Celia Park has had a crush on handsome Ty Porter since high school. So when the two reunite as adults after one of Ty's bull riding competitions, she is thrilled that Ty finally seems to be returning her affections. After a swift romance and an impromptu trip to a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Ty and Celia enjoy a wedding night of bliss- only to wake up the next morning to a different song. Admitting that he is actually in love with another woman and regrets his impulsive actions, Ty breaks Celia's heart and walks out of her life. Over five years later Ty seeks out Celia to finally divorce her, but he finds more than Celia in his search- he also learns that his one night as Celia's husband resulted in a daughter he never knew he had which changes everything. Ty wants to be part of their daughter's life, so he and Celia come to a mutual agreement to allow him back into their lives. Over the course of time, Ty begins having true feelings for Celia, but she staunchly resists his charms feeling that she could never trust him again- especially with her heart. The two must come face-to-face with past hurts, their own wrongdoings, temptation, and forgiveness as they look inwardly and to God for what the future may hold for them.
Wade puts a new twist on the traditional romance in Meant to Be Mine. Not only does their marriage begin in a very non-traditional way, but Ty's unexpected change of heart toward Celia and his desire to be a better man for a chance at love and a real marriage with her is a refreshing change to the all-too-typical "cut your losses and move on" mentality that would be expected of two people found in the circumstances Ty and Celia face. I loved that despite Celia's resistance, Ty persistently tried to prove himself trustworthy and continually wooed her. Their interactions with one another after Celia lets her defenses down and decides to give him a chance are electrically charged, funny, and tender. I truly wasn't sure if Celia would forgive Ty and build a future with him after what she thought was his final betrayal, but I'm happy to say that the ending exceeded my expectations!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or the author in any way for my unbiased review.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of the Bradford Sisters Romance series, the Porter Family series, My Stubborn Heart, and Love in the Details. For more information, visit the author's website at http://beckywade.com.