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If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

If You Were Mine Book Cover If You Were Mine
Melanie Harlow
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
February 28th 2017

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

Megan’s Review

“I talked myself out of so many things because I looked at them as opportunities to fail, not as opportunities to succeed. I was so afraid to fall that I never let myself fly.” 

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Melanie Harlow has delivered another great read which I devoured without any trouble at all. I absolutely loved ‘If You Were Mine,’ it was fun, sexy and completely melted my heart. While there were some really hilarious laugh-out-loud moments, there were also some really intense deep moments and the combination of these light hearted /deep moments kept me glued from start to finish. If you’re anything like me and love fun, sexy reads with a damaged and tortured hero who make you feel deeply, then definitely give this a go. I highly recommend it.

Claire is sick and tired of being single, especially when it comes to important functions such as weddings and can’t think of anything worse than being relegated to yet another singles table. When Claire has a work colleague’s upcoming wedding to attend, she makes up a little white lie about her “boyfriend” who will be attending the wedding so that she can avoid the disastrous singles table. 

“I believed in soul mates, and I wanted my own. But where the fuck was he, already?” 

This fabrication leaves Claire in an awkward situation. She obviously doesn’t have a boyfriend who looks like Ryan Gosling (that is who she described) and thus has no date to the wedding. Running out of options, Claire registers for a website called “Hire a Hottie” in an attempt to hire someone to portray her boyfriend for the night and boy, was he money well spent.

Wow, what can I possibly say about Theo? I absolutely adored him. He was the ultimate hero for me. He was damaged, broken and has made mistakes, but is ultimately striving to be a better person. He was such a complex character and there was definitely more than meets the eye. He is a self-proclaimed drifter who comes and goes as he pleases and never becomes too attached or dependant on anyone. He has a need and desire for being the person people depend on and wants to look after and protect those nearest and dearest to him. I could not fault Theo and the more I read in his POV, the more I understood, the more I fell in love with him. He literally stole my heart in the best possible way. 

Claire and Theo’s relationship, which started out as all business, quickly turned into something quite epic. From their first encounter they had an intense attraction towards each other and even though Theo was the “fake boyfriend”, he soon turned into so much more. 

“I’ve made a thousand mistakes in my life, and I might make a thousand more, but walking away from you won’t be one of them. I don’t deserve you, but if you were mine, I’d spend every last damn day of my life trying.” 

I absolutely adored this story and love Melanie Harlow’s beautiful writing. She always has the ability to draw me in with her amazing character development and fun, yet deep and compelling plot lines. If you are looking for your next read to be humorous, fun, sexy while still being deep and emotional with relatable characters that melt your heart, then definitely give this one a go. I highly recommend it.


ARIANNA’s review

Melanie Harlow brings you a sweet and sexy read that  will warm your heart. I’m a big fan of this author, so trust me when I say, that she never disappoints. Her stories are always entertaining and put a smile on my face, her characters are always endearing and relatable and the romance between those characters is always lovely. ‘If You Were Mine’ is a fantastic blend of sweetness, sexiness and humor. From start to finish, I found this one to be super enjoyable, so if you, like me, are a fan of this author, or you simply want to read something delightful, you don’t want to miss this one.

To avoid sitting at the singles table at a wedding she was invited to, Claire lies and tells everyone that she’s not alone anymore and that her new boyfriend will be her plus one. Claire is desperate. She needs to find a date to the wedding ASAP. Browsing the internet, she decides to hire a date for a couple of hours.

“Tall, dark, and handsome was fine, but Theo was the kind of guy who thought he knew everything, and furthermore, he was going to enlighten you on it, whether you asked him to or not. I liked his smile, but not his smirk.

Theo is a drifter with a criminal record, who has some serious reasons for being an escort. He’s intrigued with Claire from the moment he lays his eyes on her. He figures out immediately that she’s sweet and kind and he likes everything about her. He can’t deny how attracted he is towards her, or how real this…”thing” between them feels. Even if he believes he’s not good enough for Claire, he can’t seem to stay away. Theo is not a relationship kind of guy, but he wants to spend all his free time with Claire. He wants to get to know her better and he wants to make her feel good.

“As I moved deep within her, I vowed to myself that I would honor that trust. That I would keep my promises. That somehow, I would become the man she saw when she looked at me, rather than the one I saw when I looked at myself.

Claire knows that she is Theo’s opposite in every way and maybe she should stay away from him since he apparently has a lot of baggage, but she can’t help herself. Maybe he’s not exactly the ideal man, the man she thought she needed, but he’s the only man she wants.

“I just had to figure out who he was. And how to make him stay.

‘If You Were Mine‘ is such a lovely read. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it’s sexy, with just a little angst and drama and a bunch of characters I fell in love with from the start. I liked the premise and how everything between the two main characters progressed. Their first encounter was entertaining and I really appreciated  that there wasn’t any insta-lust or insta-love between them. These characters’ relationship progressed naturally. I loved the chemistry between them. The sweet moments between them were simply heart-warming and the sexy ones plenty and well-written.

Claire is a wonderful heroine. She is such a genuinely good person. She’s sweet, caring, patient and considerate. The fact that she doesn’t take risks and lacks a bit of self-confidence didn’t bother me too much, mainly because her character development was very well done. I liked the fact that she’s not a doormat and the fact that she knows what she wants and what’s best for her. She’s doesn’t care about Theo’s past or the fact that he’s a little tortured, which I really loved. The way she was with him at times is simply heartwarming. She has such a big heart.

Theo’s painful childhood broke my heart. He is tortured and he truly believes he’s not good enough for Claire and that he can’t offer her what she needs. The author did a stellar job with his character. Theo is complex and, overall, a great character. There were a few times when I wanted to smack him in the head, but he figured out his sh*t pretty quickly, which I obviously liked. Theo is sexy and charming and has a big heart. I loved how good he was with his brother’s family. He is such a sweetheart!

The chemistry and the romantic aspect were fantastically done. Melanie Harlow always knows how to write palpable chemistry between her characters and her romances are always swoony.

“She was exactly the salve I’d hoped she would be— the moment I crushed my lips to hers, I felt the conflict in my body resolve. The anger dissipated. The sadness lift. All of it was swept aside, replaced only by the desire to get closer to her.

Overall, an enjoyable, sweet, fun and sexy read!


About the Author

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.


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