Published on October 15, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.
Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.
Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.
But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.
This is gonna be a jam-packed post! First, you’ll find my review for Raine Thomas’ Meant For Her, then you’ll find the author interview, and finally, a GIVEAWAY! Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!
Meant for Her is a New Adult stand-alone spinoff of Raine Thomas’ For Everly (which was her debut NA novel). As with For Everly, this book immerses us into the world of romance, and baseball. (Two things that rank high in my world!)
This book starts off with a glimpse into Evan Dorsey’s perspective. Even though he is supposed to be helping his good friend Cole celebrate one of the happiest moments of his life, Evan has a hard time reigning in the happiness due to that fact that he’s recently experienced a tragic loss. Just when Evan thinks to try to make his escape, he is approached by a woman who has caught his eye. She captivates Evan with her dimples, and cheerful demeanor while finding that she unexpectedly brings a comfort that he did not think he’d be able to find.
“I can see that you’re in a dark place,” she said, touching the side of his face. It was the whisper of a caress, but it made his throat tighten. “It’s good that you honor the memory of this person you loved. But don’t be afraid to live now. What you’ve gone through, it will bring you where you need to be. Even the stars can’t shine without darkness.”
Evan and this woman share a tender moment on an outdoor terrace at the wedding, and then they part ways without Evan having an opportunity to get the girl’s name. Even though he doesn’t know who she is, or where to find her, Evan discovers that she has left an impression on him, and it will take months before their paths cross again.
As if by divine intervention, Evan becomes reunited with his mystery woman: Sierra Stratton. Sierra is a photographer by trade, and also just so happens to be a Property Manager at the apartment building that Evan is looking into potentially leasing. Their reunion helps to lay the groundwork for what becomes the start of a dysfunctionally functional friendship. There is chemistry between the two, but for Evan, there are emotional hurdles that are getting in the way. Even though Sierra finds herself emotionally and romantically attached to Evan, she is also aware that for him, it would need to be a slow but steady road to get him to open up his heart. But Sierra seems to be attuned to Evan’s emotional needs, and always knows the right things to do and say to help Cole get through his “rough patches”.
“It’s just…when I feel like this, it’s much easier to bring others down with me than it is to accept the hand that offers to pull me up.”
“Then you should acknowledge how much strength you show when you accept that hand.”
“My Parents have always said that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,” she told him. “It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Sierra is a go-getter. She sees something she wants, and she takes action. She doesn’t stand idly by. She makes her intentions with Evan very clear early on, and throughout this story, she realizes that she has to to approach her relationship with Evan with caution and strategy. She knows how hard to push him at times, to help him break down the walls around his heart. But even though she seems to always know just what to do or say to help him take steps in the right direction, she also finds that at times, she is second guessing her methods. Sometimes, it’s two steps forward, three steps back. But she’s in it to win it, and she approaches this challenge with confidence, and she is determined to help Evan through it all.
This book has romance, emotions (aka The Feels), HOT ATHLETES (Baseball! DROOL), suspense, plot twists, and steamy scenes. There’s never a dull moment, and you’ll find that it’s hard to put down. The characters are very well written, and I found that I became very invested in their story. I loved seeing the growth of Evan and Sierra’s relationship in this book. I am not a huge fan of slow-building romance or even “insta-love”, and it was great to find the balance in the progression of the emotional healing and romantic development. I found that I was immediately drawn in by Evan and Sierra’s story, and I was rooting for them from start to finish.
Fun Facts about Raine Thomas:
Three words to describe yourself: Open-minded, romantic, uncoordinated.
Favorite Book? I don’t have one, I have many! My favorite series, though, is the J.D. Robb “In Death” series with Eve Dallas and Roarke
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they? I can dance as beautifully as any of Julliard’s best. (Okay, no I can’t. I dance like a hamster on opiates).
In your opinion, what’s the best thing since sliced bread? E-readers. They changed the world of publishing forever.
Top 5 things on your bucket list? Visit Florence, Italy; Meet Nora Roberts; Attend a World Series game; Throw the first pitch at an Atlanta Braves baseball game; Vacation in Hawaii without worrying about the expense.
“Ask the Author” Questions:
1.) Three (or four) words to describe Meant for Her:
Character-driven, evocative, poignant, steamy.
2.) Did you enjoy writing about all the sports elements and baseball terminology in For Everly (and subsequently, Meant for Her)?
I sure did! Baseball is practically second nature to me. My three brothers all played the sport, one of them getting drafted out of Auburn. I attended most of their games when I was growing up, working the concession stand, controlling the scoreboard, etc. When I lived in Atlanta, I attended Braves games all the time. My husband and I even honeymooned in Colorado so we could watch the Braves play at Coors Field, and we try to visit a new stadium each year. In fact, the one thing I had to do in Meant for Her, which has more actual baseball in it than For Everly, was make sure I explained most of the terminology for any non-baseball fans who read the book.
3.) Your earlier books are YA, and your more recent works For Everly and Meant for Her are NA. Do you find the transition between the two genres to be easy?
The transition was easier than I thought. I actually never planned to write New Adult. After publishing six Young Adult books, I had an established audience, many of whom are “Tween” readers. The NA books I’d read were far too racy for many of my readers. But I couldn’t get these two characters (Everly and Cole) out of my mind. They were begging me to tell their story. Once I realized that I could write the story with romance and tasteful intimate scenes rather than something more erotic, it was on like Donkey Kong.
4.) Tell us about your upcoming projects:
I’ve got three new novels in the pipeline, all quite different. First, I’ll be writing a seventh book in my Estilorian (YA fantasy romance) series, tentatively titled Deceive and set for an early 2014 release. Then I intend to write a third NA book, titled For the Win, which will be another stand alone spinoff from For Everly. My third novel planned for next year is going to be a New Adult Sci-Fi Romance featuring a couple of characters who will be making an appearance in an anthology coming out at the end of this year. I’m very excited about all of these projects!
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