➦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 (russian pancake thingies) and talks about Russian superstitions, and, well, he sort of reminded me of myself, or of my own upbringing, to be exact. And, naturally, because I really really really LOVE myself, I loved his character too.
➦Speaking of pancakes, I have no idea how he managed to make them so fast, dude has skills. Me making pancakes:
➦Me after eating pancakes:
➦And that’s why I don’t eat pancakes. lol
➦But I digress. So, this guy, Maxim is his name, comes to the US to chase his dreams and ends up at a bar where he gets robbed. What do you do when you have no money and nowhere to go? You rely on the kindness of strangers. Long story short, a good looking gentleman offers Maxim a roof over his head for a couple of days.
➦There’s an immediate attraction between Maxim and Derek. There’s only one problem, though. Derek is straight. Or so he thinks and so he wishes to be in public.
➦If you like roommate tropes with likable characters then do give this one a shot. I’m a sucker for GFY and this book is hot! It’s a bit angsty towards the end but also completely stinkin’-I-bawled-my-eyes-out-cuz-I-was-so-happy cute during the epilogue.
About Melanie Harlow
Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters.
Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.
About David Romanov
For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles.