BOOK REVIEW: Make-Believe Match (Cherry Tree Harbor Book 3) by Melanie HarlowMake-Believe Match (Cherry Tree Harbor Book 3)
by Melanie Harlow
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Fall in love with my enemy? No way.

Marry him to save my family’s struggling ski resort? That’s a different story…

Getting hitched is the only way I can inherit Snowberry Lodge, and I’ll do anything to spare my childhood home from the wrecking ball–even wear Devlin Buckley’s ring on my finger.

Not that I’ll enjoy it.

Sure, he’s charming and handsome, and that no-last-names one night stand we shared ended with a fantastically big bang (I saw stars I hadn’t seen in six months, if you catch my drift).

But I’ll never trust him–he was working for the company trying to bulldoze my life.

Right up until the day he knocked on my door with an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Marry him, and he’ll help me restore my family’s crumbling resort to its former glory–and get revenge on his ex-boss in the process. Once our goals are achieved, we’ll go our separate ways.

It’s temporary. Strictly business. Purely for show.

Until I realize how much I like it when he says "my wife."

Once we’re sharing a last name–and a bed–our make-believe match starts to feel a little too real.

And if I’m not careful, I could lose everything… my home, my dreams, and my heart.


Make-Believe Match was a marriage of convenience, forced proximity, adult romance that was filled with all the steam and fun!  This is my third book by Melanie Harlow and I am obsessed with her writing.  Her stories are so easy to devour, her characters feel like your best friends, and her males are book boyfriend worthy.  I’m so glad I stumbled upon her books and I can’t wait to read them all!

He wasn’t the love of my life, but right now he was my only hope.

Lexi’s whole world was caving in.  It looked like her family ski resort was going to be sold, yet she desperately wanted to keep it in the family.  It meant so much to her.  But to inherit, she had to be married.  Enter Devlin Buckley.  They met and had the steamiest one night stand.  But then the next day she found out that he was the one overseeing the property being sold.  What unfolded was a heartwarming story that was so easy to devour!

I would not touch myself and fantasize about him. I would not.

Lexi and Devlin’s meet cute was so memorable!  I’m a sucker for a good one, and theirs was so fun!  And just by page 26, things escalated quickly to their one night stand which extremely hot *fans face*.  They had this incredible chemistry where you could just feel the sexual tension thrumming between them.  So each time it turned into more, it was impossible not to be obsessed!  

“Wife,” I said through clenched teeth.
She took her mouth off me and laughed throatily. “I love when you say it like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like you might lose control if I don’t behave.”

Lexi was so easy to click with and like.  She was effortless to click with and her thoughts made me laugh, bedeviled me with your magic tongue lmao!.  While she definitely trusted too easily, she loved her home, where she worked, her Grandma and she tried her best with her bratty cousin.  Watching Devlin step into her world was intoxicating.

As I looked into his blue eyes, the thought struck my heart again, piercing it like an arrow.
We were a family, Devlin and me.
We were a family.

Every single time Devlin called Lexi his wife, I was obsessedAdd to that, he had the most phenomenal filthy mouth, was so smart, motivated, compassionate, and him warning Lexi to help reach her dreams just solidified what a fabulous book boyfriend he was!  On top of that, I loved his large family, his ideas to help Lexi and how he had no problems showing Lexi how much he physically wanted her!

I picked up my head and looked down at her. My chest didn’t feel big enough to contain what I felt.
If I was the kind of guy who could make promises, I’d have made one right then and there.

Lexi and Devlin’s moments together were extremely hot, seductive, and I loved all the fabulous details!  Yet they both had issues when it came to their pasts and how it shaped them into who they were now.  So watching them lean on each other, and start to find the beginnings of trust had my heart soaring!  The way their relationship evolved had me so obsessed!

“Nothing matters but you,” I said, brushing my nose and mouth against her pussy, letting her feel my breath and lips and the tip of my tongue.

With a steamy romance, fabulous characters, family that will warm your heart, and a story-line that was a ton of fun, this book was such a huge win!  And while you can read this as a standalone, I highly recommend starting back with Runaway Love, which starts with one of Devlin’s brothers.  Make-Believe Match made me laugh, smile, shed some tears, and fall in love.

PS The epilogue was everything!

PPS I learned that Winnie, Lexi’s bestie, is from Ignite – Cloverleigh Farm Series, and I’m definitely wanting to read that next!