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by Bella Andre
Released: May 24, 2012
Series: The Sullivans #5
Published by Oak Press LLC
Dear Mrs. Andre,
You really must stop this. I can’t believe I am saying this but, you need to stop making your heroes so damn sexy! I don’t have enough space in my hottie harem and I have always said I would never do brothers, let alone four of them (plus Jake!) But when you make your heroes as irresistible as Zach, I fall prey to your every whim and now I am eating my words. What’s one more Sullivan in my harem, right? Hell, I might as well claim them all!
IF YOU WERE MINE takes readers back into the lives of the family we have come to love. This time we follow Zach Sullivan, the mogul mechanic, sweet-talker and all around panty-melter. As the hands-down most hottest of the Sullivan brothers, Zach is used to getting attention from the ladies. He has it all – the money, the good looks and the fancy cars. But when Heather Lindsey walks into his life, Zach finds the one thing his perfect life is missing…
Zach is on babysitting duty for his brother-in-law’s puppy. The small and unsuspecting Yorkie is the devil in disguise and unfortunately for Zach, Cuddles is stuck with him for two weeks. So while Zach tries his best to keep Cuddles out of his garage and his way, Heather drops in to teach the big boss how to handle a puppy.
When Zach meets the new dog trainer Heather, he is taken aback by her beauty and knows that soon, he will have her eating out of the palm of his hand. Unfortunately, Heather is the one is doing the talk-to-the-hand gesture because she knows all about Zach Sullivan and his reputation with the ladies. And to protect her heart, Heather knows it’s best to stay away. Despite the barriers she has walled around her, Zach’s relentless determination has her grasping for control because day by day, Heather learns more about Zach and fears that she is falling for him.
Andre has another winner on her hands! I wasn’t sure how she would be able to top the last two books (both of which were my favorites of the series), but she has. Zach Sullivan definitely has what it takes to be crowned the hottest Sullivan. His possessiveness, determination and unexpected vulnerability made me love him completely. But it was his charm that really made me fall in love with Zach. Unlike the other Sullivans, he is great at the witty banter and I guess it helps whenever he does that slow smile that makes the ladies burn.
Zach was easy to love, but Heather also had a lot of emotional depth to her. We learn of her past and the not so bright moments of that time in her life. Her parents are together, but unhappy and that reflects back on how Heather sees men and relationships. The question is, whether or not she will allow Zach to help her overcome those fears and feel safe with him.
Their love develops slowly, but it is satisfying because at the end of the book, you feel as if both of them have crossed oceans to get where they are supposed to be. I loved every moment of this book and only wished there was more to devour.
Andre is a master storyteller, weaving together the lives of two characters who simple don’t know the meaning of love…until they meet each other. Loved it!
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