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I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.
In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.
Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.
Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.
Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement will keep his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.
He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.
And we don’t stop there.
We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.
Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?
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I adored Melanie Harlow’s Cloverleigh Farms series, and I am absolutely loving the romances of the second generation of characters in that series. Full of all kinds of feels, these stories are have been wonderfully sexy, swoony, romantic escapism reads that I cannot get enough of! Harlow is clearly in her element when penning a small-town romance, and her endearing characters, charming communities and passionate love stories are precisely the kind of feel-good stories I want to read right now.
Friends-to-lovers stories is one of my favorite trope elements, and Tease was a heart-tugging one dating back to the hero and heroine’s childhood. Felicity and Hutton were quirky, nerdy childhood best-friends who bonded as adolescents, and when Felicity sticks her foot in her mouth leading up to high school reunion, Hutton has to ride in to her rescue. Between shopping for a ring and practicing kissing, their fake relationship morphs into something very real, and I was there for every second of that shift! They were the kind of couple you just couldn’t help but root for, and I was cheering them on every second of the way.
Tease was such a heartwarming and sexy love story—I loved every single moment of it. Hutton and Felicity have been friends fighting their pull for years, and this created the kind of longing that really tugs at your heart. Add in all of that explosive chemistry, the deep emotion and the fact that they were *this* close to what they both wanted, and this was a deliciously addictive, tender and romantic love story. Tease by Melanie Harlow gets 4.5 smooches from me!
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