Meant to Be: A Whisper Creek Novel

Meant to Be: A Whisper Creek Novel

by Maggie McGinnis

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ISBN-13: 9781101967799
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Whisper Creek , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
Sales rank: 106,703
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Maggie McGinnis is the author of Taking the Chance, Unlucky in Love, Once Upon a Cowboy, A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise, Accidental Cowgirl, and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.

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Meant to Be: A Whisper Creek Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
LampshadeReader More than 1 year ago
I can always count on a Maggie McGinnis book to make me laugh, cry, and swoon over hottie heroes, ALL. THE. TIME. And Meant to Be is no exception. The fact that this series gives us more cowboys than we know what to do with (not complaining!), it really is one that I always look forward to reading and can’t wait for more! I said it before and I’ll say it again: Hot Cowboys. Well, I guess it’s to be expected in Montana, but I seriously wish that Whisper Creek was a real place. SERIOUSLY. And that cowboy calendar that they keep talking about?--can someone make that a real thing please? Sure there are probably some real ones out there, but I want the heroes that are in this series. ::sigh:: I’ll keep wishing. If a character needs to chill, or re-invent themselves or just recover, Whisper Creek is the place to be. It’s like a ranch with small town romance characteristics. I just love that. Everyone knows your business but the focus on friendships is the key thing to take away from it. Witty banter and cute dialogue. I loved Shelby’s and Cooper’s relationship. Their love took time to develop and seemed more realistic. They could not have been more different as well. While they were both at Whisper Creek to lay low, Cooper never wanted to be scrutinized by the public, and Shelby practically has to accept the fact that she had to be scrutinized. She is a pop star after all. Their interactions with each other were so cute and sweet, their teasing banter made me smile a lot. “It’s a cowboy thing.” “Huh?” “The guys talk about it, and I didn’t want to believe it, but Jesus, you women are powerless against the Stetson. What is it about this thing?” Haha Cooper, if you only knew... There were times where I could have shaken Cooper for his stubbornness, but in the end his reasoning made sense. As the saying goes: If you love something, let it go. But as a reader? I was anxious to find out how things would turn out. I didn’t know how the author was going to sort things out. Let’s just say Cooper is in some serious trouble and in the end that could tarnish Shelby’s image. I’m just glad for happily ever afters, because I was kind of worried there. Even if the saving grace was a tad bit stretching it (that would never have happened in real life-just sayin’), at least we got the closure we wanted and the ending that they both deserved. A little note... Can be read as a standalone. (But if you want to know about some of the characters that make an appearance in this one, read the previous books.) I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Shelby needs to grieve, so she is in hiding, and Cooper is put in charge of watching out for her. Together, they are pretty darn cute. Watching them get to know each other was heartwarming. Of course, we see how characters from the previous books are doing too. I always like seeing how they are, and I seriously want friends like them. Like the other books in this series, this one was fun, and entertaining, and I'm about to go book my ticket to Whisper Creek. The ARC of Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this novel! This is the first Maggie McGinnis novel I've read and I can't wait to go back and read the other novels in the series. I enjoyed the interaction between all the characters, the witty banter, the "super detective abilities", everything really! Shelby, aka Tara, is a "washed up" pop star who's father has passed away. Her father was her WORLD and she doesn't know how she'll go on without him. She's twenty-eight years old, doesn't have any friends, doesn't know how to cook, and has someone who has made EVERY decision for her over the last twelve years. She's so "lost", she doesn't even recognize herself anymore. Her assistant thinks she's on the verge of a breakdown, so she sends her away to Montana's Whiskey Creek Ranch for a month to lay low. While there, she meets Cooper. Cooper came to the ranch to escape his own troubles back home. Cooper, an ex Boston cop, was framed for heinous crimes. He was acquitted, but his reputation was ruined in the process. Cooper is given the job of "watching over" their celebrity guest. No one knows who she is--just know she's a celebrity of some sort. Cooper spends most of the first couple of weeks just getting Shelby to get out of her cabin to enjoy the ranch. After spending more time with her, he realizes his preconceived notions on celebrities is unfounded. He doesn't see her as a spoiled star, but as someone who's experienced great pain in her short life and not a lot of love. Can Cooper help Shelby find herself? This novel was funny, witty, sad, and happy. The loss of a parent is devastating, but losing yourself so that you hopefully please everyone is extremely sad. Our experiences help shape us and make us who we are. This novel embraced "taking control" of one's life and making yourself happy. While at the ranch, Shelby made friends, began writing music again, sang without all the bells and whistles, and found her HEA. She even befriended a cute piglet! Cooper also realized his life was better with Shelby in it. While he loved being a cop, he found that his job didn't need to be his main focus. I highly recommend this novel! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Readnread More than 1 year ago
I had forgotten how much I loved the Whisper Creek series.....until I started reading Meant to Be. The characters, setting and honest, human emotions make this a must read book. Actually, it is a must read series because revisiting old favorite characters as they appear in each book just enhances the pleasure of reading Maggie McGinnis' books.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
With a perfect mix of sweet, tender love, humor and heartache the new installment to the Whisper Creek series stole my heart. The stories in the series have always been entertaining and cause of a many smiles, sighs, and laughs and Meant To Be was right there with the rest of them. Shelby Quinn, the pop star, didn't have a diva bone in her. Rather she felt lost in the world of demands and expectations. She had been catered to most of her life and not by her choice. All decisions made for her by the label, she had zero control of her life and losing her beloved dad was just too much. She is talented, kind, caring, considerate person, weary and drained by the industry, waiting for her contract to run out like a person would count the days to be released from a prison. Cooper Davis, the cop-cowboy with a guitar stole Shelby's heart with a plate of spaghetti. Cooper is jaded and disappointed with the events in Boston, now trying to find his way again until bad news from home destroy all the hope for future he had managed to build while in Montana. Cooper was such a great character, so perfect for Shelby, together they truly were harmonious. I enjoyed the connection they had, their chemistry was spot on. The passion and attraction between them were palpable, yet the most intimate moments were left behind the closed doors. The story was entertaining while managed to touch so many emotions. There were smiles and sighs with the adoration and devotion between Cooper and Shelby, there were even laughs with the humor and light banter between Cooper and his sister. And there were tears when Shelby was mourning and remembering her dad's love and care. In so many ways a pleasant, pleasing, and enjoyable tale, a wonderful story about falling in love at the moment when you are at lowest point in your life. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis was a sweet and heartwarming read. The writing was well done, the storyline was emotional and heartfelt. The characters Cooper and Shelby were likable, endearing, and it warmed my heart watching them fall in love. They truly deserved their happily ever after. The Whisper Creek series has been such a joy to read, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all!
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. This book was an ok read, found it to be a little slow. Cooper and Shelby developed a romance pretty quickly after the horrible situations both of them were dealt. Cooper is running from his life's problems and ends up in Montana to start fresh. Shelby loses her father and is sent away so that she does not have a public breakdown, she too ends up in Montana in a private lodging resort. They meet and fall in love and then Cooper has to leave to deal with his accusations again, so he breaks things off with her so as to not sully her name. Shelby has to return to her real life also, but cannot stop thinking of him. They get everything resolved and get together again.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info ebook, 256 pages Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Loveswept ISBN13 9781101967799 Edition Language English URL Series Whisper Creek #5 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn is a has-been, and she’s more relieved than devastated. The one-time pop sensation’s latest album just debuted with a whimper, and her tour’s cancellation means she has her first chance to relax since . . . well, ever. But when her beloved father passes away, Shelby’s vacation suddenly becomes a time for soul searching. Alone and broken-hearted, she certainly doesn’t expect to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has. Cooper Davis was one of the NYPD’s top detectives—until his partner made off with his wife and his reputation. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical waits for them under the big skies and bright stars. My Thoughts From my heart there is a yearning to find a place like Whisper Creek, surely it exists somewhere. Shelby Quinn's world was already spiraling out of control, her pop music persona Tara Gibson was no longer one she was willing to portray. The news of her fathers untimely death was her breaking point and the reason she was sent to spend a month in Montana at Whisper Creek resort. Her record label wanted her to lay low before embarking on her a tour to promote her latest album. Stunned and grief stricken Shelby arrives at her destination with no clue how drastically her life had changed so swiftly. However it only takes a few days and the peace of her new surroundings becomes a welcome retreat rather than just a place to hide from reporters. Not the least reason why this change occurs is her next door neighbor whose spaghetti and hamburger cooking skills prove irresistible to Shelby, especially since she has no culinary skills of her own. The romance is sweetly poignant, the slow build a refreshing change from instant love and almost from day one sex with each other. I thoroughly enjoyed having Cooper and Shelby find their way to each other and in the process find how to resolve their pasts as well. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Meant to Be by Maggie McGinnis.......5 Perfect stars for this fantastic book. I absolutely loved this story and characters, nobody does it as well as Maggie McGinnis. Shelby is a beautiful pop star that lost her father and her sales are down, she is breaking down emotionally and needs a break. Cooper is a hot ex-cop working as a cowboy at Whisper Creek to escape his issues from the police job and clear his head. When Shelby goes to the ranch with no bodyguard, the ranch put Cooper next door to help protect her. These two are both broken and need each other. Will they be able to make it work, you will have to read it to find out. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Where have I been and how did I miss this series before now? Sigh... better late than never. I have catching up to do in the series. 4.5 stars from me. Story starts off with Shelby over her head in grief at the loss of her beloved father who died in a plane crash. Shelby is a "pop star" because that's what the record label turned her into at a young age, she's got one more album to complete her contract and her heart isn't in it and hasn't been. Raised by her singer/songwriter famous Daddy, they travelled the country on a bus, singing songs and living life. Shelby has some wonderful memories. She knows she sold out and with the death of her father, it weighs heavily. Her manager (ugh), I'm going to call her that.. because I didn't like her and thankfully she isn't a predominant character, sends Shelby off for a month to recoup. She's supposed to be incognito. Away from cameras, press and the pap's. She sends her to Whisper Creek Ranch. Kyla who runs WC taps Decker to kind of keep his eye on this mystery woman they are getting. They don't know who she is and she's going by her real name Shelby. Not her stage name. Kyla sticks Decker in the cabin next to Shelby. Cooper is an ex cop who literally lost his job, family and reputation because of a case he investigated. Looking for a soft place to land, he ended up here in the middle of Montana. Wrangling horses and breathing in the fresh air. Decker tries to draw her out, she's still shut up in her cabin most days, even with the gals on the ranch who draw to draw her out, it's the onsite Vet and a runt piglet that brings Shelby around. The piglet and Decker. That and a trip to town to the music store that gets Shelby in the backroom alone and she picks up a guitar and plays one of her Dad's song, recognized by the shop owner. Decker talks Shelby into doing an open mic night, Decker can hold his own with a guitar too and sing. She relents and they sing one together. Shelby is doing better, Decker tells her about his problems back home, and he has to leave the ranch and return to Boston for legal reasons. What transpires here leaves her hurt and feeling helpless. The girls at the ranch try to help, meanwhile her month is winding down. Things hit the fan at the record label and Shelby returns a week early, ready to get this last leg of her tour over with so she can start her own life... her life. Not the record label. So what happens that Shelby is called back? What happens with Decker and the huge legal problems? Will they see each other again? All for you to find out when you read this book. I loved this story. Loved it. Loved the dialogue between Decker and Shelby, it's raw and honest. She's grieving. Rightfully so. I felt like her grief was portrayed in a realistic way. The story flowed well, and focuses around the two of them. I like that in a book like this. The little twists and turns, all made this book just a cut above the rest. Ranch residents, like Kyla are there but are in the background, but not invisible. I loved them too. And the piglet!! My one big regret here is I didn't know about this series sooner and I will back read the other books. Maggie McGinnis is a new author to me but she's certainly going to be on my to read list. Thank you Maggie!!! Great book!!! **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for a fair review**
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I really liked this one. The characters were so enjoyable. I liked the banter between Shelby and Cooper. It was one of my favorite parts of the book. I did tear up a few times when Shelby talks about her dad. Both Cooper and Shelby are at pretty much the lowest points in their lives and meeting at Whisper Creek could be their saving grace. They give each other the hope for the next step in their lives. Cooper is great hero material. I loved the way he looks out for Shelby and his relationship with his little sister. I highly recommend this book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Hot Damn! Save a horse ride a cowboy! I was lassoed in by this one. Sweet, Caring and Charismatic this cowboy romance will keep your fire smoldering with yummy goodness. This was my first Maggie McGinnis story and I am forever hooked. 
Cooper Davis, what a hunk of burning love, this relatively new cowboy knows how to bring it. Even with all he has been dealing with, in his recent past, he knew how to heal her, gently, perfectly coaxing her, with sweetness and honesty. 
Tara Gibson aka Shelby Quinn, grieving, broken hearted, pop princess finds herself in a secluded cabin at a dude ranch. Tormented by memories from all directions, landing in Carefree Montana, that was the exact sort of place her daddy had dreamed of owning someday. With a hunk of a charming, cowboy for a neighbor. 
Maggie McGinnis brings her characters to life and the reader into their world with her descriptive words. This was just so warm, charming, with smoldering goodness, It set my heart a fluttering and left me breathless. Swoon! Don’t miss this story, so delectable! Loved it! Highly Recommended! I voluntarily requested an ARC through the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SmutCrazy More than 1 year ago
F 50x66 Nickie Adler's review Mar 04, 2017 · edit really liked it When Shelby Quinn loses her father in a plane crash, she feels that her world has come undone. Growing up with her famous Dad, a well known country singer, she toured with him from the age of 5. At 16 she was made a pop singer and has been touring on her own since then under the name of Tara Gibson. Now that she's 28, she is fed up with singing songs she doesn't write, of wearing clothes that are picked for her, and being told that this is her life. A life she wants no part of, specially now that she's lost the only person that mattered to her. Figuring she needs time away from life, her manager sends her to a dude ranch in Montana for a month. Cooper Davis has been living at Whisper Creek Ranch for the past three months trying to forget the life he left behind in Boston. A life he worked hard for. Being a cop is all he ever wanted to do. Working undercover, he finds that the ringleader in the drug case he's been investigating, is no other than his cousin, another Boston cop. When it all comes crashing down on him and they start to implicate him, he takes matters into his own hands and drives to Montana to work at a dude ranch to get away from all the nastiness, till it clears up. The last thing he expected is to fall for the beautiful VIP that will be living at Whisper Creek Ranch for a month. Can these two lost souls, take a chance on each other and hope for a future filled with dreams and promises. This series will bring out the cowgirl in all of you. Montana is a beautiful state and Maggie McGinnis makes you wish you were there with all the hot cowboys.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Shelby and Cooper meet at Whisper Creek Ranch when she is sent away for a one month vacation after the death of her father. Shelby is known as Pop Star Tara Gibson and not her real name, Shelby Quinn. Her father died in a plane crash while heading to see her and she feels guilt about his death on top of her grief. Her publicist and management team were ridiculous in how they handled her and she should have stood up for herself long before his death. She meets Cooper, who is sent by Kyla to be her buddy and make sure she is doing all right. Cooper has no idea who she is and it takes him a while to figure it out. She does have a hard time trusting people and takes her sweet time to reveal her life to him. He has his own secrets and takes his time in revealing them to her, which boxes them both in at points. Shelby thinks they can figure out a life together when Cooper's past comes crashing back into his life in a bad way. He decides to do the right thing and distance himself from her for damage control but I found it absurd that she didn't stand up for herself more with Nic. It all caused some serious heartache for both of them. I enjoyed this story and was able to follow it without having read any of the other books in this series. I am grateful to have received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Oh wow! This was such a good read I want to know how I missed the rest of the series!!! Shelby Quinn has lost so much and is packed off to Montana for a month to recover. No one is supposed to know who she is and Cooper Davis is put in the cabin next to her to "babysit" her. Cooper is also in Montana recovering from his own trauma. Watching these two circle each other and try to not fall was so beautiful. There really must be something in the water. This is definitely a standalone since I have not read the previous books in this series and did not feel lost in any way but will seek out the rest of them because the characters are soooooo good. I highly recommend this one!!!! **Received an ARC copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
RobertaCapizzi More than 1 year ago
Wow. Wow. Wow. Can this series get any better? With every new book in this amazing series I find myself wishing harder and harder that Whisper Creek really existed. Maybe if I wish hard enough, it will somehow materialize out of thin air? It's worth a try! Every time I reach the end of a new book, I think Mrs. McGinnis won’t be able to write anything better. Then a new book comes out and she sweeps me off my feet. Again. And again. And again. Meant To Be is another page-turner that won’t let go until you reach the end. Mrs. McGinnis made me fall in love with cowboys from the very first book, but an ex-cop turned cowboy? Well, the hotness scale tips dangerously toward love at first sight (or page?). Add the love for country music and the fact that he plays the guitar and, well, I’m a goner. I love coming back to my favorite ranch and meeting my favorite group of people—not only the handsome cowboys, but also the funny and sassy women who stole their hearts. The thing I love the most about these books is that there is always the perfect combination of romanticism, suspense and chemistry while keeping it clean. Maggie McGinnis books always make your heart race and pull you right into the story, making you root for the characters from the first page. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in the series, you’re guaranteed to love this. If you’ve yet to discover the cowboys of Whisper Creek, go ahead and pick up Meant To Be anyway. It works as a standalone and I bet it will make you want to go back and read the previous four books as soon as you’ve finished this one. If you like sweet romances with hot cowboys and sassy heroines, you definitely want to read the Whisper Creek books. And this one is perfect for fans of country music, too! *** I received a NetGalley copy and voluntarily reviewed ***
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet, captivating romance. There was something special about Montana’s Whisper Creek Ranch that made folks, especially broken ones, want to stay on indefinitely. The abundance of fresh air, horses, and easy friendships soothed hurting and damaged hearts, like a healing balm. Pop singer Shelby Quinn, aka Tara Gibson, was devastated by the sudden death of her father. Shelby’s manager insisted that she take a month off to rest and grieve. At first, Shelby hated the idea of being sent to Whisper Creek Ranch, a place in the middle of nowhere. But, then she met the charming, Cooper Davis, an ex-cop, turned cowboy and that changed everything. Cooper was not pleased with his new assignment of playing a bodyguard, incognito, to a spoiled rich VIP. It didn’t take long, though, for Cooper to not only start enjoying his time with Shelby Quinn but to begin falling in love with her, as well. Cooper, however, had a shameful secret that if exposed, he knew, would send the beautiful pop singer running. This well-written tale with lovable characters and realistic dialogue kept me engrossed from the very beginning until the last page. This is the first book I have read by Maggie McGinnis, but it won’t be my last. Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for a new author of sorbet and this synopsis sounded perfect. I liked Shelby and Cooper. They're both genuinely nice people. She's grieving and it takes a while to see her spark, but it happened. And he's got some serious things happening in his life, so there's that. There are a lot of interesting characters and I'm guessing they're from previous books. The plot was quite a slow burn and I was hoping for something a bit more chemistry wise. Yet, it was a cute read that was mostly fluffy and had a great epilogue. **Huge thanks to Loveswept and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! That's the word that pops into my head every time I think back on this book. I loved everything about it. The characters were amazing and very well developed, the story moves along at a great easy pace, and the relationship between Shelby/Tara and Cooper is a nice slow build. The magic of Whisper Creek never fails to make everyone slow down, enjoy the world, and open their hearts. That's exactly what happens to these two troubled souls and it can happen to you as the story unfolds before you. I highly recommend it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I've got you." Stars! We return to Whisper Creek, Montana for the fifth book in the series of the same name; Meant to Be, is probably the best book I have read by Maggie McGinnis in the last couple of years. This has certainly been a series of peak and troughs for me, and Cooper and Shelby’s story was definitely a peak. Disgraced Cop and a grieving pop-star on the wane, make an unlikely pair. But that’s the beauty of putting the characters in the Dude Ranch setting, it gives the author an opportunity to mix and match characters romantically that you wouldn’t necessarily see in another location. "Maybe after I’ve known you longer than a day…" Shelby is escaping from her life, Cooper is hiding from his, both of them reluctant to talk to the other about the reasons as to why. But as the story progresses and they spend more time together you start to learn more about them as individuals and what has made them into the people they are today. "Whats your favorite thing so far...?" …You… I think when you are writing closed door romance you need to make sure that the story and the characters are fully developed, and Maggie is an author that does that really well, don’t get me wrong, sure I want a bit more descriptive sexy-action for her couples, but in the terms of the story, I certainly don’t feel like I need it when reading her books. He was totally falling for her. And he didn’t even know who she was. Another great plus for the story was the interaction with past characters from the series, it was great to catch up with everyone while Cooper and Shelby’s story played out. "We’re a team here. We take care of each other…" Maggie seems to lean towards writing wholly submissive females, I don’t mean that in a sexual sense more in a character and personality way, this in the past has been a bug bear for me, as I struggle to empathize with a door-mat, Shelby was very much directed by those around her, but I liked in the latter stages she started to take back control for herself. "Everybody has a choice." I have to say I was a little surprised at how the story played out towards the end, the direction the author took surprised me, but I actually enjoyed that, it kept things a little off center, and less predictable in general. "Thank you… for looking for me… for finding me." I am pleased to see that we get to visit Whisper Creek again later on this year, Taking a Chance, is due for release in November and I look forward to reading it. **This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book.