If You Were Mine by Bella Andre ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Target audience: Adult/romance fans
Keywords: animals, big families, family secrets, unlikely friendships
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)
Other books by Bella Andre: I Only Have Eyes for You | Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Summary: Zach, a notorious playboy with no desire to settle down, finds himself unexpectedly caring for his brother’s new dog. The dog’s lack of discipline causes Zach to cross paths with Heather, a dedicated dog trainer who is adamant about keeping her guard up.
Who knew a dog named Cuddles could bring two people together?
Bella Andre has really done it again in If You Were Mine. Sure her male characters are very alpha but I was really charmed by Zach, a successful businessman who knows his way around a car. But he absolutely knows nothing about dogs and he can’t turn down his adorable niece when she asks him to take care of Cuddles for two weeks. Cuddles might be adorable but the dog is also a total terror and Zach needs help.
She’s practically a dog whisperer and feels instantly protective of Cuddles when she experiences firsthand how Zach cannot handle her at all. Begrudgingly, she decides to help him out and while it starts to work, she can’t help but be distracted by his good looks and ohmigosh, his flirting. But family drama has made Heather cautious and she knows she just can’t trust anyone right now. Especially super sweet, funny, successful, adorable Zach.
Here we get the brilliant “friends with benefits” idea. Zach doesn’t want to settle down, and Heather doesn’t want to fall in love so hey, this is the most perfect idea in the world, right?
Well, Zach and Heather are so intensely sexy together but it isn’t long before one of them starts thinking they could be something more. That this could actually mean something. Could they overcome their own insecurities and make a real relationship work? Oh, I was hoping so.
I loved watching these two fall for each other, and found it especially sweet when their dogs formed quite the bond. Plus the entire Sullivan clan is incredibly amusing, and their affection for each other just adds a whole new dimension to these books. They tease, they challenge each other, and they are so good at welcoming outsiders (especially us readers).
If You Were Mine is officially a new favorite!