So emotional – but worth it! This one definitely had me ready to shake both leads a few times, but only because I was invested in their love story and frustrated that they just couldn’t figure things out. It’s a small town romance with plenty of heat, featuring two characters who are genuinely good people. I loved this hero, even though he drove me crazy sometimes. Cole is a widower and single dad who takes his role as father extremely seriously and hasn’t taken any time for himself in the last nine years. That makes for a great man but also one who has some issues that he’s let build up over time, so even though he may want something, he won’t let himself have it. It’s angsty and pretty heavy at times, but there’s an underlying foundation of love throughout that makes for a compelling read.
The story follows Cole, a widower who lost his wife on the day he gained a daughter. He has devoted the last nine years to his daughter, moving back in with his mom and swearing off women. Cheyenne has been a part of Cole’s life for as long as he can remember – she’s his best friend’s little sister and a great support system for his daughter – but his feelings for her have always been pretty innocent… until now. A few not-so-innocent exchanges and one decidedly dirty text change the dynamic of their relationship in an instant. But Cheyenne has crushed on Cole since she was a teen, so she’s not willing to accept the small piece of his heart that he’s willing to offer.
This is an interesting take on a best friend’s little sister romance – it’s got all the great history that comes with that kind of relationship, but the focus is really on our damaged hero. Cole is a fantastic man, but life has broken him down over the years, so it’s difficult to find the loyal, loving partner he is at his core. This is the kind of story that could easily get too frustrating if not for the very solid writing, but Harlow navigates the complexities well. I was rooting for these two from start to finish, and their road to happily ever after is not a smooth one. What makes it compelling is just how easy these two are to like: their chemistry is obvious, their love is deep, and their personalities are endearing. It’s not AS steamy as the first book in this series, but there’s a palpable connection between these two throughout. If you’re looking for an emotional small town romance, this will definitely tug on your heartstrings. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this angsty romance.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
The hot single dad next door.
And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.
It’s my own damn fault. I’m thirty years old, for heaven’s sake. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a (reasonably) responsible adult. I should know better than to get tipsy and draft a fake text listing all the dirty things I wish Officer Cole Mitchell would do to me.
I wasn’t supposed to hit send.
He wasn’t supposed to see it.
And he definitely wasn’t supposed to text back telling me to go on . . .
Because after that, things escalate quickly.
Cole is everything I’ve ever wanted. He’s sexy and protective. A devoted father to his little girl. A dedicated cop the whole town adores. The kind of guy you can trust to keep his hands to himself, even when you’re desperately hoping he won’t.
I’m not the girl he thought he’d end up with, but after all this time, I might finally get the chance to say the words I’ve always dreamed of . . . make me yours.
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Make Me Yours absolutely reads as a standalone, but features characters from the first book in the series, Drive Me Wild. And Drive Me Wild is a blush-inducing, intense, and fantastic read. They’re both great books, but Drive Me Wild is definitely lighter than Make Me Yours, so check that one out if you’re looking for something steamy and fun, yet tension-filled. It’s also a good introduction to these characters.
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About the Author:
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 Schitt’s Creek, Homeland, and Fleabag. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the CLOVERLEIGH FARMS series, the ONE & ONLY series, 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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