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Summary

The last person on earth I want to be stranded with is Gianni Lupo. But thanks to the blizzard of the century, I’m trapped in a roadside motel room with that cocky bastard, for two straight days. 

With one small bed.

Some women might thank Mother Nature for delivering a polar vortex that maroons them with six feet of solid muscle, those deep blue eyes, that sexy grin - but not me. I’ve known Gianni Lupo all my life, and he’s never brought me anything but bad luck, and trouble.

So when the tension between us explodes, with enough fiery heat to melt my icy defenses, I should have known what the disastrous end result would be....

A big, fat, plus sign.

After the snow melts, I’m left with more than just memories of the night we spent keeping each other warm. And he might be a rising star on the culinary scene, but he’s got no idea how to handle this bun in the oven.

He says he wants to do the right thing, but I’m not about to spend the rest of my life feeling like someone settled for me.

But, just when I think I’ve got Gianni Lupo all figured out, he gives me a taste of the man he could be, of the family we could become, of the way he could love me, if I let him.

I’m terrified of falling for him.

But one taste might be all it takes.

©2022 MH Publishing LLC (P)2022 MH Publishing LLC

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Tate of a fantastic story

Another fabulous listen. Book 7 in the series. Melanie the author will grab you . So many twists along with a fantastic mix of suspense, action, angst, emotion and some super steam. Another Heart grabbing story .
Hero is Gianni. Heroine is Ellie.

This story has it all friends to can’t stand each other , then back to friends then to lovers. ,

Ava Erickson and James Cavenaugh performance is great. They will grab and make you think your beside the characters. Their tone for each character is perfect

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Incredible book with incredible narrators!

Taste is the second book in Melanie Harlow's incredible Cloverleigh Farms Next Generation series and is Gianni and Ellie's incredible story.
Taste is a steamy enemies to lovers, close proximity, surprise baby romance with all the feels!
Ellie and Gianni have grown up together because of their Moms being best friends (Mia and Coco from Frenched and Forked) but Ellie and Gianni are far from being best friends like their parents. Ever since they were young, Gianni would go out of his way to annoy Ellie and be a terror! And that hasn't changed since Gianni arrived back at Abelard to open and run the winery's new restaurant Etoile.
"I couldn't help myself. There was just something so irresistible about getting under her skin-I was a kid in a candy store around Ellie Fournier."
Ellie has a huge opportunity to do a wine testing for the owner of Tastemaker magazine and has her heart set on being included in their 30 under 30 feature. But the blizzard of the century is going to make it hard on her. Ellie is determined to go, blizzard be damned but once Gianni finds out her plans and that she will not cancel the tasting, he says he'll go with her to make sure she's safe.
After the tasting doesn't go the way Ellie planned and now because of the blizzard, she is now stuck in a motel room with her enemy with only one bed!
Forced proximity and sharing a bed, the chemistry is off the charts and Gianni and Ellie give into their desires. It's a one time thing, a blizzard bang, it doesn't count!
But when they're stuck in the motel for longer than expected it turns into a steamy couple of days.
Unbeknown to both of Ellie and Gianni they're taking home a life long souvenir from their time together.
What will all this mean for their future? Gianni is leaving in a couple of months for a new show, what will this mean for his career? And will these enemies find a way to become a family?
I loved Taste so much, I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the next books in this addictive series. Ava Erickson and James Cavenaugh done a incredible job of bringing Ellie and Gianni to life!

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  • 09-03-22

Delicious and Totally Irresistible Romance!

I was completely captivated from word one by Gianni and Ellie's funny, poignant, and passionate love story. Gianni and Ellie have grown up together with their mother's being best friends. They were total opposites with Gianni being a rule breaker and always looking for his next adventure, and Ellie working hard at being good, and wanting a quiet life working with her family and having a loving husband and children. Gianni always picked on Ellie, but she could give it right back to him. He was popular with the girls and Ellie refused to give in to his charms, which drew her to him even more. They knew how to get under each other's skin and that wasn't always a bad thing. Even though Gianni liked to pick on her, he always respected her and always had her back. When a snow storm forces them to stay together, they can't ignore the fiery chemistry they tried to hide. That would get them in a predicament that would make them question their future, and test their feelings for each other. I fell so completely in love with Gianni and Ellie and their fun and fiery love story. Gianni is cocky, but behind his carefree attitude is an honorable, protective, loyal man. He totally had me swooning when he wanted to take care of her. Ellie is smart, hard working and confident. She doesn't let him get away with anything which makes him want her even more. They are so perfect together, having fun, even when torturing each other, worked well together, both being close to their families, and their chemistry is explosive! Even when they frustrated me a time or two, they mostly made me laugh, cry with tears of joy, and swoon. I loved all their family and friends who are all essential in this story, and seeing them meddle, banter, love, and support each other.
The performances by narrators Ava Erickson, and James Cavenaugh were so much fun to listen to and get lost in. They do a great job maturing Gianni and Ellie and their touching relationship thru their rollercoaster journey making me feel all the angst, heartbreak, joy, and passion they felt.
I really just devoured this story, it was so addicting. It was so easy to fall for all these characters and their lives with all it's complications, joy, heartbreak, and passion. The epilogue was so perfect I didn't want it to end! I absolutely loved everything about this witty, totally irresistible, smoking hot, and super sweet romance!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-22

A little silly!

This book was okay but a little silly. The premise was a little forced and the reaction to things were over blown. I don’t want to give anything away but give it a read if you have nothing better to do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-22

WONDERFUL!!!

wish there were more steamy details but overall wonderful. would highly recommend. you wont regret reading this one!

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  • Tijuana
  • 15-06-22

Fun Listen

Taste is completely enjoyable. A quick fun listen that will definitely appeal to the masses. I'm a long time fan of the series and could not wait for this release. While this wasn't my top fave of the series, it was a great listen.

What I loved:
This cover is fire!
Great narration.
I'm always here for the surprise pregnancy trope
And one bed? Forget about it.

Overall, a fun listen!

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  • Krista
  • 01-06-22

Well written

Great book! The narrators were a perfect fit for the characters especially the male. The writing is wonderful and playful. It made me giggle multiple times.

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  • S Grant
  • 25-05-22

Absolute Must Read!!

This Was An Amazing Srory That Draws You In At Page #1!! Narration Is Perfect For Each Character!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-22

Enemies to lovers ❣️

Gianni and Elle were fated since the age of 5, and were the only ones who couldn’t see how good they would be together!! I am new to James Cavenaugh..and I am still not sure how I feel about him, but Ava is always a pleasure. I can’t wait for the next Cloverleigh Farms couple!

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  • 10-05-22

Like the characters, but story was blah

I always enjoy Melanie Harlow. But for some reason, this storyline just did not grab me and pull me in. It felt like most of the story was about them not getting along and then all the sudden *snap*, they were together..forever. I never really felt like they had a deep love between them. I love the stories when I can tell that the characters are in love and just cannot live without each other. Perhaps I felt that somewhat with the H, but it seemed like the h was fine without the H.

I will definitely read more of Melanie's books.

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 02-05-22

Fun Romance! 💜

I really enjoyed this story. Well written with plenty of snark and banter. Some drama and lots of hot chemistry.
The narration was absolutely perfect.
This is a complete standalone and I highly recommend this book!

Sisters Spotlight 💜

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  • JamieKoep
  • 28-04-22

Super cute

This was so sweet and lots of fun. Both main characters are likable and relatable. The story is well written and swoon worthy.