Unbreakable, an all new sexy and swoon-worthy friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!
5 Second Chance Crowns
I am a huge fan of Melanie, her words and stories bring to life such amazing characters, and this book is no different. Melanie has this amazing way of infusing such realism into her stories that you feel as if you are there with them going through the same trials and tribulations, but also all the heartwarming moments and passion. The Cloverleigh series has to be one of my favorites, every new book is even better than the one before.
Then I held out my arm and dropped the mic. It sounded terrible. It looked ridiculous. Santa was going to switch me to the Naughty list, and people were going to talk shit about me for years to come. But it felt badass.
I’ve really been itching for Sylvia’s story especially after Insatiable, I needed to know what was going to happen, and this story did not disappoint. My heart shattered for her from the very first chapter. I was angry on her behalf with the way she was treated by her supposed friends. But you better believe I fist pumped the air when she stood up for herself, “Yes, Queen!” Also, I feel at the same time it had to happen that way so that she could fully distance herself from her prior life and start over. Her strength to pack up and move back home to give her children and herself the time and distance to heal is inspiring. I could not imagine what it must feel like to go through
something like that. Is she scared? Hell yes who wouldn’t be. But she tries so hard not to let that fear run her life. And watching her come to back to life in this story left an indelible mark on my heart. Her and Henry are absolute perfection together, and their chemistry is through the roof, burst your Kindle into flames kind of chemistry.
We sipped at the same time, giving the wine a moment to lose its chill in our mouths, and I found myself thinking about her tongue. If I kissed her right now, I know exactly how she’d taste.
Henry Oh boy, this man is seriously All. The. Things!! He will have you swooning all over the damn place. His level of patience and understanding with Sylvia is enough to make anyone and I mean anyone fall in love with him. There connection is instant and soul deep. It’s the kind of connection that I think everyone is looking for and one that these two definitely deserve. Watching these to dance around their attraction and then finally giving into it is one of the best things I’ve read this year! They just have this easy kind of love that just naturally progressed through the story, it never felt forced or rushed, it just was.
“Nope. Where do you even find guys like that—good guys who’ll treat you right buy have that alpha male attitude behind closed doors? Is it a law enforcement thing? Maybe I should start hanging around the fire station.
These characters hold a special place in my heart, Melanie has crafted a rich and heartwarming second chance romance that will leave you breathless. Henry and Sylvia are what romance is made of with their sexy banter and the ease that comes from them just being together. Melanie has created magic with Cloverleigh Farms and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy.
In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.
Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?
For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.
Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.
Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.
But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.
But deep down, I’m terrified.
Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?
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“Want to unzip my dress?”
“That would be a hell yes.” He took my hand and pulled me to my feet. “Turn around.”
I turned, lifting my hair off my neck. Slowly, he pulled the zipper down my back, and the red dress fell to my feet. Stepping out of it, I suddenly felt self-conscious. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of a man without the cover of darkness in a long time. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of anyone but my ex since I was twenty—and I didn’t have that body anymore. I’d had two children. Even though I knew it was stupid, that nagging little prickle of insecurity still stung . . . I’d been left for a younger woman. He’d told her I didn’t excite him anymore. Was my body to blame? Before I could stop myself, I covered my chest with my arms, wrapping one fist inside the other and tucking them beneath my chin.
“Hey.” Henry turned me by the shoulder so I was facing him again. “Don’t do that.”
“What?” I had trouble looking him in the eye.
He tipped my chin up. “Don’t hide yourself from me.”
“I’m not hiding,” I said, but of course I was.
Taking me by the wrists, he forced my arms down to my sides, and looked at me.
I started to panic a little.
I was totally bare before him—stretch marks, C-section scar, less-than-perky breasts and all. Unlike many of my friends, I’d never had surgery to restore my post-baby body to its former tight, bouncy, unmarked state. Now I was kind of wishing I had.
I’d never felt so naked or vulnerable in my life.
“Sylvia, I’m going to say this once,” Henry said seriously. “And then, since you’ve learned not to trust words entirely, I’m going to spend the rest of the night showing you that it’s true—I think you are the most exquisite woman on the face of the earth, in every way. There is no part of your body, no inch of your skin, that isn’t perfect, because it’s yours.” He took my head in his hands and kissed me, hard but sweet. “And all I want to do is make you mine, even if it’s just for tonight.”
“Yes,” I whispered. I rose up on my toes, pressing my lips to his again while my hands went to work unbuttoning his shirt. “Make me yours tonight, Henry. That’s all I want to be.”
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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