REVIEW: Hideaway Heart by Melanie Harlow


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All I wanted was a break—two weeks off from being Pixie Hart, country music sensation, and fourteen days of peace, privacy, and solitude as plain old Kelly Jo Sullivan.

But thanks to some overzealous paparazzi, my family refuses to let me go anywhere alone, and I’m stuck sharing this tiny cabin with a tall, dark, and bearded bodyguard.

And guess what? There’s only one bed.

Well, he can couch it.

Xander Buckley might be hotter than a stolen blow torch, and I get that he’s a former Navy SEAL and all, but the man gives new meaning to the words overbearing, overprotective, bossy alpha male. I can’t even post a photo on social media without him warning me it’s not safe, or take a morning jog without him following behind.

But he’s made it clear that what he says goes, and if I don’t like it, I can kiss my vacation goodbye.

Instead, I end up kissing him.

I don’t even know how it happened—one minute we were at each other’s throats, the next we were at each other’s mercy. What’s even more shocking is how good we are together. He understands my need for freedom, and I understand his need for control.

But emotional trust doesn’t come easily to me. And we’re on two completely different paths.

Without question, I’d put my life in his hands.

Just don’t ask me to give him my heart.

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Hideaway Heart by Melanie Harlow is the second book in her Cherry Tree Harbor series. Harlow flawlessly weaves together the bodyguard-falls-for-the-celebrity storyline with the cozy charm of a small-town setting. Her masterful storytelling brings to life an endearing cast of characters. As the sparks fly between the strong, protective bodyguard and the charismatic country star seeking a break from the grind of her celebrity, Kelly and Xander begin a journey filled with humor, heart and sizzling chemistry. The forced proximity, single bed situation created an electric dynamic between them and ramped up their emotional rollercoaster, keeping me hooked from start to finish.

Melanie Harlow delivered a captivating romance in Hideaway Heart that was charming, steamy and emotionally satisfying. The small-town backdrop adds a layer of authenticity to the story, and I was as invested in the community and as I was the characters’ lives. Harlow’s storytelling flows effortlessly, and she seamlessly blends heart-tugging moments with humorous ones. A perfect mix of witty banter, tender moments, sexy romance and a dash of suspense, Hideaway Heart was an engaging, unputdownable page-turner that kept me smiling the whole way through. Melanie Harlow’s Hideaway Heart gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo



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