Friday, March 24, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "Meant To Be"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis
Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis
Publisher: Loveswept (March 14, 2017)
Series: Whisper Creek, 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Hailed by Christie Craig as “a witty new voice in contemporary romance,” Maggie McGinnis takes readers back to Montana’s sexiest dude ranch, where anyone can start over, and falling in love is just a beautiful twist of fate.

At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn’s already a has-been. Scooped off a country stage at sixteen and remolded into glittery pop princess Tara Gibson, she toured the country for a decade, playing to sold-out stadiums while slowly losing her soul. Now her sales are waning, and when her beloved father dies in a fiery plane crash, she finally comes apart at the seams. Alone and brokenhearted, she hides away at Whisper Creek Ranch, never expecting to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has.

Cooper Davis was one of Boston’s top detectives—until a bogus investigation cost him his badge, his family, and almost his life. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical awaits them under the big skies and bright stars.

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Reviews of McGinnis's Previous Novels:

Accidental Cowgirl -- Kame
A Cowboy's Christmas Promise -- Kame

Unlucky in Love (#4) -- Pat

Pat's Review:

As always, Ms. McGinnis treats us to another sweet and sexy contemporary romance set on a dude ranch in Montana. The characters are great, some familiar and some new.

Shelby Quinn is the daughter of a much loved country music star who just recently passed away. It has totally upended her world. Not only losing her Dad, but the financial aspects of some bad investing her Dad did. She is tied to a record company that made her into a pop star called Tara Gibson. It was fun for a while, but her life has been taken over by the company, and she has a friend/keeper assigned to make her toe the line. Her "keeper" just sent her to hide away in the Montana mountains at a dude ranch by herself to get her head together and work through her grief. Little did she know what she would find at Whisper Creek Ranch: friends, a wonderful man, and her voice as Shelby Quinn.

Cooper Davis is a hired hand for the ranch who has his own getaway story. A former Boston detective who was dragged into a dirty cop investigation and, although acquitted, can't stop the rumors and tabloid stories. The owners of the ranch figures he'll be a perfect "buddy/bodyguard" for their celebrity guest. They put him in a cottage right next door to Shelby, with his own cover story. She keeps to herself as much as she can, trying to stay out of the spotlight and the press. She can't cook, so peanut butter and jelly is it for a few days. The guy in the next cabin visits and does his best to get her out, even feeding her; she becomes a substitute momma for a tiny piglet, and enjoys her anonymity for the moment. But Cooper is getting to her, in a good way, and she's feeling things she never has. He pulls her into singing and writing again, and even a crazy appearance at a local coffee house. Just when things seem to be falling in place, Cooper's past is bearing down on him again, and would even take down Shelby/Tara's reputation with him. Though heartbroken, he has to say goodbye for her own good, and leaves the ranch for Boston and the new investigation.

This story is full of laughs and honesty. Neither Cooper nor Shelby try to keep their lives secret from each other, which is a refreshing change. I love when characters talk to each other! I enjoyed reading this story of life on Wild Creek Ranch, and revisiting friends who already found their HEA.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! I need to start this series, they all sound so good. :)


Until Next Time,


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