REVIEW: Runaway Love by Melanie Harlow



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Yes, I’m a single dad who needs a nanny for the summer.

But hire the stranded runaway bride who shows up on my doorstep in a wedding gown with no references, no skills, and no experience?

No one is that desperate.

Except within twenty-four hours, down-on-her-luck Veronica Sutton manages to charm my kids, my family, and half the population of Cherry Tree Harbor into believing she’s perfect for the job.

And for me.

It’s not that I can’t see the appeal-those baby blue eyes? The endless legs? That mouth made for trouble? But I’ve got enough on my plate, raising two kids on my own and keeping the family business alive. I don’t have the time or the inclination to fall for an outspoken city girl.

So I should have kept my hands to myself.

Holding her in my arms was a big mistake. Even worse? Spending the night together. She ignites a possessive fire in me that I’m finding hard to snuff out.

But the most unforgivable? Growing attached to the sound of her laugh, the scent of her skin, and the way her body wraps around mine in the dark.

At the end of the summer, she’ll be gone.
And if I’m not careful, she might run away with my heart.

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Melanie Harlow launches her new Cherry Tree Harbor series with Runaway Love, a quick, easy-reading and fun new contemporary romance featuring a runaway bride and grumpy single dad. I love Melanie Harlow’s writing style. It lends itself perfectly to the small-town trope. It’s cozy and warm while yet sweet, sultry and so very romantic. She’s also a very descriptive author, immersing her readers into these small towns and the worlds of her characters, and keeping them there with a creative, engaging plots and endearing characters.

Veronica lands in Cherry Tree Harbor on her wedding day after both the event and the relationship implode. Stranded in her wedding dress, she winds up at Austin’s house to apply for the job as the nanny to his adorable twins. A slow burn romance, Austin and Roni seemed to be in a constant state of will-they-or-won’t-they as their relationship built. The chemistry between them was electric, and they really struggled to keep it at bay. Austin’s grumpy nature was a stark contrast to Roni’s sunny yet spirited disposition. The forbidden love aspect of their relationship created a palpable tension that kept me fully invested in their story. The charming small town vibe was a captivating backdrop, and the side characters added depth and interest.

Runaway Love was sweet, steamy, swoony and sassy. I was looking for something lighter-hearted and this definitely fit that bill. The emotion in this story was just right–nothing too heavy, angsty or overly dramatic. With just enough heart, a good dose of humor and a whole lot of heat, this was a feel-good read that I devoured in a day. Runaway Love by Melanie Harlow gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo



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