BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Irresistible by Melanie Harlow

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“Sexy, heartfelt–did I mention sexy? With the perfect touch of the forbidden, Melanie Harlow has outdone herself with single dad Mack and Frannie’s story!”

— Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Irresistible, an all-new fun and swoony standalone from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!

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I’m a full-time single dad to three daughters and CFO at Cloverleigh Farms. I don’t have time to fall in love—I’m too busy trying to run a business, keep the red socks out of the white laundry, and get the damn pillowcases on without owing a dollar to the swear jar.

Sure, Frannie Sawyer is beautiful and sweet, but she’s twenty-seven, the boss’s daughter, and my new part-time nanny—which means she’s completely off-limits. It’s bad enough I can’t stop fantasizing about her, what kind of jerk would I be if I acted on the impulse to kiss her?

(Exactly the kind of jerk you’re thinking.)

Actually, I’m worse than that—because I didn’t stop with a kiss, and now I can’t stay away. She makes me feel like myself again. She reminds me what it’s like to want something just for me. She’s everything I ever needed, but nothing I ever imagined.

I’m a former Marine. I should have had the strength to resist her from the start.

But I didn’t. And now I have to choose between the life I want and the life she deserves.

Even if it means giving her up.

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My Review

What is it about single dads that make them so appealing in romance stories?

Perhaps it’s the fact that they seem to truly understand how precious his time his with his kids despite the chaos that surrounds their daily lives. Or, it could be because they have no problem showing love and affection to their children and go out of their way to protect and cherish them at all costs.

So just knowing that Mack is a single father to three beautiful girls amps up his appeal and makes it quite easy to fall in love with him as soon as he shows just how much they mean to him and what he’s willing to do to put them first. And I think the fact that Melanie Harlow doesn’t just show all of the happy and fun times that Mack experiences with his three daughters but also offers an insider’s view of their chaotic life and the maelstrom of schedules, lunches, and laundry that Mack must work through each and every day adds a realistic perspective to this single business man’s challenge to make it to the end of each day just to turn back around and start it all over again.

Mack wears many different hats as a single dad running a business and raising three daughters, which means there’s not much time for himself – no easy way to have something just for him – so the fact that he’s attracted to his boss’ youngest daughter is not something he can act on, not only due to the forbidden aspect of any kind of non-plutonic relationship existing but also because, when everything is said and done, he really doesn’t have much room in his life for anything else, especially something that could end his career as well as hurt his children in the process.

But sometimes the right person is just too irresistible to give up and based on the way Mack and Frannie look at each other and connect on the most basic of levels, what’s between them is not something that can be ignored, even if it makes their lives exponentially more difficult.

Because of the complicated situation that Mack and Frannie create when they give into their attraction and their feelings for one another, problems arise that have no easy answers, which means that even though these two can’t seem to stay away from each other, their path to a happily ever after is a struggle, not only because of Mack’s responsibilities at home and at his job, but also because he has more than just himself to think about, so it’s difficult to put himself ahead of his girls, even if that means sacrificing his happiness for theirs.

Melanie Harlow is known for her good guy heroes and Mack definitely fits that mold. He’s genuine and caring and he shows his girls just how much they mean to him. Mack and his daughters’ interactions were so fun to read and there were a plethora of swoon worthy moments when he was with them and then when Harlow brought Frannie into the mix, she proved just how well the five of them fit together, despite Mack and Frannie’s age difference, Mack’s position in Frannie’s family’s company and those well placed obstacles that seem to indicate there’s no way that a relationship between them could work.

I’m beyond excited for this series to continue – not only because of the main and secondary characters readers have met but because the setting of the series is in an environment that adds the perfect atmosphere for realistic stories about love, life, and laughter.

4.5 Poison Apples

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I was holding my breath.

I wasn’t even sure why, but it was something about the way Mack was looking at me. And the tension in his body—the taut muscles in his neck. The grip of his fingers on the edge of the counter. The set of his jaw. It gave the impression of restraint. Like he was holding himself back.

Something unfamiliar hummed in the air between us. I could feel it—he wanted me the way I wanted him.

No wonder I couldn’t breathe.

Then he cleared his throat and turned away from me, cutting off the current. “Sure. Everybody needs to make mistakes now and then.”

I’d forgotten I’d even asked the question.

He turned the sink on, rinsed his dishes, and placed them in the dishwasher. I stood there staring at his muscular back, at the width of his shoulders, at the snug fit of his jeans on his butt. If I were his and he were mine, I’d go over and wrap my arms around his waist, press my cheek to his back. Then he’d turn around, winding his arms around me. He’d lower his lips to mine, and—

“I should get you home,” he said, interrupting my fantasy. “Want to grab your coat?”

“Sure.” But I didn’t really want to leave. I wanted to stay in this warm, chaotic house with him and the girls. Pretend I belonged here. Pretend I belonged to him.

About Melanie

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 AFTER WE FALL series, 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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