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Seized By Love

(The Ryders #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,522 ratings  ·  230 reviews
YOU FELL IN love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series.


Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister's education. To keep friends
Published October 28th 2015
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Amanda (Hootie) Clark

DNF @ 62%

I just don't think I can continue reading this ridiculously melodramatic story. I gave it all I had and this is where I quit: At the part where the heroine KNOWS the hero has a problem with her secret and she continues to do it anyway. All the while knowing it's killing him. Because that's love *heavy sarcasm*


I was already getting fed up with this sappy "Too good to be true" hero but when the heroine reveals her big secret to him... SPOILER ALERT!


that she records a webcast where s
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This is the first of the Ryder's series that I have read/listened to, however I have read plenty of Melissa Foster's works before.

Lizzie and Blue's story is sweet and cute and I enjoyed it.

However, Blue is such a child at times, and it made me want to yell at Lizzie to run, not walk away from him.

I was not a real big fan of the narrator of this one. Nothing wrong with his performance as such, I just did not feel that he was a good fit with this story - and in the end I read the last 40% of the s
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Blue Ryder has been interested in Lizzie Barber from the very first time he saw her but in the one year since then, she has rejected every one of his advances. Blue is not willing to give up and helping her fix up her kitchen is the perfect opportunity to be close to her and wear down her resistance. Lizzie has put her social life on hold because of her secret life and while it's difficult to resist Blue, her concerns about his reaction to her secret mean that she must continue to resist him, bu ...more

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Truth? I usually have issues when the heroine is involved in something like stripping, which is pretty much the category into which Lizzie’s side job falls. It’s not that I’m judging; it’s simply that I can’t identify with the character or really understand her the way I want to. But I just couldn’t pass up a book by Melissa Foster, and (as I should probably just expect by now), Lizzie made perfect sense to me.

She wasn’t necessarily proud of her secret life on video, but she was abso
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review

Seized in Love is the first in the newest spin off series from Foster which is part of the ever growing parent series Love in Bloom and gives us the story of Liz and Blue to individuals we have gotten to know in the Seaside Night Series

I wanted their story ever since I finished Sky and Sawyer’s story which was my first taste of Foster’s writing as I fellow in love with these characters
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's that time again... A new Melissa Foster book is like Christmas. As part of my tradition for reviewing her books, I pick a word, or a phrase in this case, that pops into my head as I read the book. The first book in Melissa's newest spin-off series, Seized by Love reintroduces readers to the Ryders. After meeting and getting to know Blue and Lizzie a little bit better, "single-minded determination" would describe them to a tee. When both of them sets their sights on a goal, that's it. T ...more
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

There are books and series that I just love following. Melissa Foster's Love In Bloom series has become one of those for me. Seized By Love is yet another "spin-off" of a bigger series, Love In Bloom. Beginning with this book, we are being introduced to the Ryders, a new family that will, no doubt, capture readers' hearts. I love the setup of the Love In Bloom seri
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When the camera starts rolling, Lizzie transforms herself into a sultry baking vixen. With little more than a strategically placed apron, she seduces the camera twice a week as the Naked Baker.

While in college Lizzie’s family came on hard times. Forced to pay her way through college, she started a webcast cooking show, Cooking with Coeds. Disguising herself with a blonde wig and black frames, she was able to use the profits from the show to pay for her school. But after she graduated, it was her
Rosie Amber
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seized by Love is a hot romance and is part of a new spin off series from Melissa Fosters Love in Bloom books. Here we meet Blue from the Ryder family and the lady who stole his heart Lizzie Barber.

The book is set in Cape Cod, USA. Blue is a craftsman who works locally and is refurbishing Lizzie's kitchen. He's been asking her out on a date for a year but she keeps turning him down. Blue is from a large family with brothers and a sister, they have strong family values and are a great loving fami
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it

Seized by Love is part of a massive universe created by Melissa Foster, Love in Bloom. The Ryders are just a small part of that universe. I keep calling it that because that is what it feels like everything is connected and everything fits together perfectly, it doesn't matter if you have read all of them or not. Never having read any of the books before I found this one humourous and romantically sweet and it was okay as a stand alone from the larger part of the universe.

I loved Liz
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I liked this traditional romance novel with a twist. The twist being Lizzie second job as "the Naked Baker" where she does webcasts of her baking wearing an apron, heels and nothing more. I thought her side job was a great way to help her get out of debt and I didn't get why she was so embarrassed and ashamed that she told no body in her life. I thought she should be proud to be taking care of herself so her constant shame b
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blue and Lizzie have wanted each other for a year, but Lizzie has fought against her feelings no matter how much she wanted to be with Blue. Her secret webcast is a shadow that hangs over her like a dark cloud and almost ruins any chance she has with Blue.

I love the connection between these two characters. The love they have for each other is so pure. Blue loves everything about Lizzie and she feels the exact same way. The only problem is that she is ashamed of what she is hiding from him even t
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie has a big secret. One that she's embarrassed by and has helped to stop an social life you ever had or dreamed of having. Blue Ryder has been after her for almost a year to go on a date with her, but she decides it better to just keep to herself than expose her extra job she has to help get her baby sister through college.

Blue is determined to get Lizzie to say yes and slowly starts to break down her walls. The only thing is once the walls come down, will Blue be able to handle what's on t
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so what happens when you keep turning down a guy whom you are attracted to . due to the fact you have a secret that can come between you ,
and what happens when you ask the girl of your dreams out but she keeps turning you down . will she finally go out with you or keep making it clear a no .
and what happens when the truth is revealed what she does aside from her flower shop . and why she has done this for so long
can what she does have her lose the love of her life or her family .
or will they
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a really lovely read ....

but for me, I like the males to be more masterful.

Blue was really sickly sweet .... little to much for me ...sorry :(

Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Seized by love is a sweet and hot romance. Lizzie is a strong, hardworking heroine. She is doing her best to take care of herself and her family. She owns her own flower shop, but also runs a podcast to earn money to put herself and her sister through college.

I have to say that I adore the Ryder family already and can’t wait to read more stories with this family in them. Blue Ryder has been trying to get Lizzie to date him, but she keeps him at arms length until the temptation of him gets too m
Elizabeth Connor
This wasn't a bad book, but I didn't like it all that much. In fact, I was less than half way into it when I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. Why? I couldn't identify with any of the characters and Lizzie really bugged me.

I had trouble from the start, with the fact that Lizzie was too embarrassed by her webcast to tell anyone about it. If she truly had that many hangups, I find it hard to believe she'd be capable of actually performing in front of the camera. Furthermore, she found it
~Mindy Lynn~
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Seized by Love the moment I get to read an excerpt from the last Melissa Foster book I have read. It piqued my interest, never really believing that Lizzie got that in her. Oh yes, I was excited to see the other side of this wonderful, amazing and good girl.

And when I say other side, it’s the kind that would make your jaws dropped and eyes wide. Oh yes, because our good-responsible-and-hardworking girl right here is the Naked Baker herself. But what made me love Lizzie’s char
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I don’t believe I need to state how much I love Melissa Foster’s work.   Anyone who follows my reviews knows of my fascination with her work.  Her stories are compelling, engaging and not at all predictable. Seized by Love is the first book in the book in Love In Bloom: The Ryders series.  Of all the books that I have read by this author, I do believe that this is the raunchiest of them thus far.   There were scenes that would make you blush from your head to your toes.  That being said Seized
Nancy Stopper
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Seized by Love is the first in "The Ryders" series from Melissa Foster. In the spirit of the Bradens and the Remingtons, Melissa Foster introduces us to the Ryder family. Blue Ryder first met Lizzie Barber in the group wedding set in the Seaside Summers series. In the year since they met, Blue has been relentlessly asking Lizzie out, with no success. I love Blue's dedication. He decided that he was interested in Lizzie and was patient in waiting until she was ready. He is confident and strong bu ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blue and Lizzie are meant to be together. They have been circling each other, teasing each other, and loving each other for a year yet Lizzie refuses to date Blue. Together they make sense, they even each other out, they protect each other, and they belong together.

I have been curious about Blue since he was first introduced as a character in Seaside. When he met Lizzie he knew instantly that he wanted to know her better but he had his work cut out for him to win her over. I loved his persisten
Mary Mooney
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. Lizzie Barber owns a flower shop in a small town. She is having trouble with something big that is happening behind closed doors. She is the host of a webcast called Naked Baker. It was originally started when she was in college and her father got sick and she needed a way to pay her own way to finish her education. Now she is paying for her younger sisters education and the idea of her friends and fam ...more
Cara Ross
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I sometimes wonder if Melissa Foster is one of the hardest working romance authors in the business! I am astounded that she manages to produce amazing stories at such a quick rate! But she does and all of her series are awesome! And this book is no different!
Have you every kept a secret so huge, you know if you ever reveal it you whole life will change and not for the better. Lizzie Barber faces that problem…you see she is The Naked Baker! This is something Lizzie has done since her college days
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seized By Love is another Home Run for Melissa Foster. Blue and Lizzie aka The Naked Baker. What better way to fall in love with someone than to start out as friends and really get to know each other. This is another great addition to the Love in Bloom series.

Blue has been asking Lizzie out for a year and she has been shooting him down for a year. Blue knows what he wants and is not about to give up on it. He feels that eventually he will wear Lizzie down and get her to go out with him. Blue can
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
Seized by Love is book one in the new spin off featuring the Ryder's this time.

We first met Blue Ryder in the Seaside series and I fell in love with his character in Seaside Nights and I really had him pegged to be with Sky - but she found her soulmate in Sawyer, so I was hoping for a book dedicated to him. When he meets Lizzie at a friend's wedding he knows she is THE ONE and makes it his missions to make her his. And after reading this book, she is just absolutely perfect for him

Lizzie manage
Wednesday Stanley
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
So I'm going to start this by saying that Melissa Foster has been one of go-to authors, ever since I read the first book of hers almost two years ago. But the last couple of books I've just kind of been, eh on. So I thought it would be best to take a break from her books for a bit. Now a few months later I saw this book and thought this would be the perfect time to jump back in with The Ryder's.

I have to say one thing that I like about Mrs. Fosters books is the reliability. You always know wha
Romancing the Book
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I loved this book. From start to finish I fell in love with Lizzie and Blue. I love everything this book and feel like I really got to know both characters because the author did such a good job at making the main characters come to life. They had so many dimensions to their character and I would totally be friends with both of them if they existed outside of their novel.

This is my first ever
Colleen B
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When we first met Blue I was sure he would end up with Sky (although "Sky Blue" was moving too close to corny). But... Sky met Sawyer and it was perfection... and Sky and Blue were meant to continue on being the very best of friends. Now... Blue and Lizzie??? Is there something beyond perfection?

I had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I want to say I loved the flow to their story... the way they moved together and apart. It was like the ebb and flow of the ocean. But... I
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I have discovered a little while ago this author, I like so much her stories and how she writes that just ended one there is the desire to read another one.
Although it is part of a very broad series, it is the first book of the mini-series "The Ryders", in which the protagonists are the various components of the family Ryders. In this first episode we know best Blue Ryders.
Lizzie Barber is a florist and her family have great economic difficulty. To pay for her studies and those of her s
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