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I love a good romance book. While the story stays the same whether reading or listening to the book I find myself learning new things about the characters that I missed when I was reading compared to listening to the book. I also catch myself feeling a different emotion when listening vs. reading the book. With Melissa Foster's books BJ Harrison is the perfect voice for her characters. He brings so much feeling, so much heart, and makes the characters come alive to the listener.
Oh Boyd. You melted my heart. I felt like Boyd should be a tough, hard to reach, bad boy fireman. He tried to be but he failed. He is so soft, cuddly, lovable, and needing love that I could not help by fall for him. Touched by Love is his story. Sure Janie is in it, there has to be a woman to fall for, but this book is all about Boyd. This is the story of a boy who lost his parents and took on the roll of mother and father to his siblings. It is the story of a man who has never properly dealt with the loss of his parents. This is the story of a man who will do anything to protect, guide, and love those who are dearest to him.
Janie is in need of a rescue and Boyd is in the right place at the right time to rescue her. She pushed him away, he pushes himself closer to her, the tug of war was so fun to watch. I knew it would be equally gratifying for them both when they came to accept they were meant for each other. There was no disappointment when they did finally realize that they had to be together.
I was incredibly impressed by the way Janie was portrayed. Being blind could be seen as a handicap but in Melissa Foster’s world it is appreciated and enhances the sense of Janie. She knows her limitations and then says she can surpass them all. She asks for help when she absolutely has to and pushes away help when she knows she can do it on her own. I loved how Janie called people out on treating her differently and expected no special treatment due to her lack of sight.
I have read all the Love in Bloom books thus far and always look forward to more. The characters make appearances in each other books but each book is a standalone story. I recommend picking up Boyd and Janie’s story then going back and picking up the rest of this series. They are all amazing.
Two damaged people working their way through life’s problems. Boyd was a firefighter wanting to go to medical school. Janie was blind and she was an editor. This is better than just a five star review. The narrator was super great! He does every character perfect with his sexy voice.
I never thought I would enjoy audiobooks, but I love them. They make it so easy to enjoy your book when it's difficult to read. The hours spent in the car travelling, have suddenly got so much better :)
The story of Boyd and Janie, is beautiful and touching. Janie is blind and trying to prove to everyone, including her parents, that it is not something that can hold her back. Boyd is fireman, with dreams of becoming a Doctor and is close to achieving his goal. When an accident threatens to change Janie's life and restrict her independence, for the first time she realises that she has to accept the help offered to her by Boyd. As they spend more time together, feelings deepen forcing Boyd to deal with some pain in his past he's been trying to keep hidden.
The voice of B. J. Harrison is very smooth and makes the experience of listening to the book, more enjoyable.
If you could sum up Touched by Love in three words, what would they be?
Determined, passionate and independent
What other book might you compare Touched by Love to, and why?
Slope of love! Because it has another determined strong woman who doesn’t think she needs help, but finds it’s ok to lean on someone.
Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favourite?
They are all good.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
We all need someone to lean on occasionally
Any additional comments?
Another great book from Melissa. Great that Janie is a strong independent woman and not made out to be a victim of her blindness.