REVIEW: Make-Believe Match by Melanie Harlow


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Fall in love with my enemy? No Way.

Marry him to save my family’s struggling ski resort? That’s a different story…

Getting hitched is the only way I can inherit Snowberry Lodge, and I’ll do anything to spare my childhood home from the wrecking ball-even wear Devlin Buckley’s ring on my finger.

Not that I’ll enjoy it.

Sure, he’s charming and handsome, and that no-last-names one night stand we shared ended with a fantastically big bang (I saw stars I hadn’t seen in six months, if you catch my drift).

But I’ll never trust him-he was working for the company trying to bulldoze my life.

Right up until the day he knocked on my door with an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Marry him, and he’ll help me restore my family’s crumbling resort to its former glory-and get revenge on his ex-boss in the process. Once our goals are achieved, we’ll go our separate ways.

It’s temporary. Strictly business. Purely for show.

Until I realize how much I like it when he says “my wife.”

Once we’re sharing a last name-and a bed-our make-believe match starts to feel a little too real.

And if I’m not careful I could lose everything…my home, my dreams, and my heart.

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Melanie Harlow’s Make-Believe Match was everything I love about small-town romances. Expertly weaving this enemies-to-lovers romance with heat and humor, she pairs two opposites who find themselves entangled in a marriage of convenience. Set against the backdrop of a charming small town, the story comes to life with endearing characters and an entertaining plot. Melanie’s writing was sharp, descriptive and engaging, and she masterfully balanced the witty banter with genuine emotion. The chemistry between Lexi and Devlin was palpable, and the slow burn build-up of their relationship was both satisfying and captivating.

Make-Believe Match was a heartwarming small-town romance, and as a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, it hit all the right buttons for me. Melanie executed the marriage of convenience plotline with finesse, creating magic with a grand gesture moment that made my heart race. The evolution of Lexi and Devlin’s relationship from adversarial to amorous was sweet and steamy, and the small-town setting was the perfect backdrop. Harlow’s stellar storytelling was an absolutely addictive blend of humor, heart and heat, and I simply didn’t want to put this book down. Five smooches from me for Make-Believe Match by Melanie Harlow.

~Danielle Palumbo




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