Monday, June 10, 2013

Undeniably Yours By Becky Wade Book Review

Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family, #1)// U n d e n i a b l y  Y o u r s // 
A   P o r t e r   F a m i l y  # 1
B y    B e c k y    W a d e
{ R e v i e w   B y   B e t h a n y }
Title: Undeniably Yours
Series: A Porter Family, Book 1
Author: Becky Wade
Source: Review Book
Number Of Pages: 380
ISBN: 0764209752
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
// Book Description//

"When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted–more interested in art than in oil–she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.
Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them–her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage–and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?"

// Book Trailer //

// Bethany's Book Review //
This was the very first of Becky Wade's books that I have read, so going into Undeniably Yours I wasn't sure what to expect. To be completely honest, while I'm glad I had the opportunity to review Undeniably Yours, I highly doubt that I would be interested in reading anymore of her books, purely because of the romantic level of her writing style. Now this is not to say that I didn't enjoy this contemporary novel, it just wasn't for me as I found the cons were more plentiful than the pros; however I did find a few things I did enjoy about this fun western novel.
On the topic of things I did enjoy about Undeniably Yours, I would definitely say that I loved how this story was set in Dallas, Texas. Being born and raised my whole life in this wonderful state, and having been to Dallas a couple of times, I found it enjoyable to read about this story and remembering times I was in such and such town or being familiar with them as they came up in the story.
For the longest time I had a hard time deciding whether to give this book 2.5 or 3 stars. But after reading the particularly exciting, fast-paced and wonderful ending to this novel, I decided on three stars since I liked the ending and the mystery involved. I felt like the middle of the book was a bit slow, but goodness, the ending was fast and exciting and a great way to tie off the story. For me, my favorite scene aside from the ending was the one where Bo and Meg babysit Jayden. That scene had me laughing so hard and I loved it! I also enjoyed the Christian aspects of the book, and how Meg choose to use the house for the benefit of others at the end of the story.
This is a contemporary novel, and most people that know me know that I'm a big historical fiction fan. So I don't read contemporary fictions as often as I do other genres. But I can still say that I liked some aspects of the contemporary genre in this book, and found a few topics I could relate to the main character Meg, especially the scenes where she would work out at the gym. I felt like I could relate to the character since it was modern versus a historical fiction, and liked the references to modern aspects of the story. However there were other aspects of the contemporary genre that were a bit different from what I'm used to in historical fiction, mainly the more modern writing style. I felt like the way Becky wrote this novel made the emotions of the characters very clear, as she would word and write them differently. But there was one aspect of the writing style that I didn't really like as much. There were several occasions were a character would say "Thank God!", and sometimes on those occasions I had a difficult time figuring out if they were genuinely praising God, or if they were using the phrase in a disrespectful way. It was just one little thing that bugged me a bit as sometimes it's hard to tell from what perspective the character was coming from.
I also didn't feel comfortable with the description "sexy" that was used a few times. Which leads me into my biggest con for this novel, and the thing that turned me off the most: the level of romance. At first when I requested this book, having seen the cover, I wondered if the level of romance would exceed my comfort zone or be willing to put the time into reading. However, since I'd never read this author, I decided to give it a go. But unfortunately this novel was way too romantic for me. It was practically drenched in romance. Which is fine if you like lots of romance in your novels, for sure this would be a book for you. But for those who are trying to only read small amounts of romance in novels, then this probably isn't the best choice of a weekend read for you. I felt like this story was centered around the romance, and while there were two other sub-plots, the main portion of this nearly 400 page novel was focus on Meg and Bo's relationship and romance, and honestly I got tired of it rather quickly. While it never got inappropriate, I just felt it was more that I felt like reading as far as the descriptions and whole love deal. I also found a few scenes to be a little more that should have been as the two characters were alone by themselves, which I personally don't see as a healthy thing until after you are engaged, and while nothing happened, I just found it over my "line".
While I did enjoy the Texas setting of this novel, I found it to be a bit more romantic for my taste, which would lead me to only read another Becky Wade novel with great caution. While it personally wasn't for me, if you enjoy high romances then this is the story for you.
N o t e :: I'd like to sincerely thank Bethany House publishers for the opportunity to review this book. All thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own, and unbiased, and honest, and that I was not paid to read and review a copy of Undeniably Yours.

1 comment:

  1. Appreciated your review! We have similar feelings about the amount of romance in a book. :)


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