March 31, 2014

Frenched by Melanie Harlow Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway!

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Frenched Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Click here to follow along with the blog tour schedule.   

by Melanie Harlow
A Sexy Adult Contemporary Romance
Released March 18th 2014

Source: Copy for review

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Mia Devine plans over-the-top weddings for a living. So when it comes to her own nuptials, she spares no expense - hand engraved invitations, Vera Wang gown, luxury honeymoon in France. And since her fiance is Tucker Branch, playboy heir and notorious flirt, local media is obsessed with every little detail. 

Which is why it really sucks when he jilts her a week before the wedding. 

Mortified, Mia wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity, right after blabbing to the world how fitting it is that Tucker will inherit a bolt and screw company, because that's all he wants to do - screw, and bolt. And he doesn't do either with much finesse.

When her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it's drowned in Bordeaux, she grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of a week in Paris alone. 

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier. 

The free-spirited musician's scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn't just a myth. 

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy La Vie en O with Lucas while she can. 

But each day - and night - with him is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling. 

Is it just the seduction of Paris...or could this be the real thing?     

I fell head over heels in love with Melanie Harlow's writing when I read her debut novel, Speak Easy. I loved that novel so much I knew I'd pick up any book she wrote afterward. I'm just as in love with her latest release, Frenched, if not a bit more so - this novel was an absolute pleasure to read! 

In Frenched, we meet Mia who has just been jilted by her ex-fiance, Tucker, A WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING (!) and is convinced by her friends, Coco and Erin to take the honeymoon trip to Paris by herself. They reasoned it would give her time and space to think, and she may as well get away from it all for a while. Coco and Erin were such great friends to Mia in her time of need. Every girl needs friends like them. 

Right away it was apparent to me that Mia was more upset about the wedding not taking place rather than the loss of the relationship itself. It's easy to get caught up in the wedding planning and forget about the actual marriage itself, and that's what Mia did. Not that I blame her - she does plan weddings for a living! As painful as it was for her, Tucker calling off the wedding ended up allowing her to reexamine who she is and the choices she's made up to now. 

One of my favorite scenes in Frenched (and there are many!) is when she flies into the sports bar where Lucas works with an expression on her face almost daring any couples there to be openly affectionate - the last thing she wants to see right now in the city of love. She's spunky, beautiful, and intelligent, and there is no reason she wouldn't be able to pick herself back up and carry on. 

Lucas was oh-so-deliciously-good for her in many ways - not only was their chemistry off the charts, but he taught her how to live in the present without planning out every detail of the future. I think Mia was so busy worrying about what she wanted to happen that she wasn't appreciating life as it came. The here and the now. 

Isn't that something we all can relate to? I definitely can. One of the biggest challenges in life is to slow down and enjoy what you have while you have it, but fear gets in our way. Mia had huge fears she ended up coming face to face with...fears she had kept buried for so long that it was painful to face them but also necessary in order for her to find happiness. 

The sexual chemistry between Mia and Lucas certainly didn't hurt matters, wink wink. He is smoking hot and compassionate and caring. Their sex scenes were intense! The feelings I could see developing between them made the sex even hotter. They couldn't breathe around each other. They needed each other and couldn't get enough, and it was just, wow! 

Overall, I can't recommend Frenched enough. I'm a huge fan of Melanie Harlow and the characters she creates. Her name alone is all I need to know what to read next.  

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About the Author
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She writes New Adult historical and contemporary stories.

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  1. Oh, what nice things to say about Melanie! I'm so glad you enjoyed FRENCHED. :)

    1. I loved it! It was a refreshing romance, and this is only the beginning of great things for Melanie. :)

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. <3

    1. You're welcome, Melanie! I adored it! :)


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