Friday, April 4, 2014

Patrycja's Review: Frenched by Melanie Harlow


Title: Frenched
Series: Standalone
Author: Melanie Harlow
Release Date: March, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger:. No

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?

Honestly, Frenched was not as good as I hoped. After reading so many wonderful reviews, I was definitely expecting a lot more. Yes, it was very adorable story, which I did enjoy, but it was not a novel that could swept me of my feet. It took me some time to actually finish it and I found the ending as well as the big portion of the book just ‘meh’.

Thanks to light, enjoyable storytelling and amazing premise as well as seeing my friends giving it high ratings, I decided to finish it. Of course, there were parts that made me tingle, laugh and swoon - if not that I’m not sure if I would be able to give Frenched at least three stars, but I’m pretty disappointed I couldn’t love it more.

The story follows Mia, twenty-seven year old woman that was dumped one week before the wedding. Saying she’s having life crisis won’t be enough – she’s angry, she’s hurt and she’s definitely lonely. So when two of her best friends told her to pack her bags and be ready to go on her honeymoon trip to Paris by herself, she’s not very excited about the prospect. How could she? Being alone in the city of love isn’t the happiest thing that could to her.

When she finally sets feet in France, she knew she made a mistake. Everywhere she looks there are couples holding hands, making out or saying ‘I love you’. She wants to go back home immediately, but she meets Lucas – scruffy bartender that promises her one day in Paris that will change her mind.

I couldn’t say no to Paris themed story, could I? The idea of being in the city of love and finding a perfect man for yourself was too tempting for me not to crack this story open. And Harlow didn’t disappoint in creating bewitching and sensual city that was full of love and romance. She’s also a great storyteller and perfectly caught the dynamics between her characters.

What made me critical was insta love. Sigh. I was very disappointed when from scruffy bartender Lucas changed into sex god in only one day. That was so unrealistic and anticlimactic! I wanted a friends to lovers romance, a slow built of romance, and I got ‘we know each other one day, but let’s have sex, you are the best I ever had to love of my life’ in a matter of what two, three days? Eh.. It bored me. I’ve seen this happening to many times to count and to be able to enjoy it fully.


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