Contemporary Romance

Book Review: Frenched by Melanie Harlow

Frenched (Frenched, #1)

Paris, France: one of the most romantic countries in the world.  What better place to have a honeymoon? Of course for that you have to actually have a husband.

Book Synopsis: When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

My review: To be fair, I didn’t read any reviews on this and I judged the hell out of the front cover.  I saw pretty lingerie and a half naked woman and thought “yeah, maybe not for me”, if I’d have followed up on that thought and not read this I’d have made a mistake.

I’ve got to say that the opening line in the synopsis is amazing! “When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding.”  It was catchy and caught my eye after my original thought of the cover. I know, I know never judge a book by its cover but I’m human and shit happens. 

What made me read this was I actually got Lucas as my “book boyfriend” in this fun little quiz and I wanted to know who he was.  Without that quiz I’d have never read this.  Frenched is the story of Mia Devine – an American and Lucas Fournier – a French American native to Paris and their growing relationship.

Mia gets dumped a week before her wedding and understandably she’s quite upset, she had the dream of being married with children by the time she’s thirty and getting dumped before her wedding knocks that dream for six.  Personally I can think of nothing worse than sitting at home moping and whining and drowning your sorrows in wine, I’m glad that Mia’s two friends felt the same way that I did and didn’t let her stay and mope.  They pretty much force her to go on the trip that was planned for her honeymoon – good on ya girls.

Mia goes to France and tries to have a good time but France is the most romantic country in the world and everyone she sees are all loved up or getting engaged.  I’d be pretty upset to be fair. Mia goes looking for somewhere else to go, somewhere that isn’t romantic and as they say “in all the gin joints in all the world, she had to walk into mine.” 

Mia walks into Lucas’ bar and in the beginning they don’t get on so well! then he offers to take her on a tour of France as she said she was going to leave Paris due to the romance.  From that moment on it starts a friendship between two strangers that grows exponentially into a sexual relationship that is pretty vanilla in the beginning, Mia finds herself falling for the scruffy looking romantic man who offered to show her the sights – not going to lie I kind of did too.

I have a pet peeve in romance books and its romantic relationships that appear out of the ether and happen within days – in this case approximately seven.   I just find it irritating and hard to believe (this is where someone points out that this is fiction). 

But the trip to Lucas’ family’s villa outside of Paris shows another side of Lucas – the side that screams I’m dominant and this is what I want. What I want is you tied up and dripping wet. Uh sounds like a plan to me if only things were that simple though.

Frenched was – despite my reservations about its cover and it’s quick relationship – well written, I found very few edititorial mistakes if any and Mia and Lucas’ character relationship was brilliant.  The prose flowed well and the dialogue meshed seamlessly.  The sex scenes were written with enough description to make it feel right and were not overly described with long unnecessary descriptive words. 

Series: Frenched

The Verdict: 4 stars

For: Lovers of Paris, quick romance, scruffy bearded men with a romantic side and women who bounce back quickly after getting dumped

Publication details: March 16th, 2014

Format: Kindle, 336 pages

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