BOOK REVIEW ~ FLOORED BY MELANIE HARLOW

By | February 8, 2019

Erin Upton is too embarrassed to tell the cops what she was really doing while her townhouse was burglarized, especially since the first officer on the scene is former nuisance next door Charlie Dwyer. Where’s the justice in the world when a neighborhood know-it-all grows up to be six-foot-three inches of solid muscle with gorgeous green eyes and a slow, sexy please-arrest-me-now-officer smile? It’s bad enough she’s wearing her robe and slippers—did he have to notice her fuzzy hand cuffs on the bathroom sink?
He’s arrogant as he ever was, which is fine by her—she’s too busy with her dance studio’s grand opening to make time for a man. But they keep crossing paths, andwhen Charlie offers to help her put in new flooring at the studio one night, things go from hammering nails to hammering each other in a hurry. And about those hand cuffs…
They agree it’s a one-time thing. But when that becomes a two-time thing, then a three-time thing, Erin starts to wonder if maybe she and Charlie could be a life-time thing. Her best friends Mia and Coco found love in unexpected places. Is it finally her turn?

I really enjoyed this book! The blurb alone had my attention – the heroine’s house gets broken into while she’s, ah, getting her kink on and to make matters worse, the first cop on the scene afterwards is the guy who used to torment her when they were kids! Teehee! And since I was really in the mood for a romantic comedy, I gave this one a try, and I’m glad I did. It’s my first book from this author and I didn’t know what to expect, so I was happily surprised that her writing grabbed me from the very first page and already had me smiling.
“…not only had more than two thousand dollars’ worth of electronics been stolen from my townhouse while I was upstairs getting myself off, but here to protect me was the bully next door…And he was drop-dead gorgeous! Where was the justice in the world?”
Right from the start, I liked the quirky heroine Erin. She’s a good girl who plays things by the book yet has secret fantasies. On the one night she gives the finger to the world and decides to indulge in her kinky fantasies, she’s interrupted by a burglar and gets her valuables stolen LOL! The fun’s only just started though – the police officer sent to her house to investigate is none other than the hero Charlie Dwyer, her childhood bully who seems to have turned over a new leaf and though she doesn’t trust him yet, Erin can’t deny that she’s at least attracted to the guy.
“Fucking Charlie Dwyer had the spark. How infuriating.”
Their chemistry is off-the-charts steamy and throw in some dirty talk and I’m a goner. Because they’re polar opposites with Erin not looking for anything casual and Charlie not planning on settling down anytime soon, both of them agree to only a one-time fling. Except…it becomes a two-time fling. And then a three-time fling. Even with both of them admitting that logically, they shouldn’t be together, they’re just naturally drawn to each other.
“…a lot of my thoughts about you are sexual, but I also want to do things for you…I want to take you places and show you things and talk to you and ask you questions and argue with you…I imagine your body under your clothes and I want to cover it with mine, protect you from everything.”
I really appreciated that there was no insta-love. Erin and Charlie really fought against their attraction and even in between all their bouts of smoking hot sex, they actually acted as friends and the relationship development was evident there. No stupid drama or extra angst. I also had a blast reading Erin’s inner dialogue and could relate to her fears and insecurities.
The only reason why I couldn’t give this book a full 5 stars is because near the end, there’s just a tiny misunderstanding between Erin and Charlie that blew up big and fast, and I kind of felt that conflict was a bit exaggerated. Nevertheless, no real harm was done and I liked how it was resolved so it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story much.
From there on out, the book got back on track and I was once again grinning from ear to ear, thoroughly enjoying the banter and the rest of Erin and Charlie’s story. The epilogue especially was amazing and had me sighing in contentment.
It really was the perfect weekend read for me and helped me unwind from a stressful week. I haven’t read the other books in this series yet, but from what I have read about these side characters here, I’m interested in each of their individual stories. If you’re in the mood for a sweet and fun romantic comedy that’s low on angst, look no further!
Floored is the 3rd book in the Frenched series but can be read as a standalone.
Rating: 4 stars!