Monday, March 7, 2022

REVIEW: Taste by Melanie Harlow

TASTE, an all-new enemies-to-lovers, small town romantic comedy filled with emotion and laughter from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow is live now!


In the last six months, I rediscovered Melanie Harlow's novels and I want to kick myself for not reading every single one as they released previously. There's almost an entire series I somehow missed and while I'm excited to have something of hers to read to tide me over until her next novel, I still wish I hadn't missed them at all. That being said, I *am* really enjoying getting lost in her cross over world she's created with the children of some of my original favorite characters. This is especially the case in Taste with Gianni and Ellie. 

I knew when I saw them sparring in Ignite that I would have so much fun reading their love story and I was not wrong. Their bickering is fun to read, even if it's not always fun for them to experience, and it makes their chemistry that much stronger, explosive, even, at times, when they finally can't deny the *thing* that exists between them. And as much fun as the building tension is, it's even more fun to read their eventual capitulation. They both try to talk themselves out of the things they're feeling, trying to blame things on this or that but ultimately, they're just meant to be and no amount of trying to ignore or avoid it won't work...though Ellie really does try very hard to put her head in the sand. Giving credit to where credit is due, Gianni smartens up much quicker than I think anyone would expect, is sweeter than I thought he would be, and is exactly the man Ellie needs. Ellie, meanwhile, is fierce...fiercely protective of herself, the biggest grudge holder, and the holder of a flame for Gianni that burns so hot, I don't think she even realizes it until it's almost too late. 

Loved these two together, especially when their story involves one of my favorite tropes, and I'm hoping the next book in this series comes out soon because I'm addicted to these characters and this series. 

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.

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About 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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