ARC Book Review | 'Unforgettable' By Melanie Harlow*

If there’s one thing, one small glimmering light of optimism in this current situation, then it has to be the fact that there’s definitely more time for reading. Right?

I’m definitely getting my moneys worth at the moment from my Kindle Unlimited subscription, plus working my way through my current stockpile of books on my TBR shelf. And, with a bunch of new reads being released this month, there’s plenty to keep you entertained! And one of my most anticipated books of the month has to be ‘Unforgettable’ by Melanie Harlow, the last book in the Cloverleigh Farms series. 

Back then, I had it all.

Wicked fastball. Killer instinct. Cocky grin. Full package. (And believe me, I knew how to score.)

My senior year, I was a first round draft pick with a two-million-dollar signing bonus. Before I could even legally buy myself a beer, I made my Major League debut.

Point is, I was invincible.

Until one day I wasn’t.

After tanking my career – during the World Series, no less – the last thing I want to do is return to my hometown, where every jerk in a ball cap has an opinion about what went wrong with my arm.

So when my sister drags me back to town for her wedding, I vow to get in and out of there as quickly as possible.

Then I run into April Sawyer.

In high school we were just friends, but I’d always wanted her, and I’d never forgotten her – the red hair, the incredible smile, the crazy, reckless thing we did in the back of my truck the night we said goodbye.

It’s been eighteen years, but one look at her and I feel like my old self again. I can still make her laugh, she can still take me down a notch, and when the chemistry between us explodes, it’s even hotter this time around – and I don’t want it to end.

But just when I think I’m ready to let go of the past and get back in the game, life throws me a curveball I never saw coming.

‘All at once, I remembered how easily I’d fallen into his arms eighteen years ago – and I knew instinctively how easily it could happen again if I wasn’t careful. Tyler Shaw just did something to me.’

‘Unforgettable’ is the fifth and final book in the ‘Cloverleigh Farms’ series by USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow. Funnily enough, I happened upon the series just before lockdown, burning my way through the previous Sawyer sisters books in rapid succession. Starting with Frannie and on to Chloe, then my favourite of the series so far with Meg, followed by Sylvia, ‘Unbreakable’ tells the final Sawyer sister’s story – April. With it being the final book in the series, Harlow has pulled out all the stops – and boy does she deliver!

April Sawyer is probably one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever come across in a contemporary romance book. An event planner at the family business on Cloverleigh Farms, April is dedicated to her job but can’t help but feel that thanks to something in her past, she has trouble opening up to potential suitors that want to be in her life. Without giving away major spoilers, I can see why keeping such a secret in Aprils past caused her to be so guarded, but the strength she gained to carry on her life and the compassion she shows to others, especially Tyler, is so refreshing.

Tyler Shaw is in one word: dreamy. A recently retired baseball star, he had an incredible pitching career which suddenly and inexplicably ended when he got the yips (fancy baseball terminology for nerves I think?). Anyway, it was an unfortunate occurrence and I can totally understand why Tyler felt so angry all the time, but there were definitely times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and give him a good shake. Some of the stuff he did, or the ways he acted, honestly made me feel a little frustrated at times, especially when they seemed to conflict with other scenes where I would be genuinely rooting for him.

My *confused* feelings towards Tyler aside (I genuinely think he’s a good character, just flawed and frustrating), I found his story with April to build up nicely and work through at a pleasant pace, nothing seemed rushed or forced. The past between the two was at first something I thought I might struggle with – I’ve always found that dropping the reader into a story where two characters already share history is way more challenging than showing the reader two characters forming a completely new bond from scratch. Thankfully though, Harlow is more than up to the challenge and easily draws you straight in to April and Tyler’s story without so much as a hitch.

‘Wherever you are is home to me. And I don’t want to leave home again.’

One great thing about book series’ is that your favourite characters from previous books weave in and out of future books. I loved seeing the sisters from the four books beforehand living in their happily ever afters, and it was such a bittersweet moment for me once I finished ‘Unforgettable’, knowing that this was the end.

Overall, April and Tyler’s story was beautifully written, pulling you in from *that* very first chapter. I’m so sad at this series ending, but what a perfect way to say goodbye to the Sawyer family. Seeing April finally get her happy ending with Tyler was a beautiful moment, and the sweetest way to round off the Cloverleigh farms series.

Are you adding ‘Unforgettable’ to your list to read during quarantine? Or have you already read some of the Cloverleigh Farms series before? Let me know in the comments below!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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