Love Like Ours

Love Like Ours

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One wrong move, and she meets a guy with all the right ones…

Talia Dalton lives her life on cruise control. Despite her successful career as a professor, she prefers protecting her broken heart to taking chances. She’s calm, cool, collected, and steady. Until the morning she takes her eyes off that familiar road and almost runs over the sexiest man she’s ever seen. It may not be the best way to start the day, but it might be the type of shake-up she needs.

Male dancer Derek Grant has goals, and nothing is going to get in the way of achieving them. As a graduate student and the sole caretaker of his ailing father, he hasn’t much time for relationships. Then Talia crashes into his life. Sweet, pretty—and so buttoned-up that he can’t wait to help her cut loose.

For Derek, falling in love was a beautiful accident waiting to happen. And it might be exactly what Talia needs—if she’s willing to let go of the past and embrace every surprise Derek has to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978632066
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Sugar Lake Series , #3
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than sixty-five books, including The Real Thing and Only for You in the Sugar Lake series. Her novels have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown magazine, the Patriot, and others. She has also painted and donated several murals to the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.

She enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and she welcomes an invitation to your event. Visit Melissa on her website,, or chat with her on Twitter @melissa_foster and on Facebook at

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Love Like Ours 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Melissa Foster and I’m thrilled that she has a huge catalog of books that I can sink my teeth into because I really enjoyed this book! One of my favorite things about her characters is that they’re mature adults approaching their 30’s which really appeals to me because I feel that I have more in common with characters in this age range. I loved the romance between Derek and Talia because he’s an intelligent man with a free spirit and he’s exactly the kind of man Talia needs in her life. The fact that he’s got a very big secret makes him even more exhilarating and that cover model is scorchingly HOT!! Kudos to the art department! On a serious note I want to say that I really admire the author for writing a realistic storyline about Alzheimer’s disease from the caregivers point of view. I’ve been in a similar situation and having other people who can step in to give the caregiver a break is a real gift of love for the family. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Funny, sexy, full of amazing characters that could be the people next door; Love Like Ours way a joy to read. Derek and Talia were so darn cute and fun together. This book has some interesting situations that I'm not sure how I would react to in real life but make me think long and hard how I would possibly feel if put into some things... Loved this book!!
belllla More than 1 year ago
The story of Talia and Derek starts with her almost running him down. And fate decides that they will see much more of each other. After finding out that he is really not a student they start a passionate relationship which is entwined with her family and his father illness. A charming story with sweet characters. I just hoped to story to be deeper. I just got the feeling that besides Derek dancing everything was just too perfect. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
I was moved by this beautifully written book about a gorgeous, talented man who changes his dreams after his equally talented father is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Exchanging his accounting job for bartending and strip tease dancing at the same bar, where he can make much more money, so he can take care of his father. With friends that he meet at a support group, Derek now dreams about opening a daycare center dementia patients at the family home. He has no time for women and also fears that he might have inherited the gene. That is until he is literally hit in the university parking lot by Professor Talia Dalton, distracted by a phone call with her family, urging her to step out of her comfort zone. And that is exactly what Derek manages to do for her. I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
In this third book of the Sugar Lake series we meet Talia (a professor) and Derek (a male dancer). I absolutely loved that this story is told in dual third person perspectives. This is a story of family, struggle, friendship and acceptance. This book really hit home for me since like Derek’s father my grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s. So I easily related with how Derek felt. I don’t want to reveal too much of this book because I want you to read it. I know I always say that Melissa Foster’s latest book is my favorite, but this one was truly on another level. I loved this book so much!
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
I feel like I am always repeating myself when it comes to a Ms. Foster book. They always leave me with a heartwarming feeling. I keep expecting that at some point one will not live up to all the others but they always do and I can't say I'm disappointed about that. I think Talia and Derek's story is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. I think every person has that one friend, or lover, that brings the best out in them. Talia and Derek found that in each other, and when not even looking. I love the worlds that Ms. Foster creates. You get to meet whole families and groups of friends and follow them all through their journey of life and love. I have enjoyed this Sugar Lake journey and can't wait for more.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
What a very inspiring book to read Derek not only hot as the summer heat but has a heart of gold. Man like him who devote his life for his father is one remarkable man in real life. This book is not only full of family love and support but funny as heck. You will not only laugh out loud but adore them even more. Working in a nursing home myself, encounter residents just like Derek's Dad. You will not only giggle with them with their stories but cannot help but love them unconditionally like your own parents. This book should get an award. I enjoyed every chapter of this amazing read.
danny0 More than 1 year ago
MELISSA FOSTER is a wonderful storyteller! Love Like Ours is a sweet romance that covers a serious medical condition. Alzheimer's is an insidious disease that affects not only the patient, but the entire family. Melissa Foster handles this topic with grace and dignity. I loved the family dynamic and the relationships in the story. This definitely one to read!
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
Love like Ours is a heart warming, romantic read. The characters' love begins fast and powerful. At first, I thought the characters were opposites. As the story continues, I realized that the main characters are more alike than I realized. Talia Dalton is professional, cautious, and has a big heart. She's very passionate with her teaching. She didn't believe she had much time for love until Derek came crashing into her life. Derek Grant is driven, goal orientated, artistic, and a caregiver. He's wanting to set up an adult day-care for his father. He's patient and understanding when it comes to health issues, such as Alzheimer's. I love how the story starts out with Derek and Talia meeting each other and how Derek keeps inserting himself in Talia's life. The way he encourages her to step out of her comfort zone is adorable. My favorite parts of the story is seeing Talia and Derek interacting with their family members, especially with how caring and patient they are with Derek's father. Melissa Foster also does an amazing job making Derek's drawings come to life. I could really picture them in my head with how they are described. I received this book as an Advance Reader's Copy. I volunteered to leave my review. All opinions are my own.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I loved this one so much. It's such a beautiful story. I can't tell how much this one hit me right in the heart. Derek is just dreamy. He has such a great personality and I just love how he treats Talia. Plus I mean the scenes with his father and how he's taking care of him will win over anyone. I loved how Derek helped Talia out of her comfort zone. Talia's family is a riot. I just love them. They add a lot of humor to the book. This is so well rounded to me. It has heat, heart, and humor. I can't recommend this one enough!
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
4.5 Endearing Stars Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog An emotionally consuming read! Love Like Ours by Melissa Foster is the third book in the Sugar Lake series. This book was sweet and heartfelt, it touched on a difficult subject while still giving us the romance that is expected. Talia Dalton is a successful professor that leads a very straight and narrow life. A relationship has not been in the cards for her, mainly out of a fear of being hurt. When Derek enters her life, she is at a loss for what to do. She is definitely attracted to him but her mind is giving her a million different reasons why she should not pursue a relationship with him. It is a battle between what her mind thinks it wants and what her heart is telling her it wants. Derek Grant is a student, bartender, and dancer, whose life is altered when his father is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Having to care for his sick father is taking its toll on him, but he is nothing if not persistent. He is doing everything he can to care for the one man that he looks up to, even if that means putting his personal life on the backburner. That all seems to change when he lays eyes on professor Dalton. It has been a long time since a woman has captivated him the way Talia has, and he is willing to work to break down all her walls if it means a chance at a relationship with her. Foster captivated me with this book, from the very beginning I was enthralled with the story and where it was taking me. Not only does she do an amazing job giving us characters you can’t help but love, but she gives us a story full of heart.
EbookIndulgence More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Love Like Ours is the third addition to the Sugar Lake series. I’m quickly coming to love the not only the town of Sugar Lake but its inhabitants as well. This title is very close to my heart, and I’m sure it will touch anyone who has had a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s. It’s not only an emotional, sweet and heart-warming romance but very relatable. Talia Dalton is a college professor stuck firmly in her comfort zone. This intelligent, organised, reserved professor likes things to be planned and prepared. She’s the quiet and shy one in an outgoing and loving family who do their best to make her take charge and be a bit more out there. Derek is devoted, compassionate, caring and loving and at times it’s like he has the world weighing down on his shoulders. He’s also incredibly driven, and intelligent and when he wants something he’s incredibly perseverant. Talia and Derek’s story is well paced and told in a dual point of view. I loved not only the chemistry this pair share but their banter that is fun, flirtatious, and playful, but at times they also have deep intellectual conversations. They bring out the best in each other. Strong themes of family flow throughout this title and I adored the interactions between the Dalton siblings, their banter is witty, and they argue and squabble with each other in a way that anyone with siblings can relate to. I will be eagerly awaiting more of Sugar Lake and the Dalton family!
queenzany More than 1 year ago
Love Like Ours is what you call, fun, sexy and over the top funny! I just enjoyed the storyline front the get-go. Well especially after that dance. Oh, you will have to read about it to learn what I’m talking about!! So, if your looking for a little piece of heaven look no further!! Just dive in and in love!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Derek and Talia are an unexpected couple. But honestly, that made me want to keep reading (while holding my eyes open with toothpicks because it's so good!). I like to think that we're all designed to perfectly match up with one other human in our lives - our true soul mate. Melissa creates the perfectly balanced couples I've ever read. She also puts a lot of research into the backgrounds of her characters. Having factual advice about Alzheimer’s enhances the story as you can place the characters into shoes of people you know in real life. Derek's career choice is more about a need to make money and take care of family while Talia's career is driven by her need to make everyone happy around her. She's responsible and closed off -- the perfect opposite of the open and passionate Derek. Together, this couple creates a balance that is incredibly sexy and irresistible.  I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
As always, Foster delivers with her powerful writing and gut wrenching story. A masterful storyteller, Foster brings to life a love story that hits close to home and is so very real, it’s hard not to feel it personally. Between her dynamics characters and complex storyline wrought with passion, growth, and love, Love Like Ours is a an emotional investment one must prepare themself for. It’s hard not to gush about this story. Foster has proven herself time and again that she can not only write an entertaining story but a multidimensional one as well. Her characters like real people rather than creations and her stories are so engaging that, even those who come for the romance, stay for story. The only downside is the heroine’s “once bitten twice shy attitude.” Even with Foster’s lovable hero, great characters, and diverting storyline, this overused trope yet again rears its ugly head. While it is true that this is a very real thing, it is tedious at this point.
collyn23 More than 1 year ago
Melissa Foster is one of my favorite authors and I am always waiting for her next book to come out because they are always amazing and addicting. So when Love like ours came out I couldn’t wait to read it. I literally read it in a day it was so good I couldn’t put it down. Talia and Derek are complete opposites in life but also so alike that it makes them the perfect couple. Talia is a college professor who is careful, collected, and serious. She has no time for love since she’s been there done that with a horrible ending and she doesn’t need that in her life again. People’s opinions and ideas about her matter to her. Derek is such a compassionate caring person. He takes care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. He also goes to college to get a degree to open an adult facility for people like his father. Then at night he bartends and dances for tips. He does all this to help his dad and to help others but people look at him as just a stripper playboy which doesn’t bother him because he knows who he is and so does the people close to him. Together Derek helps Talia loosen up and stop worrying about others and just follow your heart and that only your opinion matters. It’s hard but she’s willing to try. Derek struggles a little either balancing everything important in his life and adding someone new. Will Talia get over him dancing? Will she be able to handle Derek’s father and how he controls a lot of his time? Can she open her heart again and not fear others judgment? Well, you have to get it to find out! Trust me you will love it!
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars Talia is a professor and the oldest, serious one in her family. But when she meets Derek at the bar where he bar-tends and dances, her world changes. Derek has so much more to offer besides his looks. While caring for his father who has Alzheimers, he goes to school and works to pay the bills and save for his and his father's future. He knows his future is to help people that can no longer help themselves and he wants to start a group home to help them. This is a heart-wrenching story that shows the effects that this debilitating disease can have on not only the person who has it, but on their family and friends. You have to fall in love with Derek because of his character ... he puts his father first in his life and even though he has every opportunity, he doesn't sleep around. Talia is just this quiet person just waiting for someone to help her break out of her shell ... and Derek is that person. They fall head over heels in love with each other. I received an ARC courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really well-written story about going out of our comfort zones and what we may find. Talia has been in a place that she felt safe. Missing out on life because she had been betrayed by an old boyfriend. When she almost runs over Derek literally her life changes. She is pulled out of her comfort zone and now has to take a leap of faith. Derek has a father with Alzheimer and is doing what he has to pay the bills. This is a sensual moving story about what true love means.
Jenthomason1109 More than 1 year ago
Talia Dalton is a professor at the local university and thanks to the meddling and distracting of her family on the phone one morning, she almost runs over the very sexy Derek Grant. Derek is a grad student, bartender, occasional male dancer, and most importantly – the caretaker for his father Jonah who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. After their initial, almost run-in, they luckily keep crossing paths until Talia is struggling to keep her feelings at bay for the amazing Derek. Between her being a professor, him being a male dancer, and the demands of caring for Jonah, Talia and Dalton have to face potential obstacles head on as their attractions and feelings grow. First of all, I challenge anyone that reads this novel to not fall in love with Derek. I assure you that it’s not possible. Sexy, smart, caring, loving, talented, and so on… He’s just incredible. Don’t get me wrong, Talia is great, but between the two of them, I feel that he is the stronger character. After meeting and finally acknowledging their attraction to one another, they have several issues to deal with, especially the fact that Derek lives and takes care of his father that is struggling in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Talia also has ongoing issues with Derek filling in at the bar as one of their male dancers, despite his explaining to her how much the money helps in saving for his dream of opening an adult day care center for others suffering from Alzheimer’s. I mean really, Talia, could he have a bigger heart or be more swoon-worthy? Typical of Melissa Foster’s novels, Love Like Ours is romantic, sexy, has the perfect amount of conflict, and plenty of laughs that make this a wonderful read. However, I feel that the best part of this novel is the family aspect. Talia’s incredible family just automatically includes Derek, Jonah, and the wonderful stand-in mom/caretaker that helps with Jonah. Her Dad and brother jump in ready to help with possible renovations and business ideas for Derek’s adult day care center. Talia’s sweet 5-year-old nephew jumps right in spending time with Jonah like they’ve been family forever, and everyone just accepts the situation with Jonah and all spend time together so beautifully that I cannot begin to count the number of times I reached for a Kleenex. And just wait for when Derek gives Talia’s mom the birthday gift that he made for her. I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t just teary-eyed, I was crying so much that my hubby came into the room to make sure everything was o.k. But they were happy tears! I have no idea how Melissa Foster continues to create such incredible characters and stories that are so touching and unforgettable, but what a gift she is! Her novels make you want that amazing romance, make you want to be more loving and caring towards others, and just make you want to strive to have the happiest life possible. Once again, I am in awe of her talent, creativity, and passion that result in novel after novel that touches my heart. Love Like Ours represents and embodies everything that I love about her writing and exceeds all expectations of a contemporary romance novel.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I want to go to Sugar Lake. The characters that live there are sweet, sexy, thrilling, amazing, and just wonderful in every way. Talia Dalton feels she is not sexy and not woman enough for any man after a disastrous college relationship. Then she meets Derek Grant, well she doesn’t exactly meet hi but almost run him over while distracted by her family. One look into those gorgeous blue eyes and she is gone. I love how professional Talia is. She works, she covers classes for her friend and co-worker while he is unable due to a sickness, and she takes care of said co-worker in her spare time. Derek is a dancer and a caregiver. He takes care of his father who has Alzheimer’s. He won me over instantly when he was honest about the time he must spend taking care of him and how he isn’t willing to let it go. With Talia’s protected heart and his loving heart their relationship can handle anything. I did want Talia to be a little stronger, not to dwell on her past relationship, not to worry about what her family would think, and definitely not to worry what her co-worker would think. She seemed a little meek to start with but grew stronger as the story went on and she learned to open her heart, trust Derek, and most importantly trust herself.
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
I love Melissa Foster, Sugar Lake and whole cast of characters in this series. Another great book, I can't wait for the next one!
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming, sexy, fun and emotional romantic journey that gives two sweetly charming charters a chance at true love that they were not planning on..... could not put it down. Talia Dalton is a smart, charming and determined to live her life with out a man after her last relationship went down hill.... Derek Grant is a sexy, sweet and deeply caring guy with a huge heart. They are perfect for each other and I was highly entertained from beginning to end.
StressedRach More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Melissa Foster, she is an amazing romance author and Love Like Ours was amazing like every other book I have read. This book is about Talia Dalton and Derek Grant, they meet in an extraordinary way and it seems they are a magnet for one another. What I liked about this book in particular is that I could relate to it more, it wasn't just another romance book, it had depth in it too, with Derek caring for his father who had early onset Alzheimer's which a family member of my own had and has sadly passed from this awful thing. The caring, the moments of lucidity, the moments of confusion and anger. Melissa Foster did a lot of research when writing this and it showed because she was spot on. Obviously, there was a happily ever after but there were twists and turns throughout. A fantastic book I would highly recommend it
arubaqueen More than 1 year ago
The book starts out with Talia talking to her family and they are set on her finding love and have her so distracted that she nearly runs a hunky Derek down. Derek has so much going on in his life, working, school and taking care of his father who has Alzheimer's that he hasn't really dated in years. That changes when he meets an interesting Professor...Talia. While they seem like an unlikely pair, she has to continually step outside her comfort zone to be with Derek and with his help she does just that. Her family is very close, loving and a true cast of characters, but they are quite accepting of Derek when they meet him and see how much he cares for Talia and just how happy she is. Derek's friends have become an extended family for him and they too, are very welcoming to Talia. Ms. Foster tackles the difficult subject of Alzheimer's and being a caregiver. You will laugh and cry as these two help each other. I wasn't ready for it to end as it did, so I'm hoping there'll be another book that will catch us up with these two and the plans Derek has for his business. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my review
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Talia, a professor at the local university, lives a life of consistency, control. Since a couple of her sisters have found love, they're always trying to set her up. While driving to work, Talia is distracted to the point of almost running over a man. Not just any man, but "Mr. Blue Eyes". He's absolutely gorgeous, but not at all her type. Yet she finds him intriguing. Making sure he's all right, Talia heads to class. Derek, a student who is one class shy of finishing his degree, is running late when he's almost hit by an incredibly gorgeous woman. After teasing Talia a bit, he rushes off to class. After class, he walks by a class in session hearing a familiar voice. Intrigued, he decides to listen to the lecture. Derek finds Talia to be an amazingly smart and beautiful woman. Even though Derek is not enrolled in the class, he attends a couple more lectures when not caring for his father or working. When Talia decides to take Derek up on his offer to meet up at a local high-end bar, she discovers Derek is a male dancer. Even though their chemistry is off the charts and Derek is captivating, Talia's not so sure she can get past Derek's current profession. Derek gently tells her, "It's what I do, not who I am". Best quote EVER!!! Even if she could accept Derek as a dancer, she knows nothing can happen between them as he is currently her student. Or so she thinks. I LOVED this novel. Derek and Talia's journey was so original and well written! Melissa Foster nailed it!!! The witty banter and intellectual aspects were endearing. Alzheimer's effects on the family and the difficulty in finding reliable care for suffering family members, are very real issues. Add in Derek's friends, support group...LOVED it! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.