March 12, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – March 12th, 2017
Favorite Reads – Melanie Moreland
Every once in a while, you find a book that pulls you in from the start and you get immersed in the world that the author has created, never wanting to leave. The first book I read from Melanie Moreland was exactly like that. I was pulled in, and whatever the characters and the story were to lead, I would follow. Here are three of my favorite books from Ms. Moreland and I hope that you enjoy them as well.
A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.
Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.
What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?
That’s what happens.
Can the power of love really change a person?
Will they survive the contract?
What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?
My Rating and Review
This was my first Melanie Moreland read, and I absolutely loved it. The relationship between Richard and Katy was written so realistically, that I was absorbed in the story from page one. Katy, Richard’s strong yet vulnerable PA didn’t fall for Richard right away. She got to know him, understood him and the reason behind his request, before she fell for him. Although Richard had always been an asshole to her, she took care of him, and slowly chipped away at the wall he built around himself and his heart. It was a great read, and I loved their world, their friends, and how the story developed. I highly recommend this book!!
The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.
The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.
Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.
Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.
All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.
Until she enters his life.
She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.
A story he keeps buried below the surface.
Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?
Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.
Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?
My Rating and Review
This was a very emotional book. Zachary has been hiding from his past for 12 years and hates anyone to come near him, but when Megan shows up, she somehow lowers his defenses. The promise of their relationship is heady, but it’s the intense 3rd act that has you craving to find out what happens in the end. A great read, and an emotional rollercoaster!
Two neighbors—strangers—with one thing in common—they share a fence.
But is that the only thing they share?
Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It’s safer that way.
Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best.
But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal, prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore.
So begins their unconventional relationship—talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence.
That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever.
Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence?
Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier?
My Rating and Review
I loved the relationship between Nathan and Kourtney. The realistic love story was sweet, emotional, yet wonderfully moving. It’s a great read, and I recommend it to any lover of romance!!