Saturday, March 22, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: FRENCHED BY MELANIE HARLOW (REVIEW)


Releasing March 18, 2014
A  Sexy Adult Contemporary Romance


Mia Devine plans over-the-top weddings for a living. So when it comes to her own nuptials, she spares no expense—hand engraved invitations, Vera Wang gown, luxury honeymoon in France. And since her fiancé is Tucker Branch, playboy heir and notorious flirt, local media is obsessed with every little detail.

Which is why it really sucks when he jilts her a week before the wedding.

Mortified, Mia wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity, right after blabbing to the world how fitting it is that Tucker will inherit a bolt and screw company, because that’s all he wants to do—screw, and bolt. And he doesn’t do either with much finesse.

When her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, she grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of a week in Paris alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The free-spirited musician’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy La Vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with him is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?


OUR REVIEW:

Struggling to write this review...hmm...should we make a list? That seems like such a fun thing to do. Yes..LIST!...No. Not a list. That is exactly what everyone else will do. Step away from the list, Shelley. Gah. Fine.  LMAO. Right. I too am a lover of lists, so it was very easy to fall in love with Mia right away. Or okay, for me it was after she said the phrase "Tucker, the fucker." I laughed. A lot. 

This novel came on the heels of an extremely dark read and it really couldn't come at a better time. I needed a fun, funny, sexy read to snap me out of my dark and brooding mope and this was perfect. The writing was clean and quick and funny and a fantastic balance of dialogue + internal monologue + description. Melanie Harlow had the perfect touch when it came to editing it to becoming exactly what it was. 

Yes. How is it we always find the perfect thing to read next? It couldn't have been better to have this on the calendar for today. It is daunting for me to read someone I've never read before because what you know is comfortable and safe...but I'm really glad we read this book. I loved Melanie's writing, and the pace like you sorta kinda said was perfection. Nothing was too much. Not too fast or too slow for me...and you don't even know how awesome I find this! 

The characters, Mia and Lucas, were adorably sweet and sexy and hesitant and fun. The fun, sweet, and hesitant part I picked up immediately and enjoyed. The sexy came a little later..and H-O-L-Y H-E-L-L...it was hotter than hot. So hot. Did I mention it was hot..because, yeah...it was...hot. Of course the list making and the spontaneity were added pluses as were the lush Paris sights...god, I want to see those sights. But you know what...some of my favorite scenes outside of the sexy ones and the sweet dinners and, well, everything..were the kisses. Those kisses ranged from sweet to searing and I wanted in on every single one of them. (I am totally imagining your voice right now, saying this paragraph. So fracking cute!) 

Melanie Harlow can write the hell out of a kiss! And sex. Hot, hot sex. Have we overused the word hot yet? Because, I mean. I could say it again. (Just kidding) I really fell in love with Lucas the most, even though I loved Mia and I loved Paris. He was refreshing. I couldn't put my finger on why Mia's reaction to his description bugged me so much at first...because it definitely bugged her. A lot. But it was because he wasn't the typical description for a bad boy or an alpha male or whatever else is lining the shelves of our books these days. He's Lucas. And he is snarky and intellectual and smart and....and....stop me....anytime....Oh and doesn't put up with her crap. That was so awesome. He didn't let her get away with her neurosis and he made her truly live in the moment. And that was the best. 

So to sum up, I want to be the heroine in the novel. I'll even take the being jilted and the obsessive list making if it means I get to have the most perfect Paris non-honeymoon, meeting the man of my dreams, having the best sex of my life, and seeing the sights dream life that Mia experiences in Frenched. Mmmmm. Yes. And even in all of what you just said...I didn't feel their time together was too fast. It was seriously an exceptional story. And fun. Don't forget how much we like to have dirty, flirty fun. This is a great choice if that's what you're looking for!! 

Shelley: 5 stars 
Courtney: 5 


About the Author
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. I write New Adult historical and contemporary stories.





1 comment:

  1. Super awesome review guys! I'm soooo excited to read this - my review will be coming up soon. :) Melanie Harlow knows how to write a kiss for sure! I read her book, Speak Easy, which I highly recommend! :)

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