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Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade


 
About the Book:
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Porter Family - Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance, Comedy
Rating: 5 out of 5
 
                                   
Meg Cole is now the richest woman in Texas. Her oil magnate father died unexpectedly and long before she wanted the reigns of the family business, Meg is back in the small town of Holley and taking over her father’s title and empire – a man she really did not know. Despite a successful company, Meg is making cuts. She has no desire to indulge in her father’s hobbies and sees no reason to continue to pay for staff or offshoot companies she will have no use for – one of which is a horse farm that is far from paying for its own expenses and yet her father, William Cole loved horses. The farm manager, Bo Porter has poured his life into this farm and he isn’t about to let the intriguing Meg Cole take it away. She’s his boss – the woman who may, in six months be shutting down his and his employee’s livelihood and yet, he cannot help but like Meg. Something about her inspires a side of himself he didn’t know existed.


Much as I adore getting lost in a 1900’s era historical, I think it’s safe to say that the contemporary genre is – overall, my favorite. A big reason complimented to author Becky Wade. Any story that could fit into the romantic-comedy genre is one I am quick to snatch up. And if this book is anything, it’s a charmer of a rom-com – from the inside out. First off, I just have to say kudos to Bethany House for their gorgeous graphic design and photography work on this one – if I thought the front-on cover was charming, what I didn’t know was how well the entire composition would be. Not only is the front shot pretty but in the entire design, there are three photos used to help sell this story and it’s done well.  

(Ahem, now that we have that bit of fangirling “out of the way,” moving on to the actual review…) 

The first book in her new “Porter Family” series, in brief introductions, we meet each of the Porter siblings – Ty, Jake, Dru and the hero of this book, Bo. In true “big brother” fashion, Bo makes for a wonderful, compelling hero and Becky manages to write a beautiful spiritual journey that is often missing in fiction, seeming to be in name only and never following through what its genre should define. Instead of relying on the people in her life – although Bo’s presence in her life does change things, Meg leans on the grace God extends and I was particularly interested in the small but impacting way that Meg feels God reaching out a hand by providing the presence of a person who cares about her just when she most needs it. Also pleasant was a lack of a character turning their back on God – Meg clung to her faith whereas Bo was raised in a household of integrity and healthy Christian teachings leading to a spiritual relationship that was more than merely “mandatory.” There was a quiet subtly to these scenes that may not have been “epic” but were certainly impacting – and that was just one of the reasons Undeniably Yours was another bright spot in an otherwise similar genre of contemporary fiction.  

If Bo is one of the more memorable leading men, then Meg was adorable. I enjoyed her character very much and was repeatedly impressed by how sincere Meg was. She was the epitome of a character whom we could relate too, and was both “flawed” and likable. Pleasant to both the most romantic heart and those who like “cute” exchanges of affection such as happens here between Meg and Bo; Becky’s unique furthering of the starry-eyed romantics or passionate tension isn’t vibrant in an impression of sparks flying between them – it’s very subtle. In fact, the first meeting of Meg and Bo is very businesslike, no flirting or funny “first meeting” incidents and instead of conversations in which we can rely on the character’s sparring, this relationship is built off of solid friendship (big fan of this!) and summary portions that regale picnics or evenings spent talking lying in front of the fireplace. 

Meg had been bruised, making her a cautious soul which in turn causes panic attacks. Bo was first and foremost a protector who was unquestionably attracted to Meg, eventually falling head over heels in love with her. There are some cute moments between them such as Meg bravely deciding to take the first step, showing up at his doorstep with a package of Oreos or Bo carrying around tissues, and it’s in these small joys that the character’s shine – even the secondary players are interesting and unexpected. I was also happy that Becky left the focus on Meg and Bo instead of shifting back-and-forth to multiple other characters. The rare third party point-of-view is inserted just when it should be but not abused.  
                    
In certain spots, there is still a slight “rough” edge to some of the writing. It didn’t take away the joy of the story, although I’d be lying if I didn’t say it seems “awkward” and somehow out of place. Fortunately, these moments are very rare.  But in the end, charming may not be the optimal word to describe this because its romance is subtle and there is hardly any conflict between Meg and Bo. Nonetheless, I found it was perfectly charming. In the last few pages, the book brings in some hints of danger in the form of Meg’s past resurrecting and makes the reader wish to finish quickly while also offering an act of selfless love. In Meg and Bo, I’ve met another memorable leading couple and from Becky Wade, a sweet contemporary that is undeniably, a keeper!


Synopsis: When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted–more interested in art than in oil–she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them–her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage–and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?
 
- publisher synopsis


With thanks to the author, Becky Wade for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes

For more of a visual idea of the novel, check out this ADORABLE book trailer:

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  1. I'm so excited to read this one! And I love the cover. :)

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    1. Me, too, Ruth - this is one cover that even more adorable in person! You'll love this one. Looking forward to your review! :)

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  2. You've made me SO excited to dive into this one, Rissi! Becky's debut, My Stubborn Heart, was one of my ultimate favorites of 2012. :)

    Great review! ;)

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    1. Excited to see your review and compare notes, Rosie! If you noticed on Twitter, I was *dying* to read this one for ages so it was fun to finally get it in the mail a while back. All I can say is: where is book 2!? ;)

      Thank you for reading! :)

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  3. Sounds like one worth reading! Although the name "Bo" for a manly hero sorta throws me off just a wee tad. ;)

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  4. Also out of curiosity, I noticed that this book came to you direct from the author, not the publisher. How does that work?

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    1. It is, Kellie. So sweet even if the chemistry isn't quite as dynamic as some of the books in the same genre. I crave novels that take more care with the romantic tension and Becky does a beautiful job building a friendship between Bo and Meg first as opposed to that "light bulb moment" when one of them realizes, "oh, I am in love with him."

      Well... hopefully Bo's attitude will compensate for any sort of "unmanly" name. ;) He's quite memorable. Know what you mean though - there was once a Hallmark movie that nicknamed its leading man "Christy" and each time I sit through it, I'm like, "really!?"

      Becky offered to send the book to me. When that happens, it still came from the publisher but was sent to me at her bequest. It was VERY generous of her. :)

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    2. In the midst of all the "passion romances" we so easily find (and indeed, love), sometimes it's actually nice to read a book that's not ALL about how they can't stop imagining what it would be like to kiss each other, run their fingers through the others hair or other such {at times unrealistic!} romantic gestures. I've found myself rolling my eyes a few times in a few of the recent romances I've read (ahem, Julie Klassen...) because their "internal longing" seemed so out of proportion. I mean, I've liked lots of guys in my life...but I can't say that I had sudden images of running my fingers through their hair popping up unexpected in my brain! Anyways, sorry, getting on a silly tangent, haha. ;)

      All that to say...I'm already putting our library's on-order copy on hold for me. :)

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    3. I hear ya', Kellie. If done well, I don't mind dealing with (or "watching" the) "physical attraction" forming and there are moments of that in Becky's novel. This is "natural" - in a romantic relationship, as we are first drawn to or attracted to a guy so in that way, it's very realistic. However, I loathe when it's taken "too far" in a novel or even when its repetitive nature becomes more annoyance than "sexy." The biggest offender of this I've read (think I only read one of Julie Klassen's) is Julie Lessman. Her last hero was WAY too forward. As a result it was hard to like him sometimes.

      Yay for library holds! Happy that you'll enjoy reading this one - will look forward to getting your impressions, too.

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  5. Okay - I need this one right about now! What a good review, Rissi! Definitely heightens my anticipation for this one.

    Just noticing this comment, had to smile : 'the name "Bo" for a manly hero sorta throws me off just a wee tad' //*Grin* Funny. Do you prefer 'Beau' instead?

    Thank you for sharing, Rissi. Very thoughtful review.

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    1. Yes, yes you do, Ganise; it'd be fun to know what your take was. :) Thank *you* for reading.

      LOL! I can totally sympathize with Kellie - sometimes if there is something about a character that bugs the reader/viewer (a habit, name, etc.), it can ruin or affect ones opinion on all their good attributes. I hope Kellie won't hold Bo's name against him too much. :)

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    2. I'm willing to give him a shot. ;)

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  6. Love the cover -- I'm looking forward to reading this someday! And that you gave it 5/5...a good sign. Oh, just a word up...blog post title? You accidentally put an "I" where an "e" goes. I know I appreciate it when people let me know about spelling errors, so... No offense, I hope. :) But! Loved all those pros and it's definitely on my list! :)

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    1. Yes! This cover is lovely, Charity - and even more so in person. :) I'm looking forward to you reading it someday. Selfishly that means I'll have an excuse to talk about it again. ;)

      Thank you for catching that spelling error! *embarrassed* I do appreciate it and there is no offense taken - no matter how vigilant I try to be in making sure things are spelled right, slip ups still happen. I've even caught some after a post has been up for months!

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  7. Rissi,

    Thank you for reading Undeniably Yours and taking the time to review it. Your review is so thorough and thoughtful -- I can tell how much care you took in crafting it. Beautiful work!

    You've been an encouragement to me ever since My Stubborn Heart released. I really appreciate you and your support Christian fiction.

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed Undeniably Yours! Warmly, Becky

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    1. Hello, Becky! Thank *you* so much for sharing this wonderful story - I enjoyed it very much and am anxious to learn more about book two. It's been my pleasure to help in promoting your novels - your latest one has been added to my keeper/favorites shelf. Bo and Meg were lovely. :)

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  8. Sounds great!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. It sure is, Regine! Hope you enjoy the book if you decide to read it. :)

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  9. It sounds good :) The cover is just too cute and I'm interested. I love historical fiction but it IS nice to get away for some "now" books. Have you read the Anna & The French Kiss series? Thanks for the review!

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    1. That it is, Sierra. I know, right, isn't this cover adorbs!? I have a serious case of "cover love" as a result (it's better in person). Hope you enjoy it even though your preference is historical.

      No! I haven't read the 'Anna and the French Kiss' books yet. I saw some of your comments on it though so am now even more anxious to look into them. They were always on my radar just haven't gotten there. :) Thanks for the mention!

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    2. I totally get that, I've loved or semi-liked a cover and than loved it when I saw it in person :)

      I had had the books recommended to me several times and I had finally gotten around to them and I just adored them. There was some language, but in A&TFK's case some of the words are the Brit. versions. I know you don't like the language that much :/ That is pretty much the biggest issue I had with the book. Everything else was great.

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    3. Undeniably Yours cover is a stunner is person, Sierra. Love its "cuteness." ;)

      So glad to know 'Anna and the French Kiss' is cute. I've been anxious to read it for a long time now. Hopefully the story/characters will make up for the profanity. And I'll "get over it." ;)

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  10. This book has an adorable cover! Hoping to be able to read it sometime in the near future.
    Bethany

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    1. Absolutely adored this one, Bethany. If I didn't, I'd give my copy away. Unfortunately, it will be staying on my keeper shelf. ;)

      Hope you enjoy!

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