It’s a bittersweet goodbye – I’m sad to see this group of guy friends go, because every book in this series has been great. This is my least favorite of the four, but the bar is set VERY high, so I can’t be too upset about that. I love how each book had its own vibe, yet there are so many commonalities that tie everything together. This childhood friends to lovers romance features a sexy and stubborn hero who just can’t seem to get his head out of his… you know. It’s STEAMY and angsty with some heartfelt moments, but I can’t help feeling that the lust and longing overshadowed the emotional connection. I still loved a significant amount of it, but this one is missing the swoons for me.
The story follows Beckett, the final single guy in his group of friends. While he’s happy that his buddies have found lasting love, he doesn’t believe that the odds are in his favor to find that for himself. Beckett’s father is battling dementia and his health is failing, so it’s not like he’s got time to date anyways. But when Beckett’s high school crush and longtime friend, Maddie, comes to stay at the family home, it’s like no time has passed at all. Turns out, Beckett still has the same feelings for Maddie that his teenage self did, but now he’s got the confidence to do something about it. As the two tentatively cross the line from friends to lovers, Maddie’s temporary status in town is a constant reminder that nothing lasts forever.
I loved how everything came full circle in this, and the story centers on permanent connections, found families, and letting love in. I just wish it was executed in a less frustrating way, lol. There’s a LOT of time spent on why these two don’t have a future, and not enough focus on why they SHOULD. The story relies heavily on Beckett and Maddie’s history (from 15 years ago) and their sexual chemistry, but there aren’t a lot of romantic moments. I really needed more of that present day emotional connection, and that’s where this is lacking for me. I still loved the sizzling scenes, the tension, and the connection between Maddie/Beckett’s dad and Beckett/Maddie’s son – plus the bond between the four heroes of this series. There’s a lot to love about this steamy romance, but it didn’t resonate with me in the same way that the previous three books did. I’m sad to say goodbye to Bellamy Creek, but looking forward to whatever’s next. I received an early copy (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this friends to lovers romance.
That’s all Beckett Weaver and I have ever been.
Sure, he’s a hot cowboy who left Wall Street behind to take over his family’s ranch. Yes, I’ve had a secret crush on him since we were seventeen. And who wouldn’t appreciate those strong hands, that massive chest, and the way he fills out a pair of Levis?
He makes a girl sweat just looking at him . . . and I look. A lot.
But I’m a single mom trying to move on with my life, and he’s running that ranch single-handedly while taking care of his elderly father. We don’t even live in the same state. I only returned to my hometown of Bellamy Creek to sell my late mother’s house, and he just invited me and my son to stay with him because he’s got a big heart.
That’s not the only big thing he’s got–which I discover the night I finally sneak across the hall to his bedroom and shed my inhibitions right alongside my pajamas. And once we give into each other, we can’t stop.
The hayloft. The bed of his truck. The dock by the pond.
Nothing has ever felt so right, but his past has taught him not to believe in happily ever after, and every perfect night I spend in his arms brings us closer to goodbye.
Like any cowboy, he’s good with a rope and knows exactly how to tie me up.
But what if I want him to tie me down?
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While Tie Me Down will definitely read as a standalone, the first three books in this STEAMY, intense series are excellent! All three have received a 5-star rating from me, and the vibes are completely different. The characters are interconnected but the actual storylines are largely independent, so feel free to read in any order. Drive Me Wild features a grouchy, commitment-phobic hero, Make Me Yours has a swoony, single dad hero, and Call Me Crazy unites frenemies in a marriage of convenience.
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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