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Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc, #5)

November 10, 2019

I have only just recently started to read Susan Mallery novels and I must say I am quickly becoming a fan of her fantastically magical romance writing style.  This is book five of the Happily Inc series but until halfway through this book I was unaware this was part of a series but as I started to think it might be the more excited I become.  This meant I had the opportunity to read more about the wonderful characters within this book and learn how they all found their happy ever afters in this special town of Happily Inc.


"Meant to be Yours" is about a wedding planner Renee Grothen and towns resident crime novelist Jasper Dembenski.

Renee loves her job at “Weddings out of the Box” where she would do everything in her power to make sure the Bride and Groom got their perfect wedding day, as she knew it was never going to happen to her.  Renee’s heart had been broken too many times in the past for her to ever go down that road again, but sometimes a girl needs the company of a man.  When she finds out that Jasper has returned to town after his recent book tour she wonders how she could get his attention.  He also was the “No Relationship” type so he might be a bit of fun to avoid any complications in the heart department, but she would never find the courage to approach him.


"Those who could – do.

Those who couldn't become wedding planners."

“Avoiding relationships might be the smart choice, but it was also a lonely one.”

Jasper is an ex-military policeman who is suffering from PTSD and found writing in his recovery to be his new future.  On his return from his recent book tour, driving in his RV he stumbles across alone starving dog on the streets, he has never been a pet owner and at times can only just take care of himself.  A damaged man is only good for himself no one else.


“He thought about the loneliness he’d seen in the dog's eyes.”


He does have a house in the mountains away from town, it sometimes gets quite on his own.  Why not give the old dog a home?  He’s happy to be back in town a town he calls home, back to his few friends and his quite mountain home.  He keeps to himself a lot but he does enjoy Monday night Game night so off we went to see what has been happening since he has been gone for the last three months.


His plan was to have a beer play a game than go home.


The night did not go as planned because he walks Renee to her car and started chatting she said.


"Thank you.  I want to be wild, but I’m not quite sure how."


He put his hands on her waist and pulled her toward him.

Than kissed her

kissed her well.

“Come home with me.”


This was the start of their Sex-only relationship.


Again that was the plan!!

I love all the pop culture reference especially the Gilmore Girl one has me lol.  I read this book in one day a lazy Sunday and I enjoyed every single minute of this page-turner.  All the other characters in this book were interesting the town community the couples planning here weddings and I really love Renee’s mother.


This book was funny with a very sexy hero that was so clueless about women but could write a Bestselling novel as long as there was not female characters.  Our heroine was keeping secrets, workaholic, kindhearted person.  But both have vulnerabilities, trust issues, passion and fear for their lives that you know they are both perfect for each other but the author keeps the story and drama unfolding at just the right amount of speed that you are completely hooked.


Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC copy of this book to which I am writing my honest and voluntary review.




In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…


Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.


After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.


Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

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