Release Blitz: Hideaway Heart: Melanie Harlow

by - Monday, August 07, 2023

(Cherry Tree Harbor #1)
Melanie Harlow
Releasing: August 7, 2023
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All I wanted was a break—two weeks off from being Pixie Hart, country music sensation, and fourteen days of peace, privacy, and solitude as plain old Kelly Jo Sullivan.

But thanks to some overzealous paparazzi, my family refuses to let me go anywhere alone, and I’m stuck sharing this tiny cabin with a tall, dark, and bearded bodyguard.

And guess what? There’s only one bed.

Well, he can couch it.

Xander Buckley might be hotter than a stolen blow torch, and I get that he’s a former Navy SEAL and all, but the man gives new meaning to the words overbearing, overprotective, bossy alpha male. I can’t even post a photo on social media without him warning me it’s not safe, or take a morning jog without him following behind.

But he’s made it clear that what he says goes, and if I don’t like it, I can kiss my vacation goodbye.
Instead, I end up kissing him.

I don’t even know how it happened—one minute we were at each other’s throats, the next we were at each other’s mercy. What’s even more shocking is how good we are together. He understands my need for freedom, and I understand his need for control.

But emotional trust doesn’t come easily to me. And we’re on two completely different paths.

Without question, I’d put my life in his hands.

Just don’t ask me to give him my heart.

Ex-SEAL and former Jackson Security operative, Xander Buckley is getting his life on track in Cherry Tree Harbor. He is getting ready to open his new bar, making plans to settle down, and spending time with his family. But a phone call from someone he feels he owes is about to complicate things by asking him to guard his celebrity sister for two weeks. 

Kelly Jo Sullivan just wants peace and does not want anything to do with a guard or her brother's friend. But she finds out pretty quickly that Xander is as stubborn as she is. She is America's Country Sweetheart but she is tired of the act and bowing down to the record label and expectations. She wants to distance herself from Nashville for a while especially her country star ex and others wanting a piece of her.

Xander is bossy, controlling, and protective but he lets her be herself and makes her feel safe. Kelly is strong-willed, sweet, sassy, funny,  and never wants to let anyone down. They challenge and push each other. And their chemistry is undeniable. 

One bed. Tons of chemistry. Secret romance. A set timetable. They live two completely different lifestyles, have different views on relationships, and both have roots in their locations. All it could ever be is a vacation fling. Hearts should be guarded.

This is a fun, antagonistic, passionate, opposites-attract, forced-proximity, bodyguard-celebrity romance. It brings the banter and spice, but it is also about trust, security, empowerment, and finding that person that makes you better. I enjoyed these two together so much and how they balanced, supported, and challenged each other so well. I  also loved getting more with Xander's family. I am looking forward to more with his siblings, Devlin, Dash, and Mabel, and Mabel's friend, Ari. There has already been a bit of teasing. And there are some fun cameos too. 

(Cherry Tree Harbor #1)
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Kim's 4.5+ star review

Yes, I’m a single dad who needs a nanny for the summer.

But hire the stranded runaway bride who shows up on my doorstep in a wedding gown with no references, no skills, and no experience?

No one is that desperate.

Except within twenty-four hours, down-on-her-luck Veronica Sutton manages to charm my kids, my family, and half the population of Cherry Tree Harbor into believing she’s perfect for the job.

And for me.

It’s not that I can’t see the appeal–those baby blue eyes? The endless legs? That mouth made for trouble? But I’ve got enough on my plate, raising two kids on my own and keeping the family business alive. I don’t have the time or the inclination to fall for an outspoken city girl.

So I should have kept my hands to myself.

Holding her in my arms was a big mistake. Even worse? Spending the night together. She ignites a possessive fire in me that I’m finding hard to snuff out.

But the most unforgivable? Growing attached to the sound of her laugh, the scent of her skin, and the way her body wraps around mine in the dark.

At the end of the summer, she’ll be gone.
And if I’m not careful, she might run away with my heart.

Melanie Harlow 

USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow writes sweet, sexy, feel-good romance. She likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she's not writing or reading, she's probably at Orangetheory or watching Schitt's Creek again. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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