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A bit of deja vu with the single dad of daughters and a much younger love interest but still cute and overall a good story. If you’re familiar with the Cloverleigh farms series you’ll love the nostalgia this book brings since it’s the second generation and we get to see little Winnie all grown up and finding love of her own. Winnie is a hopeless romantic who just can’t help falling for the wrong man. Dex is a broody Ex navy seal firefighter divorcee dad of two young girls. Dex is hot but drove me crazy with his pity party and loved Winnie and her fierceness. I really enjoyed the kids in this and their banter was really funny at times. I really a cute story but not my fave of this author.
This may be my favourite book by this author. This book hits the romance trifecta! Sexy, sweet, funny, oh wait, and oh so hot. Hate to admit it, but I did judge the book by the cover. 👀 ⬆️ but who would blame me.
However, as hot as the two MC were together, some of the best parts were the two little girls, Hallie and Luna. Those girls gave me some seriously laugh out loud moments. Those two sister were perfect and I could visibly see all their antics. The ending was also pretty sweet and hilariously fun to read.
There is a but to all this.. a little niggling in the back of my head that stops me from giving 5 plus stars ✨ to this book I read in one sitting.
This book is a continuation of The Cloverleigh Farms series, which I love. But, that series starts in 2019 and Winnie was only 4 then, and Frannie and Mack had just started their love affair. And even though no time frames are ever given in the books… my mind finds it hard to make that jump of Winnie old enough to be in a relationship, and Frannie and Mack grandparents. It also affected all the ways I thought of the previous other characters that popped up in the book. For example, Chip (Tyler and April’s son) getting married.
Anyway, I definitely loved the book and recommend it. But for me the timeframe makes my head feel like it is in the twilight zone.
I went into this not knowing that it was a “next generation” story, which I tend to avoid like the plague.
I read Irresistible a few months ago and adored it. That was the story of Frannie and Mac. Frannie was a 24 year old whose parents owned Cloverleigh Farms and Mac was a 34 year old single father of three girls. One of those girls was the adorable 4 year old Winnie who was scared of the monsters under her bed. Fast forward a few months and here I am reading about Frannie, who is now in her 40’s, Mac who is now in his 50’s, and cute 4-year-old-Winnie, who is now 22 years old and getting diddled by her next door neighbour…. and that, right there, is why I don’t like next generation books!
Aside from that, this story was super cute! There were quite a lot of similarities between this book and Irresistible, but since I loved that book, I loved this one too. Despite the fact that all of the characters from Irresistible were old now, it was still really nice to catch up with them all. I loved Dex and his daughters. They were adorable. The ending was just over the top corny, which obviously meant that I loved it!
If you are looking for a little something to curl up on the sofa with a nice glass of Syrah, this is the book for you. A hot grumpy neighbor with two adorable daughters hit all all the highs. Can't wait to read more from Melanie Harlow
This book is bringing full circle much of the Harlow romantic universe. I have read most of the Cloverleigh Farms books, but not the Frenched series (yet), all of the Crazy Love, and each Bellamy Creek book. It's fun to see the cameos and helps keep families straight, but this can be read totally separate as well. Dual first-person POV, per usual.
As I annotated some highlights, I really enjoyed Winnie's self-awareness throughout this story. She knows she falls in love quickly and wants to stand strong. Dex, on the other hand, does the typical guy thing and buries difficult feelings. A fun couple to watch develop!
The sexy times are good, though a bit shorter than usual Harlow fare. Maybe the characters and setting are just really comfortable and lived-in, but the book clicked along really quickly for me.
Kept off one star because the age difference references started getting repetitive, and Winnie's job situation was an inconsistent obstacle. I liked seeing the co-parenting develop, as well as all the blended family positivity.
I am very excited to read "Taste" and dive into an enemies to lovers next!