Monday, August 7, 2023

NEW REVIEW: Hideaway Heart by Melanie Harlow


Hideaway Heart
 continues the Cherry Tree Harbor series with Austin's brother, Xander, and the woman he's doing security for, Kelly Jo. If you read the first book,  Runaway Heart, you definitely remember Xander-he knew exactly how to antagonize his brother with his big personality and his dares/bets. That big personality continues here. He's bossy and confident and stubborn which means he's met his match with Kelly, who is also bossy, confident, and stubborn. 

Xander becomes Kelly's part time bodyguard (for her vacation-time off from being a country music star- in his area) when his friend (her brother) asks him to watch over her; she's had some unsavory people involved in her security and her brother wants her safe. Xander agrees, since her brother basically saved his life, with some major preconceptions about what kind of girl she is. He thinks she's going to be an entitled, shallow person and so he goes in with that expectation. Meanwhile, Kelly wants complete isolation and has rejected the idea of having security and feels suffocated and not listened to when Xander shows up anyway. To add insult to injury, she's not entitled or shallow and doesn't like being treated that way. So obviously, when they meet (that's a fun scene!), they are immediately rubbing each other the wrong way. 

As they get to know each other, level heads appear and then we get to see them for who they are. They're both bossy and stubborn and confident and under all of that bravado, vulnerable and hopeful romantics. They both want a partner who loves them for who they are, who support their various dreams and endeavors, and who can be trusted to be faithful and true. This is not a case of opposites attract but like recognizing like. What starts as one passionate night that maybe shouldn't have happened blossoms into a deep and abiding love. They become true partners and friends. 

Hideaway Heart features all of the things we love about Melanie Harlow: hilarious banter and inner monologues, sweet romance with a side of steam. With more siblings to fall in love, I'm looking forward to the next books in the Cherry Tree Harbor series. 


She's a country music star trying to escape the spotlight. He's the scorching hot bodyguard she doesn't want on her vacation. And there's only one bed. 


Hideaway Heart by Melanie Harlow is now live! 


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.



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Meet Melanie


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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