Author: Lisa M. Harley
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: June 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
What would you do if what you worked your entire life to build was suddenly destroyed?
Cade Walker is a cowboy Casanova. He’s cocky and he doesn’t care who knows it. He was raised on Walker Ranch and was destined to one day take it over. What he didn’t know was how soon that would happen. After his parents are killed in a car accident he is thrust into becoming a responsible adult. Well, sort of. Cade is always responsible when it comes to business, but pleasure, now that’s a whole other story.
Suzanna Mallory is a red-headed spitfire, who also happens to be Cade’s best friend. She has loved Cade since they met when they were nine years old, but Cade just isn’t the type to get married and settle down. Suzanna finds herself in an abusive marriage and the only thing that keeps her sane is her daughter, Isabella, and working with Cade at Walker Ranch.
When a fire threatens to destroy the future of Walker Ranch, Cade and Suzanna have to work together to save it.
What will this mean for her marriage or to the feelings that she has for Cade?
And now that Cade thought he found love with Loralei Harper, only to realize she didn’t feel the same way, is he ready to settle down?
Is Cade Walker Destined to Succeed?
I have come to conclusion that Lisa M. Harley and I are destined to have a love/hate relationship…hehe. I read her first book in this series,Destined to Change, a few weeks ago when I found out we had our blog tour. I enjoyed that book but didn’t love it. There were just certain parts of the story and dialogue that had me saying, “Seriously, did I just read that right?”
Lisa can write a great story, she makes you laugh and definitely keeps you entertained. I definitely enjoyed Destined to Succeed more than her first book. Her writing developed some and the story had a much better flow. She does repeat some of the same things more than once and puts lines in that state the obvious to reader but it doesn’t take away from you enjoying the story.
Readers first meet Cade in Destined to Change. That was where I first fell in love with him and was so excited to read his story. I just knew it was going to be good. I was not disappointed. The story starts out where her first book ended and there being a major accident on Cade’s family ranch. The accident puts Cade in danger of losing everything he holds dear. That is also where you meet his best friend Suzanna. She is there to console him and from there you start to see that something is just not right in her world. The story then jumps to when Cade and Suzanna first met at nine years old. The story slowly progresses from there and you watch their relationship and lives grow over the years. They go through a lot firsts and hard times together. Their friendship is far from smooth sailing. They both love each other and you want them to be together. They should be together but as always circumstances and misunderstandings destroy anything that could have been and Suzanna ends up marrying someone else. Suzanna does not have it easy and spends a good portion of the story suffering in silence. Eventually you make it back to the present and see where things are from when the story first started. That is when things gets real and you start to see the true love story unfold.
Cade is all types of sexy cowboy and Suzanna really is a good heroine once she finds herself in the second half of the book. Suzanna’s little girl, Isabella, was absolutely adorable. I did shed a few tears for one part of the book because it broke my heart. I felt all their pain. I loved the second half of the book much more than the first. I understood the purpose for the back story but sometimes I just really wanted it jump back to the present. I think the back story could have been worked into the story a little better.
All in all I think it was great read. You will not be disappointed. Cade and Suzanna’s story is part of series but if you have not read the first book you will be fine. There will be a third book in series called Destined to Forgive and will be characters from the first book, Eric and Emma! We can’t wait for their book!