Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

Title: If You Were Mine
Author: @MelanieHarlow2
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.25 stars

If You Were Mine, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is now available!

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.

If you read Man Candy and When We Fall, you’ve met Claire French, if you haven’t, that’s fine this book is a standalone. She’s an adorable and shy art teacher and still single amongst her friends. She’s tired of sitting at the singles table at weddings, so when asked if she was bringing a plus one, she does something she never thought she would do. She rents a date. Enter Theo MacLeod.

Her initial meeting with Theo was a little surreal then contentious since Theo can see her insecurities but they decide to go to the wedding. What was suppose to be just a fake date with

Theo MacLeod is not your typical billionaire CEO we are accustomed to reading. He’s had a hard life, and a colorful past. He’s trying to be a stand up citizen by being a great brother and uncle.

The saying opposites attracts hold true here, Theo is not very trusting, wherein Claire is, Theo is adventurous and Claire is a safe girl, yet they bring out the best in each other and try to get of their comfort zone.  Especially Theo, since he’s has been known to not stay at one place at a time.

When reading this book, I wanted to claim Theo was the “anti-hero”, but that’s not the right word.  He’s a hero to his sister-in-law and nieces, he’s even a bit towards Claire.  What I mean is as I previously stated, he’s not out to conquer the world with million dollar deals, he’s trying to survive and stay clear from his past discretions.  He didn’t know Claire would change his worldviews, especially about love.  Claire didn’t know that Theo would challenge her to do things she wouldn’t necessarily do in the past.  They compliment each other, even though they don’t know it.

Melanie Harlow will pull at your heart strings with this book.  She will make you look at things differently and make you root for the h/h and their HEA.  As much fun we have reading her other books, I like the serious tone she has taken with the past two books.  You get to read about someone other than a millionaire, but rather someone we probably can all relate to at some point. Melanie Harlow can do no wrong in my reading world, so if you’re looking for something a little more thought provoking, If You Were Mine should be added to your TBR.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.


A guy in a black leather jacket set a coffee cup down on the table and sat opposite me.

I looked over at him, feeling slightly awkward since I’d have to tell him he couldn’t sit there. He was handsome, with warm brown eyes and short dark hair, but he wasn’t Fred. “I’m sorry, I’m waiting for someone,” I said. “But I can move.”

To my surprise, he smiled confidently. “Claire, right? I’m Fred.”

I screwed up my face. “You can’t be. Fred has blond hair and blue eyes. I saw his picture.”

He laughed, almost condescendingly. “I don’t use my real picture, Claire. People are crazy.”

What? This made no sense. “I don’t understand. How can you advertise yourself with someone else’s photo? Don’t women get mad when you show up?”

He shrugged, his grin turning a little cocky. “Haven’t had any complaints so far.”

Actually, he was more attractive than the photo he’d used online—more rugged and masculine, with his scruffy jaw, big shoulders, and brawny chest. Meeting the real Fred was kind of like ordering the chicken piccata and being brought the Porterhouse, which hadn’t even been on the menu.

But that wasn’t the point.

(And I’d described someone completely different to Elyse.)

“So, what, you use a fake photo to lure potential clients and then you set up the coffee meeting to check them out first?” I asked indignantly.

“Wouldn’t you?” He shrugged out of his jacket. “It’s a scary world out there.”

I crossed my arms, sitting up tall. “No! That’s a scam. I don’t like scammers.”

“No, it isn’t. I don’t take any money from them. I don’t even talk to them, I just leave.”

Frowning, I said, “That doesn’t seem right to me. These people are willing to pay you to hang out with them and probably feel bad enough about themselves already, and you just walk out without even giving them a chance?”

He shrugged. “Look, if it makes you feel any better, I’ve only walked off a job once, and that was because I thought I recognized the woman. I prefer to keep my personal and professional identities separate. That’s fair, isn’t it?”

Professional identity? He was a rent-a-date! I shook my head in disbelief. “Is your name even Fred?”

“Does it matter?”

“Yes,” I snapped. “How am I supposed to know what to call you?”

He grinned as he leaned toward me and lowered his voice. “Call me anything you want. You’re the boss.”

Was he flirting with me or making fun of me? I cleared my throat and pressed my knees tighter together. “I’d like to call you by your actual name, please. Bad enough I have to pay someone to play my fake boyfriend. I’d like something to be real, at least.”

He held his eyes steady on mine for a moment. I felt like he was sizing me up, trying to decide if he could trust me, so I stared right back without blinking. If anyone at this table was trustworthy, it was me.

“Theo,” he said quietly, his eyes dropping to my lips for the merest fraction of a second. “My name is Theo.”

There. Was that so hard? I smiled at him before picking up my latte.“Well, it’s nice to meet you, Theo.”

“What, you’re just going to believe me? You’re much too trusting, Claire. I bet people take advantage of you.”

I set the cup back down on the saucer with an angry clank. “Is your name Theo or not?”

“Shhh, it is, it is,” he said, laughing. Then he glanced over his shoulder like he was in the fucking CIA. “But I don’t give that out to just anyone. You should feel special.”

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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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