Meant to Be Mine
(Guilty Pleasures #1)
by Lisa Marie Perry
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.
Survive or get licked. For her there was only ever one option, and she’d survive this day rocking black leather and pink heels and eating a family-size bag of Chex Mix.
Everything else – let it stay where we put the stuff we don’t want to talk about… It’s crowded there, you know?
A memory of voices as gentle as faraway whispers surfaced.
It was a beautiful memory of a beautiful boy she loved. Burke wasn’t that boy anymore, though. He was a man who kissed like a savage and talked like the devil, and now the memory seemed artificial somehow.
This is New York. No matter how many times I bite into the Big Apple, I always end up with a mouthful of worm.
I swear, Sofia, that’s about as sexy as a sandpaper condom.
This scar is the reason you’re here with me. It’s your second chance, Sofia. And you know what? That’s what makes it the most beautiful thing about you.
He was a looker, and his startled – What kind of Narnia did I walk into? – expression was charming.
I hate regret. It feels like a stain I can’t wash off, like a tattoo.
I loved this heart squeezing and unusual story of a second chance romance for childhood neighbors/friends, who never actually had a first romance. It was a compelling and engaging story, and I did not want to put my kindle down once I started – which caused considerable consternation since the book was 400 pages long. I found it highly unusual to be so frustrated and annoyed with most of the main characters while still enthralled with the story and loving the writing, but that happened most of the way though Meant To Be Mine. Lisa Marie Perry has mad skills! This was my first time reading her work but I now plan to add her entire listing to my TBR.
The story was highly emotive, evolved slowly, and was multi-layered and complicated. The characters were fascinating and deeply flawed – and although I found them frustrating, I also found them endearing. Sophia and Burke had been apart for fourteen years yet still cared deeply about and for each other. Face to face – they were toxic, cynical, and cold while retaining so many painful secrets that hurt themselves as well as each other. Sophia had been a chronically ill child with no friends due to being an obnoxious tattletale. She had returned to her hometown after fourteen years upon inheriting her aunt’s estate. Burke was a recovered addict and worried Sophia would be a risk to his hard-fought sobriety. While there was little actual sex occurring, the story sizzled with sensuality. The writing was stellar, emotive, moody, clever, occasionally humorous, insightful, and highly observant. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series, which features Sophie’s business partner/best friend Joss.
About the Author
Lisa Marie Perry writes sizzling contemporary romance fiction. She’s 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.