Blog Tour: Taste: Melanie Harlow

by - Tuesday, March 08, 2022


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Release Date March 7, 2022

The last person on earth I want to be stranded with is Gianni Lupo.

But thanks to the blizzard of the century, I’m trapped in a roadside motel room with that cocky bastard for two straight days.

With one small bed.

Some women might thank Mother Nature for delivering a polar vortex that maroons them with six feet of solid muscle, those deep blue eyes, that sexy grin--but not me. I’ve known Gianni Lupo all my life, and he’s never brought me anything but bad luck and trouble.

So when the tension between us explodes with enough fiery heat to melt my icy defenses, I should have known what the disastrous end result would be--

A big fat plus sign.

After the snow melts, I’m left with more than just memories of the night we spent keeping each other warm. And he might be a rising star on the culinary scene, but he’s got no idea how to handle this bun in the oven.

He says he wants to do the right thing, but I’m not about to spend the rest of my life feeling like someone settled for me.

But just when I think I’ve got Gianni Lupo all figured out, he gives me a taste of the man he could be, of the family we could become, of the way he could love me if I let him.

I’m terrified of falling for him.

But one taste might be all it takes.

Ellie Fournier loves her job as a sommelier at her parent's Vineyard restaurant. She’s smart, sassy, and knows what she wants. But Gianni Lupo has now crashed back into her work and personal life. He is cocky, charming, popular, and bossy. They’ve been opponents since they were kids. He was the troublemaker and she was the goody goody. He knows just how to get under her skin and push her buttons. They speak in snark, barbs, scowls, and taunts. And now they’re working closely together at the Vineyard restaurant so it gives him more opportunity to drive her crazy. 

When he agrees to shuttle her on an out-of-town trip in bad weather, they find themselves snowed in. And during that time a lot of truths come out. And with all the sexual tension and swirling emotions,  things heat up. They swear that things that happen at the Pine Motel will stay at the Pine Motel, but that may not be how it happens for them.

These two are fiery, antagonistic, sarcastic, passionate, and combustible together. But she likes having stability and roots and he’s always looking for the next big thing. She doesn’t want to want him. He doesn’t think he’s good enough and his plans don’t include sticking around. She pushes him away. She thinks he wants to run. Both are afraid to really say what they feel and think and risk getting hurt. There are a lot of reasons to call a truce and even try for more, but they both need the other one to actually fight for them or at least admit that they have some kind of feelings. But these two are so stubborn, independent, and kind of clueless when it comes to the other one. Overcoming fears, communication, and trusting are not their strong points.

This is an opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers, forced-proximity, unexpected surprise, workplace romance full of feisty banter and feels. Gianni is just adorable and kind of swoony even though he could be a bit clueless at times. Ellie is strong-willed and really makes him work for it. They are quite dynamic together and fun to watch go at it.

It is part of a legacy series so it brings back their parents from previous books and also her friends from the series. I enjoyed how they all came together to try to help these two figure things out. I am looking forward to more in this series. I am hoping Felicity is next. 

Spin -off next generation series of

(Cloverleigh Farms#6/next gen #1)
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Melanie Harlow 

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 Ted, Lasso, Schitt’s Creek, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the BELLAMY CREEK series, the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, and the FRENCHED series. 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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