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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

If You Were Mine (The Sullivans, #5) - Bella Andre Based on his descriptions in the previous books in the series, I thought this would be my least favorite Sullivan boy. I'm not into cars and he sounded like an egotistical jerk. Funny thing, the heroine pretty much agrees with me at the beginning and by about a third of the way into the book we'd both fallen for him and didn't want to admit it.I found the heroine somewhat more frustrating, though still likeable, almost until the end. They both put up walls to prevent relationships happening, but she's had some counseling so I couldn't understand her wall building as well. She also seems more self-aware in general except on this one issue. Instead of just a couple with chemistry we have a happy little family in the making here as the hero and heroine's dogs play a significant roles. And they are fun, cute dogs. We do however have lots and lots of intense chemistry and super hot love scenes.We also have the whole Sullivan clan back for brief cameos. I liked getting more than just a tiny glimpse at mom this time around. But they are present just enough. The story doesn't ever stray from being Zach and Heather's romance.I cried a good bit while reading this, in a good way. I could feel every bit of the couple's emotional ups and downs and Zach turns out to be so real and so good in a very realistic way that the inevitable big drama hit me really hard. And Zach turned out to be my favorite Sullivan of all. ... So far.