Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty

Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty

by Jessica James

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Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty by Jessica James

2016 Bronze Winner Readers' Favorite Award
Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award
Finalist in Foreword Magazine's INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

"Reminds me of American Sniper and Lone Survivor, but accompanied with an epic and beautiful romance that is completely unforgettable." – Lauren Hoff, United States Air Force

It started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.

Or so they thought.

Actually it was just the beginning.

WHEN LAUREN CANTRELL said goodbye to the guy she had just met on the beach, she had no way of knowing their paths would ever cross again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them--this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

THE LAST PERSON in the world Rad expected to see at a special ops briefing in Afghanistan is the girl he met at the beach two weeks ago--the one he can't stop thinking about.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this thrilling tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation's quiet heroes--and answers the question: What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

MEANT TO BE recounts the dedication of our military, the honor and sacrifice of our soldiers, and a relationship that is tested and sustained by the powerful forces of love, courage and resolve.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151051736
Publisher: Patriot Press
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: For Love of Country , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 242,018
File size: 277 KB

About the Author

Jessica James is an award-winning author of historical fiction, Southern romance, and military suspense. She resides in Gettysburg, Pa.

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Meant To Be: A Novel of Honor and Duty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars if angela had bought it
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It’s a 5-star read. I’m not usually a “romance” reader, but this is so much more than romance.  The suspense kept me at the edge of my seat. The action was so real I couldn’t stop reading, and the drama made it so much more intriguing. I highly recommend Meant To Be to readers of all genres; The writing was perfect; the imagery made me feel as if I was there and the perfect amount of information was given just when needed. I now have another favorite author to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great storyline relavent to today's times. Loved the characters and their friendships. Sorry that Lauren had to suffer so badly because of the ambition of Angie. Kept waiting for karma to get Angie. So glad that Rad and Lauren, plus Wynn and Heather got their Hea, was touch and go for awhile. Highly recommend this author. Mjw
cherlym More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a great read. This is the first book I have read by Jessica James, and it won't be the last. Suspense, military, thriller, gut wrenching. This is told in both points of view so clearly you are right there with them. I am so thrilled I had the opportunity to review. I volunteered and would do so again in a second. Thank you Jessica James!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Meant to Be by Jessica James is a love story that portrays honor and devotion to the call of duty. Lauren Cantrell sits mesmerized by the ocean, she can’t believe she is finally vacationing at her childhood getaway. So much has happened... so much more to be done. One moment, onc chance encounter changes everything. Romance and a relationship was the last thing on her mind. But then, there he is – strong, handsome, magnetically charming and with such a gentle voice. Rad appeared out of the blue, swept her off her feet. In one day, he had captured her heart. How could she have let her guard down? Could they really turn one day into a lifetime? Parting, heading into their separate, covert lives, would their paths ever cross again? Both of them would lay down their lives for God and country - one a spy, the other a soldier. But nothing had prepared them for what would happen. One highly classified mission would change their lives forever. The memory of one magical day becomes the lifeline that entwines their twisted fates. Some things in life are just “Meant to Be.”  Jessica James declares the heartache and victory of the military culture in her novel, Meant to Be. The opening sequence pulls the reader immediately into the story. The polished manuscript was a captivating and mesmerizing read. I was so caught up in the story and the characters, I read it in one day! James paints her scenes with sensory descriptions, from the depiction of the power and lure of the ocean, to the horror and reality of war. Her characters are strong, dynamic, but balanced. Lauren is bold, brave, yet feminine. Rad represents the epitome of a special forces warrior, yet is calm in manner and speech. The minor characters are really not minor. Much like the cohesive brotherhood of a special forces team, they are essential to the story’s outcome. The plot is full of action, meaningful dialogues, pleading thoughts and intense external and internal conflict. Jessica James doesn’t pull any punches  – she really “cowboyed up.” James portrays both sides of the warrior’s life – the home front and battlefront. She lays the military life out - the duty, guts and glory in a strikingly daring narrative. Meant to Be is one of the best books I have read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters