I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.
I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.
He’s smart, successful, and ...more
➦I have to say that I normally try to avoid any books that have Russian characters in it. Usually I just end up rolling my eyes so hard at the use of Russian words, etc. Once I've listened to a guy in an audiobook call his girl a little bear instead of a little mouse for hours...
➦And, as much as I've been trying to imagine that cute one in the gif above, somehow my brain kept sending me images of this instead:
➦Anywhooooo. This book has an adorable Russian guy who makes syrniki (ru ...more
I like this cover. I mean there are two dudes on it so it's already a good representation of the book. What I particularly like though is the title work. It is unique and eye catching.
OMG this book! It was just SO SO excellent. It was fantastically well written and nicely paced. It had angst. It had feels. It had hot sex scenes. It had interesting secondary characters. It had two very likable main characters. One hiding his true self to scared of what others will think to reach out and embrace h ...more
Strong Enough has mixed reviews, and most of the differing opinions come down to Derek.
Derek is easy to hate. He has so much self-loathing about what he deems his aberrant desires, he takes it out on everyone else, especially Maxim, who falls into his life like fate on fire.
This is so much more than a beautiful love story! It's a story about being brave and true to yourself. I simply adored it. I laughed, cried, and yelled at the characters. They will no doubt stick with me for quite some time 😊
Here's the breakdown: 24 year old Maxim travels from Russia to the US seeking a new start. Unfortunate circumstances land him in LA stranded without a place to stay. A kind stranger offers him help via her older brother. That chance encounter leads to a adventure h ...more
Maxim is twenty-four-year-old and from Russia. He wants to be a Hollywood screenwriter so he went to US but then his bag was stolen at a bar. The owner of the bar is Derek’s sister. She felt guilty so she spoke to Derek to help Maxim, so he took Maxim to his house till he could find another place. Derek is a Commercial property development but it’s not his passion. He doesn’t like people talk about him, he is obsessed with odd numbers (just like me), his house is always tidy, he ...more
“But that doesn’t...more
Wow I loved this book so much.I like everything about it, the characters,the story and the romance was perfect.I loved the writing, so beautiful and it has the perfect amount of angst to keep your interest!
I fell in love with Derek and Maxim,they stole my heart.They have an amazing chemistry!Also there are some really steamy and passionate moments between them.*Sigh* I could keep talking and talking about how amazing these two were together.
I can't wait to see more books from these aut ...more
When Melanie Harlow announced she was going to be writing a m/m romance I honestly couldn’t contain my excitement. Although this would be a new genre for her, I had absolutely no doubt she would write an engaging, heartfelt, and captivating story, not unlike her previous novels. Add in the fact that she was going to be cowriting with David Romanov, someone bringing his own life experiences to this book, I was like a kid on Christmas m ...more
Strong Enough is a story of finding yourself and allowing yourself to be "you" ...even if that "you" isn't what others may have expected. This story made me think, as a parent, of the expectations we put on our children -- things we want for them, th ...more
This one was okay. In the end I liked it.
But I had a hard time getting past Derek being such a dickhead the first half of the book.
And there were definitely some loose endings that never get wrapped up.
Maxim was definitely the winner of the book with his sweet and endearing personality.
I really did enjoy this story, but I did have a problem with one of the main characters, Derek. He was struggling with the fact that he is gay. Yes, it is realistic, but the man is almost 40 years old and he is worried about what everyone will think, how his parents will react, and he wanted a family. What about his feelings? It was sad to see him try to deny how he felt.
I did, however, love Maxim. He was just adorable. ...more
"With love, anything was possible."
Derek is a neat monster who has everything in order. He has the perfect plan for his life, to find a wife, get married and have kids; make the perfect family. One night his sister calls him and asks for a favor. To come and pick up a Russian guy who just came to USA and he was stolen and he has nowhere to go for the night. He asks him to offer him a place to stay for the night and after a while he does that.
I wasn't expecting him at all....more
I wasn't expect
"Because I wanted to know what it would be like to be yours. To belong to you."
This was FANTASTIC!! Strong Enough is smoking hot, breathtakingly sweet and just a perfect romantic story. Derik and Maxim were PERFECT together and they just made my heart go crazy. My emotions were flying throughout this angst-filled book about strength, acceptance and love. This is only my second adult M/M and so far they have both been amazing books. I cannot stop think about this story.
Maxim has ha ...more
Wow! Fans of MM romance, I can't recommend this book enough! Leave to it Melanie Harlow, who I find writes books heavier on angsty emotion but a bit lighter on steam, to co-author a gay romance and shoot that steam through the roof!
This book seriously had it all. A gay-for-you trope, which, on the surface is rather overused, but this is written in such an angsty tug of war way that I seriously could not put my kindle down. Sleep be damned. This is a first book for her c ...more
If I was rating the authors I'd be adding a million stars. Authors are awesome, always and forever. They have my undying gratitude for sharing their storytelling gift with the public (me).
However, I never judge a book by it's author. Even books by my all-time favorite auto-buy authors get a "book review".
All that to say that while I love these authors, I "liked" the ...more
Loved this book and everything about it.
Maxim has just arrived from Russia to America, on a chance encounter he meets Derek and ends up temporarily living with him. They both feel an attraction to each other but for Derek is difficult to acknowledge since his straight. In till one kiss changes everything.
This book was everything I love in a good romance book. The angst was so good nothing OTT. I loved both guys and how different they are from each other and their sexual chemistry wa ...more
I wasn’t expecting him at all.
I wasn’t expecting any of it.
In Strong Enough we have Maxim Matveev, a twenty-four year old Russian, he’s gay and refuses to hide it and he’s just landed in California, hoping to live the American dream. But as fate would have it, he’s left stranded at the airport and his luggage is stolen. And his rescue comes in the form of successful and seemingly straight Derek Wolfe.
MADNESS. It was madness inside me.
The way I wanted him. The way I needed him.
David Romanov, you amaze me! Not only have you jumped off the cover of Man Candy, but now you've brought to life a character that is you in the fictional world and proven that you are so well spoken and beautiful on the inside and the outside. I was so touched by this journey of spontaneity and this was be ...more
What a stunningly beautiful story.
While this was a romance, this was also this amazing story about 2 people living their dreams, finding who they are, and reaching out for that life until they get it.
I am not usually one to read the M/M romance. Not that I have any issues with them, but because I often feel that the character development is left a little sparse and that the focus within the books is the “taboo” of the male relationship with another man. I am sur ...more
Maxim has always dreamed of moving to the US and becoming a scenarist. He doesn’t want to leave his mom and his little sister, but he wants to try and live ...more
While the details forming Strong Enough’s plot are unique in m ...more
Maxim, chasing the dream that is America. Everyone gotta have a dream. The streets are paved with gold and everyone is welcome. Creed. Colour. Religion. Sexuality. There's a place for us.
Maxim takes a massive risk. To up sticks, to chase the dream, to leave a loving family. My lovely Maxim and of course I think of Di ...more
5 Love is Love CROWNS
Strong Enough couldn't have been any more perfect. Melanie Harlow and David Romanov not only show how brave and strong people must be to embrace who they are but also who they love. Maxim and Derek's story is inspirational and filled to the brim with love, of others and of self, and I couldn't put it down!
Both of the men in this novel are fantastic characters. Maxim has that exuberance for life that just oozes off of the pages. Other charact ...more
When I saw that Melanie was writing her very first M/M novel with David, I knew I had to get it no matter what. I'm a big fan of the genre.
This was quite an adorable read. I don't remember when the last time was that I read a book where there was a main character who was Russian. What I really, really loved about this book was Maxim. He was simply amazing. And he made the story so much better.
He was true to himself, open and I loved reading his POV to see him grow into an amazing i ...more
Title: Strong Enough
Author: Melanie Harlow & David Romanov
Category: Romance, M/M
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Dual, First person
Scorching Level: 5
HEA: Not telling
What a beautiful story!!! I fell in love with these characters! Maxim & Derek took me on an emotional journey full of love and warmth.
I am a huge fan of M/M books because I trully believe that...well, love is love and that everybody should be with the person that fills their life with meaning and ha ...more
It’s June and it’s Pride Month and so how fitting it is that Melanie Harlow & David Romanov released an M/M book this month. And to top it off this M/M book blew me away. Yes, I strongly urge and request you to GO READ Strong Enough.
This book was everything you could have wanted in romance and so much more. I am very familiar with Melanie Harlow’s books and so it was no surprise from me to have her deliver a romance that demanded your a ...more
I loved this GFY (Gay For You) m/m romance. Strong Enough was heartfelt, sexy and very raw. Derek and Maxim’s story was as real as it gets. Strong Enough is based on co-author David Romanov’s life.
Derek was frustrating. There were times that I wanted to smack him with my Kindle or shake him and scream “please be true to yourself.” He was so tormented and emotionally crippled by his feelings. He wanted the wife, kids, and picket fence. Derek couldn ...more
A story of passion. A story of desire. A story of temptation. A story of acceptance. Nothing could have prepared me for the hurricane of emotions that this book put me through. I'm very familiar with Melanie Harlow's writing, and I absolutely LOVE everything she writes, but when she teams up with David Romanov and releases something so special, so authentic, so real, I can't help but be completely and utterly BLOWN AWAY by its magnificence! STRONG ENOUGH is SO MUCH MORE than a love story. It's ...more
This book captured my attention from the first page and I did not want to put it down. I will admit that I have several Melanie Harlow titles on my kindle, but this is the first one that I have read. And I obviously need to rectify that. Melanie and David Romanov have written a beautiful and emotional story as their first foray into M/M romance.
Maxim Matveev takes a risk and impulsively leaves Russia to follow his dreams to California. But his American welcome was not all that he hoped ...more