Series: Guilty Pleasures #1
Published by Forever on August 30th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .
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 by Lisa Marie Perry is a beautiful tale of second chances, forgiveness, and strength. A well-written story with complex characters and an intriguing storyline I very much enjoyed reading.
Sofia Mercer didn’t have an easy life. Abandoned by both her parents when she was young, she fled to New York city, leaving her home and everything familiar behind—her beloved great-aunt, Luz, and the boy she once loved. The day Luz died and left all her earthly possessions to her turns her life upside down. She was never meant to come back home, but fate had different plans for her. Yet, coming home to a place where she felt alienated from everyone before was not meant to be easy. But Sofia is a fighter through and through and won’t let anything stop her from getting what she wants.
Burke Wolf has been through hell himself. With a horrible childhood and an addiction he can’t shake, Sofia was the only good thing in his life, but when she suddenly left, his downward spiral was just about unstoppable. Yet, he beat his demons and leads a life without any real connections, always on the move with no real roots anywhere. But when Sofia comes home to Eaves, Massachusetts, his life changes.
Neither Sofia or Burke can fight the pull and chemistry sizzling between them. But unfortunately both of them have their own demons to overcome. But fighting for love, with everyone around them disapproving, might just be worth it. But can they put aside the fear driving them and give the love they share a chance before it’s too late?
Both characters are strong, independent, and stubborn—so very stubborn. Yet, while the back and forth, and especially the running, was frustrating at times, I couldn’t put the book down. I was hooked from the beginning. This story is full of intriguing side characters who enrich the story immensely with their quirky attitude and secrets we get to unravel throughout the book, at least some of them. I wish we would have seen more of their past however, some of Burke’s story left me with more questions than not. There were some holes I would have loved to see filed, but I’m hoping we might get that in the next one, which I’ll definitely read.
Overall I very much enjoyed Meant to be Mine. The love Sofia and Burke share is one that will overcome just about any obstacle life throws at them. And while it’s not a super angst-y read, the fact that their love is neither perfect nor came easy, made me enjoy it even more. If you are in need of a steamy read with many amazing characters, Meant to be Mine is definitely it for you. I know I can’t wait for the next one to be released.