From This Moment, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is LIVE!
From This Moment by Melanie Harlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: October 10th, 2017
It was like seeing a ghost.
When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.
But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.
He says he doesn’t care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson–love doesn’t always win.
If only my heart would believe it.
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There are defining moments in everyone’s lives and for Hannah and Wes, the day Wes returns home sets in motion an array of overwhelming and unexpected feelings – ones that are as painful as they are empowering and ones that no-one can truly understand because the situation that Hannah and Wes find themselves in is not something anyone could have ever anticipated, which makes what occurs quite contradictory, making Hannah and Wes’ blossoming relationship both taboo and essential.
Melanie Harlow does an amazing job of illustrating how Hannah processes her grief and how her life becomes all about protecting and loving her daughter despite how heartbroken she is. Hannah is an incredible heroine who is always clear on who she is and what she wants despite how others treat her, especially when they realize that Hannah is trying to move on, and the person who does her damnedest to crucify Hannah for her choices is her ex-mother-in-law. I don’t think I could have handled that woman as gracefully as Hannah does and while her mother-in-law’s barb do puncture her at times, Hannah does her best to remain untainted by that witch’s judgments, which is how she can endure all that nastiness that is thrown her way.
Wes is quite the enigma. Harlow paints him as a protective, gentle, and honorable man and while he is all of those things, he also likes control and likes to dominate Hannah in the bedroom, which is a side to Wes that comes out in only certain situations and damn are those moments HOT!
Hannah and Wes’ story is consumed with angst due to who they were to one another in the past and who they’re becoming to men to each other in the present…the past is a heavy burden for both of them and it’s difficult to forget who held Hannah’s heart first, but it’s clear that once Hannah comes to terms with how she feels for Wes, she does her best to live in the present, no longer dwelling on what she lost but enjoying what she’s found when she least expected it.
From the moment Hannah and Wes reconnected, their friendship started to heal their wounds and free them from their respective pasts. Both of them needed to understand that the only opinions that truly mattered were their own and the little girl who owns their heart, and while both Hannah and Wes make some decisions that make things difficult, it’s made clear that they’ll weather the heartbreak, the pain, and the judgments together as a united front, continuing to move forward despite other’s plans to keep them in the past.
The heart wants what the heart wants, regardless of judgmental attitudes, guilty thoughts, or feelings of betrayal, and in Melanie Harlow’s newest release, From This Moment, this idea is tragically and beautifully illustrated, forcing characters and readers down an emotional and angst-driven path – one that proves that new love can be found even after extraordinary loss and that a man who in many ways is identical to the one who left this world can be the soothing and healing balm that’s needed to start living and feeling again.
Such a beautiful and emotional story!
4.5 Poison Apples
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About the Author
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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