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Dreaming of Love

(The Bradens at Trusty, Colorado #5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,242 ratings  ·  161 reviews

Emily Braden is a leader in architectural preservation, a pillar in her small hometown, and successful in everything she does—with the exception of finding true love. She’s watched several of her brothers fall in love, and she needs this trip to Tuscany to get away from it all and to stop focusing on what she doesn’t have.

Dae Bray
Published February 23rd 2015 (first published January 20th 2015)
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
3 1/2 Solid Stars

Emily Braden has always wanted to go to Tuscany, so when one of her brother's surprises her with a trip after helping him with his significant other, Emily is unable to turn down the opportunity of a life time. There she meets the sexy and charming Dae Bray and sparks fly.

The plot - I thought the plot was kind of fun. I really loved the fact that it took place in Tuscany, so it ended up being a sort of a getaway. With some of the trips that these two took, it was easy to get los
Hannah Symonds
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I dare you to read a paragraph of this book and not be hooked. I love the way Melissa writes with such emotion and passion, This is a book with a fantastic story, very hot characters and steamy love scenes. Even though this book is part of a series I like the fact you can read it as a standalone but believe me once you have read one of Melissa's books you will want to read all of the others. Look forward to the next book.
Isha Coleman
Dutiful daughter, trusted friend, loyal sister and obvious romantic. It feels like I've been waiting forever for Emily Braden to find her Prince Charming. Surprisingly, it wasn't how I thought it would be. Dreaming of Love is the story of two dreamers in desperate need of a wake up call. Foster puts Emily on a collison course with heartache in the form of Dae Bray. He's the antithesis of everything Emily believes in. Yet, the heart wants what it wants. Their path is paved with the battle scars o ...more
Nate Brightman
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’ve been reading the Bradens at Trusty series as I have you already understand the title of the fifth book, Dreaming of Love. The first four books had Emily Braden the lone sister of the Trusty Braden clan enviously watching her brothers fall in love while she stood on the sidelines. The author Melissa Foster made it clear in those stories that while Emily was happy for her brothers she longed to find that special soulmate of her own and now at 32 living in the small town of Trusty, she wa ...more
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Thanks, Beck Valley Books for the privilege of getting to know Melissa Foster through her fantastic writing. Every time I take up one of her books I know I am in for a great romantic adventure. Dreaming of Love was no exception. This story reminded me why she is one of my favourite romance authors.

Dreaming of Love, book #19 in the Love in Bloom series tells the story of Emily Braden, the youngest member of the Braden family. She is a successful business woman, but felt that there was something m
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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There is a lot happening within the two week time-line of this story but nothing feels rushed. Against a stunning Tuscan backdrop, two people that may first appear to be poles apart with regards to their chosen careers, find a deep connection with one another.

Dae Bray loves his job as a demolitionist, which takes him to various locations around the world. Work is his sole purpose for his stay at the villa near Florence until another guest arrived – a beautiful, sexy and smart woman that intrigue
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily, an architect that specializes in passive houses, has dreamed of visiting Tuscany. Thanks to her brother, and his generous gift, her dream was becoming a reality. She had every day planned with an itinerary that was chock full of sight-seeing and absorbing all the beauty Italy had to offer. As she stood on the balcony taking in the gorgeous view, it wasn’t the sight of the countryside that left her speechless, it was the stunning man who joined her that did.

Gorgeous Dae Bray was in Italy
J.B (Debbie)
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in beautiful Tuscany, Dreaming of Love is a story about two people falling head over heels in love at breakneck speed! Emily and Dae are instantly attracted to one another when the meet in Tuscany. Emily is there to take a much needed vacation and Dae is there to assess a job. The sexual tension between the pair begins to spark almost immediately and both are filled with thoughts of what they'd like to do to the other! Emily has never felt this sort of passion before and all Dae wants to do ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure what to say about this book that I have not said about the rest in this series. They are all absolutely amazing. I started with book #1 in the Love in Bloom series and am always anxiously waiting the next book to be released. I always think that the male in that book will be my favorite, yet with each book I get a new favorite.

Dae Bray (sigh) is amazing. The romance, the love, the understanding all makes him the best so far. The fact that Dae and Emily have pretty much opposite jo
Rosie Amber
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dreaming of Love is a great stand alone book, but if you love Melissa's books then know that it is also 11th in the Braden book series and 19th in the Love In Bloom series. I've now read several books in both series and love how the characters all intertwine.

This book is about Emily Braden, she's watched 4 of her 5 strong character brothers be knocked over with love for some amazing women and Emily wants to find someone for herself. She's always fought her corner for a rightful place amongst her
Ashley Gill
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, where do I start with telling you the things I absolutely love about Emily and Dae? Okay, okay... First off, I want to go to Tuscany! Before reading Dreaming of Love, I hadn't thought twice about going to Tuscany. Emily's experience there makes me want to hop on a plane and travel! I'd take my husband of course, but it would be beautiful!!

Next, Dae is dreamy!! A hard working man that blows up things for a living? That's hot and exciting! Plus he is in Tuscany!

As you get to know Emily Braden
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Damn what is Melissa Foster doing to me, I just can’t get enough of her books. Dreaming of Love is Emily Braden’s story. She is gifted a trip to Tuscany from her brother as a thank you and to be honest she needs this trip to clear her head and stop dwelling on the fact her brothers are all in love and she is still waiting for her true love. Staying in a small villa with only two rooms available she meets the other guest and he has her and obviously us readers practically panting from then on in. ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BJ Harrison knocks it out of the park again with his mad narrating skills as Melissa Foster does the same with her writing on this wonderful tale about falling in love in Italy. I love all things Braden, so of course I think Emily is awesome. But Dae, wow, I can't think of a better word for him than DREAMY. Loved the story line, the ease at which these two connected and just knew but how they still faced some dilemmas. I also loved the look into Tuscany, it's culture and the people they get clos ...more
Cheshire Cat
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've never read another author's work and had the best word describe it be "steamy" before but this book is. This is my third book by Melissa Foster, so far I've read all of them on the kindle. While I like reading on the kindle, I do miss seeing the cover every time I pick up and put down the book.

What I loved best about the complimentary copy I read was that its not just steamy. The characters are very relate-able, the scenery is beautiful, and the plot is good. Nothing seems rushed.
Dynah Zale
Beautifully written

Although this book was well written I can’t say I ever connected with the characters. It just never took me to Italy.

I love this author but this one just didn’t do it for me.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreaming of Love: Emily Braden (Love in Bloom: The Bradens at Trusty Book 5) by Melissa Foster

I received an audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Hats off to Melissa Foster for another sizzling yet sweet romance. Kudos to B.J. Harrison for the excellent narration. His ability to switch characters as well as allowing you to know when a character is thinking versus speaking is amazing. He gives each character their own tone, inflection and even accent when needed.

This is the love story betwee
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster has outdone herself again. You will absolutely fall in love with Emily and Dae.

Emily travels to Florence Italy for much needed vacation and to see all the beautiful Italian architecture. What she does not expect is to meet Dae and fall in love.

Dae is such a gentleman and romantic which is perfect for Emily who is a romantic herself. There is an immediate attraction between the two.

They spend their days sight seeing and being happy and carefree. I love how romantic Dae is and alway
Kay Pflueger
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: This review is for the audible version of this book.

Emily Braden is a self-assured and organized business woman who specializes in designing passive homes and buildings. She is the only girl in a family with 5 overprotective brothers so dating has always been a challenge. Her brother gives her a trip to Tuscany as a thank you gift and she is thrilled to visit this beautiful part of Italy. Dae Bray is a demolitons expert with an alpha overprotective nature and is in Tuscany to check out a p
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed listening to the story of Emily and Dae after first reading this in print when it was originally released. There is something about listening to these books that helps my mind wander into a movie version of what I am hearing.

Emily heads to Tuscany to enjoy the architecture and enjoy some time away from Trusty, CO. She had set plans and agendas for her visit and was so excited to take everything in. After meeting Dae shortly after arriving, those plans were all thrown out the wind
Charlotte Lynn
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dae Bray (sigh) is amazing. The romance, the love, the understanding all makes him the best so far. The fact that Dae and Emily have pretty much opposite jobs, yet he doesn’t think twice about it being an issue between them makes his true feelings shine through. There is never a doubt that Emily and Dae will end up together.

From the first time Melissa Foster brought Emily into the books, I wanted to know her story. I knew she would find her happy every after, I mean she is a Braden, but who, wh
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so happy to see that Emily got her happily ever after of course with some bumps along the way.

Dae is a demolition specialist and Emily is an architect. Can these two be perfect for each other regardless of what their careers are?

Dae was in Italy on a job and never thought he would find the love of his life but he did. However is this job going to be the catalyst to Dae's and Emily's relationship?

Emily is in Italy finally enjoying herself and relaxing, or trying to. She never puts work down
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get Emily's story. I love her. She has a dynamic personality. Then, this book takes place in Tuscany. How romantic! Very quickly, she meets Dae, who is there on business. The chemistry between them is immediate and is sizzling hot. From there, is one of the most romantic stories that I have read by Melissa Foster. Now of course, everything can't go smooth, but it sure is close. I loved the story of the House of Wishes. I could just picture all the women writing their wishes a ...more
Pilar Seacord
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emily and Dae are stunning together. Emily is jealous of her brother's who have all found love and she has wanted that for a long time. One of her brother's Wes buys her a ticket to Tuscany and a room in a Villa of her favorite architect. She is an architect herself. She sees Dae and he sees her and there is chemistry at first sight. Dae is also a guest but he is there for work. To demolish another Villa that was abandoned. Ends up that the Villa has a tree that village women make wishes to and ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read-2019
I fell in love with this book, the characters and of course the Italian countryside of Tuscany. Reading a Melissa Foster book is like entering a magical kingdom, where the writing makes the story come alive. Every character is someone you want to know because they always have something in them that you can relate to. They are not so perfect that they are unrealistic. In Dreaming of Love, all of that is there.
Melissa created two strong and loving characters in Emily Braden and Dae Bray. You trav
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dreaming of Love is the fifth book in the Braden’s at Trusty series but can definitely be read as a standalone. The story mainly takes place in Tuscany where Emily Braden is vacationing thanks to a gift from her brother.
Emily has loved seeing her brothers find their true loves and soulmates but despairs ever finding that for herself.
The story (and setting) is romantic, swoony and hot, hot, Hot! It also deep and touching as Emily and Dae Bray have to find a middle ground to land on when they ar
Melissa Guerra
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook of Dreaming of Love by Melissa Foster. B.J. Harrison was the narrator and he sure knows how to narrate very well. His voices when he gets into character are great. In this audiobook we get to hear the story of Emily Braden and Day Bray whose jobs are totally opposite. She preserves homes and buildings and he demolishes. Their jobs might be polar opposites but their chemistry is totally on point. The meet in Tuscany where Emily is on vacation provi ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa has penned a hot and delicious story of love in Italy. B. J. Harrison will pull air from your lungs with the narration of the audiobook.
Emily Braden is an architect and she travels out of Trusty, Colorado to Tuscany, Italy to get away for a while. Dae Bray travels to Tuscany to demolish a house with a tree growing into it. They meet and passion sizzles, but they have a big problem. Emily wants to preserve the house and Dae was hired to demolish it. Dae did not do flings and Emily was not
Cate Gell
Emily Braden has been given a holiday in Italy by her brother. Not looking for a romance one of the first people she meets is Dae Bray. The attraction is instant and takes them on a journey of fun and adventure. There is a slight bump along the way when Emily finds out why Dae is in Italy. He is a demolition expert, and Emily is an architectural preserver. But somehow they find a way to work together. There is also the side story of Adelina and her family who are waiting for the return of a love ...more
Geri Grinstead
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was expertly written and narrated.

Dreaming of Love is the story of Emily Braden and Dae Bray. Emily is on vacation in Italy and meets Dae who is there for work, at the villa they are staying at. They hit it off and spend time together. Several other stories are within this one, the wishing tree and the MIA son in law of the owners of the villa. I love the way Melissa Foster had weaves them together flawlessly resulting a heartfelt novel. BJ Harrison’s narration accentuates the emotion
Ashley Hedden
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreaming of Love was a great read by Melissa Foster. This is book five in The Bradens at Trust, CO series. Emily is a character that I have absolutely fell in love with in the previous Braden books. Emily's in Tuscany trying to forget about how badly she wants to find a love of her own. Dae isn't looking for a relationship but doesn't expect the feelings when he meets Emily. Unfortunately the differences in their jobs may get in the way. I loved this book and can't wait to read more by Melissa F ...more
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