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I grew up reading books like The Babysitter Club and The Boxcar Kids. Now I read Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian and any mixture of these all depending on what my mood is. I love Stephen King, Michael Connolly, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and many others.

Meant to be

Meant to be - Laramie Briscoe 2.5 Stars

This had a lot of potential. I even really enjoyed it up until 3/4ths of a way in. I liked Denise and her backstory and I liked Liam. But then little thoughts kept creeping up. Like, for instance, why would the club use an unwilling person to run drugs? The club delivered a car, with the "package" to her house. Someone followed her to make sure she made the delivery and picked her up. Why go through all the trouble when they could have done all that without forcing an unwilling person into doing the dirty work, who might end up going to the police about what they are being forced into? It made no sense to me whatsoever. For people who don't want to go to prison, this seemed like the worst idea ever.

I've done property research for several years. The part in here, where Denise is forced to pretend to be a temp and steal public tax records is laughable. It's public record. The deeds to the land, taxes, name of who holds the property are all public record, meaning, you can go online (if your courthouse has their records set up to be viewed online) or go to the courthouse and request copies. Having to lie and steal these records isn't plausable. I really have no idea if the author had failed to research what it would take to get these kinds of records or if she needed something else to put Denise in the accomplice role.

Towards the end is where I finally decided I wasn't liking this book so much anymore. There were too many parallels to the show, Sons of Anarchy. At first it didn't bug me. I was more intrigued with the idea of a book SOA. But the more that happened that reminded me of certain scenes from SOA, the more I started to get upset. I'm not sure if this was the authors intention, to borrow from the show or just by coincidence, but the more that I read that screamed SOA, the more I wanted to distance myself from the book. Also, the issue Liam had with his mother seemed to be resolved way to fast. For a guy who wants nothing to do with his mother at all, he sure does flip a switch and decides its time to put the past behind them. This was too fast and unrealistic. There is a lot I'm willing to overlook, as far as timing goes for development, but this was too much too fast. Liam has refused to even speak to his mother for years. Decades. But all of a sudden he wants a relationship with her.

I'm a bit sad this didn't work out for me. I liked it at first. If I had stopped reading little over half way, I would have been much happier with the book.