Meant to Be Yours

Meant to Be Yours

by Susan Mallery

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In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335041494
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: Happily Inc. Series , #5
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 942
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I appreciate books with honorable people dealing with challenges.
Anonymous 22 days ago
But admittedly, I love all of her work. Enjoy!
gaele 22 days ago
The fifth book in the series follows Renee the wedding coordinator and novelist Jasper, both are convinced (and solidly so) that they aren’t interested in a relationship that involves any sort of commitment. Jasper comes with a pile of issues -> he’s got PTSD, and while he uses his personal experience to fuel his hard-hitting detective on his search for serial killers. Unfortunately, his writing hasn’t helped to allay his own recurring thoughts, and his editor and publisher decide that he needs to stretch his character to include a relationship – either girlfriend or wife – something Jasper has no interest or experience with. Here is where Renee can help – if only he’ll let her in. The oft-used premise of two people who claim to not want relationships but fall into one in a pseudo friends-with-benefits and no commitments to relying on one another is familiar, and their friendship and conversations build naturally despite the recurring use of the trope. Both Renee and Jasper have plenty of opportunity for growth, and there are some wonderful “chick flick” moments and pop-culture references that will ‘date’ this story for readers in several years, but they mix nicely to add a pop of ‘familiar’ to a situation that, while plausible, is fictional and not of this world. Having only read the first book in this series before this one, even with no current grounding in the Happily, Inc. world, this story stands on its own two feet, and brings a sense of place and people without needing the background. With behind the scenes wedding moments and the gradual incorporation of the couple, together and separately, into the community with often laughable moments, the story was easy to read and engaging. The addition of a short story that left a smile, the story leaves you with a sense of completeness and belief in ‘a lid for every pot’ as both Jasper and Renee find their new normal and it’s far different than they ever expected. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Love love Susan Mallory.....usually. This book is boring. I didn't even bother finishing it.
MiyukiNightShade 3 days ago
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, HQN Books, and Harlequin Presents for this free copy. So technically, this is Book 5 of a series, but when I was reading it, I totally feel like this could work as a standalone. So I wasn’t confused or anything too much when I was reading it. Yay, Harlequin for helping me understand this without having to binge read four books in a short amount of time! Second, I don’t know what it is, but I always chuckle when I have a main character that works in the realm of love that somehow believes that it wouldn’t apply to them at all. So imagine my surprise and inner giggle to myself when I rad the synopsis and found out that… low and behold! One of our main characters is a wedding coordinator, but somehow feels like she’s not meant to have a wedding of her own. Honestly, that sounds really tragic, but I get it. I got married and never had an extravagant wedding, or even a wedding at all. Does a courthouse wedding count? I wore a tie die dress specifically because I refused to wear white. Do I count as a rebel? I personally liked that this gave some of the spotlight to supporting characters from the previous books – from at least some of the other reviews that I read before reading this book – so that was cool! I like when authors do that, especially when some of the supporting characters are apparently cooler than the original MCs. I feel like this may have been the case, but I’ll have to read the other books prior to making that full determination. Since I’m not usually a romance person – but I’m doing my best to get more out there – I thought that this was a pretty nice example of a romance for not-romance people. If that makes sense. I didn’t feel like it was too sappy, and even though I may not know about everything that a wedding coordinator or an ex-military turned suspense author go through on a daily basis, I still felt like I was able to relate to some of their “regular” human habits and make it enjoyable for me. This also kind of made me want to have an actual wedding one day, or at least see if there’s a company that does “Weddings Out of the Box” like Renee does. I’m kind of intrigued now. But yes, definitely give this one a try, or even the whole series! I think it’s pretty cool. I like flings that turn into serious relationships. It brings back memories.
Ginaboop 5 days ago
Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors. Her books always have me hooked from beginning to end and this one does not disappoint. A beautiful story of two people not looking for or wanting love but end up falling in love after all. I love the chemistry between Jasper and Renee. Like her other books, it was hard to put down to sleep, eat or get back to my normal life, lol! Thanks, Susan, for another good read!
Honolulubelle 15 days ago
Favorite Quotes: His voice was low and teasing. It sent ripples down her spine and made her wish she was the kind of woman who could look a man in the eye while inviting him back to her place. But she wasn’t and she couldn’t. “So you’d be using me for sex… I don’t know.” He raised and lowered his shoulders. “I’ve never been anyone’s sex toy before.” “You didn’t really just say that.” He dropped his gaze to the floor. “I feel used.” “Just stop it. No one believes that for a second.” He looked at her again and grinned. You are the dumbest of the dumb. She must be furious with you. Personally I’d hire someone to beat you up and then set you on fire. How could you? Someone tapped her on the shoulder. She turned and saw Jasper standing very close. He leaned in and kissed her on the lips— a sweet kiss that unexpectedly made her eyes burn. “Score!” he whispered. “I always wanted to kiss a girl in the library. It’s been a fantasy of mine since I was fifteen and had a thing for a girl named Bambi.” “Seriously? Bambi?” “I swear. She was so hot and she never noticed me.” “That’s her loss.” “I like to think so.” Then he was gone, continuing his library exploration. My Review: I was late to discover her brilliance but I am unashamed in confessing that I unabashedly adore the nimble raconteur known as Susan Mallery and want to read every word she ever scribbles. Her latest tale was a cleverly amusing small-town romance featured Renee and Jasper, two somewhat fractured and socially awkward people who viewed and avoided relationships like a virulent disease but had entered into a monogamous friends-with-benefits agreement as both realized their lives were lacking. They had an A+ rating for advanced chemistry although their mutual friendship developed slowly with fits and starts and several calamitous missteps. Their lives began to mesh until they had become considerably more than planned, but were they able to be more, and more of what would they be? The primary and most of the secondary characters were endearingly flawed and alluring as well as distinctly quirky. I enjoyed their snappy banter, clever levity, and humorous situations and sensual exploits, although I was quite beguiled by the considerable insight and thought that went into the profoundly perceptive details involving the myriad complications and peculiarities of wedding planning, which was Renee’s vocation and she was exceptionally good at it; as well as the absorbing tendency and capricious nature of the resilient Jasper’s writing process. Jasper was a best-selling author of thrillers and I can imagine just how much this crafty wordsmith enjoyed skewering her own foibles and muse.
MelissaReadsManyBooks 15 days ago
I loved the tale of how Renee and Jasper overcame their obstacles to fall in love! Renee makes her living as a wedding planner, but she can't imagine committing to a long-term relationship. Jasper writes thrilling books about a detective, but he's having trouble figuring out how to write about a woman, and he sees himself as someone who can never be in a real relationship. However, Renee and Jasper decide to embark on a short-term fling, and it slowly turns into more. Renee and Jasper both have to overcome their past trauma before they can fall in love. As always, the secondary characters are charming and seem like people you'd love to invite to a party. It's fun to get a peek into their lives now that their own love stories are established. Renee's mother is a real stand-out character. If her talent was real, I think she'd be a big hit! I know I'd want to know what she could find out.
Kara_Harte 15 days ago
I was provided an eARC copy of this book by Harlequin and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Meant to Be Yours, book 5 (though it can be read as a standalone) in the Happily Inc series by Susan Mallery, was a beautiful, deeply emotional read. It’s the story of two jaded individuals – Renee and Jasper – who don’t believe in love finding their way to each other through their own healing. Veteran and thriller writer Jasper is suffering from PTSD after years in the military. Renee, with steel walls high around her heart and secrets in her past, knows marriage isn’t in the cards for her. Will they ever learn to see the beauty in the broken, and let love in? Meant to Be Yours is a love story that takes its time. The character development of Renee and Jasper is excellently, realistically done. They both blossom so much throughout the story as individuals, and it is those separate journeys that brings them closer together. Aside from characters major and side, another thing I loved about Meant to Be Yours was the world building. The town of Happily Inc is charming and quirky, and you are immediately immersed in this wonderful community and its people. If I had to give one word to describe Meant to Be Yours, it would be ‘delightful.’ It’s a story of second chances, the strength in vulnerability, romance, laughter (there were some ridiculous moments that made me giggle out loud), friendship, and the essentialness of love in our lives, in all its forms. I closed this book with such a warm feeling of well-being, that it makes me want to read all of Susan Mallery’s other books. If you enjoy heartwarming, poignant stories that give you butterflies and warm fuzzies both, I highly recommend Meant to Be Yours!
gdsnv 15 days ago
I am a big fan of Ms. Mallery and I enjoy each book more than the last but…this story? OMG, both main characters will grab your heart and will not let go. Renee Grothen, a wedding planner in Happily, Inc., is a great character but she is hiding a secret from her past. Yes, we get to find out what it is but it is towards the end of the book. Can’t really say more about that because I would give away spoilers however for me, I think it is fascinating! Jasper Dembenski is a military hero, with some issues from the war, who is now an author living in Happily, Inc. The book starts with Jasper just finishing a book tour, driving an old RV cross country, where he is adopted (yes, you read that correctly) by a stray dog. Wait until you read about Koda! How these misfits get to be a family is touching and sweet and sexy and fun and SO very special. Lots of characters from previous books pop in – no worries, this is a standalone story – and even Millie the giraffe has a walk-on. So much fun! I really loved this story, want to spirit away Jasper, Koda, and Renee, and just watch how their lives unfold. Highly recommend this story.
laceye721 15 days ago
This is the 5th book in the Happily Inc. series and I will say that I didn’t have any trouble following along! Renee is a wedding coordinator and has zero plans of getting married. She has a deep family history and has been left burned in the love department to the point where she doesn’t have marriage on her radar in the slightest. Enter Jasper. Jasper was a military man that was left with his own issues after returning home from the war. I liked Renee right away. Her character was someone that can definitely be relatable in the love department. She had her own realistic issues and you could really see where she was coming from. I had a little bit of a hard time with Jasper’s character. I’m not someone who ever experienced war or had a friend/family member who did either. He seemed almost unlikable, but that’s how it is with people that have PTSD, etc. They are not always themselves. I did enjoy the entertaining and romantic aspect of this book. I liked watching Jasper and Renee falling in love and they did not even realize their doing. It was a great story to read and I could absolutely imagine it in my head. The only issue that I really had was the characters and the fact that it felt a little rushed to me. I was reading and reading and then I realized that it was the end and I was reading into the next story that was included in this book. I was a little confused and I thought that it could have been written a little more in depth with more details to really make it feel like they were perfect.
Firebird28 16 days ago
A wedding coordinator who believes she isn't meant to wind up with "The One"? A writer with baggage who believes he is too broken for any kind of relationship? What happens when a fling becomes something more than either party expected? Meant to Be Yours is what happens. Renee and Jasper's road to their happily ever after is an interesting one filled with a bit of a rocky road based on their pasts. It is also a road filled with friends and family who don't mind sharing their opinions and advice nudging both Renee and Jasper in the right direction. Wonderful story and another winner from Susan Mallery! I also enjoyed the bonus story featuring Cade and Bethany and how they met. It was a nice story that added to the greater Happily Inc story.
amyjo4AA 17 days ago
Sweet Story! The story line between Renee and Jasper starts out as fun and ends up as something more. It's always fun to read about the new characters and see what is up with the older ones in Happily, Inc. Renee and Jasper are a good addition to the community and their story has it all...the ups/downs and happy ending.
KatieSEE 17 days ago
Meant to be yours is a heartwarming story! I loved Renee, the wedding planner, her story had some interesting turns I didn't expect. Jasper, a novelist, was a different character and I love how he needs help with writing a female character and turns to Renee. Great story and awesome bonus story with the princess!!!
Anonymous 17 days ago
Renee is the ultimate wedding planner. She can't do, so she plans. Jasper is the writer who has also failed at relationships, so he keeps things shallow, superficial. Will these two take a chance on love together? I do love a Susan Mallery book. So satisfying.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Susan Mallery gives us a wonderful story filled with laughter, love, tears and trials, but by the end we are shown that a HEA is possible. Even for two people who started with just a fling.
Evarista 17 days ago
Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery is a wonderful romance between two lovers reluctant to succumb to love. Jasper is a veteran recovering from his ten years of active duty in the army and Renee is a wedding planner with a history of being unlucky in love. I just loved this Happily Inc, romance! I think everyone can relate to Jasper's and Renee's reluctance to dive head first into love. The quirky fun inhabitants of Happily, Inc are as wonderful and inviting as the passion of Jasper and Renee's love story. I cannot get enough of Happily, Inc. and Susan Mallery's steamy, heartwarming romances. Jasper and Renee are captivating rich characters that will have you longing for their happily ever after! I can't get enough of Susan Mallery's complex, romantic characters or her friendly, eclectic small towns!
aal447 17 days ago
Meant to Be Yours Meant to Be Yours is the story of Renee (a wedding planner) and Jasper (an ex-military suspense author). Renee and Jasper are both alone and think they cannot have a loving long term relationship. Jasper has PTSD and Renee a few phobias. They like each other but decide a ‘Friends with Benefits’ is what they want from each other. Along their journey to a loving relationship they collect a dog, 2 cats, mentoring a young boy, a repaired relationship with Renee's Mom, a business partnership, and many understanding friends. They find love, laughter and a happy ever after. Susan Mallery just gets better with each book.
Cgrono 17 days ago
I love reading Susan Mallory’s stories, especially Happily Inc. It is like coming home. This book is no exception. Finally there is a book about the quiet and mysterious Jasper. He shows up for board game nights and is a famous author. I knew from the first chapter, that there was more than meets the eye. Jasper finds and adopts a homeless dog or is it the other way around. Jasper proves that he is a sensitive and caring man and of course doesn’t realize gradually that Renee is more than a friend with benefits. Susan Mallory never disappoints!! Enjoy this read, I did!
sharlp 17 days ago
Another couple in Happily Inc. find happiness. This time it's Renee and Jasper's turn. Their jobs and how they come together was such a fun read for me. Definitely would recommend it!
Jilleey 17 days ago
I've been waiting for a while to learn more about Jasper as we met him in previous stories and learned he previously had a 'little r', relationship with Wynn. I was so happy for him to find a pet that could break through some of his barriers and never thought that he could develop a connection with wedding planner, Renee. Renee wasn't going to make things easy for Jasper. After years of pushing people away and building barriers against long term relationships, Renee and Jasper seemed like a perfect match if they could just get over themselves. The story had parts where I thought we were going in a different direction (her illness, his involvements in the weddings) but ultimately I loved the outcome. My favorite part of Mallery's stories are the connections and the characters who you get to revisit with each new book in a series. We returned to Happily Inc. for more fun and got to check in with the newlyweds and new babies and Millie the giraffe even made an appearance.
Tsengstock 17 days ago
I was captivated from the get go! I love Happily Inc. and the connections everyone has to each other. Love can strike in many doesn't matter who you are. Susan I enjoyed this so much and the animal interest especially!
Mommy-Read-Write 18 days ago
Meant to Be Yours is the fifth book in Susan Mallery's Happily Inc series. I really thought I would love this book because I have liked Jasper since he first stepped on the page in previous books. I like him even more now that I have read this book. However, I am not a fan of Renee's and think Jasper deserved much better! They started off so cute and seemingly well-matched then things just went awry. Jasper is far from perfect but he genuinely learned when he made mistakes and he apologized (more than once) for them. Renee was a bit high and mighty and whiny and hung on to stuff from the past that had nothing to do with the present. What I liked about this book was Jasper, Koda, Verity and updates on other Happily Inc characters. The romance didn't click for me, though. I suppose it wouldn't when I didn't care for the female protagonist.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery Thoughtful and delightful book about a wedding planner and a former Marine with PTSD. Lots of ups and downs and funny events. Really enjoyed this book, read it in 3 days. I'd love to move to Happuily, Inc!!!
Mari360 18 days ago
What a great read. What starts off as a friends with benefits type of arrangement becomes something that Jasper nor Renee expected. Seeing how their story unfolds and the electricity between the characters comes to life is so entertaining. I also love seeing old characters coming back into the story if even for a second. Definitely a 5 star read.