A sweet LDS romance with plenty of heart... Meant for You by Raneé S. Clark (Review & #Giveaway)

If you're in the mood for a sweet LDS romance, check this one out...

Meant for You
(Playing for Keeps #4)
By Raneé S. Clark
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 238 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Sweetly Us Press


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 all the ways she’s forgotten she needs—including romantic ones.

Former football player, DJ Kaiser, is back in his hometown, working as a fireman to serve his community, but after nearly burning down his own house with a barbeque and wrecking the Chief’s truck, his mistakes are stacked against him—until he sets out to ease the stress of Chelsea’s load. Serving her has him feeling like a hero again.

When Chelsea’s ex shows up and begs Chelsea to move closer so his young son doesn’t grow up without his father, Chelsea and DJ have to consider what’s best for Chelsea’s little family, even if that means sacrificing the relationship that has saved them both.

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My Review

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-after. However, his HEA is hard coming. Nothing seems to be going well or right. Then there's Chelsea... she also hasn't gotten the happy ending she thought she would and has learned some tough things, and is still learning them. Let me just stop here and insert that  I really loved these characters! They used to be really good friends and then some things happened that pushed them apart. Now they're both back in their hometown, and they run into each other. That leads to them rekindling their friendship and then they start to see each other as more than friends, even though they're scared to do anything about it. I really loved how the romance built upon their prior friendship and how comfortable they are in some ways while other things are completely new. There's a lot more going on besides romance in their lives though. Things that get in the way and make it a difficult road for them. I appreciated that these characters had real struggles and concerns. They're perfectly flawed characters who are trying to survive and find happiness regardless of what life throws at them, which makes this story so easy to relate to. The inspirational aspect is mentioned, but is just softly weaved through the story and doesn't play a large role. My only qualm is a little bit of awkwardness with the situation in the end, but I still enjoyed this one and its sweet ending.

In the end, was it what I wished for? With two main characters who tug on the heart, a sweet child in the mix, and a heartfelt romance, this story made for a delightful read. I enjoyed the small-town dynamics as well as the group of family and friends who support the main characters. Definitely recommended.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

During her early years of reading, Raneé S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds.

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