‘Undeniably Yours’: A Texas Romance with Charm

April 26, 2013 27 Comments

undeniably yours

STORY | Meg Cole is the richest woman in Texas. When her oil magnate father unexpectedly passes away, and long before she wants the reigns of the family business, Meg is back in the small town of Holley taking over the empire. Despite a successful company, Meg is poised to make cuts. She has no desire to indulge in her father’s hobbies and sees no reason to continue to pay for staff or offshoot companies she has no use for. One of these is a horse farm that doesn’t pay for its own expenses.

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Farm manager, Bo Porter pours his life into this farm and he isn’t about to let the intriguing Meg Cole take it away. She’s his boss, the woman who may, in six months be shutting down this livelihood. Regardless, something about Meg sparks an interest…

Undeniably Yours, by Becky Wade | Book Review

REVIEW | When the time is right, I enjoy getting lost in a historical novel, but it’s safe to say the contemporary genre is my favorite. A big reason for this is compliments to author Becky Wade. Any story that fits into the romantic-comedy genre is one I am quick to snatch up. And if this book is anything, it’s a charmer of a rom-com – from the inside out. (This cover design though!)

The first book in her new “Porter Family” series, we do meet all of the Porter siblings which include, Ty; Jake; Dru; and the aforementioned hero, Bo. In true “big brother” fashion, Bo is a wonderful, compelling hero and Becky manages to write a beautiful spiritual journey that often goes missing in the genre. Instead of relying on the people in her life (although Bo’s presence in her life does change things), Meg leans on the grace God extends. It’s an impacting story, and allows us to see new sides of Meg. In this novel, where most people might turn from faith, Meg clings to it, which is also refreshing.

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If Bo is one of the more memorable leading men, then Meg is adorable. I enjoy her character very much and am impressed with her sincerity. For those of us who are romantic heart, Becky’s novel has plenty of the [subtle] starry-eyed romantics. In short, there’s sparks that fly between these two, eventually. In their first meeting Meg and Bo are very businesslike, no flirting or funny “meet cute” incidents here, all of which sets up a solid friendship between the pair.

In certain spots, there is still a “rough” edge to some of the writing. But this doesn’t take away the joy of Undeniably Yours. In the end, charming may not be the optimal word to describe this. Its romance is subtle and there is hardly any conflict between Meg and Bo, both things that help make this shine. In the last few pages, there’s a bit of danger which makes the reader wish to flip the pages faster. In Meg and Bo, I’ve met another memorable leading couple and from Becky Wade, a sweet contemporary that is undeniably, a keeper!

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Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Porter Family – Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
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Rating: 5 out of 5

With thanks to the author, Becky Wade for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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27 Comments

  • Ruth A. April 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I'm so excited to read this one! And I love the cover. :)

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Me, too, Ruth – this is one cover that even more adorable in person! You'll love this one. Looking forward to your review! :)

  • Rosie April 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    You've made me SO excited to dive into this one, Rissi! Becky's debut, My Stubborn Heart, was one of my ultimate favorites of 2012. :)

    Great review! ;)

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Excited to see your review and compare notes, Rosie! If you noticed on Twitter, I was *dying* to read this one for ages so it was fun to finally get it in the mail a while back. All I can say is: where is book 2!? ;)

      Thank you for reading! :)

  • Kellie April 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Sounds like one worth reading! Although the name "Bo" for a manly hero sorta throws me off just a wee tad. ;)

  • Kellie April 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Also out of curiosity, I noticed that this book came to you direct from the author, not the publisher. How does that work?

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      It is, Kellie. So sweet even if the chemistry isn't quite as dynamic as some of the books in the same genre. I crave novels that take more care with the romantic tension and Becky does a beautiful job building a friendship between Bo and Meg first as opposed to that "light bulb moment" when one of them realizes, "oh, I am in love with him."

      Well… hopefully Bo's attitude will compensate for any sort of "unmanly" name. ;) He's quite memorable. Know what you mean though – there was once a Hallmark movie that nicknamed its leading man "Christy" and each time I sit through it, I'm like, "really!?"

      Becky offered to send the book to me. When that happens, it still came from the publisher but was sent to me at her bequest. It was VERY generous of her. :)

    • Kellie April 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      In the midst of all the "passion romances" we so easily find (and indeed, love), sometimes it's actually nice to read a book that's not ALL about how they can't stop imagining what it would be like to kiss each other, run their fingers through the others hair or other such {at times unrealistic!} romantic gestures. I've found myself rolling my eyes a few times in a few of the recent romances I've read (ahem, Julie Klassen…) because their "internal longing" seemed so out of proportion. I mean, I've liked lots of guys in my life…but I can't say that I had sudden images of running my fingers through their hair popping up unexpected in my brain! Anyways, sorry, getting on a silly tangent, haha. ;)

      All that to say…I'm already putting our library's on-order copy on hold for me. :)

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      I hear ya', Kellie. If done well, I don't mind dealing with (or "watching" the) "physical attraction" forming and there are moments of that in Becky's novel. This is "natural" – in a romantic relationship, as we are first drawn to or attracted to a guy so in that way, it's very realistic. However, I loathe when it's taken "too far" in a novel or even when its repetitive nature becomes more annoyance than "sexy." The biggest offender of this I've read (think I only read one of Julie Klassen's) is Julie Lessman. Her last hero was WAY too forward. As a result it was hard to like him sometimes.

      Yay for library holds! Happy that you'll enjoy reading this one – will look forward to getting your impressions, too.

  • Ganise April 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Okay – I need this one right about now! What a good review, Rissi! Definitely heightens my anticipation for this one.

    Just noticing this comment, had to smile : 'the name "Bo" for a manly hero sorta throws me off just a wee tad' //*Grin* Funny. Do you prefer 'Beau' instead?

    Thank you for sharing, Rissi. Very thoughtful review.

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Yes, yes you do, Ganise; it'd be fun to know what your take was. :) Thank *you* for reading.

      LOL! I can totally sympathize with Kellie – sometimes if there is something about a character that bugs the reader/viewer (a habit, name, etc.), it can ruin or affect ones opinion on all their good attributes. I hope Kellie won't hold Bo's name against him too much. :)

    • Kellie April 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      I'm willing to give him a shot. ;)

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Knew you would be. ;)

  • Charity U April 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Love the cover — I'm looking forward to reading this someday! And that you gave it 5/5…a good sign. Oh, just a word up…blog post title? You accidentally put an "I" where an "e" goes. I know I appreciate it when people let me know about spelling errors, so… No offense, I hope. :) But! Loved all those pros and it's definitely on my list! :)

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Yes! This cover is lovely, Charity – and even more so in person. :) I'm looking forward to you reading it someday. Selfishly that means I'll have an excuse to talk about it again. ;)

      Thank you for catching that spelling error! *embarrassed* I do appreciate it and there is no offense taken – no matter how vigilant I try to be in making sure things are spelled right, slip ups still happen. I've even caught some after a post has been up for months!

  • Becky Wade April 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Rissi,

    Thank you for reading Undeniably Yours and taking the time to review it. Your review is so thorough and thoughtful — I can tell how much care you took in crafting it. Beautiful work!

    You've been an encouragement to me ever since My Stubborn Heart released. I really appreciate you and your support Christian fiction.

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed Undeniably Yours! Warmly, Becky

    • Rissi April 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Hello, Becky! Thank *you* so much for sharing this wonderful story – I enjoyed it very much and am anxious to learn more about book two. It's been my pleasure to help in promoting your novels – your latest one has been added to my keeper/favorites shelf. Bo and Meg were lovely. :)

  • Regine Karpel April 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
    • Rissi April 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      It sure is, Regine! Hope you enjoy the book if you decide to read it. :)

  • Sierra April 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    It sounds good :) The cover is just too cute and I'm interested. I love historical fiction but it IS nice to get away for some "now" books. Have you read the Anna & The French Kiss series? Thanks for the review!

    • Rissi April 27, 2013 at 3:05 AM

      That it is, Sierra. I know, right, isn't this cover adorbs!? I have a serious case of "cover love" as a result (it's better in person). Hope you enjoy it even though your preference is historical.

      No! I haven't read the 'Anna and the French Kiss' books yet. I saw some of your comments on it though so am now even more anxious to look into them. They were always on my radar just haven't gotten there. :) Thanks for the mention!

    • Sierra April 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      I totally get that, I've loved or semi-liked a cover and than loved it when I saw it in person :)

      I had had the books recommended to me several times and I had finally gotten around to them and I just adored them. There was some language, but in A&TFK's case some of the words are the Brit. versions. I know you don't like the language that much :/ That is pretty much the biggest issue I had with the book. Everything else was great.

    • Rissi April 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Undeniably Yours cover is a stunner is person, Sierra. Love its "cuteness." ;)

      So glad to know 'Anna and the French Kiss' is cute. I've been anxious to read it for a long time now. Hopefully the story/characters will make up for the profanity. And I'll "get over it." ;)

  • Bethany April 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    This book has an adorable cover! Hoping to be able to read it sometime in the near future.
    Bethany

    • Rissi April 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Absolutely adored this one, Bethany. If I didn't, I'd give my copy away. Unfortunately, it will be staying on my keeper shelf. ;)

      Hope you enjoy!

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