Meant To Be
Sweetbriar Cove Series – Book 1
By Melody Grace
Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Melody Grace’s bestselling contemporary romances. Now discover the romance, laughter, and happily-ever-afters waiting for you in her new series, Sweetbriar Cove!
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 end 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?
Find out in the new sweet and sexy small-town romance from New York Times bestselling author, Melody Grace!
The Sweetbriar Cove Series:
#1 Meant to Be – Feb 2017
#2 All for You – May 2017
#3 The Only One – August 2017
#4 I’m Yours – November 2017
#5 Holiday Kisses – Dec 2017
#6 No Ordinary Love – Feb 2018
MEANT TO BE is the first book in the new Sweetbriar Cove series by author Melody Grace, and I am in love. A huge fan of Melody’s Beachwood Bay/Callahan and Oak Harbor series, I was super-excited to see that she was starting with a whole new set of books. Although this is just the first book, it’s full of Melody’s signature themes of community, friendship, and love, and is filled with characters that I’d want to spend time with, quirky, caring, and fun to be around.
I love Poppy. She’s going through what I feel like all authors must. Prolific in her life as a romance author, she’s finally experiencing the dreaded writer’s block, at the same time that she questions her own life and whether or not happily ever afters do exist. A retreat to her aunt’s cottage in lovely Sweetbriar Cove is just what the doctor ordered. Except that that darned block is going nowhere, and, to top things off, there’s that darned Cooper Nicholson, working on the house right next door. Cooper was Poppy’s childhood nemesis, and things aren’t looking much better in the ‘gosh, he’s annoying’ department. Except that now Cooper is a lot hotter and sexier than then Cooper, and keeps turning up like the proverbial bad penny.
Cooper. Mmm, Cooper. He’s sexy, he’s self-employed, he’s settled. What’s not to like? Poppy’s arrival upsets his normal, though, and he’s not quite ready for all of the things that she makes him feel. Because, attraction and friendship, he’s all in. But, happily ever after? That’s for other people. Until a certain romance writer makes him question everything that he thinks he knows about relationships and love.
This book was like a treat for me. I devoured it from cover to cover, like it was my favorite dark chocolate. I am absolutely head-over-heels for Poppy, Cooper, and the rest of the folks from Sweetbriar Cove, and I sort of wish that I could drop in and hang out with them. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated that Melody, herself a writer of romance novels, wrote Poppy as a woman that isn’t sure whether she believes that the sort of love that she’s writing about is possible in real life. I mean, talk about a crisis of belief. And, as a firmly avowed lover of the HEA, I couldn’t have been happier that Poppy and Cooper became a vivid example that it is possible when the right one comes along.
MEANT TO BE is an easy 5-star read for me, and left me already hungry for the next book in the series. There are plenty of folks that need their story, and I can’t wait to see who Melody writes about next. Sweetbriar Cove is one of my new favorite places, and I can’t recommend enough that you add this one to your TBR. You’ll be glad that you did.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Hi! I’m Melody Grace, author of the bestselling Beachwood Bay series. Some things about me:
1 I’m a small-town girl turned California beach lover.
2 I spent my childhood with my nose in a book before deciding to try and write one myself. I love all kinds of genres – from thrillers to YA and mystery – but romance has always been a passion of mine.
3 I love pistachio ice-cream, vanilla lattes, bad action movies, and Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I’m still watching… I can’t quit!).
4 I have an uncanny sense of direction. I once drove halfway across Canada without GPS or a map!
5 I have two adorable rascal cats named Bucky and Steve, I rescued them as kittens, and yes, I spoil them rotten.
6 I’m allergic to chocolate 🙁
7 I love sexy, heart-felt reads with strong heroines and swoon-worthy men. Why don’t you check out a couple of my books and meet your new book boyfriends?