REVIEW: Small-Town Swoon by Melanie Harlow


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Only in the movies does the Hollywood heartthrob fall for the small town diner waitress.

So when Dashiel Buckley returns to Cherry Tree Harbor for a wedding, I’m determined not to let my massive crush on my best friend’s older brother hijack my good sense.

(It happened once before. Do not recommend.)

But when my hand is injured, it’s Dash who steps in at the diner. The moment he realizes I can’t afford to fix my car, he takes care of it. And when he hears about the way my toxic ex treated me, he refuses to let it go.

Now it’s not just his blue eyes and sexy smile that have me swooning, it’s the way he wants to help me. Encourage me. Protect me.

I can’t resist.

Our text messages heat up. Our phone calls melt all my defenses. “Just friends” turns into “just once,” and “just once” becomes a distant memory. Night after night, he warms my bed, my body, and my heart.

But it can’t last.

Our dreams have us on two different paths–Dash wants the lights, camera, action of Hollywood, and I’ll always be a small town girl.

If only I could be his.

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Small Town Swoon is the fourth book in Melanie Harlow’s Cherry Harbor series, and it was a captivating read cover-to-cover. Harlow expertly captured the characters’ emotions as she took readers through the intricacies of a brother’s best friend/second-chance romance between Ari, the small-town girl, and Dash, the Hollywood heartthrob. The chemistry between Ari and Dash blazed, and their friends-with-benefits dynamic stoked the fire burning between them and kept me furiously tapping my Kindle.

Melanie’s impeccable storytelling skills brought the backdrop of this small town to life, infusing the setting with charm, warmth, and a nostalgic energy. Dash was a naturally protective hero, and the blossoming romance between him and Ari was heartwarming yet heady, swoony but sweet, and the authentic way this relationship evolved evoked a whirlwind of emotions in me. I laughed, I swooned, my heart soared and it raced as I rooted for Ari and Dash’s love to conquer all. A heart-warming, heat-filled and humorous romance, Small Town Swoon perfectly showcased Harlow’s innate talent for creating endearing characters and crafting their heartfelt love stories. Five smooches from me for Small Town Swoon by Melanie Harlow!

~Danielle Palumbo



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