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Meant for You (Playing for Keeps #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A hometown hero that’s suffering a personal crisis. A single-mom who’s finally back on her feet. And the what-ifs they finally have a chance of seeing come true.

A year after her divorce, Chelsea Lewis spends most of her days working part-time at her cousin’s bakery and hiding veggies in her picky son’s lunches. Then she reconnects with an old friend who helps Chelsea in a
Published January 2019
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, romance, kindle
I enjoyed getting to know DJ and Chelsea and all their flaws, quirks, and strengths. They felt very realistic. Chelsea has been living at her parents home recovering from a divorce, and struggling with her two year old's resulting behavior. It was interesting that in a situation that she feels helpless, she chooses to exert control in what she feeds her son and allows him to consume. There is definitely some mom guilt there. I liked her attitude towards her relationship with her ex-husband Brady ...more
Katie W
Being a mom is hard work, but it's especially hard for newly single mom, Chelsea. Her two year old, Austin, has reverted back to not eating or sleeping with his dad gone. As a mother myself, I loved reading about Chelsea's attempts to parent and to feel adequate enough to fill both shoes.

Since the divorce, Chelsea is back in her small Wyoming hometown and I adore small town settings! Chelsea works for her cousin, who is trying to get a treat business off the ground, and the results made me hungr
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Wow, this book had an interesting dynamic going on. Chelsea, divorced single mom, is back home where she runs into former best friend, DJ, who is the best friend of her ex husband. So when DJ and Chelsea start acting on those feelings of attraction things become a bit dicey. How exactly does the best friend start dating the ex wife? Yikes, right? Somehow Ranee Clark pulls it off but it is tricky there for awhile.

I always love a good friends turned lovers kind of story. This one had a bit of a t
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Ranee Clark's Playing for Keeps books and characters. I was thrilled that it was DJ's turn for his own book. I loved how DJ's life in Cody wasn't picture perfect. He had some struggles. And sometimes the hits kept on coming. Chelsea had her own trials as well. She was trying to pick up the pieces of her life after her divorce and care for her young son, her way. I loved how she was able to take her healthy meal ideas and turn it into something creative and lucrative. I also appreciated, a ...more
In Ranee S. Clark’s Meant for You, she brings to life a delightful and inspiring story through the power of friendship, family, and love. Clark’s story shows the struggle of being a divorced and single mom, as well as the difference of finding and having a good man that will be there for the good times as well as the hard. From page one, readers will delight in the realistic qualities of the characters as they come to life through their flaws and weaknesses, but also their strengths and triumphs ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

MEANT FOR YOU is an LDS contemporary romance that is full of heart, genuine characters, and a sweet story. Readers of the genre will enjoy this one, and fans of the series will be pleased to read DJ's story.

It's been some time since I read the books from this series, but I remembered David and Anthony (PLAYING FOR KEEPS is still a story I remember fondly and I would reread). DJ was one of the guys in this group of football teammates/friends and it's now his turn to find his happily-ever
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m always happy to read a book by Ranee S Clark! I’ve read so many of hers and loved them. These Playing for Keeps books are some of my favorites. Make sure to read the other books first, they’re all great! Playing for Keeps , Double Play , and Love, Jane.

I love the way Chelsea seemed like a real person. She had hopes and dreams, but like all of us, she had things she saw as failings. I have to say that at the end of the book, I was a little sad that I couldn’t actually have her for a friend. S
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book sucked me right in, and is just the kind of easy reading contemporary romance I go for. I wanted to eat it up as fast as I could - there's a lot of empathy for the position Chelsea has found herself in. Even though I didn't agree with her low self image as a divorced member of the Church, I'm sure it's a realistic assessment, sadly. We have these ideals that have become a cultural norm and that can be hard for those who are outside of that 'structure'.

DJ is such a sweetheart and you w
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet romance. Several thoughts. First, the religious references seem so much more holistic in this book than in the Christian regency books I recently read. So I appreciated that. Next, I found Chelsea's obsession with feeding her toddler only healthy food SO annoying. But then I could see that her interest in healthy foods became part of the plot, so I stopped being quite so irritated. I thought the plot had some interesting variations and really enjoyed it. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, lds-fiction
Since reading Playing for Keeps (the first book in this series), I've been waiting to read DJ's story, and Meant For You did not disappoint! Clark once again created a cast of relatable characters who made me swoon. While the dynamics of DJ and Chelsea's relationship are complicated, but their genuine love for each other is undeniable. This was a tender love story, and I can't wait for Raneé S. Clark's next installment. ...more
Julie Carpenter
DJ and Chelsea are two characters who have had their share of struggles. I thought the author did a good job of portraying the lead characters who are trying to keep moving forward when they've had moments in life that haven't been the easiest.

Chelsea is a divorced mom with a little toddler. She's struggling to make ends meet, take care of her son and not feel like a burden to her parents, all while trying to keep a good relationship happening for her son and his father. I thought the divorce a
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the authors novel, Love, Jane. It was completely unexpected from LDS novels. This one did not live up to that one. It definitely was not for me. I did not connect with the characters which is a huge deal for me. Clean content.
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked Playing For Keeps. The other three books in the series not so much. If I hadn’t bought this book I would have quit reading at 37%. It did get better during the second half of the book so I gave it a higher rating than I was originally going to give it.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is just past midnight and I just finished Meant for You. I started it this morning so we have had a fun day together. I feel like I have really gotten to know these characters. Chelsea and DJ were fun together, I was so happy to see them work everything out. As a mother I really sympathized with Chelsea and the struggles she had with her son. Overall this was a really sweet romance that hit the spot. Loved it!
Maria Thomas
I quite liked this story. It dealt with difficult things as family dynamics are hard to navigate after a divorce. I liked that Brady and Chelsea made an effort to be friends for their son and could rationally talk about issues. They might not like every choice the other makes but they still tried to work together. Far too often that doesn't happen and the children suffer for it. And then add the awkward situation of Chelsea being interested in her ex's best friend. I suspect that some readers do ...more
Grace Tolman
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I got an ARC of this book but all of my comments are my own.
In ths book we meet Chelsea who was recently divorced. One of the things that she did after the break up of her marriage is to seek solace in her hometown, Clay, Wyoming. It's a small town so she is always feeling insecure thinking that everyone sees her as a failure. She then gets reacquainted with the best friend of her ex husband. DJ thought his future was all set. But when he couldn't get into the NFL, he goes back to his hometown
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I read and enjoyed the first three books in the Playing for Keeps Series, although it has been almost two years since I read the last book. The details and supporting characters (which would be one of the main characters in this one) are somewhat fuzzy. I didn’t like Meant for You as much as the other Playing for Keeps novels, and I wonder if I had read them more recently if that would have helped. I didn’t even remember DJ and Brady. 😬 But, it does make me want to re-read those to remind me.

I d
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two guys and one girl--which guy was meant for her? In Ranee S. Clark's book, Meant for you, Chelsea Lewis is a young divorced single mother who moved back to Clay, Wyoming to stay with her parents and get back on her feet. Chelsea and her high school boyfriend, Brady, had gotten married because they were expecting a baby. Unfortunately, they lost the baby before having a son years later, but they were never really happily married. Now that she is back, Chelsea can't help running into Brady's fr ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
When I got the chance to review this book I didn't know a whole lot about it (just a very brief synopsis) and I had never heard of Ranee Clark. I didn't realize it was LDS fiction, so I was surprised when the church references started. I don't read a ton of obvious LDS fiction but after reading this book I want to read the first few books of the series!

My reviews don't really summarize the book-that is what the synopsis is for. I will say I could not put this book down. Once it started I HAD to
Jackie Johnson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real life right here!

This book was so good , I loved how true to life it was now days, with so many single parents trying to do the right thing for their children, especially if only one is making most of the effort. Them we have Chelsea, DJ, and Brady, best friends all during high school until something happens to change their friendship, fast forward 10 years, Chelsea is back home in small town Clay Wyoming, trying her best to raise her 2year old son Austin and runs into DJ , they start reconn
Heather Green
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story. The characters were creative. I liked the history between the MC's. I really liked that there didn't have to be a bad guy. Other books I've read had the ex being a jerk. I liked that this ex realized what was important and made changes accordingly. I liked that it was clean and appropriate for any age.
The only thing I had a hard time with was the choice Chelsea made to move into Brady's basement apartment. Talk about awkward for DJ. It seemed like he sacrificed so much for
Lori R
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life after divorce is complicated when Chelsea falls in love with her ex-husband's high school best friend. It is an interesting story set in Wyoming and Utah and has a religious theme running through it. It is nice to see parents be able to put their child first and to be able to communicate nicely to each other even though they are no longer married. I really liked Chelsea and her struggles of being a single mom and realistically doubting if she is a good mom. I also liked her relationship wit ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good story on how life can throw you curveballs but you can still work for it and things can still work out well. Two people made a mistake and tried to correct it but it didn't work out. There is a second chance romance for the girl and I rooted for the h & H. I felt the situations and complications were realistic. Her healthy eating and controling nature about her son's eating grated on me a bit and I like to eat healthy myself. But I can see where it was coming from and so I just r ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Ranee S. Clark. I wasn’t sure if I would feel like I was missing something since this is book number four in the Playing For Keeps series, but I definitely think this can be read as a stand-alone. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by reading this one first, but now I want to read her other books in the series just because I liked this one so much.

The dynamic between Chelsea and the other characters was great. She and Brady worked together for the bene
Joanna Barker
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book! I loved getting to know Chelsea as a character, because I connected so much to her as a mom, trying to do the best she could for her son. I thought their relationship was so sweet, especially when DJ became a part of their lives. And the romance between Chelsea and DJ was just adorable! They'd known each since they were kids, so I loved the "best friends" aspect, but there was such a great underlying romantic tension between them that I had to keep reading! There were so ...more
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; Series, but stand alone read.
Fun addition to this series, but this is a stand alone read. The earlier books in this series were college or immediately after. This was a more adult addition to this series. Chelsea and DJ were a cute couple. Chelsea's complications with her ex husband and toddler, and DJ's career issues made for a cute back story and conflict. Their genuine friendship, kindness, and their growing affection and devotion were sweet to read and watch, particularly as
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series, and although I'd like to read about DJ's friends, I didn't think it was necessary to enjoy this book. I feel like this book was a tough read because it was so life like. Not that I know someone in this exact situation, but the author had me feeling the awkwardness and frustration of the characters in such a real way. I could empathize with Chelsea and all her mom problems were relatable. I seriously wish that Cutie Pies existed in my neighborhood. ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed how the tension built through the book. No one was a cliche charicture, no one was too good to be true. The interior and exterior conflicts were realistic, and the character’s reactions were honest. The way the tension was resolved at the end was perfect.

Clean, some kissing but even that wasn’t extremely described.

It is a Christian novel, and the realistic way the main character lived her religion, and used it to help guide her life, was enjoyable. Not sappy sweet, bu
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, lds
Chelsea is a single mom living with her parents trying to do her best to raise her son. Her inability to accept help from those around her drove me crazy a bit, but at the same time I admired her determination to do what she thought was best.

DJ is Chelsea's ex-husband's best friend and he is trying to find his own way. He seems to be making more than his share of mistakes as he tries to find a new career after football, but the one thing he gets right is reaching out to help Chelsea.

Sweet story
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Meant for You, is part of, the Playing for Keeps series, although you could read this book as a stand alone, there are quite a few characters from the other books, which could make it a little hard to understand.
Chelsea is a single mom, living in a small town. Chelsea trys hard to be a good mom, to her two year old son, Austin has transitioned to not having a dad around, and hasmot adjusted very well. DJ, longs to, not be known, as the one who is constantly making mistakes. A quick easy read wi
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