Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade (book review)

From the back cover: 
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?

I have read other books by Becky Wade and one of the things that I like about her books is that her characters are real. They are relatable and you really feel like you are living through them. Meant to Be Mine is no exception. I love that Ty is a totally self absorbed, frustrating bull rider. He fits the epitome of what I feel a bull rider should be. Celia was likable as a girlfriend, in that you felt her frustration and pain at the situation while also sympathizing with her loving Ty but wanting to deny it. You felt for her being a single mom who only has her best interests of her daughter at heart. 

Along with the characters, the story in and of itself was heartwarming and moved along quickly. I finished the book over the course of 2 days because I could not put it down. There were parts that leading up to (like when would Ty find out that Celia's daughter is his?) seemed to be on a predictable path, however Wade doesn't follow the predictable path. She keeps the reader intrigued through this way. 

I would highly recommend Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


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