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Meant to Be: A Second Chance at Love Romantic Suspense (Southern Heat Book 2) Kindle Edition
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐#AINTTOPROUDTOBEGFORMORE. Jenna Harte's very talented, and highly addictive writing style had me hook, line, and sinker from the very first sentence. - Amazon Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐OMG! I adored this book! Netgalley Reviewer Danielle B
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The writing was excellent, and the pacing of the story really kept me engaged. - Amazon Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Complex characters, sparks hot enough to start a forest fire, and enough angst to keep you hooked from the very first page. - Amazon Reviewer
From the Author
EXCERPT OF MEANT TO BE
"You need to get laid."
Mitch McKenna cast a suspicious glance at his partner and best friend, Kevin Taggard. "You get laid too much."
Kevin grinned. "I'm married. It goes with the territory. Besides, is that even possible?"
Mitch laughed. "God, I hope not." He pulled the unmarked police car into a parking space outside Charlotte Tavern General Hospital. "But it's a little sappy that every day we have to stop by and see the missus."
"I know it and I don't care. Someday you'll be in love, and you'll see."
God, I hope not. Mitch shuddered.
"Besides, there are plenty of hot nurses who would love to find out if the Mitch McKenna reputation for stamina and prowess is true."
Mitch stepped out of the car, grinning at his friend. "Oh, it's true." His smile faded, as he realized Kevin might be right -- maybe he did need to get laid. It had been a while.
Mitch's gaze swung to the feminine coo of Becky Lancer. She might be willing to help him with his sexual dry spell. He smiled and waved but kept moving. He'd once gone out with her sister, and he knew better than to date siblings.
He and Kevin walked into the hospital and took the elevator to the maternity department on the fourth floor.
"I guess it won't be long until Jenny is a client here instead of a nurse." Mitch patted Kevin on the back. He enjoyed razzing his friend about his wife, but deep down he was happy for him.
"A year maybe. Right now, we're just practicing." Kevin waggled his brows.
Mitch rolled his eyes as the doors opened, and they stepped out into the hall.
"There's my gal now." Kevin snuck up behind a dark-haired woman in pink scrubs with rainbows on the shirt and wrapped his arms around her, lifting her off the floor. She let out a squeal. When he set her on her feet, she laughed.
"Great day, baby cakes. You scared the life out of me."
He gave her a kiss. All in all, it was sappy. It was the same type of stuff he had to endure when he visited his sister, Lexie. Even after nearly two years of marriage, she and her husband, Drake, were sappier than Kevin and Jenny, which was saying something. It was a wonder they didn't already have a whole brood of kids.
"I'm nearly ready for my break." She turned her smile toward Mitch. "If you're tired of feeling like a third wheel, I can snag you a date. There's a new doctor I've been meaning to introduce you to. You can see if the McKenna charm will work on her."
"I like being a third wheel."
"No, you don't, but you're nice to put up with Kevin and me. She's really, really nice. She's been giving me articles and tips and encouraging me to get my midwife certification."
"You'd be good at that." Mitch meant it too. She was one of the sweetest, most generous hearts he'd ever met. There'd been only one other person he'd known who he'd thought was as good. He shook his head to rid his thoughts of another sweet, generous woman, who, in the end, turned out to be neither.
"Thank you. I wonder how much longer before Lexie and Drake will need a midwife." She raised her eyebrows, hoping for gossip.
"I imagine once they start, they'll need one fairly often." His sister wanted a whole passel of kids, and Drake would give her whatever she wanted. Mitch thought he'd be a good father, but since having a family was out, he'd settle for being the coolest uncle ever.
All of a sudden, the air around Mitch changed, causing the hair on his arms to stand. It wasn't the type of sensation that triggered danger, but it was definitely a warning.
"Oh, look, there's Doctor Preston. She's the one I want you to meet, Mitch."
"I don't need you to set me up--"
"I know that. The whole county knows how easy it is for Mitch to get a lady." Jenny laughed. "But I still want you to meet her. Doctor Preston?" Jenny looked behind him and waved.
The warning grew more intense until Mitch couldn't help but turn around and stare right into the beautiful hazel eyes of Sydney Preston.
His heart stuttered in his chest as a wave of conflicting emotions; anger, love, bitterness, joy crashed through him. His first instinct was to leave, which only pissed him off. He'd stared down insurgents in the Middle East. He could survive seeing Sydney Preston. Another, equally strong, part of him wanted to touch her, to hold her close and see if she felt as soft, smelled just as sweet as he remembered. But he wouldn't succumb to her charm again. Like a steel gate, everything inside Mitch closed.
"Doctor Preston is our new OB/GYN from New York. She's helping out at the free clinic, too. Doctor Preston, this is my husband, Kevin, and our friend Mitch McKenna. They're Charlotte Tavern's finest police detectives. But watch out for Mitch. He's a real ladies' man."
The hazel eyes that had once captivated him flashed with surprise and maybe panic. But then it was gone, replaced by a blank smile.
"Hi." He choked out the word, not wanting to appear rude. At the same time, he wasn't going to go out of his way for a chummy reunion. She didn't deserve his recognition, so he wasn't going to give it.
Her head tilted to the side, and a slight smirk crossed her lips. "Actually, we've met."
"Really?" Jenny's voice suggested intrigue and delight at the prospect. "Where?"
"We went to college together." Sydney held his gaze. If she wouldn't flinch, neither would he.
"Oh, wow. Hey, maybe you know his old girlfriend. Poor Mitch lost his heart to her, and she crushed it like a bug."
"Honey." Kevin patted Jenny on the back, while casting Mitch an apologetic smile.
Mitch didn't know if Kevin was intervening because he knew no man liked to have his emotional history laid out in public or if he recognized there was something more between Sydney and him. Probably both. Kevin was observant and insightful, which is what made him a skilled detective, one that Mitch was grateful to have as a partner.
"What?" Jenny blinked up at her husband.
"Yes, I knew her." Sydney's tone was matter-of-fact. Mitch's eyes narrowed with scrutiny as he waited to see if she was going to admit to being the one who squashed his heart.
Jenny turned her attention back to Sydney. "Was she a real bitch? I heard she came from a rich family that didn't like Mitch. But what's not to like, right? I mean, he's as yummy as cherry pie."
"I thought that was me." Kevin pouted.
"You're peach pie, my favorite." She smiled coyly at Kevin, who gave her wink. Mitch imagined there was a story there but blocked his brain from filling in the details of what it might be.
"Speaking of peach pie, why don't we go to the cafeteria and get some?" Jenny suggested. "We can let Mitch and Doctor Preston get to know each other."
"I don't need to get to know Doctor Preston. I'm sure I'm not her type." He knew the minute it was out of his mouth that Jenny would reprimand him.
"Why, Mitchell McKenna, your mother would light you up if she knew you were being so rude. I'm so sorry Doctor Preston--"
"It's okay." Sydney waved the comment away, much like she'd waved him away ten years earlier. "I have to check on Mrs. Warner anyway. You go enjoy your pie."
She said it with such smoothness, it highlighted Mitch's bad manners. But he didn't care. Let Jenny and Kevin think he was a heel. He knew the truth, and Doctor Preston knew the truth. She didn't deserve his time or attention. Not anymore.
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- Publication date : July 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4815 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1944179283
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,129 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mitch McKenna is damaged goods. Heartbreak, war, and grief all plague his thoughts and prevent him from living a full life in small town Virginia. He keeps women at arm's length and never allows his heart to even come close to loving anyone other than his family.
The reason? Well, she just walked right back into his life.
Sydney isn't the same woman she was before, when Mitch was by her side. No longer a student, dependent on her parents and under their influence. Sydney is now an independent doctor with a different view of the world. After a terrifying incident in New York, she has a new plan: to medically contribute to society the best she can and win Mitch's forgiveness. Maybe even his heart...
But Mitch isn't having it. One look at the woman who crushed him and he wants nothing to do with her no matter how much every one around him dotes on the new doctor. However, after a shocking tragedy occurs, it seems that Sydney's situation in New York may have followed her down to Virginia.
When Sydney is endangered, Mitch cannot stop himself from wanting to protect her. Even if it means keeping her close by while he investigates her case and tries to solve it before harm can come to her.
Of course, being this close to one another can stir old feelings, and even some new ones. Soon, the two agree to allow themselves to have a physical relationship, but with absolutely no feelings involved. Should work out, right? Don't they always?
The plot wasn't anything new but I love second chance romances so it was easy for me to root for the couple. The dialogue flowed well and the pacing was near perfect. I enjoyed the secondary characters and the little mystery within the story, though I definitely did not predict who the culprit would be!
I can't wait to read more stories set in this small town. Four hot southern suns!
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This is the first book that I've read by this author, and OMG did I ever LOVE IT! Let's get the clinical points out of the way, so that I can really do some new fan girl gushing! The character development is great, with a highly entertaining cast of secondaries, that I absolutely LOVED! And Holy hotness Batman! The flammable chemistry between Mitch and Sydney, even in their denial, threatened to short circuit my new kindle, and then FINALLY IGNITED into sexy scene goodness that will scorch everything in it's path! Add in some very well placed humor that had me rolling, and surprising suspense, well, you have a fantastic story. Jenna Harte's very talented, and highly addictive writing style had me hook, line, and sinker from the very first sentence. She weaved a rope around me with her amazing story, so that I never moved until the very last sentence, and I have to be honest, found myself ready to beg for more. She threw in some twists, for good measure, that made for intense OMG moments that may or may not have had an f-bomb, or two, dropped along with them. I guess you could say, that she flipped the switch to my dramatic girly girl emotions, but honestly, it wasn't just a story, it was a journey that transported me into her world. I'll stop with the gushing now, and just HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Meant to Be, and Jenna Harte to ALL!