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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blog Tour and Book Review for STRONG ENOUGH by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

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Strong Enough, an all-new sexy standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow and David Romanov is available now !

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Strong Enough

by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publication Date: June 19, 2017

I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.
I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.
He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.
But he does.
He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.
He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.
I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.


Strong Enough is not my first M/M read, but it is the first time I get to read it with the words and passion of  Melanie Harlow and with a co-writer David Romanov. If I could give more than 5 stars to this story, I would.

Derek Wolfe was raised with strict religious parents and believing that it is a sin to give in to the evils of the world and listening to what your body is asking for is wrong. With wanting the respect of his father and all those around him, he lives a successful life and wants everything perfect. Painting that perfect picture is Derek's way of compensating for what he truly is missing in life- which is love, passion and a connection with someone...  body and soul. What happens when all those feelings are brought out in him by an unexpected person that turns his life upside down?

Maxin, he leaves Russia to start a new life in America. Maxin finds himself stranded and everything taken right from under him on his very first night. Luckily, he is offered a place to stay from the brother of a very colorful character. I love everything about Maxin, he is full of life, ready to take chances, positive, hard worker, sexy and loves passionately. He doesn't hide who he is, so when he finds himself attracted to the man that has taken him in and has been a true friend, he questions their relationship but is willing to take a chance at love, heartbreak, and a future. Will he be able to accept the internal emotional battle that comes with falling in love with Derek?

I'd prayed for time to stop and let us be like this forever
-lost in our own little beach-
flavored world where we belonged only to one another. Loved one another without shame.

I am so in love with Derek and Maxim, fate could have brought these two together but are they strong enough to admit there feelings and allow themselves a chance at love? This is one beautifully written M/M romance that brings the reader into the story and had me feeling the laughs, heartache, love and struggles. I recommend Strong Enough to to all romance readers even those who have never read a M/M story, make this one your first. It will be hard to let go of these characters, story left me reaching for my heart and taking in a deep breath. I so freaking 5 Star loved it!

Excerpt:

Figuring I’d had enough booze to blunt his effect on me, I rolled up the sleeves of my black button-down shirt and moved next to him. “I’ll help you.” “Okay.” I caught him trying to not to look at my wrists and forearms, and it made me smile. How does it feel to want someone and have to hide it? “You wash, I’ll dry?” “Sounds good.” We worked in silence, shoulder to shoulder, and I found myself increasingly—and disturbingly—pleased at the thought of him being attracted to me and being forced to conceal it. It was fucking horrible of me to take pleasure in his discomfort, but I liked being secretly wanted. Being illicitly desired. Being the object of his covert glances and maybe even his darkest, dirtiest thoughts. I let our arms touch more than necessary, as thrilled by the physical contact as I was by the thought of what it might be doing to him. For there is no man who does not sin. My dick started to get hard, clearly unbothered by the whiskey that was breaking down my inhibitions, pushing past all my defenses, and letting my imagination run wild. What’s in that gorgeous head of yours, Maxim? What’s behind those cobalt eyes? What would you do to me, if I let you? What would you let me do to you? “Carolyn is so nice,” he said, handing me the last serving dish left to be dried. What? He was thinking about Carolyn right now? He wasn’t supposed to be thinking about Carolyn—I was, goddammit! But I wasn’t. “Yeah.” He turned off the water. Rested his wet hands on the edge of the sink. “I didn’t realize you had a girlfriend.” And I heard it in his voice—the slightest edge of jealousy, so faint I might never have noticed it had I not been so hyperaware of everything about him right now. I fucking loved it. “She’s not my girlfriend.” “Oh.” Now there was confusion. “I guess I misunderstood.” “She wants to be my girlfriend.” Silence. Of course there was silence. Maxim would never ask what the problem was. But I wanted to tell him. I wanted him to know. I wanted to share the impossible longing I felt with one person who might understand it. “The problem is me.” He was completely still. Before I could stop myself, I covered his right hand with my left. “Sometimes I don’t know what I want.” He yanked his hand from beneath mine and we faced each other. For the first time tonight, I looked him right in the eye. Nothing around us existed for me anymore. I heard only his breath. Smelled only his skin. Saw only his guarded expression. I had to have him.

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About Melanie:

Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters. Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

Connect with Melanie:

Twitter: @MelanieHarlow2
Sign up for Melanie’s Newsletter: http://www.melanieharlow.com/subscribe/
About David: For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles. Connect with David: GoodReads: https://goo.gl/2Bekxz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/David-Romanov-Author-1487479804635708/ Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rWkfUO



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