Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review: Meant for You (The Montgomery Brothers #5) by Samantha Chase

Meant for You
The Montgomery Brothers #5

Samantha Chase

April 7, 2015

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GR's Summary:

She dares to dream... 

Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams... 

Does he dare to try?

Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true...

My Thoughts:

Meant for You by Samantha Chase was a slow read for me.  Initially, I was really excited to read it, because I enjoy the whole friend falling in love with his best friend's younger sister trope.  Not to mention, that the summary sounded interesting and I liked the book cover as well.

However, I was disappointed with this story.  The main reason being that I had a huge difficulty when it came to caring about and connecting with the main characters, Summer and Ethan.  I really wanted to love this story, but I just didn't buy into the love and passion between Summer and Ethan.  I need to feel the emotion in a romance in order to be drawn in, and care about what happens to the main characters.  I didn't get the case of the "feels" like I wanted.  

Supposedly, Ethan has had feelings for Summer for a long time, but not acted on them.  In the story, his character came across as cowardly and whinny.  He's always thinking about how much he wants to be with Summer, but doesn't do anything to prove it until the very end of the story.  Summer is the one initiating the relationship, while he enjoys it behind closed doors, because he is too scared of what her family will think.  He came across as not having a backbone, and I wanted him to make more of an effort.

Also, the secondary male character's, Summer's father and brothers didn't take her seriously, because she was a female.  They constantly belittled her previous job choices, didn't respect her opinions, were overbearing, and acted like she was a child.  For the most part Summer allowed this treatment, even though she was frustrated by it.  Unfortunately, I was bored by the story for the most part.  

My favorite aspects of the story were Summer's Uncle William, because he was a mastermind matchmaker.  I found his character enjoyable and entertaining, although he played a very small part in the story.  I also enjoyed, secondary character, Gabriella.  She was strong, independent, intelligent, loyal.

My Rating:

I give, Meant for You, by Samantha Chase, 2.5 Falling In Love With Her Brother's Best Friend Filled Stars!

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About Samantha Chase:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. 

With twenty-three titles currently to her name, she has no plans to slow down. The success of the Montgomery Brothers series has her working on six new titles in that collection as well as two new exciting series set to start popping up on bookshelves in 2015. You won't find her books with the erotica or paranormal titles, all of her works are pure contemporary romances. 

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.


  1. Oh no! I'm supposed to read this soon. Hmmmm

  2. It is so hard when you don't feel the connection. No story can get past that hurtle. I like Chase and I'm disappointed this didn't work for you.


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