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?
Frenched…WOW…Is all I have to say! First, thank you to Laurelin Paige for telling me I NEEDED to read this. And to Lauren Blakely for holding my hand. Clearly if THESE ladies are reading Frenched, then it must be great!
This book took me away. Away to Paris. That’s exactly where I was while I read this book. Not on my couch, or at my desk at work, or on the bus, or in my bed next to my handsome husband. Nope. I was in Paris.
Before I get down to the nitty gritty of this beautiful love story, let me talk about Melanie Harlow and her writing. This story was so descriptive; and not in too many words. Just enough. Enough that I was actually falling in love with this city. A city I have never been to, and like every girl would dream of going to. Every girl wants to travel to Paris, and fall in love with some amazing, romantic man, and kiss under the Eiffel tower. And walk the cobble stone streets of Paris hand in hand; drink delicious wine in café’s; visit museums.
All of this happened for Mia Devine. She fell in love with this beautiful, smart, worldly, musically talented man named Lucas Fournier…. on her honeymoon.
But let’s back track. Mia was jilted. Her fiancé left her one week before their wedding day. And Mia was devastated; left with reminders of her beautifully, elaborate wedding she had planned , and of course her honeymoon to Paris and tickets of said honeymoon staring her in the face. Fuck it…Her friends convinced her, get on the damn plane and see Paris. Okay so she’s alone, and sad, in Paris. No fun…right?? Wrong!!!!
She meets Lucas; a bartender at a cute little place in Paris. Long story short, Lucas convinced Mia to stay in Paris and he promises to show her the sites; be her tour guide. What harm could be done by this? She’s miserable and devastated; her life changed right under her nose. What happiness could the most romantic city in the world bring her, in the wake of this terrible time in her life?
Well Lucas is the one to change all of this for her. He’s so carefree; so different than Mia. She’s a list maker, and a planner. Yes she makes a damn list for everything; from what she’s wearing, to why she shouldn’t be going to Paris, to why she should stay in Paris. And her lists are fucking funny! And Lucas, he teaches psychology at NYU, spends summers in Paris visiting with his mother and brother; helping to run his brothers bar. He’s handsome, with long, curly hair, scruffy, sort of unkept in a sexy way. Nothing like Tucker, her ex fiancé who is rich, wears suits and walks a straight line. Too straight of a line.
Lucas takes her everywhere…museums, restaurants…he plays guitar and sings to her…they go for walks…to the Eiffel Tower…to a cemetery. Yes a cemetery. But trust me it wasn’t what you think. He showed her old monuments, and told her stories. One story in particular, the Love Story and Tragedy of Abelard and Heloise, and their Love Letters. OMG!! I FELL IN LOVE…WITH LUCAS, WITH MIA, WITH PARIS. Melanie gives you everything you need to feel like you’re there with them, walking, talking, smelling, feeling. She’s so descriptive, and at all the right parts.
They talk about everything. And anything. Really get to know each other and they have so much in common. It’s almost too good to be true. Their dialog is so inviting. Nothing is rushed, or fake. It’s so real. And so believable. Its just so good. And then when you think it can’t get any better. It does! And then its GREAT!! And then…well what’s better than great??? MINT! It was fucking MINT!! HOLLA!!!!
You literally fall in love with Lucas and Mia. I swear I was fucking gitty while I read. And smiled. So many times I smiled because I was just so freaking happy for these two. Mia deserved so much more than the shit from Tucker she was handed. And Lucas, he’s kind, and caring, and patient and romantic in every way possible. You can see that they are making memories together. This wasn’t just any vacation, this was memories. This was feelings. This was more! Kissing in the rain in Paris is MORE!
And then…ITS ON…
THE SEX…OMG THE SEX!! It’s amazing, he’s amazing. The way he talks dirty to her when they fuck! Yes they Fuck!!! AND they make love!! And she gives great head!! GREAT HEAD! And he goes “downstairs”…like all the time!! Don’t read these scenes on the bus ladies. Left me squirming!
Best part of their sexual relationship is, Lucas listens to her body, he only wants to please her
“Tell me what you like.”
“Oh God.” I wasn’t sure I could talk-my body was spiraling out of control again.
He yanked my hair. “God’s not here.”
“Lucas” I licked my lips and arched my back, my arms stretched over my head.
“Yes, yes, yes, like that. I love your cock inside of me. I love the way you fill me and stretch me and pound me. You’re so big and hard and fucking perfect.”
These two know their time is limited. But Lucas insists she live in the now. Not in the past, or the future. NOW!!Enjoy their time together. Thing is, Mia felt something for Lucas that is way beyond a physical connection.
“He was teaching me things about my body and desires I’d never known. He was teaching me about the beauty of living in the moment. He was teaching me not to worry so much about what things looked like, what other people thought, what I thought I should be. I loved who I was when I was with him.
And I loved him.”
Melanie does such a wonderful job convincing her readers that in just a couple of days, it is very possible to fall head over heals in love with a man you met in Paris; a man you had no intentions on falling for. Because how could you? Was it possible?
Unfortunately, everybody needs to get back to reality after a long, beautiful and memorable vacation. So what happens to these two? Do they make a go of it? Or do they want different things in life? He lives in NYC, she lives in Detroit.
“Look, I keep telling myself that I shouldn’t be taking advantage of you, that you’re vulnerable and not in any state to make good decisions. But….I can’t stop the way I feel. I want to be with you.”
He was serious. I could see it. Hear it. Feel it.
Oh God, I fucking cried, and cried. Big fat tears running down my face. I couldn’t see the words on the screen of my kindle. Damn tears! These two had me shaking, my heart breaking. Mia’s heart breaking…Lucas’ heart breaking! I didn’t want this book to end..Not one bit….
Trust Trishy Poo when I say, this is a 5 star book, and definitely going on my re-read list! When I read a book, and smile a whole lot, that’s a good sign ladies. The level of Schmexy in this book is over fucking flowing!!
5 HOLLAS from Trish MINT!!
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