Sunday, April 28, 2013

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

cover of Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade shows a woman in a white sundress and pink high heels in the arms of a flannel clad cowboyUndeniably Yours by Becky Wade. Bethany House, 2013. 384p. (9780764209758) Series: A Porter Family, #1

Last summer Becky Wade’s debut novel, My Stubborn Heart¸ was published and I absolutely loved it. So I was quite excited to hear that her next book was coming out this spring. Undeniably Yours is a fast paced Christian romance complete with cowboys and a psychopath. (Never thought I’d put those last six words together!)

Goodreads Summary:
When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted–more interested in art than in oil–she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them–her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage–and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?

pensive cowboy : Becky Wade's inspiration for Bo Porter
From Becky Wade's
pinterest board
for the book
My Review:
I enjoyed the way Meg was committed to doing what she thought was the right thing even when she really didn’t enjoy it – her job with the oil company. Not sure I could be that dedicated.

Bo was a fabulous hero: strong, caring, had self-control, can defend his lady’s honor in a fight (yep! it’s a great scene). But he is also very down to earth and sensible.

From Goodreads I learned that this is the beginning of a series, A Porter Family. We didn’t really get to know any Porters other than Meg and her uncle a bit in this book, I’m quite curious who the next books will be about. My guess was that it’d be about the single mom Meg took in but she’s not exactly a Porter. So I don’t know.
[Update: I just reread what I wrote a year later after reading the next book in the series. Silly me! Porter is Bo's last name, not Meg's! Oops.]

The chemistry between Meg and Bo was very tangent. Meg’s stress level faded away when she was in Bo’s company. They do kiss and hug quite a bit, but that’s as far as it goes. While reading about these sorts of couples it makes me wonder if such chemistry, electricity really can exist between a man and a woman. Or if it’s just a secret pact all novelists sign. Maybe I should read more biographies and/or autobiographies.

All in all, this was an enjoyable, contemporary Christian romance that kept me turning the pages, especially towards the end. But My Stubborn Heart is my favorite of the two books the author has written.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission. 
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