22 February 2014

Meant for Me by L.P. Dover - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Meant For Me
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Day: December 30, 2013
After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O’Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he’d been too afraid to want … too afraid to need.

Six months after leaving Claire and regretting every minute of it, Mason gets called in for an undercover mission that’s not only dangerous, but brings back a past he spent years trying to forget. A past of fighting … of getting in the ring and using his fists to get what he wanted: money, women, and drugs. Now there are fighters turning up dead, and it’s Mason’s job to find out the truth.

Knowing he might not come out of the mission alive, Mason seeks out Claire to tell her how he truly feels, only to find another man competing for her love as well. Fighting is what he’s good at, and for once he will be fighting not only for justice … but for love.
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my review -

It started with Mason breaking Claire’s heart by leaving. She thought they were in the same page after what happened. It was a great night of pleasure and she was sure they shared that connection. But she was wrong.

Six months later, Mason was back. He got assigned to go undercover that is pretty much dangerous and speaks a lot about his past – fighting, women, drugs. Some fighters are turning up dead, and it is Mason’s job to solve the mystery. Before he goes into the pit hole, he made a stop. He went to California to Claire. He might not come out of the mission alive, and before (or IF) he dies, he wanted her to know about his feelings.


Claire moved on with a great guy, Cooper. Although he was near perfect, and even the sex was pretty much amazing, there was still something lacking. He could never spark that intense passion Mason can easily do even with him across the room.


But before they get into their happily-ever-after, they must first get out of the mission unscathed and fight their way inside the octagon ring.

Here is a girl who really doesn’t have a lot of drama in her body. She’s strong, forgiving, and she does what exactly her heart dictates her to do (most of the times). She’s tough, and stood by her man all throughout the ordeal. She didn’t even waver when the danger came to her side. All she wanted was for Mason to be alive and safe.

I loved her when she gave that second chance to him. She knew what she wanted – and she grabbed it wholeheartedly. Of course, she needed Mason to crawl a little. Nevertheless, I loved her character.

And there’s Cooper – he was perfect, but her heart wasn’t just cut out for him. She had already given it years ago to Mason. I wish he’d have his own HEA in the near future too!

Mason – he’s a god! He might have experienced  the bad side of being rich and famous back in his fighting days but he did a 180 after finding out someone close to him is about to die. He cleaned up his ways and joined the police force. Now, he was given a second chance to once again feel that adrenaline-pumping moment inside the ring.

I have always loved books about second chances – and Meant for Me is one great book about it. It’s not just about having the opportunity about having that second chance in love, but in your dreams as well. This book has taught us to NEVER PASS that opportunity when you are offered that chance at whatever circumstances – you have already allowed it to pass once, and it has once again being offered to you – you’d be a fool to turn it down.

The thrill of the chase and the unknown had made this book a page turner for me. Set in dual POV, I fell in love with the plot, the character and the suspense, swoon at Mason and the rest of the fighters, and sigh with envy at Claire to have this great, alpha lover in her bed. 

 ★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★
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excerpt -
The door to the arena room was open, and the moment we stepped in Claire gasped and I stared, wide-eyed at all the people. "Holy shit," I breathed in awe. "It's packed."

Every single chair around the cage was occupied and there were people standing around everywhere. There were two guys already in the cage battling it out, except they looked to be part of the Lightweight division. When I fought several years ago, I was competing for the Heavyweight title. If they did fights in order of division then I would be going up there last."Hey, guys," Tyler exclaimed, carrying a beer in his hands.

Disapprovingly, I glared at the beer and then back up to him. "You should know better than to get drunk before a fight. It makes you sloppy," I scolded him.

I really didn't care either way what he did, but I knew better than to drink when I had to compete. Tyler chugged his beer and threw his cup in the trash a little too roughly.

"I do know better than to drink when I have to fight, but unfortunately, I'm not fighting tonight," he announced.

"Wait, what?" Claire cut in. "What do you mean you're not fighting? If you're not the one fighting Mason then who is?"

Tyler glanced around the room with narrowed eyes until he found the person I was to fight and pointed to him. "That's the guy over there with the blue mohawk. I think you might know him. He said he owed you for something you did a long time ago. Care to explain," Tyler inquired curiously.

Following the direction of Ty's pointed finger, I groaned when I saw the guy with the blue mohawk. Fuck, I knew who he was, or better yet, I knew his wife ... very well.

"What is it Mason?" Claire asked worriedly. "Who is he?"

His name was Chase Benfield and I did the unthinkable by fucking his wife. Blowing out a frustrated breath, I lowered my head and began to explain, "Do you remember when I mentioned I had a dark past?"

"Yeah," she said, drawling out the word. "Let me guess, you fought him back in the day?"

I nodded. "Yes, but that wasn't just it." I didn't want to tell her what I did because I was ashamed of the way I acted and the way I did things. I was sure she would understand, hopefully, but I didn't want her thinking less of me.

Claire let go of my hand and crossed her arms over her chest defiantly. "Dammit, just tell me already. You did this same shit to me when I was keeping something from you."

"Fine," I gave in, "but I need you to know it was a long time ago and it was before I even met you. I was stupid and did lots of stupid things that I shouldn't have."

She rolled her eyes. "Let me guess, you slept with his girlfriend," she guessed blandly.

Sighing, I regretfully nodded my head and waited for the angry words to come spewing out of her mouth. Instead, she said, "So, what's the big deal? You slept with her. That shit happens all the time. Why would he be angry about that still?"

"Well," I began, "it was actually his wife and I hooked up with her in my prepping room during his fight for a spot at the Heavyweight title. His trainer had come looking for her and found us. Needless to say, word got back to Chase awfully fast."

Claire groaned and hung her head. "Oh, hell, this isn't going to be good."

Chase finally spotted me from across the room and snarled his lip. No, I thought to myself, this definitely wasn't going to be good.
the author -
USA TODAY Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten Katrina.

Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.

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