February 14, 2017
On paper, I’ve got it all—good looks, good friends, a killer business, and gorgeous women throwing themselves at me from every corner of the globe. But I still can’t get one woman out of my f*cking head.
Her. Adeline Klein, the sexiest little smart ass in wire-rimmed glasses and a polka-dot bikini to ever bring a man to his knees.
God, she was something….
But I’m pretty sure she hates me. I’ve tried to track her down, but it’s like she dropped off the face of the earth. Then one day there she is—stranded on the side of the road, waiting for rescue, like Fate has arranged for me to be her knight in shining armor all over again.
Only she would clearly prefer to kick me in the balls. Or the face. Or maybe the balls and the face simultaneously. But do I let that keep me from making her come on the slopes or dampen the fire that flares between us every time we touch?
No way. Because some things—like sweet, wounded women with hearts of gold and souls of pure platinum—are worth fighting for.
Meant For You is a steamy Standalone second chance romance with a swoony HEA.
Meant for You is a standalone, but it’s part of the Magnificent Bastard series. I love this series. So much! Lili Valente knows just what I need when I need to read it! She can always make me laugh, swoon, smile, get hot and bothered and in this case, get the chills! I loved that this story isn’t her normal rom-com, but it has a different feel. Fate, destiny and yes, a little supernatural feel. I, of course, love a little paranormal in my romance, so I enjoyed this story! We’ve met Adaline before. She’s a friend of Shane’s and she’s sweet and pretty, but she’s sad. There’s something from her past that haunts her and it’s not just Nate, her ex-boyfriend, the newest employee of Magnificent Bastard Consulting. Addie doesn’t want to see Nate again. She hasn’t forgotten the pain he caused when he vanished from her life years ago. When she finds herself in the same hotel as Nate, she can’t avoid him. Nate can’t believe it’s really her. He never thought he’s see her again and this time he isn’t going to let her go. Walking away from her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made and he’s going to make her sit down and listen to him even if he has to kiss her into submission. A sled mishap and a freak snowstorm bring Addie and Nate together to face their past and their present. Does this mean there’s a future for them too? I loved this story! Nate is totally swoon worthy with his sexiness and his determination. Addie is sassy and tougher than she ever thought she could be. This is a second chance romance that proves some people are just meant for each other. Fate, destiny and a little supernatural intervention are at work. You can try to ignore them, but they are stronger than you are so you just need to listen and pay attention!
Other girls have made me want, but Addie is the first to make me ache.
“I’m going to make you come so many times you’re going to forget that other cocks exist, Klein. I’m going to give you a raging case of cock-nesia.”
Meant for You is a standalone novel but it also part of the Magnificent Bastard Consulting series. If you read the previous books then you might remember Adeline as Shane’s neighbor in Incredible You. You also might remember the newest consultant named Nate. This is their story and it’s one of my favorites from the series.
Seven years ago Nate and Adeline had one crazy epic summer together. Nate was eighteen and Adeline was sixteen but it was everything to them. They weren’t planning for future past the summer but things didn’t go as planned. They fell hard. And then it was over. Nate walked away without looking back and Adeline was heartbroken. But, life went on. Kind of. They both never forgot about that summer of love. It changed them. Fate put them together that summer and now it has brought them back together. But will it be different this time?
Addie couldn’t do this. How was she going to spend five days in a lodge with the only man that she ever loved. The one that walked away. The one that broke her. She was a different girl that summer. She was confident, brace, wild, and felt beautiful. When it was over. That was over. She didn’t go to college, she went to work for an old bat and drove her to appointments, read her the Times, and did batshit crazy errands. She felt stuck but what else could she do? She didn’t know but she couldn’t do it anymore. She needed to find herself again and that led her to the lodge with led her to him. Could he help her bring that girl back from that summer? She misses that girl.
Nate can’t believe they ended up here together. He wanted to explain to her what happened at the end of that summer. And from the moment he saw her again, he wanted to show her that they deserved a second chance. He is determined to prove it to her. He wasn’t going to let her walk away. She was just as beautiful if not more beautiful now. She still had spunk but it was different. Their undeniable connection was still there. He could work with that. He just needed her to listen. Will he get her forgiveness? He all he has ever wanted since he walked away.
I loved this book! The characters have a crazy and wild connection that I could feel through the pages. They really are meant to be. Addie might not think she is the most confident but is stronger than she knows. She just needed an added push. Nate is swoon worthy. For reals. He knows Addie deserves the best and that is what he wants to give her. He wants to make her feel beautiful. Wanted. Loved. But, of course they have their past to move on from. Nate isn’t the only one that has some explaining to do.
Overall…it’s one of my favorite books written by Lili! It had everything. Humor, sexiness, sweetness, and emotion. Plus, the characters are total book nerds! There is also some unique twists that I didn’t see coming. Awesomeness.
P.S. The text messages are brilliant.
He belongs on the cover of Snobby European Skiing, Sex God Edition.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. And you’ve always been my favorite mystery.
“What is that? You got a brick in your pocket?”
“No, I’m just happy to see you,” he says, making me laugh again, though a few minutes ago I was sure laughter had left the building.
—from somewhere overhead.
A moment later a steerable sled shoots off the ledge, soaring over my head to ram into a tree, splintering to pieces.
I flinch and cough, the breath rushing back into my lungs. I’m trying to roll over, figuring I’d better get up before my luck runs out and someone lands on top of me, when Nate’s head pops up above the snow bank. “Adeline! Are you okay? Are you hurt?”
My eyes narrow. “You.”
“Stay there, I’ll be right down,” he says, clearly not realizing that he’s the last person I want to see while I’m lying in the snow in a defeated heap.
“I don’t need help,” I call out, but I don’t try to get up again. I’ve already embarrassed myself enough in front of Nate. I refuse to give him the satisfaction of seeing me wallow around in a snowdrift like an artic walrus.
In what feels like no time, he’s found his way down to the scene of my humiliation and fallen to his knees beside me. “Just lie still.” The concern on his face as he tugs off his gloves is almost funny. Too bad I’m not in the mood to laugh anymore. “I have first aid training. Not a lot, but enough to see if anything’s broken. Can you tell me where it hurts?”
“It doesn’t hurt,” I insist, still making no move to rise. “I’m fine. You can leave.”
He scowls, and his eyes flash the way they do when he’s angry. Or turned on. Or maybe angrily turned on, though I’ve never personally seen him in that state. “You just sledded off a goddamned ledge, Adeline,” he says, voice rough. “And you’re not moving.”
“I don’t feel like moving,” I say stubbornly. “I’m enjoying a rest in the snow. So go away, Nate. Go, go, go away, and don’t come back another day.”
His breath rushes out. “That’s mature.”
“Yeah? Well, screw mature,” I say, the heat in my tone surprising me. “I did mature. I did all the mature while you were off hitting keg parties. I don’t have to do mature right now, and I don’t have to talk to you. So go away!”
Nate’s jaw clenches and I’m pretty sure he’s about to lose his temper in a fashion unlike anything I’ve seen from him before.
Instead he leans in, wrapping his hands around my wrists, pinning them to the snow. “I’m not going away,” he whispers inches from my lips, making my pulse spike. “Not until you let me get through to you, one way or another.”
“If you kiss me, I’m going to bite you,” I warn, heart racing.
“Fine by me. I like it when you bite.” And then he kisses me. He kisses me hard and deep and my stupid body lights up like a California brush fire.