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Meant to Be Mine

(Guilty Pleasures #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Forever
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Meant to Be Mine is the start of Lisa Marie Perry's Guilty Pleasures series, set in Eaves, Massachusetts. The story follows Sofia Mercer, one time resident of the small town, as she comes back for her Aunt's funeral. She was the "sick kid" in town, so dealing with her heart condition left little time to worry what people thought of her. But now that she's back all the old memories and gossip come around again, and she can't wait to leave. The plan was to p
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Sofia is back home in Eaves. Cape Cod.
She and her dad were 'run out of town' when she was 17. Now she's 31 and back to stay.
Her aunt just died and left her a huge dog and her erotic novelty boutique.

Also back in town is Burke. The only boy she ever loved. He was her best friend and they both cried on each other's shoulders a lot back then. Sofie cried about her health - she had a very bad heart condition. And Burke cried about his life, his addictions, his dad....

Can the two of them have a new s
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 heartfelt stars

Meant to Be Mine was a beautifully written and heartwarming read.
From the first page I was drawn in, the storyline & characters captured my interest and held it until the last page.
I loved the emotional journey Sofia was Burke took us on to find their HEA.

A wonderful start to the Guilty Pleasures series by Lisa Marie Perry.

Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for the advance copy.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, series
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sofia hasn't been back to Eaves ever since her father moved them away but it’s never been far from her heart. Leaving behind her Aunt Luz and bestfriend Burke was hard but with her heart transplant issues, she felt it needed to be done.
Burke had a turbulent home life and turned to drugs and alcohol but Sofia made him want to be better. When she left, he went int
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

**Meant to be Mine generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "You trust me?" Stars

Lisa Marie Perry kicks off her Guilty Pleasures series with a lovely second chance romance between Sofia and Burke. Written in the third person POV Perry takes us to a picturesque setting in Massachusetts where Sofia is thrust back into a town she fled so long ago. The passing of her Aunt and a face-to-face meeting with Burke send her life on a path of major change and
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Favorite Quotes:

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 lik
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 2 out of 5

I'm new to Lisa Marie Perry, so when I saw this book I decided to read it based on the description alone. I'm so glad I did. Miss Perry you have a new fan. One of the things I liked best about this book is that it snuck up on you. So many books these days just suck the emotions right out of you leaving you drained and not necessarily in a happy place when you reach the end. There were tons of feels in Meant to Be Mine, but they were subtle feels that just made you sit ba
Jen - Reviews
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lisa Marie Perry has written yet another enjoyable, sensual romance with plenty of spunk.
Sofia has come back to her small town, where her greatest challenges were lived and her greatest love still resides, to say goodbye to her great aunt. She finds out that Aunt Luz left everything to her in the will including her profitable sex shop and apartment. But coming back home has meant so much more than just saying goodbye to Aunt Luz. Sofia has to deal with Burke Wolf, with whom she had a love-hate-
Suze Lavender
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sofia wanted to make her own life, which is exactly what she’s done in New York. She was a sick teenager and even though her health is still fragile she wants to experience every good thing that comes her way. When a sad situation, the death of her great-aunt Luz, brings her back to her childhood hometown Eaves she isn’t planning to stay. Her great-aunt had other plans though and made Sofia the sole beneficiary of her will. Sofia now has a sex shop, an apartment, a dog and several solid investme ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

I liked this overall. It is a small town romance, and par for the course in these, the town has it's quirky characters. Most of them add depth to the story, but I thought a couple of them detracted from it, and added a melancholy edge to it that I would have preferred was not present, as I think it took away from the central romance of Sofia and Burke.

I also had a couple of issues with the pacing of the story, as I thought it moved well in some pl
Anja ~ Once Upon a Page ⚜️ Books and Tequila
Meant to be Mine by Lisa Marie Perry is a beautiful tale of second chances, forgiveness, and strength. A well-written story with complex characters and an intriguing storyline I very much enjoyed reading.

Sofia Mercer didn’t have an easy life. Abandoned by both her parents when she was young, she fled to New York city, leaving her home and everything familiar behind—her beloved great-aunt, Luz, and the boy she once loved. The day Luz died and left all her earthly possessions to her turns her lif
Red Cheeks Reads
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a complete sucker for a small town contemporary romance. Sometimes they just feel like a breath of fresh air and Meant To Be Mine did just that for me. The story wasn’t all easy going bubble gum but still left me with a light and happy heart. Sofia and Burke’s story both had hard childhoods and there was still a lot of pain to deal with. These two has great chemistry and their slow burn relationship really worked well for me.

This novel had an eccentric cast of characters that you get to kno
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Josie's Review

Where do I start with writing this review? The whole time I was reading this book I kept saying these two characters have a really unusual and awkward relationship. This story had some really great moments. A virgin owning a sex store, a guilty pleasures bakery shop and girlfriends who open up about everything. Friends that laugh a lot, support each other and love to drink. I saw all myself and the girls our blog in these ladies and I just wanted more! Meant To Be Mine was as very
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sofia Mercer has been dealt a lot at her young age, but every negative thing she's been hit with she's taken in stride and found a way to overcome it. She prides herself on being a strong woman, one that can handle just about anything... but when she returns to her hometown to take care of her aunt's affairs after she passes, and comes face to face with the man who broke her heart years ago it rattles her to her core. She knows getting close to him again could be dangerous on her heart so she is ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Lisa Marie Perry is a new author to me and Meant to Be Mine is the first book in what looks like an amazing series that is to come. Sofia is back in the small town she grew up in only to attend her Aunts funeral and after that she has every plan to go back home. There is just one little problem, her Aunt has left her everything. On top of having her Aunts possessions that she has to figure out what to do with she runs into her old friend Burke, and how they left things before Sofia left is all a ...more
“This is your second chance.The choice here is real easy. You can waste your second chance on a fairy tale or grow the hell up.”

“She was everything. Redemption, forgiveness, love. Everything he needed but wouldn’t dare ask for.”

Meant to Be Mine is a quick and easy read. It is well written and is a nice second chance romance. I thought the characters were a lot of fun, especially Sofia and Joss. I loved Sofia’s innocence and loved watching her step out of her norm and live her life. Joss was an a
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I have a confession to make, I requested Lisa Marie Perry's Meant to be Mine because of its tag line ""A Guilty Pleasures Novel." I mean come on, how could I not? Ms. Perry is a new to me author and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book even though it had a bit more angst than I usually like; the plot was carefully crafted and complex, the characters well developed and engaging, but most of all I appreciated that the love story betwee
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

Lisa Marie Perry has done it again with a story about learning to live again but also how to love again wth Sofia and Burke. Two people who struggled to be loved yet feel they were short changed. I felt for Sofia for going through what she went through alone is tough then there is Burke who was in so many ways her symbol to live. These two are so much alike yet feel they are worlds apart. This is more than just Sofia and Burke for we see how hard they strug
Heather andrews
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You couldn't help but love Burke, so caring and giving, “some folks call it foreplay. I call it getting the most out of the moment. I want you to feel good when you’re with me, Sofia .” He felt good, that was for friggin’ sure." I liked when Burke became a wild man, “crazy-hot sex. You know, we don’t have to wait for the house to go up.” Burke came around the table, pulled her chair out, and straddled her lap. “Choose, the laughing or fighting or crazy-hot sex.” I enjoyed this book, Sofia is a s ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
This author is new to me and I was looking forward to reading this book, especially after buying some of her other books based on the reviews, but I'm feeling a bit disappointed because the book starts out very chaotic, in the sense that there is no flow in the sequence and the dialogue and I can't get a feel for who the main characters are. Even after hanging on past the 15% mark, it hasn't picked up for me, so I'm putting it on hold and will try again later.
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

When I first learned about Lisa Marie Perry’s new Guilty Pleasures series, I was happy to give it a read, especially after checking out the blurb to Meant to Be Mine, book 1. I mean, it ticks off so many of the boxes in the list of things I like in a love story: small-to
Arlena Dean
Title: Meant To Be Mine
Author: Lisa Marie Perry
Publisher: Forever
Series: Guilty Pleasures # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Meant To Be Mine" by Lisa Marie Perry

My Thoughts....

This first series of Guilty Pleasures...."Meant To Be Mine" was a wonderful read with its beautiful setting in Eaves, Massachusetts. The story was a sweet contemporary romance story that featured Sofia Mercer and Burke Wolf who had been childhood friends. I found the story will start with Sofia being at her Au
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
This book is the start of a new series by Lisa Marie Perry. This novel is mostly about Sofia and Burke. They have such a complicated back story, that starts to unravel when Sofia comes back to town for her Aunt's funeral.

Let's start with Sofia, she is such a strong character yet she felt naive in certain areas. She has had so many battles when she was younger that she has learned to be strong for herself. The only positive she had while she was younger was her Aunt Luz. Sofia does seem to suffe
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read with quite a bit of dirtiness involved that kept you interested. The main characters were very good at avoiding each other and emotions when necessary but you can so obviously see that they were literally meant to be with one another. You know the saying you complete me, I felt that between these characters. They helped to complete one another. I haven’t read anything from this author previously but I will definitely be checking out future books in this series. I jus ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meant To Be Mine is my first book by Lisa Marie Perry . I was very excited about reading this book because I have heard such good things about her stories and the synopsis really drew me in and have you seen that cover ? Its is so pretty! ,so when I was able to get a early copy of Meant To Be Mine I was thrilled . I read It as soon as I possibly could and I thoroughly enjoyed It !. Meant To Be Mine is an excellent start to the Guilty Pleasure series .

In this book we mainly follow Sofia and Burke
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
Welcome to Eaves. A small town where everyone knows everybody else and keeping secrets is near impossible. The loyal residents stick up for one another but there are some who always find faults and hold grudges.

Burke was a troubled student with a bad reputation. He is now reformed and dedicates his life to his work and keeping out of trouble but there are those who still sees him as "trouble" because of his no nonsense abrupt attitude. He attracts the ladies and has his fun but no intention of
Ann Lorz
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was so thrilled to read Meant to Be Mine. The cover when I first saw it drew me right to it. Then when I read what it was about I knew I had to read it.

I have to tell you that there is stuff that I enjoyed about this book and others that I didn't.

The beginning of the book feels like you've been dropped into it. You'll feel a little lost. This happens for a while, at least the first half of the book. After a while the story does smooth out and you find it's grove.

I enjoyed both Sofia & Burke
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to pick up one of Lisa Marie Perry's books for about a year now, but the timing always seemed to be off and I could never fit her new release into my schedule. This time... I made it fit! When Meant to Be Mine was offered to me, I jumped at the chance to finally pick up my first Perry romance. I have to say that, while I didn't love Meant to Be Mine, I did enjoy it. I felt that it got caught up in what I like to call "1st book in a series blues," where the author has to not onl ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the start of the Guilty Pleasures series, set in a small town in Massachusetts. Sofia is the survivor of a heart condition that grew up as the "sick kid" in town. She has come back from New York for her aunts funeral & expects to leave right away. Instead, she inherits her aunt's dog, apartment & sex shop. Coming back to run the sex shop means exposing herself to the old gossip & feelings in town but a sighting of her old friend Burke helps. What follows is an interesting journey to ...more
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