Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.
All he has to do is stay.
Any book with even a single reference to The Princess Bride is a winner as far as I am concerned. Add in the superb writing by Melanie Harlow, the emotions, the humor, the brilliant characters and people you like as much as you like Claire and Theo, and you get perfection.
Theo joins Levi from Some Sort of Love and Nick from Forked at the top of my favorites list of Harlow's Hot Heroes (I just made that up, but I think I am going with it). You just love him, you want him to get the more in life that he is denying himself because he doesn't think he deserves, or that he can trust it, due to his past. You feel for him, but you also feel his struggle.
Along with feeling Theo's struggle, you sympathize with Claire. She has trust issues of her own, so letting someone like Theo in, someone who believes they are destined to fail is, well, it's a jump off a ledge for her. There's no net, she is just going to have to trust him to catch her, or that life will catch her eventually, that the leap is worth it.
These were 2 people who were reluctant to take the leap into fully trusting the other person, to letting them in, to allowing them to see who they were-the good, the bad, the in-between. It was interesting to watch their journey, to see their evolution and how they ended up with their much deserved happy ending.
I loved so many little touches in this book. Their first meeting, the explanation he gives for the way he looks in the online photo, the mugs her family uses at holidays, The Princess Bride references. All of this made them into real people and not characters in a book.
As always, Melanie Harlow writes a perfectly paced story. The push and pull of the characters is enough to invest you emotionally without leaving you feeling like too much time is spent without them moving forward.
I could go on about this one, but I will leave it with saying that this book is exactly what you want it to be, from the beginning to the end.
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About the 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 VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. 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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