Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, RomCom, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Tease by Melanie Harlow

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Tease; Cloverleigh Farms #8
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: July 11, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Friends-to-Lovers/Billionaire/Romantic Comedy

Author: Melanie Harlow

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Two socially awkward friends who are so perfect for each other, but for a moment, let me circle back to the socially awkward part…these two are just adorkable and I loved this book!

Felicity and Hutton have been friends since middle school, not only suffering through those horrible teenage years together, but they were there for each other in Mathletes and Chem Club, passing notes back and forth to each other in code that only the two of them could decipher. They are super adorable together never once in their friendship did they ever cross a line, until Felicity asks for a favor.

Hutton suddenly becomes Felicity’s fiancé and he doesn’t hate the idea. It pushes both of them out of their comfort zones and into a zone that he’s been dreaming about for years and while Felicity knows him better than anyone is he really ready for more?

I totally love a good friends to lovers trope. There is always the eternal question of – Do I chance messing with the best relationship I have to potentially have something better or will it be destroyed by crossing that line? I love reading the internal struggle, the building chemistry, and all the tension until they finally give in. These two have all of that and I loved how they fell for one once they truly let their guards down.

I didn’t mean to say I was engaged to a hot billionaire–it just slipped out.

In my defense, I’d had a really bad haircut, a really strong drink, and I was trying to save face in front of the Mean Girl at my high school reunion.

Lucky for me, I happen to know a hot billionaire. Hutton French and I have been friends forever, and even though big social gatherings are not his thing, I called him from the coat closet and begged him for a favor–show up and play my fake fiancé for the night.

Except that word of our engagement spreads like wildfire. Our families are ecstatic. We’re front page news. My little food blog is launched into the stratosphere.

Of course, I offer to set the record straight right away, but Hutton wants to give it a little time–the phony engagement is keeping his matrimony-mad mother and every matchmaking granny in town off his back.

He even suggests I move in with him to make the ruse more real.

And we don’t stop there.

We practice kissing. Undressing each other. Saying things–and doing things–we’d never dare if we weren’t pretending. Because it’s all for show, right? We’re just role-playing. Hutton doesn’t want a real relationship, and I don’t want to get hurt. But the more time we spend faking it, the more I start to wonder.

Could Hutton French and I actually be right for each other, or is it all just one big tease?

Who’s ready to meet Hutton and Felicity?⁣

✓ fake fiancé
✓ hot billionaire
✓ secret pining
✓ friends to lovers
✓ small town romance
✓ romantic comedy with plenty of searing hot tension and five-alarm sexytimes

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!
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