Title: Meant For You
Author: Michelle Major
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 28th March
Single mom Jenny Castelli has a temper to match her red hair. When the former mean girls of her high school insult her son, Jenny fires off a big lie—that she’s engaged to a rich, handsome guy and is bringing him to their ten-year reunion. Now she needs to find the perfect fake fiancé for one night. And only one man fits the bill.
Geek turned tech entrepreneur Owen Dalton already had his heart broken by Jenny Castelli. Still, he finds himself agreeing to her proposition—even as he struggles to remember that the chemistry sparking between them isn’t real. But when Jenny’s ex makes a play for custody and Owen is forced to deal with the family who always treated him as “second best,” their arrangement suddenly becomes very personal. And that lie they’ve been telling everyone? It isn’t nearly as big as the one they’ve been telling themselves.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
There’s a lot to like in this second chance romance with a bit of fake fiancé(e) thrown in for good measure. Mostly Owen, because he’s all kinds of sexy and special, but I also really liked Jenny’s son, Cooper, and the fierce way she loves him is wonderful.
I liked Jenny. She’s been through a lot, but she’s strong and fierce and determined, and when she loves someone she doesn’t hold anything back. So it was understandable that falling for a man was so terrifying for her. That didn’t stop me wanting to scream with frustration at the way she self-sabotages at times. I loved the way she defended Owen when he really needed it, which of course made me all the more annoyed when she hurts him. She’s a mess, and I’m not wholly convinced by how certain things were resolved.
I loved Owen. He’s smart and adorable and his family are horrible. He’s trying so hard to be the tough guy, but he’s just a marshmallow inside, and a wonderful one at that. He’s also super forgiving – which is lucky, else this book might have ended in a very different way.
Cooper was also a great character, smart and crafty, he brought some much needed lightness to Jenny at times, while her mother’s Alzheimer’s provided real emotional turmoil.
In all, I enjoyed this. It has it’s lighter moments and it’s sadder ones, but also heat and romance and plenty of family woes. Throw in a set of likeable characters and I couldn’t ask for much more – although less foolishness from Jenny might have been nice. Overall it was a good second chance read. On the strength of this one, I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author in the future.
Meant For You is out March 28th.
Visit Michelle Major for more details.