At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn’s already a has-been. Scooped off a country stage at sixteen and remolded into glittery pop princess Tara Gibson, she toured the country for a decade, playing to sold-out stadiums while slowly losing her soul. Now her sales are waning, and when her beloved father dies in a fiery plane crash, she finally comes apart at the seams. Alone and brokenhearted, she hides away at Whisper Creek Ranch, never expecting to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has.
Cooper Davis was one of Boston’s top detectives—until a bogus investigation cost him his badge, his family, and almost his life. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical awaits them under the big skies and bright stars.
With a perfect mix of sweet, tender love, humor and heartache the new installment to the Whisper Creek series stole my heart. The stories in the series have always been entertaining and cause of a many smiles, sighs, and laughs and Meant To Be was right there with the rest of them.
Shelby Quinn, the pop star, didn't have a diva bone in her. Rather she felt lost in the world of demands and expectations. She had been catered to most of her life and not by her choice. All decisions made for her by the label, she had zero control of her life and losing her beloved dad was just too much. She is talented, kind, caring, considerate person, weary and drained by the industry, waiting for her contract to run out like a person would count the days to be released from a prison.
Cooper Davis, the cop-cowboy with a guitar stole Shelby's heart with a plate of spaghetti. Cooper is jaded and disappointed with the events in Boston, now trying to find his way again until bad news from home destroy all the hope for future he had managed to build while in Montana. Cooper was such a great character, so perfect for Shelby, together they truly were harmonious. I enjoyed the connection they had, their chemistry was spot on. The passion and attraction between them were palpable, yet the most intimate moments were left behind the closed doors.
The story was entertaining while managed to touch so many emotions. There were smiles and sighs with the adoration and devotion between Cooper and Shelby, there were even laughs with the humor and light banter between Cooper and his sister. And there were tears when Shelby was mourning and remembering her dad's love and care. In so many ways a pleasant, pleasing, and enjoyable tale, a wonderful story about falling in love at the moment when you are at lowest point in your life.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me