If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

November 16th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 26 Comments

16th Nov
If You Were Mine by Bella Andre
If You Were Mine
by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #5
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

The last thing Zach Sullivan wants is to take care of his brother's new puppy for two weeks. That is, until he meets the dog trainer. Heather is bright, beautiful…and she just might be the only woman on earth who wants nothing to do with him. Heather Linsey can't believe she agreed to train Zach's new pup, especially since his focus seems to be more on winning her heart than training his dog. Having sworn off love, she has vowed never to fall for a charming man. But Heather's determination to push Zach away only fuels his determination to get closer—and the sensual and emotional connection between them grows more undeniable. Will the biggest Sullivan bad boy of all tempt Heather into believing in forever again?

I am back with another Sullivan book, this time it is Zack Sullivan’s tale in If You Were Mine. Bella Andre turned up the heat in this one,  as she peeled back Zack’s layers. I fell for this sweet, charismatic and stubbornly stupid man. This is the fifth book in the Sullivans stories and I still cannot get enough of these siblings. Mini review: hot, heart-warming and filled with adorable animals who stole my heart.

Prepare for gushing and swooning.

So yummy fire fighter Gabe and his new family Megan and seven year old Summer are going on vacation. Only there is a problem, Summer just got a new puppy named Cuddles. What to do? What to do? Summer thinks the best solution is to leave Cuddles in the hands of her new favorite Uncle, Zack. Of course Zack is a sucker for little girls and big puppy dog eyes. Besides how much trouble can a 3 lb Yorkie named Cuddles be? When the puppy turns his world upside down, a friend sends dog trainer Heather Linsey and her Grey Dane, Atlas to the rescue. The tale that unfolds is steamy hot, hilarious and so heart-warming I cried.

I love  flawed characters and Andre knows how to create them. From the outside Zack and Heather both look like beautiful, success people, but ooh, looks can be deceiving. Zack owns a successful string of Auto shops, sponsors a NASCAR team and even races. He loves the ladies and is a confirmed bachelor. Can we talk about how smexy this man is? While I have never been a fan of smooth talkers, Zack is very charismatic and once you get past his one-liners you find this caring, tender, man. He is the type of guy who walks into a crowded room and even has Grandma tripping over her walker to get closer to him. Kids and puppies adore him; men want to be him. *swoon* Zack plans to live fast, play hard and die young, but Heather completely trips him up. Heather loves animals and owns her own Doggie daycare and training center, she works for shelters and rescues puppies so naturally I adored her. Thanks to a dysfunctional upbringing she has trust issues, and doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after. She carries some emotional and physical scars. Andre really made me fall for these characters and feel their personal struggles. The harder Heather resisted Zack, the faster he fell, and I loved watching it all unfold. I found myself swept up in the witty banter, little unnerving moments, their racing hearts and stolen breath…delicious. Of course, we see some of the other Sullivan’s, and they totally added to the tale.

If You Were Mine was such a delight from the puppies to the steamy hot love scenes that were so hot my eReader went on the fritz. While I am not a fan of insta-love, Andre made their fourteen day romance develop slowly, and gave it depth and believability. I found the core of the character’s flaws regarding commitment to be both plausible and incredible heartbreaking; furthering my desire for a happily ever after. I honestly cannot believe how much I adore this family and the Sullivan men in particular. Just when I think I have found my favorite Sullivan brother, Andre ups the ante, and I find myself falling hard for another one. My only complaint and believe me it wasn’t a real burden, was that we spent most of this book in bed! Thankfully Andre knows how to bring the heat, and while detailed it still left some to the imagination and also gave us tender, beautiful, moments. The next book brings us baseball player; Ryan Sullivan’s story and I cannot wait.

Fans of heart-warming siblings. smokin’ hot romances, and ah moments will adore If You Were Mine and the entire Sullivans series. Bella Andre has become one of my must read authors. The next book, Let Me Be The One releases December 31, 2013.

Four and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

You can see my others reviews in the related content or by clicking on Belle Andre’s name or the series name in the book info section above.

About Bella Andre

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice, have been translated into ten languages, and her Sullivan books are already bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America. If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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26 Responses to “If You Were Mine by Bella Andre”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Jeann, this series has been a joy and yes Zack is a hottie.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, the good thing is that they are quick reads and offer a few hours of bliss 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo enjoy and I promise you will become an addict of this series like me 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is wonderful and honestly each work as a standalone 🙂

  1. Dragana

    I read a couple of Bella Andre’s romances (Take me series and Candy Store) and they are steamy and usually very good. I haven’t started The Sullivans yet, but it’s good to know I’ll probably enjoy them too. I like stories about big lovin’ families.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      ooh you my friend are in for a treat, these Sullivans are like crack..LOL 🙂