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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.


So we have Claire who is single and trying to avoid the “single’s table” at a friend's wedding. Claire gets the idea to hire a date for the wedding. Enter Theo “Woodcock” Macleod. Claire and Theo hit it off right off the bat and decide to spend the night together. It was supposed to be for one night only but they couldn't help or fight their attraction to each other.So with that being said I was ALL over this storyline. 

I have to say the first half of the book I truly enjoyed. I love a broken male character who is looking for that special person to make him see the good in himself. As the book progresses it's like come on Theo get your head out of your ass and get it together. We would take one step forward just to go ten steps back. *Insert* face palm. I get that Theo had a rough childhood and had a lot of issues but at some point you have to let it go. He was a good man despite his flaws and he kept using it as a crutch. Claire was too weak when it came to Theo. Every time she would say I'm done and he would come back and she was ok with it!! Um, no you have to earn this Theo!! It felt like a revolving door every time he kept coming back. It was hard for me to feel the connection as the story went on plus there wasn't enough passion and angst for me. I'm all about the feels and this just didn't happen for me in the second half. 

In the story we also get to catch up with some of the other characters. It was nice to see my favorite couple  Jack and Margot from “After We Fall”. Even though this story didn't sweep me off my feet the way “AWF” did it was still an enjoyable read and I will definitely check out more books from this author. 

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