IF YOU WERE MINE by Melanie Harlow



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


If You Were Mine

by Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.


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.”


Read Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2kyu7kK

Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/bgtL5b

iTunes: https://goo.gl/vBw5E5

Nook: https://goo.gl/e16nAD

Add to Goodreads: https://goo.gl/zqceTQ


About the Author:

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.


Connect with Melanie:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMelanieHarlow/?fref=ts

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1NPkYKs

Twitter: @MelanieHarlow2

Website: http://www.melanieharlow.com

Sign up for Melanie’s Newsletter: http://www.melanieharlow.com/subscribe/

Melanie Harlow

I loved this book. Just loved it! If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow had all the right feels. It was such a sweet romance. I swooned over and over. It was not a perfect love story by any means, but I was bursting with happiness at the end.

The last thing Claire French wanted was to be seated at the singles table at yet another wedding. She was tired of the pitying looks and soft whispers from those around her. It’s not that she did not want to meet someone and fall in love, it’s just she wanted the perfect someone. She wanted to find someone that fits what love stories are made of. That was not too much to ask for, right?

So, without thinking, she told everyone she was bringing her new hot Ryan Gosling look-alike boyfriend to the wedding. The only problem? He was not real. Bring in the hottie she hired to pretend to be her boyfriend for a night. A little white lie. No harm, right? But what if the fake boyfriend rocks her world?

Theo MacLeod did not do commitments or settling down of any kind. Period. What was the point, when no one ever stayed? Instead he drifted from place-to-place. Maybe some of what he did was on the shady side, but what else would someone with his past really do? Instead he lived his life as he pleased, taking risks and moving on. To supplement his income, he put on his charming ways and escorted woman who needed a date. Everything was platonic and safe, until Claire.

It was supposed to be one night. Go in, impress her friends and colleagues and then move on. But one kiss led to so much more. And though Theo knows nothing can come from this, he is not able to walk away so easily. But can a man with deeply rooted fears who does not trust anyone, be able to let someone in completely? The minute he saw Claire, he knew she was different and he was in trouble.

I loved Claire. Though she was afraid to take risks, Theo pushed her boundaries. He challenged her and showed her it was okay to stray outside the lines. With him she rose to new heights. But Theo, with all his self-doubts and fears, broke my heart a little. After living through a hard childhood, he never learned how to stay. How could he trust himself or his heart to anyone else?

Though there is some light angst, this was such a sweet romance overall. Two people who slowly fall in love with each other. But what happens when one is too afraid to stay? Can he take the leap and trust his heart to stay safe?

I loved every minute of this story. I read it in one sitting. I was so consumed, I did not feel the time passing. Theo and Claire were so likeable and their friends and family were both supportive and meddling. I laughed, cried and cheered them on. Another top favorite from Melanie Harlow. And that ending. Perfect. Just perfect.

~ Liz


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *