Taste By Melanie Harlow
Book/Novel Author: Melanie Harlow
Book/Novel Title: Taste
The last person on earth I want to be stranded with is Gianni Lupo.But thanks to the blizzard of the century, I’m trapped in a roadside motel room with that cocky bastard for two straight days.With one small bed.Some women might thank Mother Nature for delivering a polar vortex that maroons them with six feet of solid muscle, those deep blue eyes, that sexy grin–but not me. I’ve known Gianni Lupo all my life, and he’s never brought me anything but bad luck and trouble.So when the tension between us explodes with enough fiery heat to melt my icy defenses, I should have known what the disastrous end result would be–A big fat plus sign.After the snow melts, I’m left with more than just memories of the night we spent keeping each other warm. And he might be a rising star on the culinary scene, but he’s got no idea how to handle this bun in the oven.He says he wants to do the right thing, but I’m not about to spend the rest of my life feeling like someone settled for me.But just when I think I’ve got Gianni Lupo all figured out, he gives me a taste of the man he could be, of the family we could become, of the way he could love me if I let him.I’m terrified of falling for him.But one taste might be all it takes.
I have to tell you all that Taste by Melanie Harlow checked all my boxes! I mean, forced proximity AND an accidental pregnancy? Yeah!!! I was all in for this audiobook! Add in the fact that Ellie and Gianni grew up hating each other and this was just made all the sweeter (to me obviously). Gianni totally comes off like a fun and carefree playboy, but he’s definitely more than that. Ellie is more serious. She’s so stuck in her past and all her fears and self-doubt that she has a hard time really living.These two are seriously combustible once they are forced to spend two nights together in a hotel with only one bed. They can’t seem to resist the pull that has always been there between them with left with so much alone time. Ava Erickson and James Cavenaugh were just a fantastic pairing. Erickson seems to do no wrongs in her narrations. She brought Ellie to life in all her doubt and insecurities. Cavenaugh is a new narrator for me and I just loved his voice. It mixed nicely with Erickson’s. He also was a great Gianni. He came off fun and a bit flippant but the more he grew over the book, you feel it in the voice too.
Melanie Harlow did it again! It’s funny and fun and hot hot hot! I laughed and cried and fell in love with Gianni and Ellie! I also love the connection to the other series!
I really wanted to love this book because the first one was so great, it had the right balance of funny, sexy, heart warming and even a little sadness. But I’m 75% through and I’m really sick of Ellie being a brat. She is NOT a strong woman to me because strong women know when to grow up and forgive someone. She’s 23 and talks about how mature she is but only comes across as being a brat. I’m done with this book, not sure if I’ll read this author again.
What a great and charming story for Gianni and Ellie! These two grow up together. Gianni is the typical boy teasing Ellie while growing up. He’s the annoying boy who grows into the annoying man. When these two get stranded in a blizzard, all that passionate fighting turns into passionate chemistry and becomes something much more than either expected!
This book started great I loved their banter and the sizzling chemistry…. What made me give it 3 stars instead of 5 is all on Ellie…. She ran all over Gianni , never listening when he tried to tell her so many times how he felt . She was like a Mac truck all over his feelings because of some stupid childhood banter and yes I say banter not bullying because she ALWAYS gave back just as much as she got … He tried so many times and had to work so hard to actually get the girl, when in all honesty she should have had to of worked just as hard if not more so because she was the reason for all the distance between them.
Having seen some of Gianni and Ellie’s relationship in Ignite, I really enjoyed them being the focus in Taste. They have such a long history of childhood conflict and teenage denial of attraction that things definitely get steamy and fiery when they are stranded. I loved watching them learn more about what they wanted for the future and earning trust. I loved how supportive both of their sets of parents are as well as some of the ‘push’ they gave. Looking forward to more books from this series.