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Publisher's Summary

In this audio-first rom com by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely, a scorching one-night stand with a stranger turns into a deliciously forbidden romance...

My first evening in London feels like kismet when I bump into a charming, book-loving Englishman, and by the end of the night, he’s making me see stars. I’m floating when we make plans to meet again.

Then fate decides to pull a fast one on me.

Turns out, my smoldering new lover is my red-hot competition, and we’re vying for the same promotion at the elite auction house I crossed an ocean for.

If that’s not enough, the hottie and I are forced to work together on a brand new collection. Every. Single. Tempting. Day.

What's an American woman in London to do?

Staying far, far away would be the safe choice, especially when I learn about his past and how it mirrors mine. But I don’t always play it safe with my heart… 

©2022 Lauren Blakely (P)2022 Audible Originals

About the Creator

A #1 New York Times best-selling, #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling and #1 Audible best-selling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. Her stories feature heroines that are strong-willed and smart while her heroes balance wicked senses of humor with hearts of gold. She also writes USA Today Best-selling LGBTQ romance, with strong, charming heroes
She lives in The Pacific Northwest with her family, and has often plotted entire novels while walking her dogs—though she loses count of them sometimes.

About the Performer

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and narrator of over 400 audiobooks. She has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Best Female Narrator Audie for Tara Westover's Educated and a SOVAS for the performance of her own internationally bestselling novel, My Oxford Year, which was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Audiofile Magazine named her one of its Golden Voices this past year. She is also a Grammy-nominated audiobook director as well as a certified tea sommelier.

About the Performer

Hailing from London, Shane East is a multi award-winning romance narrator whose native Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list. He is a favorite amongst star writers such as Lauren Blakely, Louise Bay, Corinne Michaels, and Laurelin Paige (to name but a few), and won Audible’s best romance title of the year for his work on Emma Chase’s Royally Screwed.
Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve started an official fan club called the Shaneiaks (Facebook), and he counts himself incredibly lucky to be teamed up with the best female voices around. When not in the booth, he loves to cook.

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Swoony and Steamy Romance!

Kismet by Lauren Blakely was a swoony and steamy whimsical romance that just gave me all the delicious happy feels. I loved Jo and Heath's whirlwind romance from start to finish, and could not stop listening. From the magical setting of London, to memorable characters, to all the spicy scenes, Lauren does what she does best absolutely sweeping me off my feet!

Shane East and Julia Whelan narrate the audio, and were a decadent audio delight. I was completely consumed in their performances of Heath and Jo. Shane East was perfection portraying the evolution of Heath from broody grumpy Brit, to caring, passionate lover. Julia Whelan portrayed Jo's ambitions, vulnerabilities, and past hurts brilliantly switching flawlessly between her American and British accents. Jo and Heath's chemistry was undeniable plus scorching hot, and you could feel all of this in Shane and Julia's narration!

Overall, I enjoyed this audio and story. If you love a one-night-stand to forever romance with a grumpy hunky Englishman who loves books, an ambitious American woman in London, super hot steamy times, a little friendly competition, supportive best friends, family drama, and an HEA that will paint your heart with giddiness and just make you smile, then you will love Jo and Heath's story. I always look forward to more from Lauren Blakely.

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Love this Story

This is one of my favorite Lauren Blakely stories. I enjoyed the main characters — their lives were realistic — blending difficulty with hope and passion. I like having two narrators in a romance and these professionals did a wonderful job.

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*happy sigh*

What an absolute #swoonfest this story turned out to be. It was poignant and humorous and everything in between! It was real and relatable and just plain fun! I laughed and I cried and I felt everything!

Both Julia Whelan & Shane East did a superb job bringing these characters to life thru their narration! Well done!

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I love a story about 2 people dealing with their own heartbreak and finding happiness together. I really loved the friendship Jo & Heath found together while trying not to fall in love, it made the love relationship even better since they started off their relationship so fast and then tried to back track. I also loved the ending because they both found a way to be happy without the other losing out on their dreams and happiness.

Loved the narration, both were perfectly cast. Julia Whelan is a favorite of mine and she has an awesome Male British accent which is always surprising. I was happy to see her working with Lauren and hope to hear more of her for Lauren's books.

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Some things are meant to be!

As a huge believer in fate and Kismet, this book was right up my alley. Heath is a 40 year old widower working in London and avoiding the dreaded set-ups everyone is trying to force on him. Jo is a 32 year-old single woman who is having to move from New York to London to further her career. One magical night, being in the right place at just the right time, and everything changes, until the next day. No spoilers here, but this beautifully crafted story of fate, love, and chance encounters asks the question “What would you risk for love?” Shane East and Julia Whelan are a magnificent pairing and inhabit these characters so completely and genuinely that you don’t want the story ever to end. Low angst, plenty of steam, and just a perfectly lovely romance novel.

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2nd chances and chosen families

We don’t always get what we need from our given family. We create a family we choose, just as Jo did in NY. Just like a true family they give her a nudge and then approval to pursue her love with Heath. He in turn finds a way to heal and love after loss.

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Ultimate Happiness

There is just so much happiness here and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this story. Julia and Shane just sound like they belong saying all of Lauren's words and I am here for it!! BRAVO!!!!!!

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Fun and Fabulous Performances

Though steamier than my usual fare, this audiobook was “just what the doctor ordered.” @justjuliawhelan is always fantastic, an absolute pleasure to hear. Her partner in delectable narration is new to me but i plan to seek out more of his work. Thanks Audible for this delightful fantasy romp through lovely London!

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Delightful!!!

What a perfect Valentines Day gift to myself. So so delightful. The drama is minimal the scenery is light and airy. If you have ever been to London and Paris then you know all the places Heath spoke about. Even if you haven’t you can just feel it. Get it you will not regret it! Have to give this a second listen!!! Worth the credit ❤️😉

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  • 02-09-22

Eh... dull. sane old same old

As I've said before, LB is a hit or miss for me... this one is a miss. I had high hopes ... even reserved a pre-copy... and the first few chapters were okay, but gosh, it's exactly the same boring cookie-cutter characters.
No lead to rimance or live just boom instant. Same unimaginative template sex scenes. Same highend dream jobs ... Predictable <Yawn>
The only new twists are the poor business acumen displayed in the ending. It wouldn't have happened.
God, I long for a unique tale ... it's been so long :(

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  • Mrs. S. Robson
  • 02-17-22

Easy listening, lovely story.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. No real drama just a sweet love story with a happy ending. Some days this is just what you need to listen to!

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  • 02-14-22

Sweet

3.5 stars. The story is sugary sweet, no angst, no drama. Excellent narration. Just what I needed today.

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  • P
  • 08-26-22

A really nice listen 👍

This was a sweet love story. Not overly heavy porn content, which makes a change, but there were still some fitting sex scenes.
Good storyline, likeable characters with enough back story to make it interesting.
Well written and narrated. It was what I consider a ‘comfy’ listen. Feels like the ‘ahhh’ you get sinking into a nice warm bath.
Definitely recommend 👍

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  • Maria Johns
  • 08-25-22

Lauren blakely at her best

Simply wonderful love story.
Loved the hero and heroine, and the way their story unfolded.
The other characters were sufficiently developed to be interesting to.
Great feel good listen

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  • Laura
  • 08-24-22

Adorable

Super sweet love story with a gorgeously happy ending. It's nice to read a romance where the couple doesn't go through a period of falling out.

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  • Rita Simmonds
  • 07-30-22

Disappointing

What I was hoping for was a good romance and, while this wasn’t a terrible romance, it was let down by either the author or the publisher thinking a story can’t be a good one without over descriptive sex scenes every five minutes.

Take them away and you have quite a short story that seemed to have romantic promise but didn’t quite live up to it.

If this is typical of Lauren Blakey, I don’t think I will bother reading this author again. So glad it was included in plus rather than one I had actually paid extra money for.

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  • Anita
  • 07-20-22

enjoyable listen

Really enjoyed the story and the characters, definitely worth the listen and the narrators were good.

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  • JoJo
  • 06-24-22

Heath & Jo

Kismet was a lovely sweet listen. In London, Jo and Heath meet in the pub (this is so British) and spend one steamy night together where they agree to meet again. Fast forward a few days and fate intervenes again bringing them together as work colleagues. The decision that their relationship shouldn’t move into love territory is made for them in that instant but they still feel the pull towards each other.
This was my first audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan but hopefully not my last as she really made Jo come to life. The brilliant Shane East just makes all the male characters sound great so it’s always a pleasure to listen to his narrations.

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  • Hawt
  • 06-14-22

loved the female narrator

but the male one made the "sexy" scenes kind of eugh! maybe I'm sexist, I suppose all of that is personal choice. also strange that all the sex scenes were given from the male perspective and kind of owning the woman .anyway a fun enough story and nothing to get me blubbing which was what I was after!

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  • Pen Name
  • 05-01-22

Just lovely!!

Such a lovely easy read. Two people who fall in love and compromise. Beautiful story x

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  • Lynneh
  • 09-18-22

The male protagonist is unlikeable

Couldn't get into the book because the male characters were really jarring. Unsure if due to performance or writing or both.

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  • Linda D.
  • 08-04-22

Awesome

A lovely afternoon story. Great narration. Puts a smile on my dial

Keep them coming Lauren

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  • Mrs C E Whitworth
  • 07-17-22

Great little read/listen

This book was a little slow to get started I thought but turned into a lovely little book of second chance love which is something we all wish for. loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-22

Feel Good

Slice of life story. Nice to have two characters be honest with their feelings without the angst. I really enjoyed Wanderlust 5/5 too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

Not my cup of tea

Listened because I’m a fan of Julia Whelan’s narration, particularly, Beach Read.

Plot: Couple meets, have zero difficulties/conflicts, roll credits. Plot seemed obvious and the sex scenes were a bit cringey. I could have forgiven the lack of plot development had there been wittier exchanges between the main characters.

Not my cup of tea.

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  • Kimberly
  • 02-13-22

Cute duel narration

This is actually book three in happy endings series.
I’m a big fan of shane east and both him and Julia do a good job.

Little to no angst
Hea? Yes
Romance? Yes
World building? Not really. Totally fine as a stand alone. No big secondary characters.

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