If You Were Mine
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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.
Melanie Harlow does it again
Melanie Harlow has become a must read for me. She always gives me exactly what I need in a book. I love that most of her stories are in groups of three. If You Were Mine, is the story of Claire, who we have met in Jaime and Margot's books. She is the one that everyone overlooks. The one who is too nice to speak up and too scared to take a chance. When she finds herself in need of a date, she goes out of her comfort zone and purchases a date for the evening. What she got was so much more. Theo brought Claire to life. He is damaged and doesn't do relationships, but as he gets to know Claire, he wants to help her come out of her shell and be the beautiful woman that he knows she is.
I love the friendship between Margot, Jaime and Claire. I even love that Jaime's boyfriend Quinn has gotten to the point where he wants to help and protect Claire. They are always there to build each other up and protect each other. In this story, we also get to meet Theo's brother and his family. I loved how these secondary characters were also so well developed. Theo's brother plays a pivotal part in who Theo has become and who he wants to become.
I cried and was frustrated right along with Claire as Theo worked through some things. Then my heart sored at the end for what Theo and Claire had become. This was a great story with a damaged hero who finds the love of his life and is able to let her rescue him. Great story!
Learning to step outside the norm
A Review of If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow
Learning to step outside the norm - 5+++++ stars
This was a story about Claire French, the good girl who doesn't want to settle for less than she deserves and being desperate enough to do something waaayyyy outside her norm by hiring a hottie for the night. She was determined that she would have a date for her co-worker's wedding and not be subjected to the singles table. Theo MacLeod had one of the roughest childhoods you can imagine. He was just one when his mother walked away from her family, leaving two impressionable little boys with a father that was in and out of their lives and the guilt he has hidden behind, knowing his brother took the extra beatings to keep him safe.
When feelings become real between these two characters, you can feel the love coming from both of them, but you know that something is about to happen to test their love for each other, even though he hasn't said the words. Ms. Harlow certainly gives you all the "feels" you could ever hope for in this book. And, I think each of us that reads this book, would want to be there to help Theo come out on the other side of this and realize that he can truly trust Claire with his heart and soul. I absolutely ADORED this story and recommend it to anyone that believes in love and soul mates.
**Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**
5 Beautiful Stars for Theo and Claire!!
When I first got my hands on If You Were Mine, I couldn't wait to dive in because, hello....MELANIE HARLOW!!!! I knew I was in for a beautiful, emotional and sexy read and as expected, Melanie ripped my heart out and put it back together again repeatedly. Theo....G-d that man was everything! Gorgeous, funny, intense, sexy as hell and emotionally stunted. His past has shaped who he is and keeps him completely closed off. Harlow made me truly feel what he was going through every step of the way and it cut deep. Claire....oh how I loved her! She was strong yet extremely vulnerable and I identified with her on so many levels. Her fears, her passion, her independence, her love for family and friends---it all came together in one beautiful package. Together, Theo and Claire were perfection!
Harlow's way with words kept me up late into the night, flipping the pages to see what would happen. If You Were Mine is heartbreakingly beautiful yet infused with humor throughout to allow the reader to breathe in between the more intense emotional scenes. One minute I was on the verge of tears and the next I was laughing which makes for a story that is perfectly executed. Add in lots of hot, steamy, sex times and you have the recipe for another bestseller, one that is sure to be one of your new favorite books! And that epilogue....I don't think there has ever been a more swoon worthy one written! Be sure to read until the very last page so you don't miss out on Theo and Claire's perfect ending! If You Were Mine should most definitely be your next read because you don't want to miss out on this 5-star perfection.