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Review: Meant to Be (Sweetbriar Cove, #1) by Melody Grace


Come take a trip to Sweetbriar Cove: the small town where true love is guaranteed.

Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world – and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to break her writer’s block and finish her new book. She just wasn’t counting on the handsome, gruff contractor making such a racket next door…

Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. But his new neighbor is full of surprises, and soon, their chemistry is too hot to ignore.

As they grow closer, they discover fiction has nothing on the plot twists life has in store. But will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending – on and off the page?

My Review

“Love was worth taking a risk on, no matter how easy it seemed to play it safe and settle for something less that The One.”

“Real love is messy, and broken, and hard. Not all fairy tales and Prince Charming.”

When I think of Melody Grace novels, I think sweet, sexy and unforgettable second chance romances. And her new series Sweetbriar Cove, does not disappoint. Told from dual points of view, Meant to Be follows the story of Poppy and Cooper. As a romance writer, Poppy knows a thing or two about  romance. But, when it comes to her personal life, she has yet to meet the one. She thought that she had found her prince charming, but she was wrong. When she takes a trip to Sweetbriar Cove to escape the chaos in her life, she thought she would finally finish her book and break through her writers block. What she didn’t expect or plan on was Cooper. Cooper is cynic and doesn’t believe in love, happily ever afters and soul mates. You see, he’s been burned by love before and now, wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole…That is until Poppy comes into his life. Poppy challenges him and makes him rethink his stance on love and relationships. She reminds him of all the good things love can bring and makes him want the impossible. Will Poppy find the ending that she is looking for? Will Cooper take a chance on love before it’s too late? These are all amazing questions that you’ll get the answer to in Meant to Be.

Meant to Be is a wonderful start to an all new series by Melody Grace. From the moment you pick up this book, you are swept away in Poppy and Cooper’s story. There is just something about these two characters that just pulls you in and begs you to find out more. I knew from the first moment I met these two characters that their story was going to be special. The sparks between the two of them were just so intense that I couldn’t wait for them to fall.

The road to happily ever after for these two characters was not an easy one. They had a lot of ups and downs along the way. Good times and bad ones. Swoon worthy moments and some heartbreaking ones too. But, every moment was worth it. In the end, these two characters learned that real love is totally worth fighting for and sometimes, you just have to be willing to jump…no matter how afraid you may be or how the past might have hurt you. When it’s meant to be, there is no fight or cost too high. And in the end, I am left with an amazing love story, a smile on my face and anticipation for the next book in this series.

I think this series is off to one heck of a start. I love all the characters and the setting. I enjoyed getting lost and swept away in this new world this author has created. And I have to say, I am really looking forward to seeing where this story will go, who will fall next and what other surprises this author may have up her sleeves for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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