Meant to be Mine (Guilty Pleasures #1) by Lisa Perry-Review & Book Tour
MEANT TO BE MINE
Guilty Pleasures #1
by Lisa Marie Perry
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
About the book: August 30, 2016
Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.
Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.
Meant to be Mine begins with Sofia attending her Aunt Luz’s funeral. It had been years since Sofia had ventured back to Eaves, a place that she’d once called home until a scandal involving her father had broken which lead to her leaving the small town. She never thought she’d look back, until her aunt’s funeral. Once she and her best friend, Joss, arrived for the funeral, old feelings cropped up. Not only had she left Eaves and her aunt behind, she’d also left Burke Wolf behind….resident bad boy and breaker of her heart. A heart that had been fragile at best and, ultimately, landed her on a transplant list. Sofia received her new heart several years ago, but still has a few issues that she’s dealing with.
Once the funeral is over, she and Joss try to make their way back to the cottage they’d rented for their short stay, only to be approached by a stranger. A stranger who just happens to be her aunt’s attorney and her lover. He unceremoniously tells her that she’s inherited everything, including Tish, her aunt’s beloved Siberian Husky, which he hands to her and tells her to come by his office so they can go over the details. Floored, Sofia and Joss head out and stop by a convenience store, only to run into none other than Burke Wolf. Neither is prepared for the feelings that assail each of them, so things get off to a rocky start to say the least. What transpires is a story that will touch you in more ways than one……
Meant to be Mine has all of the earmarks of a good romance: A lead couple that have faced down their demons, a supporting cast of characters that make you want to hit someone and laugh out loud all at the same time and secrets, BIG SECRETS, coming out that make you say………what?!?! I liked Sofia. She has made a life for herself, despite having loser parents and despite having to have had a heart transplant. She never felt sorry for herself and is fiercely loyal. I liked Burke as well, although he took a little bit to warm up to. He had demons abound that he’s fought all of his life, one of which was completely unknown to anyone but him. He is loyal to his friends and is always the first to help out, even though he grumbles about it. The supporting characters were intriguing, maybe even more so that Sofia and Burke. There is A LOT happening in this book, as is usually the case for a first in a series, but the writing felt stilted at times. Some things felt like they came out of left field, especially after seeing an excerpt from the next book in the series. I’m hoping I misunderstood and am intending to go back and read it again, just to make sure. However, let me say this: I liked this book and I feel that the series has a lot of potential. As I said earlier, the supporting characters are intriguing and I am all in for the next installment.
Copy supplied by the publisher
Reviewed by Vickie M
Excerpted from MEANT TO BE MINE by Lisa Marie Perry. Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Marie Perry. Used with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes sizzling, deep fiction featuring flawed heroes brought to their knees by the love of complicated women. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America’s heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.
For laughs, randomness and occasional inappropriateness, visit LMP at www.perrytalebooks.com.
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