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Meant to Be

By: Jennifer Probst
Narrated by: Keira Stevens,Nelson Hobbs
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Publisher's Summary

Two broken hearts discover an unpredictable path to healing in an emotional romance about fate and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

It’s been two years since Chiara Kennedy lost her dearest friend, Rory. Chiara misses everything about her. Rory’s widowed husband is another story. Sebastian Ryder is a man Chiara had secretly wanted, let slip away, and hoped to never see again. Then fate throws them together for an unexpected one-night stand and a morning after of new challenges.

Sebastian had a soul mate in Rory. Shutting down after his tragic loss, he kept a cool distance from everyone—including Chiara, with whom he once shared a deep if fleeting affection. That was over and done with a long time ago. But when they meet again, old emotions resurface along with a heart-wounding past that haunts them both.

As Chiara and Sebastian grow closer, finally getting to know each other, Chiara struggles with feelings of guilt even as she cherishes her second chance with Sebastian. Will fate allow them to overcome the past, or are they destined to always wonder if they are truly meant to be?

©2022 Triple J Publishing Inc. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Narrators Keira Stevens and Nelson Hobbs join forces to tell the story of a second-chance romance between Chiara Kennedy and Sebastian Ryder.… Sebastian had a hard childhood, and both narrators bring out his self-doubt. Stevens and Hobbs masterfully convey the guilt Chiara feels for "stealing" her friend's husband. The narrators smoothly transition between each other, allowing listeners to enjoy the developing romance.”AudioFile Magazine

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Meant To Be

This is a second chance story/surprise baby all in one. I thought at one point I was not going to like this one as I kept shaking my head and thinking these characters were not going to get out of their own way and figure themselves out but they finally came through. Chiara and Sebastian met and hit it off but then Rory meets Sebastian and Chiara backs off and lets her have him (WHAT!) Rory dies and Sebastian basically disappears for two years except on the fringe of the everything. When out one evening he notices Chiara being hit on by a guy who appears to slip something into her drink. He cuts in between them and thinking he is much bigger he can drink it and not have any effect, he is drugged and Chiara takes him home and cares for him. Fast forward, he wakes and slips into her bed and in a dream state they have sex. Boom! Does this go over good? Nope but they do start working together to find the guy who drugged him and also Chiara tells her friends about what happened. Since this was the first in the series I am hoping the rest settle into an easier pace. As I said, this one had me shaking my head and this author usually does do that for me.

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Move on already!

I didn’t hate this book but it took will to finish it. The main characters Chiara and Sebastian are ultimately MTB but it took Sebastian’s, aka Ryder, a whole entire well of patience to wade through Chiara’s ridiculous attitude and behavior.

After meeting at a club and making a connection she walks away from him without putting in any work to see if their differences could be worked out. Later her friend Rory meets and falls for Sebastian. Chiara decides to be all mean girl instead of a grown-up, well you snooze you lose.

Life takes hold and there begins the stupid back and forth. There’s no cheating only Chiara’s constant inner voice telling her she stole Rory’s life even though Rory is dead. I mean that went on and on. Another bestie at 70% finally told her, Rory is dead move on.

Sebastian is no alpha but you have to applaud his patience. Chiara jerked him around the entire book and he had a couple of minutes of jerk doom and doubts but he was the steady one in this relationship.

This book was kind of maddening and I’m not encouraged to read the second installment. Barely a three star review because it was hard to deal with the repetitive, unrealistic, false drama created by Chiara. She felt unworthy of her life because she thought it should be Rory’s life. Once again for the people in the back Rory is dead! Nothing to steal from her when she’s not there to live it.

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Sophomoric

The writing is sophomoric, at best, and just not good. Kiera was overly concerned about things that didn't matter, no matter her background, and constantly idolized a dead person, for the wrong unrealistic reasons. She whined constantly and put nonsensical things above reality.
I almost gave up so many times, just hoping it would get better. It doesn't.
Save yourself the trouble of enduring this whiney, er I mean story.
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I DON'T RECOMMEND!

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Wonderful new series

Does fate have a hand in our lives? Chiara and Sebastian met in a bar and hit it off. They spent all night talking and had a great connection. Chiara didn't continue the relationship because she thought they were too different. Several years later, her best friend and business partner introduces her to her boyfriend who happens to be Sebastian. They act like they haven't met before and try very hard to not interact with each other. Then Rory dies and fate puts Chiara and Sebastian together again. Can Chiara overcome her guilt about Sebastian and her rekindled friendship and will it become more? This is a wonderful book and I can't wait for the next one. Nelson Hobbs and Keira Stevens narrated perfectly.

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The whole package right here!! loved it!

What a heartbreaking and beautiful story! Every character was absolutely wonderful! I loved the story and connection between every one of them. True friends and a love to forever. The narration was perfect!!!!