Frenched by Melanie Harlow
Sexy Adult Contemporary with humor. Standalone.
I friggen’ LOVED Frenched by Melanie Harlow! It was the perfect happy, fun, very hot, vacation feel-good read. I was headed away on a trip, and I was looking for a fun, happy read. Frenched was everything I love in a book, the perfect romantic escape–right up my alley.
Mia is an awesome character. I loved her! She is a slightly uptight, organized, list making 28 year old who has her own business and great friends. She’s fun, quirky, and totally relatable. She has planned out her life to the minute, and the book begins with her life not going as planned, in fact, her fiancé broke it off by text message a week before her huge wedding (that was of course planned to a T and at the age she always planned on marrying).
Mia loves her lists, and the book begins with:
“Top Five Reasons (Out of 100) I Am NEVER Coming Out Of This Blanket Fort”…
…”But all over the floor were crumpled and wadded up lists with titles like Pooping your Pants in Public and other things that are ALMOST as humiliating as this But Not Quite and Not 10, Not 50, but 100 Reasons why Tucker is a Fucker…
Mia is miserable, but it seems her misery has more to do with the fact that her plans went bad than that her relationship is over. Since her Honeymoon is already booked, her friends convince her to mope in Paris where she always wanted to go, rather than sit and cry at home. Though she angrily fought them tooth and nail, she finally agreed to suck it up, and convinced herself that she is a smart independent woman who can see all the things on her Paris list alone.
Tucker, Mia’s ex, looked great on paper, but in reality, and in the bedroom (he has an aversion to bodily fluids!!??), it was a whole other story. It looks like Tucker did her a favor.
“He often said I was the perfect woman for him–beautiful, smart and low maintenance. Those were his criteria. And I thought he was the ideal man–a gorgeous suit and tie guy with a trust fund.”
Paris didn’t make things any better. Strolling through the city of love alone when she was supposed to be on her honeymoon had Mia spitting daggers and ready to go home. Again though, she didn’t seem to really miss Tucker, just the idea of being in Paris with a guy you love. She wanders into a Canadian bar to get away from the romance, and there she meets Lucas. Lucas is completely opposite her type, with messy hair and scruff, but he manages to convince Mia to give the city one more day with him as her guide.
Let the flirting commence! And seriously, the flirting was more like foreplay.
“Listen. I don’t know what kind of assholes you’ve been with before, but I promise you, your orgasm will not only make an appearance tonight, it will be the star of the show.”
Lucas was sweet, loving, sexy as fuck, and the fact that he is actually a psych professor at NYU helped him get a great read on Mia. And Mia, I just loved being in her head! She makes lists, argues with herself, berates herself, and had me smiling the whole time.
“I’m close already! If he just keeps the rhythm steady, keeps his dick right there, yes, yes, yes, yes, right there, maybe moves a little quicker…”
The two of them together were just magic. Playful, totally hot and loving, I enjoyed every second of their time together. I met my husband while on vacation (he was a bouncer) and was in love within a day or two, so I totally believe in insta-love. And vacation just makes it that much more intense.
‘It felt so different, so good to have someone willing to take his time. Someone to care about fulfilling my needs, someone who wanted to please me.
Someone who whispered my name in awe as he held himself deep within me.
Actually I think I did die. Because this feels like heaven.’
In honor of the lists in this book, I will make my own.
Top 10 Things I Loved about Frenched by Melanie Harlow:
- Lucas: Sexy, smart and charming
- Mia is so down to earth and normal with quirks and all.
- Very, very hot sex!
- Lucas: Alpha, knows what he’s doing in bed, and is a little kinky 😉
- I smiled and laughed through the whole book except when I was lusting over the hot scenes.
- The fabulous tour of Paris made me feel like I was with them.
- I loved being inside Mia’s head.
- Lucas: strong, flirty and oh-so perfect for Mia.
- Mia’s lists were my favorite part.
- The pacing of the book kept me turning pages non-stop.
The only things I disliked:
- The ending felt a bit too abrupt and open. It isn’t a cliffhanger and stands alone, but I would have loved another 30 pages at the end to wrap it up.
- I’m not a huge fan of the cover.
Rating: 5 stars (would have been 5+ if there was an epilogue) 5 heat
Frenched by Melanie Harlow is definitely one of my favorite books this year so far. It made me happy to read, it made Mr. Ana happy that I was reading it, it made me laugh, cry, swoon, get all teary, get horny as hell, and had me smiling throughout. There was a little angst, but not much. Frenched was just an all around feel-good book. I totally recommend you take a Paris vacation with Mia and Lucas in Frenched.
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The beach! I loved this book too! Such a fun easy read!
Jeannie L says
Well I think my idea of romantic vacation would be traveling to somewhere idyllic like Europe, visiting new places and romantic sights together, relaxing in different cafes, trying out different dishes together in bistros, walking down the streets absorbing the different environment and lifestyles, simply loving each other’s company.
Charlene E says
The beach is what I think of when it comes to romantic vacations…relaxing on the beach all day, going out for dinner and drinks in the evening…lather, rinse, repeat 🙂
anywhere with my husband!
Rachel Brown says
Anywhere with a beach!
Sharon Broom says
Somewhere cold where you have to snuggle by a crackling fire!
Added to my list!!
Camping, alone with my hubby on a boat somewhere or around a bonfire
Joanne Christenson says
Being left alone in my quiet house
Krystal Brackley says
Anywhere without my girls and alone with my husband!
Alissa Marino says
As long as I have an empty beach and a book, that’s romantic heaven for me!!
Deborah Favorito says
Somewhere that had a balcony that you can eat breakfast or dinner in your pj’s overlooking the ocean. Wine candles, good food, wine. Did that in Positano, Italy with my ex. It was romantic and beautiful. To bad he didn’t think so.
A week…or several in Maui.
Laina G says
A place where we can be alone but also where we could drive somewhere close and have fun
Ireland is my favorite vacation spot. So beautiful!
Sounds really good. I’d really like to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.
Nancy M says
A cabin in the mountains with my husband.
Paris is an ideal romantic getaway! Thanks 🙂
Jennifer Crawford says
The right guy can make any destination a romantic vacation. I immediately think of tropical paradises but one thing I’ve always wanted to do it go camping with a lover.
Maria Malaveci says
A trip to Santorini, Greece!
A Caribbean Cruise. Love Cruises, my husband and I have done 8. They are so relaxing and it’s nice being pampered.
Juli Huber Hall says
The beach is my romantic getaway
Betul E. says
Trip to one of the islands in Maldives!
Marcy Meyer says
A secluded island with beautiful beaches and waterfalls would be the most romantic vacation.
jodi marinich says
anywhere with no kids is a vacaion
Anywhere ALONE with my hubby 🙂
Jennifer Cothran says
anytime alone with the hubs away from the kids….just indulging in one another.
Stephanie Lashbrook says
Somewhere on a secluded beach with no kid…just us
Mick Murphy says
I have to go with a oceanfront view beach house and a late night dessert & drinks on the beach. Thanks for the giveaway!
An island with a private beach!
Karen G. says
I think Paris would be very romantic. 🙂
One of those over the water huts in Bora Bora!
Any warm beach, Paris, a great resort called Verona in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Price says
Anywhere without the kids !! LOL
Nella Durham says
A private cabin in the mountains…
I’ll take Disney world with no kids 🙂
elena k says
anywhere with my boyfriend, maybe in a trip to europe
Maria Theresa Santos says
On the beach
Trip to a private island. I’d love to stay in one of those huts on the beach in the water 😉