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Hearts at Play

(The Bradens at Weston, CO #6)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,190 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Brianna Heart has a six-year old daughter and a twelve-year plan to keep her life as simple as possible until Layla turns eighteen. That means swearing off relationships and the drama that goes along with them, working two jobs, and being the best damn mother she can be.

The last thing Capital Series Grand Prix racer Hugh Braden wants after dating media-hungry leggy models
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 10th 2014 by World Literary Press (first published January 7th 2014)
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Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hugh Braden is used to living life in the fast lane. A handsome, well-known grand prix driver, Hugh’s used to having gorgeous women chase after him. What he doesn’t expect is for the tables to turn and for him to do the chasing. While out on a blind date, a date that he didn’t want to go on in the first place, a beautiful bartender catches his eye. However, she seems to be going out of her way to avoid him.

Brianna Heart is a single mom to six year old, Layla. Determined to be the best mom she c
Audiobook: Narrator - B.J. Harrison

Another great narration by Mr. Harrison. He’s become the voice of the Love in Bloom series for me and I can’t imagine listening to any other narrator at this time. Mr. Harrison knows how to bring a depth of emotion into the story that isn’t there in the written words and that’s exactly what I’m looking for in an audiobook.

I loved this story with a single mother who didn’t plan on falling in love until after her daughter was a young adult. Watching her do just t
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster and B.J. Harrison have done it again. Hugh Braden has become my 2nd book boyfriend. Hugh meets and falls in love with single mom Brianna Heart. He instantly wants to protect her and her daughter and make their lives a little easier. Brianna has a 12 year plan which means she plans to stay single for 12 years till her daughter Layla turns 18. She does not want to risk men coming in and out of their lives confusing Layla. Brianna winds up falling for Hugh and Layla calls him Prince ...more
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews 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.Throughout the series Hugh has been the one that lives life in the fast lane. Always dropping in and out of the family events, he loved his family but he needed his next thrill. Until Sea of Love,when we began to see a different side to him. He wanted to spend more time with Dane. Now a fe ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've enjoyed the little snippets of Hugh over the last couple of books in this series, how the author has been setting his personality change up for this book. The character of Hugh has always been referred to as the fast and loose risk taking sibling. Ms. Foster has shown us that he's been ready to change for a while with his little side conversations with various siblings in their stories. That made his treatment of Bree and his disgust with his blind date much easier for me to accept as a rea ...more
Elizabeth Towns
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been following the The Bradens series by Melissa Foster, and was kinda excited for this one. I’m a divorced mom with two kids, and I’ve pretty much focused on making a life for them, exclusively, since the divorce. When I read Brianna and Hughes story was jut the kind of romantic tale I needed to read!

Hugh and Bree make a great love connection; he is enthralled with her from the very first time he lays eyes on her at the restaurant where she waitresses. Even though she doesn’t wait on the
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

If you are a fan of fairy tales and happily ever afters, this is your book. Such a great ending for the last book of the Braden clan. Hugh is the fast paced, Grand Prix racer that we’ve seen glimpses of in the last few books. He’s always winning awards and jet-setting, with some beautiful girl on his arm, but is there more to Hugh now that his siblings are settling down?

Huge meets B
Stories & Verse
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: melissa-foster
"The deeper he thrust his tongue, the more it aroused her. She felt so safe in his arms, like he wouldn't ever let anything hurt her. When they pulled apart, she ached for his return."

I came across this title through a BookBub recommendation.

At first I thought I would not be able to connect with or relate with the characters because I normally do not read single parent romances.

However, there were so many 5 star reviews, then there was the book cover, something about the book cover seduced me
C.M. Albert
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance
First of all, you cannot go wrong with a Melissa Foster romance novel. Period. I hereby declare her the new Queen of Romance. Seriously. For those of you who have already read the books preceding this, you know why. She has built a reputation for delivering strong and lovable characters, with great plots centering around families, and then she throws in there some SERIOUS heat...and that creates the perfect love story. She does not disappoint with book six. While other authors seem to be too for ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brianna Hart is a single mom to six-year old Layla with a hectic but organized life. She works two jobs - bartender and photography assistant, and has put any kind of romance on the back burner until Layla turns eighteen. That’s her 12 year plan. Of course fate has other things in store for Brianna’s best laid plans.

Enter Capital Series Grand Prix racer and heart throb Hugh Braden, the youngest of the Weston Braden clan. He meets Brianna when he shows up for a disastrous blind date as a favor to
Katie Clark
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearts at Play is the long awaited story of the youngest Braden sibling, Hugh, as he falls in love with a single mother and her daughter. During the courtship stories of his brothers and sister, Hugh has been an egocentric, immature playboy, living his life as a famous race car driver to the fullest. Although he was always charming, he had no substance, especially when compared to his ultra responsible and mature family members. Thankfully, by the time he meets Brianna, he has decided that he is ...more
Nate Brightman
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
IMHO this is the best book in the Bradens at Weston Co. series. Hugh the youngest of the Bradens had always been a self-absorbed, self-indulgent narcissist while he built his career as a champion Grand Prix driver. Blessed with great looks along with his fame, women's company came easy to him. Now in his early thirties he's watched each of his 5 older siblings find true love and happiness and suddenly the appeal of hooking up was no longer enough for him and Hugh wants what his siblings have. He ...more
Charlotte Lynn
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In all the books in this series Hugh has been portrayed as a fast and hard man. Hearts at Play show how he is a romantic, sexy (as if there was any doubt, he is a Braden), compassionate, and incredible man. I always thought Treat, from Book 4 Lovers at Heart, was my crush, but very quickly into Hearts at Play Hugh took over that spot. He won me over but not only dating and wooing Brianna, but he wooed Layla too. He included her in their outings, thought about her when he was making plans with Br ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearts at Play by Melissa Foster is book 6 of The Bradens series. It is the story of Hugh and Brianna. Hugh is one of the 5 hunky Braden brothers and is a race car driver. He has a real need for speed and is a thrill seeker. Hugh was a lady’s man but as all his siblings have started to settle down he is wondering if there isn’t more to life. Brianna is a single mother of almost 6 year old Layla. She has a good life but it is hard making ends meet, even as she works two jobs and with her mom’s he ...more
Linda Ketter
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually surprised in this book. I never expected Hugh (playboy) to settle down especially with a woman with a child. Brianna got pregnant right after college and has been a single mom, working two jobs ever since. When Hugh comes into her life, he turns it upside down giving her and her daughter gifts that she would never purchase on her own. As a matter of fact, she tells Hugh he has to stop buying Layla things because it's too much and she doesn't want her daughter to expect this when h ...more
Angie McCune
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hugh Braden is a race car driver that prefers to stay out of the spotlight when away from the track. In an attempt to do this, he finds himself seeking out a quiet place to meet a blind date. This is where he meets Brianna Heart. Bri is a waitress, photographer, and mother that works 2 jobs to give her daughter Layla a stable environment. At first sight, Hugh and Bri feel a connection. Hugh’s blind date ends quickly and he is drawn back to the tavern, seeking out Bri.

Over the course of the next
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book in the series!
I love all of Melissa Foster’s book and especially the ones with the Braden family, but this one is by far the best one in the series! I fell in love with Hugh Braden from the moment he laid eyes on Brianna. The way he acted, talked and responded to Brianna was so heartwarming that you can’t help but fall in love with the man. Of course being a single mom to a precious little girl, Brianna is very wary of starting anything with Hugh, but he never lets her back away fr
Amy Meyer
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hugh Braden is a professional race car driver. Brianna Heart is a single mother working as a bartender whose real passion is photography. While waiting me meet a blind date, Brianna catches Hugh’s attention. He is instantly smitten. After he drops of his blind date, he returns to the bar to seek out Brianna.

Brianna’s sole focus is on her six-year-old daughter Layla; she is not looking for any type of relationship due to a 12-year plan she has set for herself, but Hugh consumes her thoughts. She
Brenda Gibbons
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Winner - Loved this story ❤️!! Audiobook Review 🎧
As I listen to each story, they just keep getting better and now this one is my new favorite! From the other books, I always had Hugh pegged as a playboy, but here you see him meet Brianna and start falling fall her and wanting more. Brianna's past is holding her back and Hugh has to break through that and watching that happen while they get to know each other and fall in love. It was also so heartwarming to see how Hugh and Brianna's daug
Jen Landers
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I initially read this beautiful love story by Melissa Foster a couple years ago, and recently had the opportunity to get the audiobook and rediscover Hugh and Breanna’s story. Bree is a single mom, doing her best to raise her daughter and find her way. I love BJ Harrison’s narration of the characters—you can feel the chemistry coming through in the story. Even though Hugh is living the life of a no-strings bachelor race car driver, his Braden family upbringing and values shine through and he fal ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brianna Heart works two jobs to support herself and her six year old daughter Layla. Hugh Braden is a Capital Series Grand Prix racer and he is tired of all the women throwing themselves at him. His best friend Art sets him cup on a blind date with a slut and they met in a bar. That bar was where Brianna worked. He got rid of the girl and goes back to see Brianna. She completely blows him off and that puts a cog in his wheels. Hugh finally gets her to go out for coffee with him. Then the wheels ...more
Lynn Zagrod
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this audiobook free for an honest. Love this book and this series. I heard the beginning of this book at the end of the last one and just had to have it. So excited when I began it. Couldn't stop listening. I didn't get much accomplished around my house other than to listen to this book until it ended. Now looking for the next. You will not be disappointed. Melissa is an excellent, creative author with so many ideas in her brain. Every book is unique, other than same romance theme. Th ...more
Melissa Guerra
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: melissa-guerra
I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook of Hearts At Play. B.J. Harrison is an amazing narrator. The voices he does for each character is great. Listening to the audio versionis so freeing you can listen anywhere and everwhere. I love this option. In this audiobook we get to hear the story of Hugh Braden, Grand Prix racer and Brianna Heart, single mother and working two jobs. Brianna has a 12 year plan that includes no drama until her daughter turns 18. All those plans go out the window ...more
Geri Grinstead
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster has written the most touching story for the youngest of Hal Braden’s children. Hugh is a race car driver who always has a beautiful woman on his arm and a fast paced life. He is at his home for a few weeks before his last race of the season when he goes to an out of the way bar and meets the lovely Brianna Hart. Brianna has her own set of challenges being a single mom. This story is so tender and so touching. BJ Harrison’s narration is top notch as he reads the various characters ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brianna is a single mom, and Hugh is America’s race car driving bachelor.

Brianna has a 12 year plan that involves never falling in love or dating. Hugh wants more after witnessing his siblings fall in love and begin to get married.

Hugh’s disastrous blind date lands him at Brianna’s place of employment. He can’t take his eyes off her, get her out of his mind, or leave for his next race without getting to know her.

Brianna fights against everything Hugh, at first, but quickly learns that America’s
Cyndie Tomkins
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hugh Braden and Brienna are awesome. Brienna is a single mother, with an 18 year plan of no dating. She literally has no life besides her daughter and work, and then she meets Hugh, race car driver, who has lived the fast life for years. He falls for Brienna fast and hard, and like everything else he puts his all or nothing attitude. Even before meeting her daughter he loves Layla, and includes her in everything to do with Brienna. His life is the complete opposite of Brienna's, and it makes her ...more
Laura Barriga
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearts at play is a fast pace Romance, much like Hugh Braden. Brianna Heart had no trouble at all falling for the race car driver who swept her off her feet and ruined her 12 year plan. The narrator BJ Harrison is amazing at his work. he makes every character come alive with the way he changes his voice for every character. BJ Harrison actually makes me want to read differently! if you have not tried a Melissa Foster book, I would suggest try an audiobook first.. so that you can fall in love wit ...more
Linda Morey
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed -will have to go back and read other Braden's stories.Hugh is a race car driver -former player who realized even before meeting single mom Bree that he was lonely and unfulfilled.Met Bree at bar where she works and it's slow build -she has walls thrown up about relationships since her dad left her and her mom and her daughters father never in the picture. Wait to you read his romantic gestures -shows he really listened and cares ...more
Kathleen Booker
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Racing fan

Bree plan's to protect her daughter and her own heart from men that leave. Working two jobs just to make ends meet she encounters race car driver at job in pub. He sweeps her off her feet faster than he goes around track. He is one of the Bradens and she or the charming Lalya can't resist him. So glad she abandoned her 12 year plan and said yes. Looking forward to more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, best-of-romance
This book was such a dreamy fairy tale. Hugh was so, so, so perfect, it made my heart ache. Not a single douchey moment. None. He was the perfect fairytale prince. It was all too easy to get swept up in the romance of this story. Fhsjalahdkfk I loved it so much it made me all tingly inside and gave me butterflies omg🙈 Gosh I am so frivolous but sometimes a person just needs a happy fairytale romance to feel better about life.
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