Review of the novel Floored by Melanie Harlow
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Author: Melanie Harlow
Length: 392 pages
Publication Date:5th February, 2015
Floored is the third standalone book in the series Frenched ( #1 Frenched- Mia and Lucas; #2 Forked- Coco and Nick). This story follows Erin Upton, a struggling dance studio owner, and Charlie Dwyer, a cop who has a lot of past baggage. The book is written from Erin’s perspective.
Erin was indulging in a little shower fantasy with Brad Pitt but a burglary breaks her hot adventure and the first cop to arrive on the scene was her childhood neighbor and bully, Charlie. It doesn’t help at all that he is now a six-foot-three inch of solid muscle with gorgeous blue eyes and a slow, sexy please-arrest-me-now-officer smile.
She thinks that she already has a dance studio to focus on and has no time for a man in life. But they keep crossing paths. They agree it’s a one-time thing. But when that becomes a two-time thing, then a three-time thing, Erin wonders if maybe she and Charlie could be a life-time thing. Her best friends Mia and Coco found love in unexpected places. Is it finally her turn? Could they be together for an entire lifetime? Will her thought finally be true?
Why I loved this book?
Erin is an adorable, Homecoming-Queen, grudges remembering, miss perfect, and yet has secret dirty fantasies. I loved her confession monologues and her hilarious character. The chemistry between Charlie and Erin is undeniably hot (still burning in flames). Erin had two previous terrible relationships, one turned out to be gay, and the other turned to a priest. Charlie is nothing like her previous boyfriends, and keeping all her childhood aside, she befriends him and spends time with him.
“F8cking Charlie Dwyer had the spark. How infuriating.”
The first chapter interested me, I wanted to know how the story will further progress. The story starts with the burglary when Erin is indulging in a little fantasy after having a crappy day and accidentally leaves the door open.
“…not only had more than two thousand dollars’ worth of electronics been stolen from my townhouse while I was upstairs getting myself off but here to protect me was the bully next door…And he was drop-dead gorgeous! Where was the justice in the world?”
The facts about Charlie’s and Erin’s childhood were funny. After the accidental org8sm in the kitchen, they didn’t contact each other for almost a month and the next they met was at the dance studio, Charlie goes there to attend a class with his date. Erin cannot focus on the class and eventually, Charlie comes back after dropping his date to help her with flooring and one thing leads to another and they spend the night together. Erin is not a casual dating person and Charlie is not looking for anything serious, so they decide to stay as friends. Charlie keeps on reminding her he is not good for her and that she deserves a person better than him, but still he can’t seem to let her go.
Unable to understand his reasoning, Erin decides to go with the flow, but the undeniable chemistry between them leads to a second and a third time. They were trying their best to fight their attraction and maintain their friendship, but they failed to do so.
“..I was irritated. It wasn’t the note, either. It was the fact that Charlie had come over here, tempted me with his whiskey and his cologne and his cuddling, and then kept his word not to touch me. How dare he!”
They plan to go to places together as friends such as the ice skating proposed by Charlie. It was so funny to read Erin hate skating because she was bad at it and she hated it. Erin proposes to go to a ballet. She dresses attractively but keeps justifying and reminding herself that she is not dressing up beautifully for Charlie but because she rarely goes out and she has fewer opportunities to get dressed.
Here the story takes a huge twist and the secret that Charlie is keeping from Erin finally comes out. We finally understand why he kept saying that Erin was too good for him and why she deserved someone better than him.
“It’s the strangest feeling – to love someone this way.” He slid both hands down the sides of my ribs to the small of my back. “I want to protect you. Cherish you. Worship you.” He gripped my 8ss hard, pulled me tight to him, and spoke right in my ear. “But then I want to f8ck you so hard it hurts. Take your body. Claim it. Make it mine.”
The book kept me hooked for hours as there is no unnecessary drama or complications, and hot steamy sexual chemistry in a true Melanie Harlow style. This book is a delightful book for light readers. Reading this book kept me entertained and made me laugh till the end. I recommend you guys to read the book.
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Melanie Harlow writes from her home in Detroit and her stories are about modern couples falling in old-fashioned love, and even though romance is a fantasy, her heroes and heroines are everyday people with real problems who stumble on their way to happily ever after.
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