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?
This is the story of a man who persuaded his childhood friend to marry him after just four days of dating. The following morning, however, he told her the wedding was a mistake and that he was in love with someone else. Furthermore, he’d been dating that someone else for two years. Five years later, he’s still living the good life, while his estranged wife struggles to make ends meet. She couldn’t afford to file for divorce, but why didn’t he? Now he’s learned he has a child he wants to talk visitation and custody? Wow, he’s got some nerve!
Ty Porter is not a man I wanted to like. Celia doesn’t care much for him either, even if she is still in love with him. But Ty keeps trying through charm and persistence, and eventually I found myself liking him and Celia accepted him back in her life. At least he realized what a jerk he was, even if for a good part of the story he still believed he was in love with that other woman. It took a couple of events for him to realize what was most important to him, but I have to say it probably helped that he had plenty of money. Sadly, that’s not often the case in real life. This is the grown up version of one of the Disney fairy tales that Celia’s daughter likes.
Although it’s not made immediately obvious – I couldn’t see any mention on the cover – this is the second book of the Porter Family series. The good news is that there’s no need to have read the first book, called Undeniably Yours, although I’m sure you’ll want to after reading Meant to Be Mine. We do get to meet Meg and Bo from book one, and there is a summary of their story in the form of a conversation with Celia. A tweet from Becky Wade states that the third book will be about the third Porter brother, who is very different to his siblings. It should be out next spring.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Meant to Be Mine, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 May 2014
Page Count: 384