Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: "Meant for You" by Samantha Chase

Book Information
Title: Meant For You
Author: Samantha Chase
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She dares to dream...
Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams...
Does he dare to try?
Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true...
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

I was hoping that this book would give me a title to add to my "wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am" shelf, you know, something light and fun, with some swoons thrown into the mix.  While I did get that to some extent, I ended up quite disappointed overall.

"Meant for You" starts out quickly, with the main couple admitting their attraction quite early on, but the following three quarters of the book seemed to really drag.  Summer and Ethan are okay characters, but the constant back and forth between them drove me near to tears.  It was obvious from the get go that they cared about each other, but the continual hiding of their undefined relationship simply dragged on far too long.

I also really disliked Summer's family.  I think the men of the family are supposed to be these take charge, alpha types, and while I suppose some people will find these types attractive, to me they were much too bossy and domineering.  The way they dictated to Summer really pissed me off!

The setting could have been a real draw for this book, but I don't feel like it was emphasized enough - the potential of the Alaskan wilderness was never realized, with boring conversations at the hospital and hotel overshadowing what could have been some real action and adventure.  I've been to Alaska before, and it's absolutely beautiful, but I never once felt like I was escaping there through reading this book, and that was such a wasted opportunity!

Will you like this book?

I suppose if you're already a fan of this series or author, you might enjoy "Meant For You".  Otherwise, I'd say steer clear.  There are better contemporary romances out there.

Will I read more by this author?

At this point, I'd have to say no.  This particular series revolves around the Montgomery family, and considering I didn't like any of them from the glimpses I caught in this book, I have no desire to go back and read the other titles.  

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