REVIEW: Tempt by Melanie Harlow


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You’ve heard the story about the wedding planner who falls for the groom?

Well, this is the one where she falls for his father.

And that groom? He’s my ex.

I didn’t realize who the gruff, gorgeous older man was the night he rescued me from a creep in a Manhattan hotel bar. All I knew was that a hot, bearded stranger with a protective streak showed up right when I needed a reminder that real gentlemen still exist.

(Although he left his manners behind after asking me up to his room.)

It was the hottest night of my life, but I never thought I’d see the former Navy SEAL again.

Imagine my surprise at the rehearsal dinner one week later, when my sexy one-night stand is introduced as the father of the groom. Even more surprising? That temptation we felt in New York was no fluke.

In public, we pretend there’s nothing between us.

In private, we can’t keep our hands off each other.

The situation is beyond complicated. Zach never even knew he’d fathered a child until recently, and he wants to earn his son’s trust and respect. As for me, I’m looking for a man who wants to start a family, and Zach has made it clear he’s not that man. He’s fifteen years older, newly divorced, and he lives across the country.

But no matter how many times we draw the line, we keep crossing it.

Nothing so wrong should ever feel so right.

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Tempt is the final book in Melanie Harlow’s Cloverleigh Farms series, and she really sent the series off with a bang. I love a forbidden romance, and while age-gaps aren’t at the top of my favorite tropes list, this was an absolutely fantastic one. This was one of those stories that grabbed my attention from the start and held it as I devoured it. One of my favorite things about this book, though, were the Corinne Michaels Easter eggs. What a wonderful surprise they were!

Millie, a plus-size wedding planner, and Zach, the father of her ex and a client whose wedding she’s planning, lit up the pages with their passion and their chemistry. Their attraction sizzled from the start, and the illicit nature of their relationship just made everything that much sexier. The secrets, the sneaking around, the whole how-can-something-this-wrong-feel-so-right vibe set the whole mood for the book and gave it a completely addictive quality.

Tempt was a heart-racing, high-heat, hard-fought forbidden love story with a bit of heart-ache along the way. Sexy and swoony and full of sweet romantic struggle, Tempt was the perfect finale to a favorite series. Tempt by Melanie Harlow gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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