Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Meant for Her by Raine Thomas - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Meant for Her by Raine Thomas.  You can see the tour schedule here.  Raine Thomas is also hosting a really great giveaway, which includes a $25 Amazon gift card, a necklace inspired by the novel, and signed copies of both For Everly and Meant for Her, so be sure to check that out below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Meant for Her
by Raine Thomas
Published:  October 15, 2013
Publisher:  Iambe Books, LLC
Source:  eARC provided for tour for honest review.
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.

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My Thoughts:  Sierra Straton is a photographer and one of the sweetest and nicest people you could ever meet.  She always looks for the good in people and for ways to help others out, sometimes to her own detriment, but nevertheless, her giving and loving heart demonstrated by her words and her actions, causes her to outshine all the other stars in the sky.  Sierra also posses an uncanny gift of insight into people and their situations, seemingly seeing past the protective walls they construct into the center of who they are, something she has demonstrated on more than one occasion.  Evan Dorsey finds this out first hand as the story begins, and it is reinforced to him throughout the novel, sometimes to the point that it really ticks him off just how well this girl gets him, and if the truth be told, it scares him a little to.  Evan Dorsey is a major league baseball player and is currently playing third base for Los Angeles.  His long-time best friend Cole, who we met in For Everly, is a pitcher for Atlanta.  It is while at a wedding in Atlanta that he first encounters Sierra Straton. Evan is in a bad place emotionally and in a great deal of pain, suffering from a devastating loss.  He hasn't been interested in much of anything, including women, for the past year or so, but there is something about this vibrant and charismatic blonde that catches his eye.  When Sierra Straton sees Evan while at the same wedding, she immediately notices how sad he is.  Being the niece of the owner of the Atlanta team, she is very familiar with baseball and recognizes him.  She can't help but want to fix him, and she is also very attracted to him.  Sierra approaches him and what she and says and does touches Evan deeply, but before he can find out who she is, she's gone.  Now months later, he is still thinking about her.  Needless to say when he winds up traded to Atlanta both he and Sierra are surprised when they run into each other again, and wind up living in the same building.

As circumstances and fate, with a little help from Sierra, continue to throw them together, and despite his gruff demeanor and his conviction to not get involved in a serious relationship because he never stays in one place for very long, he finds himself drawn to Sierra.  She awakens feelings in him he isn't sure that he likes. Sierra's level of patience with Evan is astounding.  Evan can really be kind of a jerk and not very nice at times, but she seems to take it all in stride, even though it really hurts her at times.  She is quick to forgive and continues to search for the best in Evan, and in everyone else.  I liked Sierra's character a lot, you couldn't help but love her, but at the same time, I really wished she would stand up for herself more.  I felt bad for Evan and I did wind up liking him for the most part, especially towards the end.  He cared for Sierra, but he really didn't treat her like he should and could tend to be short, rude, and outright mean sometimes, and I would have liked to give him a swift kick in the rear on more than one occasion.  Sierra understood where he was at emotionally and for the most part, took it all in stride as she sought to help him find happiness once again.  I loved the baseball aspect of the story, and the romance was sweet and also hot at times.  I also loved getting to see Cole and Everly and learn what was going on in their lives.  Sierra's family was really great to, and I liked her best friends also.

As the story progresses, Evan is doing really well playing third base for Atlanta and a lot of this is due to Sierra's positive influence in his life, though he doesn't really want to admit it.  I enjoyed watching both of these characters grow individually, and as a couple.  When Evan begins receiving threats and his equipment is tampered with, he doesn't take it too seriously.  It isn't until the threat strikes closer to home that the recognizes the seriousness of it, and it also causes him to reevaluate his life, his future, and his relationship with Sierra.  Will he choose to take a chance on love, or will the risk and fear of losing someone again be more than he can bear?  Meant for Her is a really sweet, touching, and romantic story that I really enjoyed.  Though it is based on a character from For Everly, and we do see Cole and Everly in this book, it can definitely be read as a standalone without a need to read For Everly first, unless you just want to read another good romance, in which case I would encourage you to definitely go for it and read both books.  Raine Thomas has delivered another great novel and I would encourage contemporary romance fans to check it out.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"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."

Something indefinable shifted in him upon seeing his name across the back of her jersey. Even though he'd been an ass when she needed his support, she was broadcasting her support of him to the world. Well, at least in his mind. It was something he'd never forget.

"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."

OR, Book trailer link: http://youtu.be/amuvucrY2EY

About the Author

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review MEANT FOR HER, Ellen!

  2. Ooo this definitely sounds like one I want to read! I loved your review Ellen and I want to meet Sierra and Evan!

  3. I've heard such good things about this series. I really need to give it a try at some point. I'm glad you enjoyed Meant for Her, Ellen!

  4. Sierra sounds like a really great character! I love that she has a lot of patience with him.

  5. I'm not sure why and won't be until I start reading!

  6. This sounds so sweet and the book trailer is lovely, I love those polaroid-like photos.

  7. I really liked For Everly, Meant For Her sounds just as fabulous!


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