Feb 10

Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow Review

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In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.

Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?

For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.

Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.

Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.

But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.

But deep down, I’m terrified.

Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?

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I can’t get enough of Melanie Harlow’s beautiful writing. Her stories are addictive and unputdownable, the kind usually end up inhaling in a day. Her storytelling is deeply emotional, engrossing and full of all the feels, and I can’t help but get swept right up into her sweet, steamy romances.

I’ve read all the books in the Cloverleigh Farms series, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting Sylvia’s story. Unbreakable did not disappoint. A heart-tugging, heat-filled friends-to-lovers, small town romance with a distinct second-chance feel, the love story between Sylvia Sawyer and Henry DeSantis stole my heart. Both were just beginning the painful start-over phase after their marriages ended. Sylvia had just returned to Cloverleigh Farms, having moved back with her two kids to avoid the humiliation and heartache her husband’s infidelity caused. Henry is the winemaker at Cloverleigh, and he finds his solace in vineyard or in the wine room, working late into the night to avoid going home to his lonely, empty house.

Their chemistry was instant, but both were self-aware, not to mention hurt and damaged, enough to recognize that neither was ready for more than friendship. And while they try to ignore the attraction they both were feeling, it wasn’t long before they give in to it. I don’t mind an insta-love scenario – I’m a believer in love at first sight, so it doesn’t bother me at all. But this wasn’t quite that, and the way that Harlow crafted Henry and Sylvia’s relationship, while fast-paced, was right for them. Sometimes you just know, and in this case, they just knew. But their relationship did form at the speed of light and, for a single mother of two children still angry and reeling from the demise of their family, unfortunately, her kids weren’t ready for her to fall in love. My heart absolutely ached for them. Difficult and painful choices had to be made, and I felt the longing and disappointment right along with them.

Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow was a great addition to this fantastic family-based, small town romance series. Gut-wrenching emotion coupled with palpable passion and a journey to love that was at times bittersweet and a bit angsty, Sylvia and Henry’s hard-earned happily-ever-after was all the more rewarding for the struggles they endured and the love they found on the other side of them. Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow gets 5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo



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