Review: Meant To Be
MEANT TO BE - Lisa Marie Perry
Hachette Book Group/Forever
BUY
September 2016
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  B
REVIEW: The quaint town of Eaves, Massachusetts located on Cape Cod is the setting for this story by Lisa Marie Perry. It is quite an appropriate setting that features an eclectic cast of characters who make it their home. Two that stand out are the heroine, Sophia Mercer and the hero, Burke Wolf who grew up together with Burke eventually becoming Sophia’s first love, a bittersweet experience that did not end well.

This is a story of second chances. Both the hero and heroine battle issues that leave them vulnerable and reticent in renewing a relationship they once had. Their real life issues complicate their reunion when Sophia returns to Eaves to attend her Aunt’s funeral. Aunt Luz leaves her a substantial estate, which includes her dog Tish, a purebred Siberian husky, and her business, Blush, a boutique that specializes in erotica of the XXX variety. Sophia, who has been given a second chance at life after undergoing a heart transplant, views this as a sign to leave her job in New York and to fulfill her dream of becoming a business owner. And then there is Burke.

His second chance happens by getting clean and sober from his battle with drugs and alcohol, by overcoming the abuse he suffered from his father, and by reuniting with Sophia. Can this possibly mark a new beginning for the star-crossed lovers?  The author,
Lisa Marie Perry, adequately explores the emotional and intense relationship of these two flawed protagonists, and how they reach their precarious HEA.

As mentioned earlier, there is an eclectic cast of characters, but they present a bit of a dilemma. There is Joss, baker of exotic treats and Sophia’s best friend, a prime candidate for a story of her own. The ambiguous attorney/Dead Men Biker Club member, Javier Bautista, who after losing the love of his life, Sophia’s Aunt Luz, eventually rides off into the sunset. There’s Caro (Caroline Jayne) originally from England, who owns Au Naturel, a boudoir photography shop in Eaves, and harbors a closely guarded past. Now these are just a few of the many characters who appear in this story. It becomes problematic because the story is so character driven that at times the hero and heroine take a back seat. The supporting cast of characters’ stories fill up too many pages contributing to the length of the story. Like Joss’s character, they need their own book.  Another point to be made concerning the length of the novel is it’s quite wordy with too many redundant and excessive descriptions of scenery and the weather. We get it; it’s Cape Cod.

Nevertheless, with that being said, I still liked this story of two flawed people who are over-comers.
MEANT TO BE MINE is a good read, and I recommend it.

15th October 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com