—Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
Insatiable, an all-new fun and flirty friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!
I didn’t mean to see him naked–it was an accident.
It had to be, right?
Because Noah McCormick and I have never been anything more than friends. In all the years I’ve known him, he’s never once laid a finger on me. And even though he was a cute lifeguard at 16 and a hotter-than-hell sheriff’s deputy at 34, he’s always been that protective guy I could trust to keep his hands to himself. I never wanted to mess with that.
Until I walked in on him getting out of the shower and saw his hard, muscular body totally bare and dripping wet. At that moment I never wanted to mess with anything so badly in my entire life.
I should have covered my eyes. Said I was sorry. At the very least, I could have handed him a towel.
After all, I was only in town for a few days, and he was just doing me a favor by escorting me to my sister’s wedding. It wasn’t a real date.
But I didn’t apologize. And he didn’t cover up.
(Talk about a hot mess.)
After all those years of being just friends, suddenly we’re insatiable.
He’s made it clear he’s not interested in romance. Which is fine with me because
I’ve got a plane ticket back to my real life at the end of the week.
It’s all in fun…or is it?
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My favorite kind of romances are ones where the hero and the heroine already know each other, where they have a solid foundation of friendship and perhaps even a connection that both of thought about as something more than, but never took the chance to explore what they could have been.
Melanie Harlow’s newest hero and heroine, Meg Sawyer and Noah McCormick, share that kind of history and it’s clear that when she returns to town for her sister’s wedding that all those old feelings that they once felt for each other, but never admitted out loud, come rushing back…it also doesn’t hurt that Meg walks in on a very naked Noah and seizes the opportunity to have sex with a guy who hopefully won’t leave her feeling like their sexual experience was best described as potato salad.
Noah lives his life to protect and serve, not only as a police officer, but also as the man of the family, and he sees this role as all-important, so much so that he never truly thinks about what he wants and/or needs; it’s always about what everyone else needs and what he can do for them, which leaves him little time to even contemplate if he wants more than his life currently offers.
Because Meg is only visiting, the no-strings, non-relationship hook-ups she shares with Noah are fine by her, especially since her main focus and priority has always been her career, but when their insatiable desire for one another turns into something more, something Meg wouldn’t mind keeping, that’s when things get dicey and when crossing that ‘just friends’ line’ may be the end of everything they’ve shared.
I wasn’t surprised that Meg’s feelings for Noah grew exponentially after they were intimate, especially given the fact that he made her body light up with his more than stellar sexual prowess. Noah’s reasons for keeping everything light and easy with Meg, not making any promises or offering anything beyond a good time are more complex than I thought they would be and Melanie Harlow does a great job exploring those reasons and forcing Noah to face the truth.
Harlow’s Cloverleigh Farms series is all about family, friendship, and second chances, and Noah and Meg’s story definitely focuses on three while also creating some super sexy encounters as well as laughable and memory making moments.
4 Poison Apples
Sawyer?” I said in disbelief.
Breaking into a huge grin, she started to run.
I was still standing there in shock when she barreled into me, throwing her arms around my neck. She smelled fucking fantastic. Feminine, sweet, delectable.
“What are you doing here?” I asked, trying to hug her back without getting sweat or paint on her. “I thought you didn’t get in until Thursday.”
“I changed my ticket.” She let go just enough to smile up at me impishly. “I’m glad to see you too.”
I laughed. “I’m glad to see you. You just surprised me is all.”
“That was my plan.” She stepped back, and I figured my odor was probably repulsing her.
“I stink, sorry. I went for a run earlier and I never showered. Then I painted the garage.”
“I never mind the smell of sweat. It means hard work.” She brightened. “Will you run tomorrow? I’d love to go with you.
“Sure. We can run tomorrow. I’m off again.”
“Great! Although I’m probably way out of shape.” She made a face. “My work schedule is so crazy, I don’t run as much as I used to.”
“You look great,” I told her. And it was true—she did look great. Maybe not quite as skinny as the last time I’d seen her, but the added curves looked good on her. My eyes wandered without my brain’s permission to her slightly fuller chest and rounder hips. Quickly, I attempted to look at her face again, but then my gaze lingered on her mouth. I remembered what it had looked like the other night in my fantasy as she’d wrapped her lips around my cock and moaned like it was the best thing she’d ever tasted.
My dick twitched beneath my running shorts, and I cleared my throat. “You’ve got a favorite murder? Is there something I need to know?”
She glanced down at her shirt and smiled. “It’s a podcast about true crime. I’m addicted.”
“Never heard of it.”
A sound of exasperation escaped her. “You live under a rock! I can’t believe you’re still not on social media.”
“Yes, you can.”
“Okay, I can, but it makes it really hard to stalk you.”
I shook my head. “People like you are exactly why I don’t want to be on social media.”
She hit me on the shoulder. “I’m kidding! I just want to keep up with your life. I miss you.”
“So come home more often. Talk to my face.”
She grinned. “I do like seeing your face. Want to go grab a beer? Maybe some food?”
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, Succession, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the ONE & ONLY series, 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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