Title: If You Were Mine
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication Date: 2/28/2017
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.
Seriously, folks, if you are not yet a fan of Melanie Harlow, you will be after this amazing book!!
Theo MacLeod is a broken man. He suffers from bad childhood syndrome that has left him untrusting, unsettled and in a constant state of running away. The guy is a paid escort on a dude rental site for goodness sakes. When he is hired by Claire to be her date to a wedding so she can avoid the humiliation of being seated at the Singles’ table yet again, sparks immediately fly.
Let me tell you something…of all of the men in Harlow’s books, I think Theo might just be my favorite. Harlow does a fabulous job at writing lovable but highly flawed men, but, seriously, Theo takes the cake. He is sexy, funny and sweet and did I mention sexy. Oh, his dirty mouth is something else. His chemistry with Claire is off the charts.
Claire is a great heroine. She at first seems a bit meek and almost wishy-washy, but when she finally starts standing up for herself she becomes this whole new person that is proud, confident and full of love. Plus, she has this naughty side in the bedroom that was unexpected but really worked.
Theo and Claire are not without their problems. Trust is a big issue and it takes some time for the two of them to finally find that trust. Theo does most things with grand gestures to mask his insecurities. I loved that they weren’t all happy in love in the third chapter and then the big break up down the line at the somehow magic 75% number where everything goes to heck. It took these two time to build up to the romantic ending, which was quite perfect, by the way!
Melanie Harlow does it again with an absolutely endearing story of love and trust and finally finding that one person to love you. Do NOT miss out on this beautiful story!