Discretion by Karina Halle ~ Review & Teaser (@MetalBlonde)

I do love it when Karina Halle releases a book, and once I came across this one, you know I had to get it. It wasn't always smooth sailing for Sadie and Olivier, they faced a lot of family issues. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, where I fell for the characters, but my heart ached too.
Discretion (The Dumonts, #1)
Title: Discretion
Author: Karina Halle
Series: The Dumonts #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 6th 2019

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From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a delicious saga of wealth, luxury, and scandal—and the wicked secrets of success behind an envied family dynasty.

The Riviera means indulgence—if you’ve got money. For Sadie Reynolds, a down-on-her-luck student, the Riviera means dingy hostels and back streets. When a wrong turn puts her in jeopardy, the last thing she expects is to be saved by the most handsome stranger she’s ever locked eyes with. When she later wakes up in a luxury suite with a Mediterranean view, she’s in the tender care of her rescuer: Olivier Dumont, France’s most eligible bachelor, billionaire hotelier, and heir to the Dumont fashion fortune.

Olivier also owns his reputation for scandal. But Sadie is unlike any woman he’s ever met. Her humble persona and wild innocence promise real passion. He’s promising Sadie something too: anything she wants. From Bordeaux to Cannes to Paris, Sadie’s past in America is swept away and replaced with a fantasy too good to be true.

Pulled into Olivier’s orbit of wealth, glamour, and excess, Sadie discovers that the Dumont dynasty comes with a legacy of wicked secrets. And Olivier’s secrets may be the most damning of all…

Karina Halle is another one of those authors that releases a book and I have to grab it. I enjoyed watching Sadie and Oliver meet and fall for one another. Here's a few other factors I want to point out:
  • I really enjoyed the relationship between Sadie and Olivier, how they were from different world's and met purely by chance. They spent a lot of time together before having to go back to reality.
  • I liked that Sadie was willing to stand up for herself and face any danger thrown at her. She may be frightened on the inside but she acted tough.
  • Olivier was such a strong man, who allowed his mistakes rule him. It really saddened me that he carried the burden and didn't discuss them until he met Sadie. I wished that he had opened up more to his close family, as it would've saved him some heartache.
  • They had an immediate connection, I could see their feelings were growing rapidly and it wasn't going to be long before they acted on their instincts.
  • There was a touch of suspense and intense moments woven throughout the story arc, which kept me on edge and thinking what may happen between Sadie and Olivier.
  • It was interesting meeting Olivier's family. I loved his sister and father, however his extended family sure are different... I think my opinion on one of his cousins changed throughout the read, however the others are truly despicable.
  • I didn't like how a few threads were left open, and I'll have to read Seraphine's book to see what happens with the Dumount business.
Overall, I really loved getting to know Sadie and Oliver. They were so good together and I was glad they were able to stick together. I'm keen to see what happens next to the Dumount business, despite not wanting to see some characters again!

It was fun watching these two flirt around one another!

“And my lack of bathing suit?”
“I just went in naked.”
“I didn’t see anything,” I tell him quickly.
“No? That’s a shame. It was the whole point.”

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“You’re too beautiful for words,” he whispers to me, his lips brushing against mine. “None of the words in English will do. None of the words in French will do either. There is no language that can describe what I see before me.”

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Karina HalleKarina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Other reviews featuring Karina Halle 
Royal Romance series 
The Wild Heir #1
The Swedish Prince #2
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The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata ~ Review & Teaser (@marianazapata_)

Mariana Zapata has become one of those authors that I pick up once she releases something new. Once again I wasn't disappointed, I fell in love with the whole family and was grateful I was able to be part of the DeMaio circle of trust!
The Best Thing
Title: The Best Thing
Author: Mariana Zapata
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 7th 2019

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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

I discovered Mariana Zapata earlier this year and have devoured a number of her books. When I realised she had released a new book, I was excited to grab it and read it. The Best Thing was a beautiful read, a second chance romance with a twist! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lenny and Jonah, while watching their connection reignite!

Lenny was such a strong and determined woman who was willing to do anything for her family. She had given up on seeing Jonah again, and when he came back he was determined not to leave. She was resentful at first, always calling him names in her head. However the more time he was around, the less she did that and I could see the shift in her heart.

I could see that Jonah was truly sorry for letting Lenny go. He worked hard to earn the trust back from her and also her granddad Gus and their friend Peter. Jonah was around every chance that he could, but never put any real pressure on Lenny. Jonah was a sweet and incredible guy, who really had a heart of gold.

Mariana Zapata sure knows how to weave a story. I liked that this particular story gave us a glimpse of Luna and Rip too! The story builds slowly as I got to know the characters and hooked me until that final page. I laughed, I swooned and even shed a tear, as I watched Jonah work his way into the DeMaio circle of trust. I cannot wait to read what Mariana Zapata has for us next!

This was a nice moment between Lenny and Jonah. He had worked his way under her skin and she was ready to recognise her feelings.

“What are you thinking?”
I glanced up at the intent face focusing on me, and just went for it because why not? Because I was scared of what he’d say? That should make me want to do it more often.
Life was short. You either took what you wanted or you didn’t. You either regretted not doing something or you regretted failing. Not doing something would keep me up at night. But it was failing that I could laugh at eventually and get over.
So I told him, because that was who I was. Who I had always wanted to be. “That I had wished you had liked me more before—”
He groaned. “I did, Lenny. I liked you heaps. I never forgot about you.”
“You didn’t let me finish,” I said. “And that I also really like you, and I was thinking that maybe I shouldn’t, but maybe I should because you might end up breaking my heart, but you might not. What do you think?”
His slow blink had me smiling at him.
“Too blunt, huh?”
His own small smile crept across that handsome, happy face. “Nah, just perfect.” He shook his head, that smile growing. “I won’t be breaking any hearts. You can take my word for it.”

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Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while. In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words. Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

Other reviews featuring Mariana Zapata
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Wait for It
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Handle With Care by Helena Hunting ~ Review & Teaser (@HelenaHunting)

Hey guys! I realised I missed a week of posting on the blog... sorry about that, but I'm back today with a book that was released 2 weeks ago. It's been a while since I've read Helena Hunting, and I quite enjoyed this one! Wren was a take charge kind of girl, and Linc was a man trying to create his own path in life... it was a fabulous journey!
Handle With Care (Shacking Up, #5)
Title: Handle With Care
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 27th 2019

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Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman

Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.

I've read a few of the books in this series, but not all of them, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed meeting Linc and Wren. Their initial meeting was hilarious, despite Linc not really remembering it. So it was entertaining to see their relationship grow and how Linc remembered bits and pieces.

I admired what Lincoln actually did for a job, and despite being drawn away from his work to step into the family business, he was able to juggle everything, with the help of a pushy Wren. She took control of everything to create a positive image for Linc, and even though they clashed a little in the beginning, I could see the attraction growing between them.

Wren was a no-nonsense woman, and I loved her take control attitude. The way she put Linc's brother in her place was amusing, and she didn't allow people to run over her. She took her time with Linc, allowing him to open up to her and she's probably the first person who understood him.

I didn't really like Linc's mother or brother, however I did love his grandmother. She was an honest and kind woman who did all she could to look out for her grand children.

This was a good read, but there were moments where I rolled my eyes, however I loved how believable Wren and Linc were. A little of the drama was dragged out, but I was happy that they both stood up and took control. They had amazing chemistry and were definitely stronger together!

This was quite an amusing and awkward first kiss... but Linc was obsessed with Wren's lipstick!

“What the—”
He’s still gripping my hair in his fist, so when he comes back in and sucks my bottom lip roughly between his, all I can do is yelp. He backs off again, still wearing that furrowed brow as he rubs over my lips with his thumb. It’s tender from all the kissing, so I whimper.
“How is that lipstick still on?” He swipes the back of his hand across his mouth and checks for marks. “It should be smeared all over your damn face.”
I bark out an incredulous laugh. “It’s a stain. It doesn’t come off.”
“It’s a lip stain; it’s not supposed to come off. I can eat a burger, and it doesn’t go anywhere.”
“Well . . . damn.” Lincoln is still frowning. “How do you get it off?”
“I have a special remover.”
“Oh. Huh.” He’s still staring at my mouth, still holding my hair while I straddle his lap. “So, kissing you isn’t going to make it come off?”
“Not even if we kissed for, like, the next six hours?”
“I’m sure it would wear off by then, but then, so would my lips. Any other questions?” I’m snarky because this is a bit awkward.
He shakes his head. “No. Uh, actually, yeah.” He moves his hand around to cup my ass through my skirt and pulls me in tight against him. “What do you think about taking this to the bedroom?”

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NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.

Other reviews featuring Helena Hunting
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The (Half) Truth by Leddy Harper ~ Review & Teaser (@LeddyHarper)

This is another new-to-me author thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription. This one was quite fun and I enjoyed Leddy Harper's writing and the characters she created. I hope to pick up more of her work soon!
The (Half) Truth
Title: The (Half) Truth
Author: Leddy Harper
Genre: Romance
Published: February 19th 2019

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From bestselling author Leddy Harper comes a sizzling romance about an aspiring young chef who may discover that the perfect recipe for love involves all accidental ingredients…

Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”

Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.

With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?

I haven't read Leddy Harper before, but The (Half) Truth sounded like quite the entertaining read! Although the book started with a sad and heartbreaking moment for Tatum, I was looking forward to seeing her grow her wings and find happiness once again.

What a character Tatum was! She would always get herself into awkward situations that would have you both cringing and laughing! She had a heart of gold though, but one little lie led her into a fair bit of trouble! I really enjoyed meeting Jason and see the spark back in his eyes after his move back to his home town. I could see that he had a connection with Tatum and they genuinely liked spending time together.

I liked that Tatum was close to Jason's family, and her best friend was actually Jason's cousin. Although Jason was a bit older than some of his cousins, he worked hard to show that he was not the same boy that he had been in high school.

I thought that this was a fun read and I was quite surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. I liked how Leddy Harper introduced the characters and created a world that was easy to be a part of. There were a few moments that had me scratching my head, but overall it was quite a fun read. 

Hehe... this one is a little fun, it made me swoon and smile!! 😜

“But that’s not why I’m coming over.”
“If it’s not for the sexual pleasure that I offer, what other reason is there?”
“You’ve had a craptastic day.” Somewhere, an angel sang.
“Good line, but you said you wanted to get what you’ve waited all day for.”
“Oh, you want the list? All right . . . to see your smile, look into your eyes, and for the love of God, I need to kiss you before I fucking go crazy. Your lips . . . damn. I’m convinced you lace your lipstick with crack or something.”

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Bestselling author Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey ~ Review & Teaser (@AuthorRSGrey)

I was a little surprised as to how much I enjoyed this read. I hadn't read R.S. Grey before, and honestly, I don't know what has taken me so long to try her work. I enjoyed meeting the characters and the amusing antics they got up to! 
Coldhearted Boss
Title: Coldhearted Boss
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 6th 2019

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I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.
Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.

I've been meaning to pick up something by R.S. Grey for a long time, so you know I snapped up this one while browsing the other day. After reading the description, I could see that it was going to be amusing, and that Taylor and Ethan would have intense chemistry.

From Taylor and Ethan's first encounter, I was hooked to this story! Taylor was sad and vulnerable, but was willing to take a chance with a good looking man, despite not knowing one another. However, her intentions changed and she was unable to follow through. She showed me that she was a good person and was willing to change her life her own way.

When they met again it was interesting to see that Ethan held a bit of a grudge, and the story unfolded as to why. I enjoyed seeing these two bicker, and the sexual tension continued to grow between them. Taylor had made mistakes, but it was good to see her do everything in her power to hold down this job to support her Mother and sister.

I really enjoyed this read, and watching the relationship between Taylor and Ethan grow. The author did a great job building the world and characters, which made it hard for me to put the book down. I felt the ending was a little rushed, however I am glad that they were able to get a happy ending and I saw how much their lives had changed. I am looking forward to more work from R.S. Grey! 

I loved how open and honest Ethan was in this moment!

“You asked me the other day if I was tired,” he says, using his other hand to lift my chin, bringing our faces closer. “Do you remember that?”
I say nothing. In fact, I don’t even move, so he continues.
“You wondered what it would be like if we put our weapons down. At the time, you mentioned friendship, which is why I rebuffed your offer. Friendship is for someone like Tanner, someone who is willing to sit around for two years and wait for the person he loves to make up her damn mind. Unfortunately, I don’t have Tanner’s patience. So again, you asked me if I was tired…” His sultry gaze is narrowed on my mouth as he says, “I’m fucking exhausted, so no more games. No more pretending I don’t love the way you look in this red bathing suit. No more pretending I don’t hunt for you every time you enter a room. No more pretending your wit and smart mouth aren’t the perfect match for mine.”

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels, including seven #1 bestselling romantic comedies. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard ~ Review & Teaser (@VictoriaAveyard, @harperteen)

Well, I finally made it! I picked up the final book to see how the journey ended. So much happened and it was action packed right up to the final chapters! I hope that we can come back to this world again one day!
War Storm (Red Queen, #4)
Title: War Storm
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #4
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 15th 2018

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Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

I took my time getting into the final book in the Red Queen series, because I really didn't want the story to end, and lets face it... it was a big book! Once again it was quite the adventure, with everyone facing so many hard times and tough hurdles to try and find peace and balance throughout all the lands.

Mare struggled with her feelings for Cal, and the distance between them allowed her to focus on the end game. I could see that the Red Dawn had a plan, and I was eager to see it all unravel. Cal was adjusting to the hand he was dealt, and tried to make it as easy as he could for all involved. He stepped up when he was required and made decisions that were beneficial to all parties involved.

It was interesting to see some alliances grow, where others crumbled under pressure. I was surprised by a few twists and getting extra perspectives really allowed me to see what was going on through each country.

By the time I finished the book, I felt a little relieved. All important threads were tied up and I was satisfied as to the direction everything was heading. I would've liked more of an epilogue with Mare, because I wanted to feel that happiness in her once again. But overall, I enjoyed the ride, fell for all the characters and hope that one day we can revisit this world!

This is a bit of a long tease, but it was hard to chop down. It was a big moment for these two in the middle of hard times.

Neither of us moves.
“I can’t,” I bite out, looking anywhere but his face.
He responds quickly, with force. “Neither can I.”
“But I also can’t—”
Stay away. Keep doing this. Denying ourselves in the face of always-looming death. Tiberias hisses out a breath.
“Neither can I.”
When we take the step forward together, from opposite directions, both of us laugh. It almost breaks the spell. But we keep walking, equal in motion and intention. Slow and methodic, measuring. He watches me, I watch him, as the space closes between us. I touch him first, put- ting my palm flat over his thudding heart. He inhales slowly, his chest rising beneath my fingers. A warm hand slips around my back, splaying wide over the base of my spine. I know he can feel my old scars through my shirt, the knobbled skin familiar to us both. I answer by curling my other hand at the nape of his neck, gently digging my nails into the lock of black hair.
“This doesn’t change anything,” I say against his collarbone, a firm line against my cheek.
I feel his answer in my rib cage. “No.”
“We aren’t making different decisions.”
His arms tighten around me. “No.”
“So what is this, Cal?”
The name has an effect on us both. He shivers, and I move closer, flattening against him. It feels like giving in, for both of us, though we have nothing left to surrender.
“We’re choosing not to choose.”
“That doesn't sound real.”
“Maybe it isn’t.”
But he’s wrong. I can’t think of anything more real than the feel of him. The heat, the smell, the taste. It’s the only real thing in my world.
“This is the last time,” I whisper before I cover his mouth with mine.
Over the next few hours, I say that so many times I lose count.

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Victoria AveyardVictoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen. 

She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, and continues pursuing her writing career while living full-time in Los Angeles, California.

The Red Queen series is currently being translated into 37 languages and counting.

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Undeniable by Melanie Harlow ~ Review & Teaser (#MelanieHarlow)

I've read a few of Melanie Harlow's books, so when a new read pops up, I try to give it a whirl! This one was a sweet read featuring a great cast of characters!
Undeniable (Cloverleigh Farms, #2)
Title: Undeniable
Author: Melanie Harlow
Series: Cloverleigh Farms #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 20th 2019

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When we were eleven, Oliver Ford Pemberton dared me to jump off a barn roof. He said you couldn’t break a leg from a 12-foot-jump.

He lied.

(You can also break a collarbone, which served him right as far as I was concerned.)

I wish I could say it was the last dare I ever took from him, the last bet I ever made with him, the last time I ever trusted Oliver Ford Pemberton.

But it wasn’t.

Because he had the nerve to grow up gorgeous, charming, and sexy. And as we got older, the dares only got dirtier—and the betting stakes higher—until finally, he left me in pieces. I swore I’d never talk to him again.

But twenty years after I took that flying leap, he’s back in my life, daring me to risk everything for him: my job, my self-worth, and my heart.

How many chances does love deserve?

This is the second book in the Cloverleigh Farms Series, but it's the first book that I've read. It seemed perfectly fine to read as a standalone as it featured a different couple to who appeared in the first book. To me this was like a second chance, friends-enemies-lovers kind of read, where I was able to see some of Chloe and Oliver's past, as well as how they interacted in the present. It had the right mix of amusement and swoon worthy intensity that I devoured this book quickly.

It was interesting to see that Chloe and Oliver had a bond from an early age, they were quite competitive and would often find themselves in trouble. Even in the present, they didn't back down from a challenge, despite their love/hate relationship. I really liked seeing them spend time together, however Oliver annoyed me a little when he could take charge in all aspects of his life, but couldn't make time for an adult conversation.

Despite the conversation hiccup, I really enjoyed this read. It was nice to see how close Oliver and Chloe's families were, so everyone was secretly hoping that they would get together. I liked seeing how their paths kept crossing in the past, and how it drove them to stand up and succeed for themselves in the present. Melanie Harlow introduced me to a cast of characters I would love to see more of! 

This was a nice moment where Oliver bared his soul to Chloe... made me swoon!

“I need to say something.”
“Okay.” I picked up my head and looked at him.
“I’ve never felt this way about anyone before. And I’ve never been more sure that something is right. I know it was a risk for you to trust me, but I won’t let you down.” His crooked grin appeared. “From now on, it’s you and me.”
Pure joy radiated through me. “Are you trying to make me fall for you, Oliver Pemberton?”
He grinned. “We don’t fall. We jump.”

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Melanie HarlowMelanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. Her stories are about modern couples falling in old-fashioned love, and even though romance is a fantasy, her heroes and heroines are everyday people with real problems who stumble on their way to happily ever after. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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