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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 sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Strong Enough

Melanie Harlow and David Romanov

An all-new sexy standalone novel from authors Melanie Harlow and David Romanov is here, and I have an excerpt for you!

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Excerpt

All the lights were out and the house was completely silent, so I froze when I heard what sounded like the clink of ice in a glass coming from the living room.

That’s weird. Derek was home? And sitting alone in the dark? Or was Carolyn with him?

The last thing I wanted to do was interrupt, but on the off chance that it wasn’t Derek in there but some kind of intruder, I stood at the threshold of the room and peered into the darkness. I thought I made out a lone figure sitting on the couch, but my eyes were still adjusting when he spoke.

“Come in.”

It was him. “No, thank you.”

“Come. In.”

Always have to have your way, don’t you? I hated myself for it, but I entered the room. He stood, went over to the bar cart near the window and poured something into his glass. The silver-gray light filtering through the blinds outlined his silhouette, and his shoulders appeared even bigger than I remembered. My dick betrayed me by trying to get hard.

“Drink?” he asked.

“No, thank you.” I played cool Russian because I knew it would bother him.

Still facing away from me, he lifted the glass to his lips. “How was your night?”

“Great,” I lied. “Yours?”

“Fine.” He didn’t elaborate, and I wasn’t about to ask.

“Guess I’ll head up to bed. It’s late.” And then I stood there for some stupid reason, as if I expected him to object.

He didn’t.

I puffed up my chest a little. “Tomorrow, I’m leaving. I’ll find another place to stay.”

A pause while he drank. “Why?”

“Because it’s the right thing to do.”

“The right thing to do,” he repeated, and I wondered if he was drunk. He tipped back the rest of whatever he’d poured and set down the glass. Then he walked over to me, and we stood chest to chest. “The right thing to do would be to go upstairs and lock your door. But you’re not going to do that, are you?”

It was a challenge, and I took it.

Turning away from him, I tried to leave the room, but he grabbed my arm and yanked me backward. Then his mouth was on mine, hot and hard and heavy, one hand gripping the back of my neck, the other wrapped around my forearm.

After a few seconds of stunned ecstasy—he still wants me—I shoved him away from me. Hard.

“Yes. Fight me,” he seethed, whipping his shirt over his head. “Fight back.” He came at me again, all strength and rage and heat, pushing me back against the living room wall. “I want you to say no. I want you to push me away. I want you to be the one to stop this because I fucking can’t.” His lower body anchored mine, the solid bulge of his erection digging into the front of my hip. “I fucking can’t.”

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OMG!! I love STRONG ENOUGH so much!!! Beautiful love story between a young man who knows what he wants and another who is afraid to take what he needs. Amazing debut book for David Romanov and the perfection I’ve come to expect from Melanie Harlow!!!

Wow! Sounds like a great book 😊 Can’t wait to read it 😊 Awesome giveaway ☺️ Thank you for the chance 😊

SUPER steamy sneak peek! I love me some Melanie Harlow- can’t wait to see her first MM love story AND with a partner…it’s gonna be awesome!

This book was AWESOME! I’m sure everyone will love it as much as I did. And I’m crossing my fingers that Melanie and Dadid write more mm. <3

I loved this excerpt! Actually, I loved the whole book!! Derek is so intense and Maxim is so sweet! This book is amazing!!

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