Meant to be Mine, by Ashlee Mallory is a 251-page contemporary sweet romance novel and is the first book out of a x-part series. It is written from a third-person POV, two-sided, which is my preferred style. I don’t care if a book is first or third-person as long as it is well written, but my preferences will always be that they show both protagonists POV so you can get a more rounded perspective.
Ashlee Mallory as an author generally writes sweet romances, which means that any naughty scenes are behind close doors. So if you’re someone who is looking for some dirty read (which there is nothing with that) this is not the book for you. That being said, I really enjoy her style of writing because the pacing of her books are consistently nice and will have you keep turning the page, or swiping the screen.
Spoilers Ahead ***
What’s a girl to do when an estranged sister passes away and leaves her only baby daughter to you? You go to Denver and take care of her, of course.
Avery Barry has spent her whole life taking care of others and being an adult to make sure her younger sister always had what she needed while growing up. This leads her to be serious and always looking at people with a critical eye if they aren’t “responsible” in her way. She also does not want to fall in love because that would mean depending on someone else and letting someone in to the walls she built around herself and her heart.
So Connor Brooks will be the opposite of what Avery would ever want. He is relaxed and your stereotypical bachelor, or is he? However, he’s a man who owns a business, is able to take on his fathers and still have “fun” and there is plenty of his love to go around.
Overall, the characters were likeable and relatable.
Generally, here are my thoughts:
- All books I’ve read by this author were smooth and had great pacing, this book is no different
- The meet cute was awesome, but…not as much tension as I would have liked. The characters have an instant dislike for each other, but there isn’t too much there aside from that. Not much around attraction is brought up
- There was definite growth of caring and emotions, but because the book is short those moments are short and are snippets
- Sex scenes…like I mentioned, this is a sweet romance so all behind close doors
In summary, I give this a 4 out of 5. I’ve enjoyed other books by this author more. I just wish that there was a bit more information on Connor’s relationship with his father and that Avery got some kind of closure around how her sister felt about her. It could have been finding a box of mementos or a letter or a diary, something to give Avery that closure.