Contemporary romance is not my first genre to pick up, but when it involves thoroughbred horse racing? Oh, yeah! Love it! Unfortunately, there was virtually nothing in here about horse racing, other than people standing around looking at horses. Fortunately, it's a story with very compelling characters that sucked me into their story.
Meg Cole is a poor little rich girl, the type who could be a brash stereotypical cardboard character we've seen too often before. But she's not. She's vulnerable and sweet and desperately struggling to be strong after the death of her father.
Bo Porter is an ex-marine, a cowboy, and a simple guy from a small town in Texas. Now his future rests in the hands of his deceased oil tycoon boss's daughter.
She's all pink and frilly. He's all denim and straight lines. What on earth do they have in common? Nothing ... but a heart pumping attraction that will keep the reader turning the pages.
This is the first book of what I hope to be a long Porter Family Series. Wow! What an incredible read. The hero of the book is Bo Porter. He is a strong Christian, a Marine, a businessman in the horse industry, and a cowboy. That should be enough for you to drop whatever you are doing, grab a copy of this book, and indulge. The heroine is a very sweet Meg Coles. Meg is 28 years old, a Christian, ridiculously wealthy, and divorced. She has a self-esteem problem and doesn't trust her own decisions since marrying a sociopathic con-man right out of college. Her traumatic marriage/divorce has also resulted in a panic disorder that she fights regularly to overcome. Lucky for Meg, Bo just happens to be the perfect soothing antidote for her anxiety.
I was fairly certain I knew the direction this book was headed, but the author threw in some great plot twists which kept me reading until I finished the book at 1:00 am. This book is a real page turner and inspired me to order the next book in the series immediately which I can hardly wait to get started on. Im giving this book 5 stars because the story was so captivating and the hero so awesome, that I just couldn't stop reading it.
Wow is my first response when I finished this book. Becky Wade is a gifted writer. I was hooked from the beginning and it is a page turner. One of the things I loved about this book is the way the characters turned to God, When they couldn't see s solution for their problems, they sought God for the answers. This is a definite must read.
I absolutely loved Becky's debut novel, My Stubborn Heart so I had very high expectations for Undeniably Yours. I'm very happy to say that it surpassed them all! I'm actually writing this review after reading the book for the second time, which officially makes it a favorite.
I loved so much about this book, that I'm not sure where to start! The storyline intrigued me from the beginning. I was curious how Becky would take an idea that is predominate in historical writing and use it for a contemporary book. For those unfamiliar with it, the idea is a "servant" falling for their much wealthier "master." In this case, we change those to "employee" and "employer."
I adored Meg! She is so sweet, funny, and remarkably normal! While we don't have much in common, I quickly fell in love with her and found her very relatable. She is so kind and caring. She often thinks of herself as a "softie," and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book as she begins standing up for herself and chooses to follow the path she believes God has for her.
I also loved Bo from the start! He is the kind of hero that will make you wish he were real. He is so kind, loyal, and so sweet with Meg. I immensely enjoyed their relationship, watching it grow and rooting for both of them!
The secondary characters were great as well! Sadie Jo, Lynn, Amber, Jayden, Mr. Son - I loved them all! They are the kind of unique, quirky characters that add depth to a story. It wouldn't have been the same without all of them a part of it.
As much as I enjoyed the storyline and the characters, my favorite part of the book is the spiritual aspect. Bo and Meg each had something they had to learn, and following their journey really touched my heart. Bo has to learn to see himself as equal to Meg. He starts out believing he is unworthy of her, because of her station in life. One of my favorite quotes from the story is Meg saying to him, "You think God views us any differently, Bo? He doesn't. He doesn't care one bit about all the outward things. To Him, we're equal. We're both loved the same, valued the same. We both need to find our worth in God's view of us. To look for it anywhere else is a big mistake." (page 254. Excerpt used with permission from the author) This really spoke to me. So many times I've based my worth on something other than what God says about me.
For Meg she had to learn to fully trust God. She has spent most of her life worrying and trying to do everything just right. She believes she is trusting God, but not until she faces some difficult things and rises above several challenges, does she find herself able to really let go and trust Him. This also struck a chord in me, as trust is never easy and trusting Someone you can't see is even harder - as least for me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet romance with a compelling storyline that tugs your heart and challenges your faith.
The first Porter Family novel, Undeniably Yours, is set in the fictional town of Holley, Texas. Becky does a beautiful job at conveying a sense of place and has created compelling lead characters in Bo and Meg. To put it simply, Becky is very good at writing romance, and I enjoy reading it. Romance fans will enjoy Bo and Meg's story and be eager to see more of the Porter family as well.
I enjoy Becky Wade's romances because I easily get caught up in her characters and the emotion of her writing. In Undeniably Yours, Becky has created two compelling lead characters and placed them in an impossible situation: rich female boss, regular country boy employee - separated by wealth, job position and social ranking. I knew she would somehow resolve this invisible barrier imposed by society, but the fun is in how she gets us there.
Becky creates a great sense of place with her descriptions of the small Texas town of Holley and Meg's family ranch with its thoroughbred farm. Whispering Creek Ranch resembles the famous Southfork and I loved her description of its interior: "Everything in the place was either costly, a shade of brown, or lifted off a dead animal."
Meg and Bo are likeable and engaging lead characters. Texas oil heiress Meg Cole is quite different from what her job title implies. She is fair, gentle, tenderhearted and vulnerable; she suffers from anxiety and doesn't feel the job she inherited is what God wants from her. Meg is first attracted to Bo because she feels a calmness and quietness in his company.
Former Marine Bo Porter is a humble, honorable, and self-sacrificing character who has finally attained his dream of running a thoroughbred racehorse ranch. In the very first scene of the book, Meg tells Bo she's closing the ranch down - and from there, we watch Bo struggle to deal with the heartbreak of losing his ranch while wanting to protect Meg and be the ally she needed. After hilarious evening of babysitting a young child, Meg describes Bo as "a man christened with the miraculous ability to gentle horses, nervous women, and one-year olds."
Becky may go a little beyond what some readers of Christian romance are comfortable with as far as descriptive adjectives, characters cursing under their breath and being placed in compromising situations, but I think she just writes in a more realistic style that shows people's imperfections. And everything fits the Texas setting well.
The supporting cast was great, and I especially hope we see more from Meg's Asian gardener, Mr. Son. He treated the young boy with dignity and expectation, and their interaction was one of my favorite parts. "Mr. Son might not look like a traditional baby whisperer. But he had a way - a stiff, prickly, and unusual way - with children. Just like with his acres of flowers, he could coax them to bloom."
Readers will enjoy the suspenseful conclusion and spiritual themes as Meg discovers her ministry in the "more" that God intended for her life. There's also a great stewardship message as Meg realizes that none of it is actually hers . . . "Not the bank accounts, the properties, the staff, the possessions, nor the controlling interest in the company. All of it belonged to Him."
I am glad Undeniably Yours is the first of a series because I definitely want to see more of Bo and Meg, as well as the other Porter siblings. I'd also love to see further development of Mr. Son's character. I highly recommend this book to all romance fans.
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.