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Strong Enough, an all-new sexy standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow and David Romanov is available now !
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?”
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.
Beautiful! A Must Read!
If there was ever a book of #loveislove and being #strongenough to live your truth —THIS BOOK IS IT!
Captivating, engaging, and intense, Strong Enough will literally hold you to your kindle till the very end.
Two men, polar opposites on the outside, but on the inside, they share so much and Derek cannot deny, even though he fights it—strongly—the power and the beauty of Maxim and what he has brought to his life. He wants that, he needs that, he craves that and allowing himself one taste opened his world to a whole new stratosphere of fireworks. He knew it existed, these feelings, these desires and wants but until Maxim, he never felt them.
Maxim, a beautiful and kind young man with a free spirit came to the United States, specifically California, from Russia for his chance to be something more. To live his dream. He didn't expect to meet Derek but he did and it's changed his dream. He still plans to fulfill what he came here to do but now he sees Derek being a part of that journey.
Derek has always known he was different but being raised in the Catholic church and having religious parents it was instilled in him that being gay was wrong. For years, he tried so hard to find the perfect woman but she wasn't there.
I've never read Melanie Harlow before but I can absolutely say this will be one of my top reads this year and with David Romanov co-authoring and knowing that parts of this story are true and came from him only made this story so much more beautiful, inspiring, and heartfelt.
I was pulled into Strong Enough from the first page and I did not stop until the very end. The anguish and the pain Derek goes through of self-discovery—the hunger and aggressiveness—at which he and Maxim come together expressing their attraction, their chemistry will have every hair on your body standing at attention. Powerful and beautiful!!
When Derek stands at a crossroad your heart will break for him as he struggles with life and what his choices will mean for him and those around him.
The feelings, whether emotional or physical, leap from the pages and I was living this journey with them. I highly recommend this story. The descriptive narrative was so well done the authors had goosebumps breaking out all over my body. Witnessing Derek's transformation and the realization of the beautiful love he and Maxim shared...awe-inspiring.
In case I haven't stressed it enough, this story is breathtakingly beautiful and two men have never been more made for each other than Derek and Maxim. Whether by fate or divine intervention, these two were meant to be together. Strong Enough will be a re-read for me many times.
* I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review from the promoter and I can't thank them enough *
Meet the authors
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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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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