I read Becky Wade’s novel, Meant to be Mine, earlier this summer and loved it, and when I had read the last page, I was sad I had to say goodbye to Celia and Ty, and adorable little Addie, Celia’s daughter.
I posted right away on Facebook how much I loved the book, and emailed the author saying the same. But before I could write an official review, life got in the way and I’m only now reviewing this wonderful book. If you like a romance that digs beneath the surface of its characters, involves a serious subject but also injects humor at just the right time, and includes a cowboy hero, then this book is for you.
Celia Park’s first crush was Ty Porter. That was in high school when she was shy and too afraid to make her feelings known to the hunk. Fast forward a few years to when the story begins. She’s on a getaway to Vegas with a girlfriend, and they learn that Ty is in town at a rodeo event. On a whim, they go to the arena and reconnect with him after the rodeo. Next thing she knows she’s out on the town with him and, before the night is over, they get hitched in a cheesy chapel. The next morning Celia is in shock at her new married status but already enjoying the returned feelings of attraction to Ty. Then reality hits her. Ty says it was a mistake. He doesn’t want to be married. He travels a lot and he has someone at home he plans to marry whenever he settles down.
To quote the back of the book blurb. “Five and half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so she can raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again in the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.” What is going on? She still uses his last name and this child couldn’t be his!
The next pages of the story are as wild as taking a spin on a rank bull.
As a rodeo fan and a person who never passes up an opportunity to attend a Professional Bull Rider event, I offered to read the book for a review. And I came away a new Becky Wade fan and wanting more of Ty and Celia’s story. Ms. Wade has a knack of making the reader love her characters, even one like Celia and her stubborn ways. And to give her an endearing little girl like Addie who will charm any reader’s heart into loving children, even if they don’t.
There’s plenty of rodeo scenes to please the cowboy and rodeo enthusiasts, but there is also romance and a dose of women’s fiction as well. I highly recommend this book.
Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and one adoring (and adored) cavalier spaniel. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards. Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!
I was given a complementary copy of this book by the publisher for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.