Title: Meant to Be
Series: Sweetbriar Cove #1
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Come take a trip to Sweetbriar Cove: the small town where true love is guaranteed.
Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world – and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to break her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…
Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. But his new neighbor is full of surprises, and soon, their chemistry is too hot to ignore.
As they grow closer, they discover fiction has nothing on the plot twists life has in store. But will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending – on and off the page?
Find out in the new sweet and sexy small-town romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!
The Sweetbriar Cove Series:
#1 Meant to Be – Feb 2017
#2 All for You – May 2017
#3 The Only One – August 2017
Meant to Be by Melody Grace is a sweet romance novel. Set in a beach town, it has all the feels of a sweet nostalgic romance novel. I enjoyed reading and falling in love with these characters. There are many aspects of this story I feel will resonate with readers.
The plot of this story was written very well. I actually really loved how the main character is a romance novel writer. I feel this added a dimension to the story that had readers questioning how much of this story is parallel to Melody's life. I feel it gave me a different perspective than I normally would've had reading other books of the same genre.
The characters in this story are great. They both had some major developing to do in order to progress. Cooper is what every women looks for in a backwoods country boy. Plus, I mean he can fix things which is totally hot. In my opinion, there is nothing sexier than a man who can literally build a house with his own two hands. *swoon* Poppy is a character all on her own. She is a writer so you already know she's a dreamer. She also has an unique way of looking at things. I loved reading her thoughts the most.
The chemistry in this book is what you expect from a romance novel. Sparks fly from the first encounter and continue until it combusts. There is no shortage of heat in this book. Let me just say Cooper knows how to melt a girls heart... and panties!
The writing style in this book is what I expected from Melody. While I like her writing style, this was the only area of her book that bugged me. I felt things progressed a bit too fast to feel organic. With that being said, it didn't ruin the book, just disappointed me a bit personally.
Overall, this is a solid romance novel complete with strong women and sexy as sin men. I would recommend this book to others. I really hope she writes stories for some of the minor characters that I grew to love. Great job!
Writing style: 4/5
NYT bestselling author, a SoCal transplant, and sexy romance junkie ;) I never say no to ice-cream...