible love story and am so looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

- Dash & Amber❤️5 star

I think I may have found a new book husband!! OMG!! Melissa Foster has really out done her self with this book!!! I’m sooooo in love with Dash he’s, Sweet, Sexy, and Charming. Can’t wait until the next book!?

- Dash will steal your heart!4 star

Rewrite the stars! I loved Dash and Amber! Dash is starting his book tour in a small town, where he meets Amber. They are opposites—he is an outgoing, larger than life retired football player and motivational speaker. She is a shy bookstore owner who has epilepsy. Can Dash coax her out of her sheltered life and can Amber get him to take a relaxing stroll with her under the stars? Definitely a romantic read!

- Living Your Dreams5 star

Amber Montgomery has always dreamed of owning her own bookstore. She never wanted to leave her hometown of Oak Falls, but decides to take her sisters advice and attend college out of town. While it was out of her comfort zone, she appreciated the experience. Amber spends her time with her family, friends, and working in her beloved bookstore. Amber once dreamed of her HEA, but being diagnosed as a teen with epilepsy changed all that. After all, who’d want to willingly commit themselves to a woman with a chronic, unpredictable illness. Dash Pennington spent his childhood being the “man of the family”. Dash would do ANYTHING for his mom, sisters and brothers. When he realized he could use his athletic abilities to become a pro football player, he jumped at the opportunity. With his family set for life, Dash retires from football to write his auto biography. Before starting his book tour, Dash heads to Oak Falls to relax and spend time with his best friend. While attending an outdoor concert, Dash sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever met—only to have her run away after introductions are made. Dash sees this as a challenge and pursues Amber with everything he has. Awesomely, amazing story! Amber’s struggles with epilepsy and learning to live with her illness had her backing herself into a safety bubble of sorts. She dreamed big, but never truly LIVED for fear of another seizure. Dash was kind, caring, protective, and loving. A big cuddly teddy bear! I loved how he gently tore down the walls Amber built and helped her to live her dreams. I loved that Dash didn’t push, guilt Amber into doing things she normally wouldn’t and let it be her decision. Reno, Amber’s support dog, was an important bonus to the story! Such an enjoyable, powerful story! I can’t wait to read Sable’s story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.

- A must read4 star

If you or anyone you know has any kind of disability, I think you should definitely read this book. I think anyone who doesn't have a disability should read this book. I think Ms Foster gives true insight into what it is like to live with a disability that you cannot control. Amber has epilepsy. Most people would have no idea she has it unless she has a seizure in public. She knows what it takes to live with the disease, but she just wants to be a normal person and do normal things without everyone making a big deal. As a person who has dealt with a disability and public perception, I related to Amber in such a personal way. When she had the first seizure, I was in tears. I know what it is like to go years without any problems and then all of a sudden one happens. It upends your life. It makes you feel embarrassed. It makes you feel like an inconvenience to those around you who have to now help you through the gossip as well as the medical aspects. It adds so much stress to your life that you did not need. And that just causes more problems. It is rate to find a man who can deal with the condition you have. But to find one who can handle not having children and having to do things differently is a gem. Dash is a gem. He puts Amber first above all else. Kudos to all men who are like Dash. And Amber, do NOT let him go.

- Sweet and sexy5 star

Oh my heart! Dash is what I imagine every Hallmark movie hero to be all thrown together, mashed into a big ball of goo and shaped into the best man there could be. Amber is so sweet, shy, and has a kind heart. Just about the sweetest couple there could be. Dash adores Amber and does the sweetest things- and not just for her. Amber is just as sweet as she does things in her own way. But there is a sexiness to them that you wouldn’t believe until they hit the sheets. And oh my! You’ll probably combust from the heat and love coming from them.

- Exquisitely romantic, breathtakingly beautiful!!5 star

“Sweet, Sexy Heart” is one of the most utterly romantic books that I have ever read. Dash is the perfect boyfriend with his kind heart, thoughtful nature and infectious personality. He has won the hearts of the whole community as he helped coach a football team and assisted the local seniors with their morning stretches before their daily walks. In their eyes he was perfect, but Amber was skeptical about his happy-go-lucky attitude and thought he was too good to be true. There was a magical spark between Dash and Amber from the moment they met. Dash was smitten with Amber when he first saw her across the crowded barn at the jam session. Her smile and laughter lit up the room while her personality mesmerized all around her. Dash wasn’t one to let grass grow under his feet so he made a point of introducing himself to Amber right away. She was not impressed and seemed nervous around him. Dash knew right away she would be a tough nut to crack but he was up for the challenge. As I began reading, I fell in love with the quaint, small town, the sweetness of Amber, and the determination of her hero, Dash. Love at first sight is a magical occurrence and Dash knew the beautiful and shy Amber was to be his one true love. I loved how Dash was so positive about life and always put others first. Amber was a small town girl whose life was in balance until Dash swept into town, shaking things up while stealing her heart. Their story is full of romance, curiosity, busy days and star-filled nights. Dash and Amber are a special couple whose love story brought joy to my life and is one I will never forget.

- My favorite Montgomery couple5 star

If there is any such thing as a “perfect man”, Dash Pennington is it. He is instantly charmed by quiet and controlled Amber Montgomery, the sweet bookstore owner he meets while starting his book tour. He says and does all the right things, but Amber is very much on guard against this live-out-loud personality. It’s not that she doesn’t want to find a partner like her siblings have, but she prefers a quiet life that will help her control her epilepsy. Dash is anything but quiet! These two have so much instant chemistry, regardless of Amber’s denial. This is a pair who seems so completely opposite, but Amber has buried her sense of adventure under her understandably cautious nature. Dash is trying to bring out a bit of that spirit, while doing everyone can to keep her safe. It’s all very sweet, until it turns very spicy! Longtime fan, like me, have been waiting not altogether patiently for Amber’s story to be told. I knew it would have to be told with care and accuracy…and I think that dedication came through on every page. Melissa Foster brought to life the reality of epilepsy but never put limits on her character, outside of what the disease might naturally do. Of course, no Foster book is complete without a whole cast of secondary characters and there’s no better bunch than those irrepressible Montgomery sisters. Through love and laughter, they always had Amber’s best interests at heart…while pushing her towards this very sexy and attentive man. The dialogue is crisp, funny and real. Those love scenes between the pair are both hot and beautiful. I honestly can’t say enough great things about this book. It probably touched my heart more than any other Braden or Montgomery story…and that’s hard to do! I loved it.

- Sweet, fresh, sexy5 star

I absolutely love reading these Montgomery and Braden romances by Melissa Foster. Amber and Dash were quite the surprise. This story was so fresh and unexpected and made my heart flip over with the emotions that jumped off the page. Dash is such a big personality with a big heart. Amber is a bit closed off with a medical condition that keeps her close to family. But Melissa Foster tells their story in a way that you fall in love with this couple, their families and the entire community. What a great read. I couldn’t put it down and I am left wanting for more.

- Sweet Sexy Heart5 star

ARC for honest review with no compensation Received from Greys Promotions Sweet, Sexy Heartis book 8 in the Bradens & Montgomery’s: Pheasant Hills-Oak Falls series by Melissa Foster and what a great read! Dash Pennington, retired football player, turned author meet Amber Montgomery, book store owner who wants nothing to do with him and his high energy life style. She prefers her easy going life with her seizure response dog, her family and friends. What happens next is swoon worthy, sparks flying, opposites attract, sexy, emotional and so many feels. Ms. Foster sure knows how you bring you in right from the start!!

- Sweet, Sexy Heart5 star

Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster is a love story where the heroine, Amber Montgomery has epilepsy and lives a very guarded self-imposed lifestyle to ensure she keeps her stress level to a minimum. She’s happy in her quiet small-town life surrounded and supported by freinds, family and her service dog Reno. Former Football MVP, motivational speaker and new author Dash Pennington arrives in Oak Falls needing a break and to open his book tour at Amber’s bookstore. It doesn’t take long before Dash realizes everything that’s missing in his life is here. And so their love story begins. On the surface two people who seem opposites in every way, but going deeper they share so much and are soulmates in every way. There are wonderful supporting characters who lend a helping hand along the way. I especially love Cade Montgomery’s late night walks and talks with Amber. His unique way of looking at life, Amber’s life in particular, giving her a POV she hadn’t considered. I love the acorns and their special meaning, the heart notes, service to others and of course the heat you’ve come to expect from Melissa Foster. Dash is definitely swoonworthy, but he’s so much more. This book sould be required reading for yong men so they know how to treat that special someone in their life! Dash brings back charm, romantic overtures, and an open heart. His ability to act in Amber’s best interest along with his thoughtfulness and to see Amber as so much more than how she views herself. She’s everything to him and that makes him the Swoonworthy hero of the year! If you like Hallmark movies, grab this book. Sweet, Sexy Heart is the hotter version of a Hallmark movie playng out as you read.

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Sandy Sch - 4.25 stars--Emotional and thought provoking4 star

4.25 stars--SWEET, SEXY HEART is the eighth instalment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult The Bradens and Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill-Oak Falls, erotic, romance series- a spin off and companion to several of the author’s other series. This is former professional football player turner motivational speaker and author Dash Pennington, and book store owner Amber Montgomery. SWEET, SEXY HEART can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Dash and Amber) SWEET, SEXY HEART follows the quick building romance and relationship between former professional football player turner motivational speaker and author Dash Pennington, and book store owner Amber Montgomery. Dash Pennington is about to start his cross country book tour and series of speaking engagements in Oak Falls, Virginia where he will meet his future in Amber Montgomery, owner of Story Time Bookstore, but Amber has epilepsy, and in this, Amber struggles with what the future may look like. Meeting Dash Pennington stirs something deep within our story line heroine but Amber continues to battle between head and heart believing she is not worthy of a sports star such as Dash Pennington, and the possibility that her issues of health may be too much for Dash to hold on. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Dash and Amber, and the potential fall-out as Amber continues to push Dash away, in the wake of a seizure, and the start of his successful second career. Amber Montgomery hasn’t has a seizure for several years but overworked and excited about the upcoming tour finds our heroine in a crisis of health she is sure to push our hero out of her life. Dash Pennington is the perfect man for Amber Montgomery. His refusal to walk away endears our hero to everyone in town but Amber continues to struggle with the what ifs and whys, and what the future may hold going forward. The relationship between Amber and Dash is one of immediate attraction but Amber maintains Dash is out of her league, and his new found career will continue to pull him away from Oak Falls. As Dash starts a slow seduction of our story line heroine, Amber must reconsider her future, a future that includes the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and erotic, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. Once again, there is a large ensemble cast of colorful, energetic and familiar secondary and supporting characters including Dash’s old college teammate Sinclair ‘Sin’ Vernon, and Amber’s siblings-brother Axsel, and sisters Morgyn, Brindle, Grace, Sable and Pepper, and their parents Marilyn and Cade :Dash’s mother Robin Pennington and her ‘boyfriend’ Mitch Grayson; Dash’s siblings Damon, Hawk, Dawn and Andi, as well as numerous characters from the other interconnected series. SWEET, SEXY HEART is another story of family, friendships, relationships and love- a familiar theme throughout Melissa Foster’s stories of romance. A story of acceptance and recognition, of well being and health. The premise is thought provoking, emotional and heart warming; the characters are honest and real; the romance is provocative and uplifting.

Menotah (CGBB) - Sweet, Sexy Heart5 star

Sometimes it's the start of something new, and sometimes it's just a nut. Sweet, Sexy Heart is a fun, flirty, and sweet romantic story about rewriting the stars that light your path. Dash is in Oak Falls for a break before his book tour when his whole life changes when he spots Amber at the jam session. Amber is taken by Dash but is afraid to get involved due to him leaving and her epilepsy. Dash is willing to do anything to prove to Amber that he wants to be by her side no matter what. I smiled throughout this whole book. I loved the fun and flirty banter between Dash and Amber. I fell in love with Dash right from the very beginning with how sweet and fun he is. I was excited to see Amber break out of her bubble and have fun. As an avid reader, I was excited to also get updates on the Montgomery’s and Braden’s and look forward to more from this group in the future. Audio ... Tim Paige and Meg Sylvan were the perfect voice to bring Dash, Amber, and the story to life. Sweet, Sexy Heart is a small town romance set in The Montgomerys and Bradens: Pleasant Hill - Oat Falls series which is part of the larger Love in Bloom series and is told in the third-person point of view of Dash and Amber.

Travelling-max - An amazing and beautiful story you need to read!5 star

I loved this book and read it two days! Amber’s and Dash’s love story reminds me of an old fashioned romance with a modern twist. Amber is one of my favourite characters and I was so glad that she met such a wonderful and compassionate man in Dash. Thanks Melissa, team and readers for giving us an education and insight into epilepsy and service dogs and the way Amber manages it with the help of trustworthy buddy, her service dog, Reno. I loved the bond that both Amber and Dash have with their families and friends, especially Amber’s bond with her twin sisters, Sable (the protective, logical and “I’m not sugarcoating it for you” sister) and Pepper(clever, compassionate, methodological and sister).

Jaxwright57 - All the feels5 star

Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster touched me on so many levels, it ticked all my boxes and for me this is one of the best small town romances of 2021. What I wouldn’t give to live in Oak Falls, Virginia. This is Ex footballer, turned motivational speaker and now author, Dash Pennington and bookstore owner Amber Montgomery’s story and it’s a riveting, emotional yet entertaining journey. Dash is in Oak Falls visiting a friend but it’s also the start of his book tour and that’s where Amber comes in because her store kicks of the signings , what follows is lots of fun and games as Amber try’s to fight the attraction she has for the seriously hot man spending time in her store. Dash sets out to prove his reputation is not who he is, he is determined to win her heart but Amber won’t make that easy as she avoids him when ever she can…… This is a beautifully written love story, it’s a hot, heartfelt journey with adorable characters and it will certainly appeal to all romance lovers. Dash is a man many will swoon over and Amber is a woman we would all like in our corner so I guess all I need to say is please one click this gem of a read.

Erin Lewis aka Maimeo's - Loved it5 star

This is bookstore owner Amber Montgomery and former footballer and author Dash Pennington's story and as I have come to expect from Melissa Foster the story was well written with characters whose story you cannot help but become invested in. Hosting a book signing for Dash she is torn between disliking him and being attracted to him which leads to some fun and games. I love stories set in small towns and for me Oak Falls, Virginia sounds like a wonderful town to escape too. Dash falls for Amber and is determined to win her heart, but he has an uphill battle as she is just as determined to avoid him. I loved the push and pull dynamic of their relationship and it was entertaining to watch it play out. Sweet, Sexy Heart ticked all the boxes for me; it is a steamy, heart warming, love story. I fell for Dash, he is swoon worthy, protective and altogether a great guy and Amber is a woman I could easily call my friend.

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