Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade - A Romance with a Swoony Hero and a Sassy Heroine

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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About the Book:
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Porter Family, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance

If I didn’t already adore the novels that materialize from the pen of this author, this book surely would have melted my heart. It’s exactly the kind of story that “gets to me” with its lighthearted moments of hilarity carefully balanced against the emotional, believable trials the characters are experiencing – plus its plot is one that, for unknowable reasons, I adore. 

Complicated is something the Porter family is no stranger to. This time it visits champion bull rider Ty Porter. His snag arrives in the form of the girl who harbored a crush on him throughout high school: Celia Park. Seeing Ty again in Vegas seems like a stroke of serendipity to Celia. Marrying him seems too good to be true, yet after spending four blissful days together this is exactly what Ty proposes. 

BOOK REVIEW | Her One and Only by Becky Wade - Fall Head Over Heels for This Romance

But the morning after their impromptu wedding is nothing like a fairy tale, the result leaves Celia in tears. Five years later, Celia hasn’t seen Ty since and is struggling to raise their young daughter, Addie. When the past prompts Ty to find Celia in Oregon, their separate worlds suddenly change. Ty discovers he had something he didn't know he was missing, and Celia realizes this secret is no long that.   

There are books that a reader admires and enjoys simply because they're funny. Then there are stories that leave their reader speechless. A reader may lack coherent thought needed to string together the words to describe one's feelings about said book. For me, that is what Becky Wade’s third novel is all about. It’s a testament to the novelist’s talent and ability when each of their successive books read as if they haven't merely gotten better, but in maturity (in faith, in characters, in storytelling). The second novel in Becky’s beloved Porter family series is an emotional roller-coaster that inspires its characters to face tough decisions. A story, I believe, is Becky's best yet.

There’s something magical about a love story that isn’t the typical boy-meets-girl and instead explores a married couple – whether they’re newlyweds or like Celia and Ty, sparring partners. Not necessarily the kind of “magic” we think of in relation to fairy tales, more the most genuine version of love. A kind of heartwarming, real quality that makes the romantic tension blossom. Some readers will find fault with Ty. Don’t mistake me, I understand. He does treat Celia badly (cue that scene, "Badly done, Emma!"), and leaves her with a broken heart to boot. That being said, I never felt like he was “all bad” or as if he need to be slapped soundly across the face. 

Maybe it's because I had total faith in the author or perhaps because, while yes, he erred in judgment and let his sweet talking override his prior promises, I felt that he was genuinely sorry for how he treated Celia – and not to spoil anything but how he lived subsequent to that heartbreaking day is a testament to that. And even though he’s worth spending time on as is Celia, I’m not entirely sure why I’ve not mentioned the one character who stole the show and consequently my heart. That is Addie. 

This kid was not "on screen" enough. The teal-glasses-wearing five-year-old seems a favorite with many readers, and let me tell you, readers, this is all true. She’s a delight. She’s precious. She’s a fairy tale addict (with a twist) and she's the epitome of every mother's wish their child will "never grow up." Her shy, sweet nature is irresistible and once she slips on those cowgirl boots, I dare you not to love her. I liked that she was never used against one parent or the other and was instead the one person whom Ty and Celia dearly loved enough to consider before each of their decisions.

In keeping true to my policy of sincerely, and honestly sharing what I think about a book, I have to be honest. I do have a quibble with Meant to Be Mine. No, it’s not the heart-stopping kiss in the rain or the dialogue that is both sassy yet realistic it’s the fact that until May 2015, we are being asked to wait to get another dose of this Texas family when brother, Jake Porter’s story arrives. An entire year, peeps! This will simply not do.

Note: My sincere apologies to Becky and the publisher for the delay in reviewing this novel! Thank you very much for the opportunity to review the book. 

Synopsis: Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college--still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider; he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?
 - Goodreads

Coming Next from Becky Wade: Jake Porter's story arrives next spring, though sadly, I've no idea what its plot is. Yet.

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.


  1. I'm in agreement with you, my friend!! This book was spectacular. I'm looking forward to Jake's story so much! Great review. ;D

    1. *High Five*

      I just can't gush enough about this one. :)

      Same here, I'm eager to have Jake's book in my hands; I'm betting it promises to be equally as wonderful. Thank *you* for reading, Rosie. :)

  2. I've been waiting to read your thoughts on this one and was really excited when I spotted it. I totally agree with what you said about it being perfectly imperfect...that's a perfect way to describe it! (no pun intended) This was my first Becky Wade book and now I'm craving more. Lovely review, Rissi!

    1. Yay! Glad that this inspired your interest in more from Becky. Her books really reminded me why I adore contemporary so much, and made me "fall in love" with the genre all over again. This one is her best yet and it's a great experience to see that talent grow. Enjoy the rest of Becky's novels, Bekah. They're keepers too. :)

      ...and thanks for reading.

  3. Glad you liked it, too! I'll admit that it took a while for Ty to grow on me, but eventually I became quite fond of him. :) My Stubborn Heart is still my favorite of her books, but I really do love the two Porter books, too. And I can't wait to read Jake's story!

    1. I did indeed, Kristin! There was a beautiful quality to this story and I loved that.

      My Stubborn Heart is a memorable read, and you know, someday when I don't have a stack of review books, I want to reread that one. I remember flying through it and getting caught up in the story through the joy of getting to know the characters. Everything felt so real while I read it, and that's what made the book have an edge on its peers. too! I cannot believe we have to wait SO long for Jake's story. ;)

  4. Great review. I really liked this book too. I loved the sparring between Ty and Celia, Addie, Celia's baked goods, and how Becky Wade took the readers on an emotional journey with the characters. Definitely a book I'll read again.

    1. This is one I'd love to read again too! In fact I still consider it one of my most favorite books ever. It's a delight from first to last page. Thanks so much for visiting - and for reading!! :)


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