REVIEW – IF YOU WERE MINE by Melanie Harlow



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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****3.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

On one level, I’d known why he was here, but on another, I’d felt real chemistry with him. A real attraction. I’d started to hope for more.


IF YOU WERE MINE is the story of Claire French, a sweet and hopeless romantic woman who is perpetually single. Her two best friends have recently found their soul mates which leaves her feeling somewhat sad and dysfunctional because she has yet to meet a man who is worthy of giving her heart to. She spends her free time getting lost in her romance novels and Hallmark channel movies—a woman I can totally relate to. To avoid being banished to the singles table at an upcoming wedding she tells the bride that she will be bringing her boyfriend of two months as her plus one. The only problem is she doesn’t have one nor does she know anyone who can play the part. Claire finds an online service where she can hire a “fake boyfriend” to be her escort. There are no sexual favors included in the package.

Theo Macleod doesn’t like to be tied down to one place. His job at the escort service allows him luxury to travel across the country. He supplements his finances by getting involved in the occasional illegal scam. Theo has Claire figured out from their very first informal meeting. He can tell that she is a genuinely sweet person who has yet to reach her full potential because she’s afraid to take risks in her life. She’s an art teacher at an elementary school but has so much talent that she could actually become an accomplished artist, with her paintings being sold at local art galleries, but her fear of rejection holds her back.


On their date, both Claire and Theo are feeling a strong attraction for each other and while Claire is willing to take a chance and see what could develop between them, Theo is hesitant and fearful of what the future could bring. He has trust and abandonment issues that stem back from his childhood when both parents bailed on Theo and his brother at a very young age. This has him doing everything to guard his heart. It’s why he never stays in one place too long so that he can avoid forming any lasting relationships. He’s so afraid of rejection that he has built up an impenetrable wall but he is so attracted to Claire that they do end up spending one incredible night of passion with each other. But Theo’s insecurities will put a serious strain on their relationship when his need to run away kicks in whenever he starts to feel that things are getting too significant between them.

I started off really liking this story and even hopeful that this was going to be a winner. I loved Claire so much as I felt she was a very relatable character. Theo was incredibly sexy and charismatic during the first 25% of the story but as he started to become a serious flake and kept putting Claire through so much unnecessary heartache, I started to lose my love for his character. While the story does tie up perfectly by the end I never did feel that Theo was good enough for Claire. Maybe it’s because I have been involved with quite a few Theo’s in my day and I know just how much they can break a girl’s, heart.


If you’re a fan of Melanie Harlow then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. Also, I didn’t realize that Claire is best friends with the heroines from ”MAN CANDY” and “AFTER WE FALL” so it was nice to be able to revisit with those characters.

IF YOU WERE MINE is currently available.

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