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Friday, June 23, 2017

Blog Tour ~ Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

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

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.”
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.”
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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I wanted to love this book, I really did. There's were things and characters I loved and there were others I did not. It kind of comes out as an equal balance, so I'm giving it a 3.5*

Maxim. His outlook in general. He gets a bag stolen in a foreign country and doesn't even freak out. I would have been out of my mind nervous!! 

His Russian superstitions. Well, Russian superstitions in general, not just his. 
"I put my shirt on inside out, you must punch me so I don't get beaten by someone else" What??!! LOL!! 

His cooking. I want those breakfast pancake things, they sound out of this world!! I can't say I've ever had anything Russian before.

The fact that I am learning about the culture. 
This is sort of autobiographical to David, and that's what makes it unique and special. 
I really hope David writes on his own one day :) 

The sex scenes. They we're pretty steamy. 
"Derek, turn around" 
hooo boyyy! Loved that scene!

Ellen (Derek's sister), she's so free spirited and happy and you can't NOT love her

Age Gap. I really love me some gaps

Bossy Derek

Lainey and Gage's bet. 

The Q & A at the end. I want pizza now lol

Didn't Love 

Derek: I get you're in the closet and you want to make absolute sure about switching teams. Fighting something your whole life because that's how you were raised, I get it, I do. But to bring the girl you're dating and experimenting with to Maxim's place of employment is just wrong and hurtful....not only to Maxim, but to Carolyn. It wasn't fair to either of them and super selfish on Derek's part. I don't think I would have forgiven as easily as Maxim did. 

Maxim when he let Derek step all over him. 
Yes, he's helping you out in an awful situation, but he shouldn't be able to run over your feelings so easily. I was so happy when he decided to fight for himself. 

I didn't dislike the "inst-love" but I wasn't "wow'd" by it either. It wasn't done badly, but I sometimes have a hard time wrapping my head about days and weeks. Especially when Derek was so push and pull all the time, I wasn't really feeling it. 
That being said, I thought it was a good collaboration and I really would love to see more of David in the future!! ((Melanie will be sticking around, if you haven't read her het books, give em a chance, if you're into that kind of stuff ;) ))

Maxium is a young Russian man chasing after the American dream. Unfortunately, he got a rough start to that dream. His phone is dead, his ride from the airport is a no show he decides to catch a cab and find him something to eat and a place to stay. Of course things get even worse when his bag carrying everything he has is stolen.  He manages to befriend the owner of the bar, and she gives him a helping hand by calling her brother for a favor.

Derek is a man, who on paper, has his life together. He is looking for that perfect woman to make his life complete. After a phone call from his little sister asking him to help out a man down on his luck, he has feelings that stir that he thought he had buried long ago.

I really liked Maxium, he was so willing to do anything to get his slice of the American Pie, even after all the crap, he was a constant optimist. So incredibly grateful for everything that Derek had done for him.

Derek, well i felt like he was judging me from the start with all the perfectly clean home and car. Pft..what kind life is that when you can't eat in your car!!! I really didn't have a connection with him. There were moments when i did feel bad for him. But I gotta say there were more that he just kinda ticked me off. But i will say that in the end, he somewhat redeemed himself .

I will say these two did steam up the ole Kindle once they got together!!  

I didn’t love this book, nor did I hate it. It was kinda middle ground for me. It took me longer than I thought to read it because it just didnt pull me in and keep me hooked, and I just cant put my finger on it as to why. Maybe it was Derek and his

I give this book 3.5 steamy stars

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.

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Twitter: @MelanieHarlow2
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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.

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