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?
Meant to Be Mine is the second book in Becky Wade’s Porter Family series, coming after Undeniably Yours. I absolutely melted through the first book in this series, and I have to say, I did absolutely the same thing through this one. Becky is one of the most talented authors I have ever encountered, and the only reason I’m upset about how I have devoured her books is that pretty soon, there won’t be a single one of them that I haven’t yet read. But then that means she just should get on to writing new ones. Anyway, I fell for Celia and Ty’s story, and the characters themselves, by the time I had read, oh I don’t know, the first page of this book, because this story is fabulous.
Celia is by far one of my favorite heroines of all time. She is one amazing single mother, though she should never have been one in the first place (but then we wouldn’t have this heart-melting story I guess, and we can’t have that), and I cannot help but admire her for that. Besides that, I just love everything about her. Her quirky ways, her apparently hippie-like style, the way she always has the perfect comebacks for everything that Ty says to her; all of them combine to make the perfect character—and the perfect girl for Ty—and I cannot help but love her immensely.
My word, but Ty makes me want to melt in my boots! He is one impressive cowboy, let me tell you that! There is just something about him, maybe his love for his newfound daughter, maybe his affinity for Celia, I don’t know. Whatever it is, it made me fall in love with him immediately. But, if I’m honest, I’ve always liked the slightly bad-boy types, so I’m not surprised that I fell for him so fast. Besides, he is—other than the first part of this book that tells what got them into this mess in the first place—so wonderfully sweet and kind and caring with Celia, and with Addie, and I just can’t help but love him for it.
All in all, this story just about knocked my socks clean off before I had even made it halfway through, though I cannot say if I liked it better than the first one or not. I would say it is a very close tie, because both of them are completely and utterly fabulous books that I couldn’t help but add to my all-time favorites list. So, I also give Meant to Be Mine all five stars, because I absolutely loved it. And I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Becky Wade and Bethany House Publishing.