All I wanted was a break–two weeks off from being Pixie Hart, country music sensation, and fourteen days of peace, privacy, and solitude as plain old Kelly Jo Sullivan.
But thanks to some overzealous paparazzi, my family refuses to let me go anywhere alone, and I’m stuck sharing this tiny cabin with a tall, dark, and bearded bodyguard.
And guess what? There’s only one bed.
Well, he can couch it.
Xander Buckley might be hotter than a stolen blow torch, and I get that he’s a former Navy SEAL and all, but the man gives new meaning to the words overbearing, overprotective, bossy alpha male. I can’t even post a photo on social media without him warning me it’s not safe, or take a morning jog without him following behind.
But he’s made it clear that what he says goes, and if I don’t like it, I can kiss my vacation goodbye.
Instead, I end up kissing him.
I don’t even know how it happened–one minute we were at each other’s throats, the next we were at each other’s mercy. What’s even more shocking is how good we are together. He understands my need for freedom, and I understand his need for control.
But emotional trust doesn’t come easily to me. And we’re on two completely different paths.
Without question, I’d put my life in his hands.
Just don’t ask me to give him my heart.
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
A broody bodyguard and a country star princess? Mix it with Melanie Harlow's wit and charm and I was all in for Hideaway Heart. Right from the start I knew Kelly was going to be a spitfire who gave as good as she got and boy was I right.
I liked Kelly's spunk and sass. How she wanted to step into the future of her career on (more of) her own terms. How she wasn't going to let her brother bully her into having a bodyguard on her first vacation in years. Too bad she lost that battle when Xander showed up. To say these two butted heads from the jump would be an understatement.
It didn't take long for either of them to cool their jets. I liked seeing Xander's softer, yet still protective side. And the way he empowered Kelly to speak up for herself...total swoon city. But as their time together was winding down and questions still swirling around the leak in Kelly's corner Xander knew he couldn't say goodbye yet.
It was a whirlwind of miscommunication, stage lights and missing pieces finally coming together that had me holding my breath and reading as fast as I could to see how it would all pan out. And while I would've liked a bit more of the aftermath of everything that went down, Kelly and Xander's romance has me eager to get back to Cherry Tree Harbor.
About the Author
USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow writes sweet, sexy, feel-good romance. She likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she's not writing or reading, she's probably at Orangetheory or watching Schitt's Creek again. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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