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Hot Cowboys & Sweet Romance (Review: Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis)

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Meant to Be

Hot Cowboys & Sweet Romance (Review: Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis)
by Maggie McGinnis
Series: Whisper Creek #5
Also in this series: Unlucky in Love
Published by Loveswept
on March 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance, Western
Pages: 278
Format: e-book
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo
Rating: 4 Stars



At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn’s already a has-been. Scooped off a country stage at sixteen and remolded into glittery pop princess Tara Gibson, she toured the country for a decade, playing to sold-out stadiums while slowly losing her soul. Now her sales are waning, and when her beloved father dies in a fiery plane crash, she finally comes apart at the seams. Alone and brokenhearted, she hides away at Whisper Creek Ranch, never expecting to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has.

Cooper Davis was one of Boston’s top detectives—until a bogus investigation cost him his badge, his family, and almost his life. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical awaits them under the big skies and bright stars.

ARC Romance smart and funny Western


I can always count on a Maggie McGinnis book to make me laugh, cry, and swoon over hottie heroes, ALL. THE. TIME. And Meant to Be is no exception. The fact that this series gives us more cowboys than we know what to do with (not complaining!), it really is one that I always look forward to reading and can’t wait for more!


I said it before and I’ll say it again: Hot Cowboys.

Well, I guess it’s to be expected in Montana, but I seriously wish that Whisper Creek was a real place. SERIOUSLY. And that cowboy calendar that they keep talking about?–can someone make that a real thing please? Sure there are probably some real ones out there, but I want the heroes that are in this series. ::sigh:: I’ll keep wishing.

If a character needs to chill, or re-invent themselves or just recover, Whisper Creek is the place to be. It’s like a ranch with small town romance characteristics. I just love that. Everyone knows your business but the focus on friendships is the key thing to take away from it.


Witty banter and cute dialogue.


I loved Shelby’s and Cooper’s relationship. Their love took time to develop and seemed more realistic. They could not have been more different as well. While they were both at Whisper Creek to lay low, Cooper never wanted to be scrutinized by the public, and Shelby practically has to accept the fact that she had to be scrutinized. She is a pop star after all. Their interactions with each other were so cute and sweet, their teasing banter made me smile a lot.

“It’s a cowboy thing.”
“The guys talk about it, and I didn’t want to believe it, but Jesus, you women are powerless against the Stetson. What is it about this thing?”


Haha Cooper, if you only knew…

There were times where I could have shaken Cooper for his stubbornness, but in the end his reasoning made sense. As the saying goes: If you love something, let it go.

But as a reader? I was anxious to find out how things would turn out. I didn’t know how the author was going to sort things out. Let’s just say Cooper is in some serious trouble and in the end that could tarnish Shelby’s image. I’m just glad for happily ever afters, because I was kind of worried there.

Even if the saving grace was a tad bit stretching it (that would never have happened in real life-just sayin’), at least we got the closure we wanted and the ending that they both deserved.


A little note…
  • Can be read as a standalone. (But if you want to know about some of the characters that make an appearance in this one, read the previous books.)

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anna @ herding cats & burning soup

LOL on the quote. Hot cowboys. You know I’m all in 😉

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Love the sound of this one! I like the sound of both the character’s back stories and I really love good banter. Plus it can be read as a stand alone – that’s a bonus! Great review, Aleen!

Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading

Hmmm, a series about hot cowboys, love it. I am glad you enjoyed this one.
Thanks for the recommendation.

Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading

Hmmm a series about hot cowboys, sounds hot. I am glad you enjoyed this one.
Thanks for the recommendation.


I love cowboys and have not tried this author..based on your review I need to fix that stat!

Angie @ Ba_BAMB

So glad to see you enjoyed this one. I do love cowboy stories. 🙂 And I love stories where someone goes away to think on things.

Great review.

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