Undeniable (Cloverleigh Farms #2) by Melanie Harlow
When we were eleven, Oliver Ford Pemberton dared me to jump off a barn roof. He said you couldn’t break a leg from a 12-foot-jump.
(You can also break a collarbone, which served him right as far as I was concerned.)
I wish I could say it was the last dare I ever took from him, the last bet I ever made with him, the last time I ever trusted Oliver Ford Pemberton.
But it wasn’t.
Because he had the nerve to grow up gorgeous, charming, and sexy. And as we got older, the dares only got dirtier—and the betting stakes higher—until finally, he left me in pieces. I swore I’d never talk to him again.
But twenty years after I took that flying leap, he’s back in my life, daring me to risk everything for him: my job, my self-worth, and my heart.
How many chances does true love deserve?
Fueled by pent-up lust and scotch, we stumbled into Oliver’s room and tore at each other’s clothes. It was hot and rough and a little bit violent, as if we were furious we hadn’t been able to keep our hands to ourselves and wanted to take it out on one another’s bodies. We pushed and pulled and growled and grasped. We called each other names and cursed viciously. We knocked over a lamp and ripped Oliver’s shirt.
When we finally exploded together, Oliver had me up against the door, and if our yelling didn’t wake the entire floor, then the pounding must have. I’d have bruises for days.
Afterward, we collapsed on the bed, naked and sweaty and exhausted.
“Oh my God,” I said. “I can’t believe we did that.”
“I know. Me either.”
“I think I pulled a muscle.”
“I think you bit me. Am I bleeding?”
I laughed. “No, but I hope you’re not seeing anyone. If you are, she’s going to wonder about all those scratches on your back.”
“I’m not seeing anyone.” He paused. “Are you?”
Neither of us moved for several minutes. When I caught myself falling asleep, I sat up. “I should go.”
“Why? Just stay here.”
I looked down at him. “You want me to stay?”
“Yeah.” He opened his eyes. In the low light, they almost looked black instead of blue. “Spend the night with me.”
I waited for it—the dirty joke, the excuse, the subtle dig—the reason he’d toss out for asking me to stay. It couldn’t just be that he wanted me here.
But he didn’t say anything more. He just reached out and covered my hand with his.
I looked at our hands for a moment, and a thousand memories came rushing back. Some good, some bad, but all us. I felt close to him, and I didn’t want to leave. “Okay. I’ll stay.”
“Good.” He took off his watch and put it on the nightstand.
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication Date: May 20th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (pages)
Undeniable was an easy read for me, an enjoyable one where Chloe Sawyer retells her story with her friend Oliver Pemberton .
Their mothers are best friends and coincidently they were born 2 days apart. They have been around each other since the day they were born.
During all their childhood they were small Daredevils, where Oliver always dared Chloe to embrace trouble, which she did every time.
They shared their first kiss, he was her first, but despite their undeniable chemistry, they were too scared too embrace themselves into a relationship. Oliver more than Chloe, and he broke her heart more than once.
Now is time to meet again because her family has struck a deal with Oliver to deliver a business where the two of them have to become partners.
They story was beautiful, and I liked how Melanie Harlow approached their life and their families. What felt a bit off for me was Oliver. I really enjoyed his playfulness and how cocky he was, but he was a bit shallow for my tastes. I don’t like them needy, but not that self-centered.
This book was given as an ARC, so my review is an honest one.