“Unbreakable is everything you expect from a Melanie Harlow novel: emotional, sexy and a love that’s worth risking it all for. I could not get enough of Henry and Sylvia’s story!”
— Corinne Michaels, New York Times bestselling author
Unbreakable, an all new “do not miss” sexy and emotional second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!
In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.
Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?
For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.
Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.
Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.
But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.
But deep down, I’m terrified.
Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?
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The Sawyer sisters have been one of my favorite group of siblings, and I’ve been waiting for the eldest sister’s story, and Melanie Harlow delivers a second chance romance in every sense of the word, for both Sylvia and her new leading man, Henry DeSantis.
When Sylvia’s story begins, she’s in quite the cringe-worthy situation, and while she might not handle it the best, especially since she’s more than a bit drunk and beyond pissed off, since she’s the woman scorned, the fact that she voices her opinions about her ex, his mistress, and those she associated with while married to her cheating ex is somewhat freeing and more than a little hilarious.
Sylvia refuses to allow her cheating husband to break her, even if he did already steal her joy and happiness, she won’t spend another minute letting him destroy what she has left, so it’s a smart move for her to head home, to be with her family who loves her, to find herself again, to replace all the negative she had to endure with every ounce of positivity that she can drum up. And those around her, help her to move forward, to not let her past define her present and ultimately her future. It’s definitely an uphill battle to feel like the woman she used to be, to feel like the mother she wants to be, but her unbending desire to rise above, to prove just how much better off she is pushes her to keep going, to keep trying, to hold steadfast to how she wants her life to be.
While Henry didn’t have to endure the kind of betrayal Sylvia did, he has his own reasons for focusing on work and only work, but when Sylvia returns home, he starts to open up and feel things that he hasn’t felt for so long, and even though these two fight their attraction because there’s too much at stake…too many lives affected if things go bad, their chemistry is strong enough to hold them together, to offer both of them a chance to be a part of something real, something imperfectly perfect, something worth holding on to at all costs.
One of the aspects of Harlow’s stories/series that I love the most is how much the secondary characters bring to the story line, and I don’t just mean past couples from earlier stories in the series, although it always is amazing to see how they’ve grown, but I’m talking about those who live and visit Cloverleigh Farms and Northern Michigan. It provides another perspective on the hero and heroine and sheds light on certain information that one or both may not have been privy to.
Melanie Harlow crafts romance that feeds readers’ hopelessly romantic hearts because while there is heartache to experience and to overcome, the fact that hope is never completely destroyed and that true love always leads to the creation of an unbreakable bond makes it easier to be steadfast against all of the negative and hold onto someone who is more than ready to help you create a future with all the love, affection, dedication, and happiness that can be found.
4.5 Poison Apples
“Want to unzip my dress?”
“That would be a hell yes.” He took my hand and pulled me to my feet. “Turn around.”
I turned, lifting my hair off my neck. Slowly, he pulled the zipper down my back, and the red dress fell to my feet. Stepping out of it, I suddenly felt self-conscious. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of a man without the cover of darkness in a long time. I hadn’t been fully naked in front of anyone but my ex since I was twenty—and I didn’t have that body anymore. I’d had two children. Even though I knew it was stupid, that nagging little prickle of insecurity still stung . . . I’d been left for a younger woman. He’d told her I didn’t excite him anymore. Was my body to blame? Before I could stop myself, I covered my chest with my arms, wrapping one fist inside the other and tucking them beneath my chin.
“Hey.” Henry turned me by the shoulder so I was facing him again. “Don’t do that.”
“What?” I had trouble looking him in the eye.
He tipped my chin up. “Don’t hide yourself from me.”
“I’m not hiding,” I said, but of course I was.
Taking me by the wrists, he forced my arms down to my sides, and looked at me.
I started to panic a little.
I was totally bare before him—stretch marks, C-section scar, less-than-perky breasts and all. Unlike many of my friends, I’d never had surgery to restore my post-baby body to its former tight, bouncy, unmarked state. Now I was kind of wishing I had.
I’d never felt so naked or vulnerable in my life.
“Sylvia, I’m going to say this once,” Henry said seriously. “And then, since you’ve learned not to trust words entirely, I’m going to spend the rest of the night showing you that it’s true—I think you are the most exquisite woman on the face of the earth, in every way. There is no part of your body, no inch of your skin, that isn’t perfect, because it’s yours.” He took my head in his hands and kissed me, hard but sweet. “And all I want to do is make you mine, even if it’s just for tonight.”
“Yes,” I whispered. I rose up on my toes, pressing my lips to his again while my hands went to work unbuttoning his shirt. “Make me yours tonight, Henry. That’s all I want to be.”
USA Today bestselling 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 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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