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Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures #1) by Lisa Marie Perry **Josie’s Review**

Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures, #1)

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.

 

 

 

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Josie's review

 

4 stars

Where do I start with writing this review? The whole time I was reading this book I kept saying these two characters have a really unusual and awkward relationship.  This story had some really great moments. A virgin owning a sex store, a guilty pleasures bakery shop and girlfriends who open up about everything. Friends that laugh a lot, support each other and love to drink. I saw all myself and the girls our blog in these ladies and I just wanted more!  Meant To Be Mine was as very emotional and dare I say at times an upsetting story. However, this book was written in a way that I couldn’t put it down.

 

Sofia left the only home she knew promising never to come back. Until she’s has to.  Sofia has had a rough start in life and the things that are revealed about this woman as a child broke me.  The only place she felt love was with her Luz and a young boy named Burke.  Having friends and finding someone who wants to be around was new to her and she relished it.  But when she begins to feel more for Burke he breaks her heart.  I just loved this character, she was so strong, positive and inquisitive.  She never backed down and went through life with grace and laughter.  She picks up her life in New York where she is starting a new business. When she runs into Burke again she accepts being his friend and what wasn’t between them. Until he opens his mouth.

 

Burke was not your usual hero.  He is described as gorgeous in the story but I saw ugly.  Yeah it took me sometime to warm up to this one.  I found him to be cruel, callous and condescending.  He knew the reason Sophia had insecurities, heck he lived that part of her life with her but he still couldn’t stop being a douche.  OK moving forward, what I did like about this character was how the author gradually showed us who he truly was and the reason for his actions.  There is more to Burke than we get at first, a troubled man who only wants quick and easy.  Sophia reminds him of all the good in life but also all the bad that was kept hidden.

 

Sophia and Burke are just as explosive together as they are apart.  They gravitate to one another whether it’s intentional or not.  Their journey is a long one and volatile at times but also sweet.  Burke tries so hard to stay clear of her but he just can’t. Sophia has a hard time pushing away from the man that owns her heart.  I loved how slowly they both opened up to one another and explored.  And that exploring was so HOT!  Like melt your panties and get a drink hot and that wasn’t even sex. When these two finally get to that place, its fireworks! 

 

This is a love story about two sweet people with an ugly past.  Burke and Sophia have a complicated and messy relationships with the past, present and future making it harder but yet they share a love so deep and intense.  I can’t wait to read more of this series and see what else The Guilty Pleasures has to bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Lisa Marie Perry writes sizzling, smart contemporary romance fiction and encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America’s heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

She’s been told that she frowns too much, but she loves to laugh and appreciates pretty things, okay people and clever jokes.

 

 

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