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(Cloverleigh Farms #7)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  10,265 ratings  ·  1,005 reviews
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 m
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published March 7th 2022
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Kristina Daughter of the characters from Frenched and best friend of Mack’s daughter Winnie in Ignite.

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Phuong ✯ (semi-hiatus)
– 3.75 stars

Before reading Taste, I never realised how much I needed a guy to pin me down, sit on my chest, let drool ooze out of his mouth until it almost hit me before he sucked it back in. 🤩 Where is my own Gianni Lupo? 💕

I'm not saying accidental pregnancy trope is the worst romance trope, but it is nowhere near my Top 10 tropes. But if there is accidental pregnancy done well, it was here, because Gianni (H) was so protective of Ellie (h). When he went with Ellie to the ultrasound check, that
Larissa Cambusano
Mar 17, 2022 rated it liked it
3.75 ⭐️ cute & fluffy! I did expect more angst and tension based on how I saw them in ‘Ignite’ but regardless it was a fun read. The pacing wasn’t my favorite, and I wish I would’ve gotten a lil more enemies & more time spent between them two but the ending & the epilogue were everything.

“Śëx can ruin a friendship, you know.”
“Then it’s a good thing we’re not friends.”
4.5 stars⭐️

well, i am shocked.

this was a solid four stars, but that ending made me bump it up a little bcos i was squealing with how damn cute this was!! seriously had the best time reading this— the perfect low-angst read that’ll give you all the feels.

now, reading a romance where you share the same name as the heroine is kinda trippy. especially with how similar she was to me? was definitely freaking out. but that meant i could sympathise and connect with Ellie so much more.

i loved both char
Mar 14, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: hate-to-love
The beginning of this book was so good. I loved the animosity, history, and banter between Ellie and Gianni so much and I loved that they were going to be snowed in together. Forced proximity is such a top tier trope and I loved how it forced Ellie and Gianni to discuss their past and give into their desire. After that night, though, there was a trope I really hate that came into the plot and this one had all of the insecurities that come with that trope. Ellie really wasn't fair to Gianni and m ...more
Melanie Harlow
Mar 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

If you need a break from dark or angsty and just want to laugh, smile, and sweat a little, this book is what you're looking for!

Meet Ellie and Gianni's and their hot and steamy, stranded enemies-to-lovers story?

𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗧𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗘 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆! 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱!
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Mar 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars ❄️

This was positively adorable. This book made me realize, who the fuck cares about the plot anyway? Sometimes it’s nice to read a romance that only has romance. No need for boring ass dialogues with side characters. This gets down to the nitty gritty and I really appreciated that.

Gianni (H) and Ellie (h) are childhood enemies. Their moms are best friends, meanwhile Gianni ‘bullied’ Ellie. Since Ellie works for her parents winery, she had a bit of a tasting session planned at a client
Leticia (jerseygirl)
Mar 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe you and I will be the greatest adventure yet."
This book starts with a Nora Ephron quote from When Harry Met Sally. Suffice to say, that instantly got my attention. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. It's supposed to prove that men and women can't be friends, but to me it was always about friendship needing to be an essential part of any relationship. Even when the people involved don't realize they're actually friends. Case in point, Gianni and Ellie.

This is a really sweet, funn
Mar 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Gianni was hot. He’s definitely a Leo. A confident, charismatic flirt who effortlessly commands a room and makes people feel special.

I Can Tell That Dick Game on Swaggy energy. Jack Harlow Shooting His Shot With Saweetie At The 2021 BET Awards energy. Libra Rising and/or Libra Moon energy.


Melanie Harlow gets the dialogue and details right. Her characters feel like actual people.

Her heroines aren’t ridiculous, insufferable dumb bitches… they’re lovable dumb bitches in the same way that yo
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 "You're Everything To Me" stars!
(ARC provided by author)


Ellie Fournier lives in northern Michigan where her family owns and runs a small winery. Abelard Vineyards is her legacy, and she puts her heart and soul into it, so when her childhood nemesis returns home and accepts a job working for her family she's equally shocked and horrified. She'd known Gianni Lupo her entire life, and they had complicated history. Growing up he was always awful to her. Their mothers had been best friends sinc
Apr 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
unexpected pregnancy is one of the best tropes, and girls that get it, get it, and girls that don't... don't 🤷🏻‍♀️ ...more
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

From the moment they were toddlers, Ellie and Gianni have had a love/ hate relationship that has surpassed the end of time. Now that they're both grown ups and in their twenties, you would think that the feeling has died down but there's still a burning need to mess with each other. When they get stuck in a snow storm for two days, that hate filled desire to destroy each other turns into a built up sexual tension that's a ticking time bomb.


I really enjoyed the little bit of humor betwee
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
❝sex can ruin a friendship, you know.❞
❝then it’s a good thing we’re not friends.❞

not the ending coming out of nowhere and being the cutest fucking thing ever
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
GAH!! I knew Gianni and Ellie's story was going to be good just by getting glimpses of them in Ignite but Melanie Harlow just blew it out of the water with Taste!!!! I am SO obsessed with this story!! Like all the amazing stories by this author, Taste was full of hot and sexy moments, combustible chemistry and alllll the swoons!! I loved this story so much!

Gah!!! Ladies! This story will give you allllll the feels!!! It also had amazing banter but more than anything, it had heart. I felt Ellie an
Loved it loved it loved it! It had humor, great banter, likable characters, and plenty of steam! Maybe my favorite couple of 2022. Gianni and Ellie defined the word chemistry! My only wish was that the story was longer. I could easily have read another 50 pages. But the lovely epilogue of 10 years in the future on the author’s website was awesome!
5 stars
Nov 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I need this book now please 🥺 Ellie and Gianni were the highlight of the first book for me
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Mar 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-arcs, 2022-read
*Thank you to Social Butterfly PR & the author for an ARC of this title.*

Going back to Cloverleigh Farms is always a delight for me. This book was no exception, especially after reading quite a few darker romances before this one. Gianni & Ellie were full of tension and angst and lots of fun banter which made for a sweet and fun time.

Childhood Frenemies who end up stuck in a small motel during a winter storm. Which of course leads to drinking games and lowered inhibitions. They have both been at
Samradni Eater of Burgers
DNF at almost 70%
i really battled against my better judgement to reach that 70% and that too only cause Pinky clearly liked this book.
maybe its the grouch in me but i was angry throughout the book
god Ellie annoyed me to no end. she was one contradictory bitch
"Whatever I’d imagined between us was clearly one-sided."
He apologized to you, brought you flowers and M& M , tried talking to you again and again and YOU kept telling him to go away and that you despise him and now that the guy is respe
Mar 13, 2022 rated it it was ok
the book started out so well but i hated the main plotline and Ellie’s attitude pissed me off so much that i didnt really care for her or the couple
Mar 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
i’ve come to the realization that melanie harlow NEVER disappoints.

i’ve always liked the pregnancy trope, so when i heard this was enemies to lovers? forced proximity? AND surprise pregnancy? i was beyond excited.

to say this was good would be an understatement. i only wish it was a bit longer :( gianni & ellie’s relationship is amazing. their tension, banter, HISTORY, and love for each other is unreal. i loved how despite the pregnancy, we were really able to see that gianni has been falling f
Logan C.
4.5 ★

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing better than enemies to lovers combined with forced proximity!

Mia's parents have been best friends with Gianni's parents since before they were born. Despite all the love between their families, Mia and Gianni can't stand each other. They constantly butted heads growing up, and now they're back in the same town working at the same winery. When a blizzard causes them to take cover at a tiny motel hours from home, all their pent up fr
Feb 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
"There's always been an us."

Sigh. Swoon. Taste is officially my favorite Melanie Harlow book.

Taste is childhood friends/hate to love/ forced proximity & sharing one bed/surprise pregnancy. I know that kind of sounds like a lot being thrown at you, but it's done perfectly and is simply amazing.

Gianni and Ellie have been thrown together since birth, because there mother's are best friends. (Mia and Coco, two characters from Harlow's previous books) But the two of them have never really gotten alo
Anna Reads Here
Feb 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: March 7th, 2022

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥

Tropes: frenemies to lovers, ONLY ONE BED, forced proximity, accidental pregnancy, small town romance, opposites attract, workplace romance

Review: This book, like all of the Cloverleigh Farms books, had me completely drowning in my feels from start to finish. Melanie Harlow knows how to write stories that tug at your heartstrings and destroy you emotionally before building you back up. And with Ellie and Gianni’s story, she did that and more. E
📚 tropes I adore
📚 captivating characters
📚 sweet and funny moments
📚 off the charts steam

food, wine and a Lupo man

studies have shown and by studies I mean me reading Melanie Harlow books that I always love a book that features members of the Lupo family...

this one is very special!!
I usually don't care about next-gen books but damn I loved this one
heroine is the daughter of the couple from Frenched and a hero is the son of the couple from Forked

I am convinced that Melanie Harlow must have a L
Mar 10, 2022 rated it liked it
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Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Grab a glass of wine, or your favorite beverage, and settle in for a small-town romance will all the feels that takes place at a beautiful vineyard in Michigan. Taste is book seven in the Cloverleigh Farms series and I have had the pleasure of reading all of them, but you could read this as a stand-alone.

The first five books still give me heart flutters whenever I think about them, and I was so excited when Ignite, book six, was released featuring the second generation–the grown up children of
Mar 08, 2022 rated it really liked it


This is been my favorite so far in the second generation world Melanie Harlow has created.

What I loved:
1. Gianni Lupo has an energy that is infectious. You couldn’t help but love him and his rascally behavior. He was completely charming. I truly enjoyed his evolution as a character, from selfish man-child to a good man (although this heart was good and pure the whole way through).
2. I loved who Ellie was with Gianni. He brought out the best parts of her. Her fear did
Apr 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: forced-proximity, no
3⭐️ This review is kind of a spoiler 🤓
Surprise pregnancy and miscommunication trope just should never happen in the same book 🙄😒(miscommunication should stop being in books it’s annoying) At first I really liked the book and was like “yea this good *cough* smut I mean this is good characters and plot”😉 But then when the heroine finds out that she pregnant 🤰 she keep pushing the hero away so we never see the characters together except for the first 50% of the book and we just had to believe this
The Romantic Rush Blog
Mar 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I just love this second generation nexus of the Cloverleigh world and the Frenched world- two of my favorite series. Ignite kicked off this second generation series with a bang- Melanie is bringing us all the swoony charisma we’ve come to expect with a whole lot of steam and a ton of heart. And Taste is just that- full of heart, full of heat, and we’ve got some great humor. This was a feel good story with just the right dash of angst to leave your heart happy and full. A delicious taste of that ...more
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
We got a TASTE of the lifelong animosity between Gianni and Ellie in previous books, but nothing prepares you for the chemistry between them.

I have always thought that the feud between these two was a bit one-sided. With Ellie mad at Gianni, but Gianni just trying any way to get her attention. He has always been very much the little boy pulling pigtails.

But snowed in at a no-tell Motel, these two finally do something about all these emotions they have for each other. And let’s just say that Gia
Rachel Grant
Feb 26, 2022 rated it really liked it

TROPES: childhood friends/frenemies, accidental pregnancy, forced proximity (snowed in together), secret pining

Taste was such a quick, easy, fun read! I loved that this was really low angst & these two were just so funny. Gianni & Ellie grew up together because their moms are best friends. Ellie always kinda had a crush on Gianni but Gianni was known for playing around. He never took much of anything seriously until he fell in love with being a chef like his dad.

Now they are currently wor
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