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Meant To Be Yours
By Susan Mallery
October 22, 2019
Dear Mr. Hemingway,
There is nothing better than kicking back with a good old fashion romance book. A story filled with magical first kisses, romantic tension and a happy ending is my kind of escape. Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times best selling author has written countless (and I mean countless) romance novels. Her latest, Meant To Be Yours hits shelves today. It is the fifth book in her Happily Inc. series. If you are looking for a story that will put a smile on your face, then start filling that dusty bathtub with some suds. Put down your thrillers, memoirs and courtroom dramas for just a moment. Relax in the warm bubbles while your mind drifts to a town named Happily, Inc. I hope you enjoy your stay.
Renee is a wedding coordinator who specializes in "theme" weddings in the town of Happily, Inc. One would think that someone who plans the biggest day of someone else's life would be gaga over getting married. One would be wrong. Renee's past makes her weary of ever settling down. When her mother arrives in town for visit, things start to get interesting. In comes Jasper, Happily, Inc.'s resident novelist (love that there is an author in the actual story). Jasper is struggling with writing his next mystery book. Writing about a love interest for his lead character in his book is not coming naturally. He doesn't have much to draw from his own love life since returning from his military assignment. His PTSD makes him feel less than whole. Taking on a relationship just doesn't seem to be in the cards for him. However, when Jasper runs into Renee at the local bar, they hit it off. While neither of them are looking for a relationship, "friends with benefits" seems to be the perfect solution. Though their time together is piping hot, it also becomes complicated. Can they each battle their pasts in order for a brighter future together?????
Meant To Be Yours was the perfect lazy morning read. In a town where everyone knows everyone, Happily, Inc. was reminiscent of Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls and BlueBell from Heart of Dixie. Let's face it, small towns always have the best drama and romances. Mallery's characters each have their own unique storylines that make all of their relationships with one another entertaining. It was the banter and steamy bedroom scenes between Renee and Jasper that kept the pages turning for me. Details of Renee's crazy themed weddings and Jasper's novel writing process were most certainly delightful. Animal lovers will adore how Mallery incorporated her love of animals in this story. From rescued pets, to an animal preservation to a woman who can interpret what animals are thinking, our fury friends most definitely have a supporting role in this romance. Most importantly though, it was the hope and anticipation of a happily ever after that left me feeling giddy. Though I haven't read any other books in Mallery's Happily, Inc. series, I can honestly say that this worked fine for me as a stand alone book. I am eager to start from the beginning to learn more about the cozy town of Happily, Inc. and all of its lovely occupants. I hope you enjoy this comforting romance!!! Happy reading and happy soaking!
Write to you soon Mr. H.
Your Biggest Fan,
P.S. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for inviting me on this Blog Tour: Romance & Women's Fiction ~Fall/Winter 2020. Be sure to check out Susan Mallery's website and all of her wonderful books.