Review: “Ignite” by Melanie Harlow

Series: Cloverleigh Farms, #6

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: November 22nd, 2021

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My new neighbor is a firefighter—and a scorching hot single dad—but I swear I didn’t set off that smoke alarm on purpose.

(And I was beyond mortified when he rushed in and saw me naked.)

Nothing happened, of course—because I, Winnie MacAllister, romance junkie and owner of a constantly broken heart, have sworn off men for one solid year.

Even protective men with chiseled jaws, bulging biceps, and deep brown eyes that make my breath come faster. Even former SEALs with broad chests and strong hands that make my skin sizzle. Even gorgeous, grumpy guys who have their hands full raising two adorable little girls and claim they don’t believe in love.

Until Dex kisses me one night, and I drop all my defenses.

(Also my underwear.)

He says he’s not gentle, and he’s right. He says I should take the dream job I’m offered in another state, and he’s right. He says he’s too old for me and could never be the man I deserve.

He’s wrong.

Dex and I might be twelve years apart, but the fire between us is the kind that will never burn out.

How can I convince him to give happily-ever-after with me a chance?


When Melanie Harlow announced that she was going back to Cloverleigh Farms and bringing the kids of the original gang to life, I squealed so loud. I have loved the Sawyer family so much that I was sad when the books ended. Sure, we got the awesome Bellamy Creek group too, but the Cloverleigh gang was who introduced me to Melanie and I wanted more. And now we have it!

Ignite follows Winnie (daughter of Frannie and Mack from Irresistable) as she gives up on love and trying to find the one and chooses to find happiness in other ways. She’s got a habit of falling in love really easily and really fast, and then getting her heart broken just as fast. Her long line of exes is proof of that and Winnie is tired of the idiots she’s dated. So she makes a bet with her best friend that she will not fall in love with anyone till Christmas just to prove to the two of them that she can do it. Except, Winnie doesn’t realise that her new neighbour is exactly the kind of trouble she was trying to avoid. Dex is a divorced single dad to two of the most entertaining and adorable little girls and a firefighter. He’s trying to make a good home for his daughters and keep his head on straight all at the same time. The last thing he needs is distraction in the form of a younger, stunning woman who lives next door.

This book had every trope I enjoy––age gap, single dad, grump x sunshine, neighbours with benefits––so I had absolutely no doubt that this book would hook me. And it did. From the moment I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. Besides going back to Cloverleigh and seeing all the familiar faces, I just really loved the relationship between Winnie and Dex. He’s a real sexy grump and it’s not an act, he’s even that way with his little girls. And Winnie is the complete opposite. She’s all sunshine and happiness and accidental seduction.

I’m always worried about single dad romances, because I want difficult kids or kids who make being a single parent a little harder, but Dex’s daughters were a handful. Yes, they were stinking cute, but they were so much chaos and fun. I couldn’t stop laughing every time they woke him up or just appeared on the page. They truly made such an impact on me with all of their shenanigans. I was not expecting to love them the way I did.

“You ignited a fire in me I couldn’t put out. I couldn’t control my feelings for you, and I’m someone who likes to be in control all the time.”

Winnie and Dex are scorching hot, it makes sense why this book is titled Ignite, because their chemistry is off the charts. Winnie tells Dex all about her difficulty not falling in love and one thing leads to another and we get some ridiculously hot steam. Their neighbours to friends with benefits situation is delicious. I loved that with Dex, Winnie doesn’t hold back on what she wants. And Dex doesn’t either. There are multiple scenes where I had to force myself to breathe because these two truly do set the page on fire. I really enjoyed their scenes where they’re being friends too, because that kind of chemistry is always so good.

And of course, all the little glimpses of the Sawyer family and Frannie and her sisters, visits from Bellamy Creek faces all tied up this book so nicely! I cannot wait to see who else we get to meet, because I am absolutely and completely in love with everything that is Winnie and Dex. 

Thanks to Melanie Harlow and Social Butterfly PR for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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