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So Not Meant to Be

By: Meghan Quinn
Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock,Stella Hunter
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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today and Amazon Charts best-selling author Meghan Quinn, and narrated in duet by Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter, comes a fresh take on a romantic-comedy classic, When Harry Met Sally. This steamy, laugh-out-loud enemies-to-lovers romance is about an annoyingly handsome coworker and the woman who refuses to be charmed by him.

Am I friends with JP Cane?

Ha! That's laughable.

Besides the fact that he’s adopted some far-fetched notion from the movie When Harry Met Sally that says men and women can't be friends and work together, it’s safe to say we're not friends. He's annoyingly loud, obnoxiously handsome, and has made an art out of poking all my hot buttons...multiple times a day.

So you can imagine how disgruntled I am when I not only have to fly to San Francisco with him for work, but stay in the same penthouse. Yup, we're sharing the same air, 24-7. We're talking full-fledged working roommates.

The man doesn't know what it means to wear a shirt, thrives off protein bars, and you guessed it, moans loud enough for people to believe he's Meg Ryan in a restaurant.

Spoiler Alert: I WON'T be having what he's having.

Tack on his continuous flirting and his polished good looks, and I'm caught staring down the barrel of a seductive temptation that makes it hard for me to sleep at night.

But guess who can control herself? This girl.

Because if there is one thing I know for certain, it's that JP Cane and I are so not meant to be.

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A fun romcom!

After loving Huxley and Lottie's story in "A Not So Meet Cute," I was excited to read more with these characters. This story is about JP Cane, Huxley's younger brother, and Kelsey Gardner, Lottie's younger sister.

Kelsey wants true love in her life. (like her sister has) She is looking for her soulmate. She has anxieties about men and not being enough for them. She wants her man to have a good heart and, for some reason, she doesn't believe JP even has a heart. He annoys her more than anything.

JP is not looking for forever. He's looking for a good time. (at least that's what he tells himself) He has been intrigued with Kelsey since the first day he met her, though. She has him thinking of forever and that scares him.

I enjoyed this story, but I didn't love it like the first book. I listened to the audiobook, which was a duet narration by Stella Hunter and Jason Shedlock. Amazing narration by both. I've read other reviews stating that Kelsey was an unlikable heroine, but I didn't feel that at all while listening to Stella Hunter's narration. She brought out Kelsey's insecurities very well.

And JP...perfectly narrated by Aaron Shedlock. Loved his drunken rambling, email writing and pigeon saving.

This story has some of the same humor that only this author can pull off. It wasn't as funny for me, though. Also, it felt just a tad too long of a story.

Thank you to Piece of Cake Audiobooks and the author for my advanced readers copy and advanced listener copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Kelsey is annoying. Listened all the way through hoping it would get better but Kelsey just ruins it all.

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Maybe skip the audio

The production dropped the ball with this audiobook. I love dual narrations but these 2 narrators were not at the same quality. The male sounded far away and distant almost barely audible compared to how loud and clear the female sounded. The story overall was okay. Not my favorite but not terrible. I loved A Not So Meet Cute and maybe I had super high expectations for this. Regardless it was cute and funny and maybe I would’ve liked it better if I had just read the book and not listened to it.

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So Not Meant to Be

First I have to talk about the narration it is fantastic.
I am a fan of both but now I think I like Aaron Shedlock even more in Duet form like a LOT more. His voice is smooth and rough its kinda perfect for JT. Stella's voice fits with Kelsey's character to a tee.
Just a fantastic performance.

As for the story I was sucked right in, JT has this crush on Kelsey but she only sees the playboy and not the man. He has attitude towards her because well I feel like its the crush and because when these two are in a room together the bicker so very much. It is all very entertaining.

Being forced to work and live together for 2 weeks in a new city they learn a lot about each other and themselves. Its highly entertaining so much so that I really didn't want to pause for work and family this book is that good.

I know there was a book before this one Not so Meet Cute but I didn't listen or read the one and I can honestly say I didn't miss a thing. Truly one of Meghan's gifts is doing complete standalones with interlocking characters.

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Loved it!

So I read this one o KU a bit back but needed something to listen to and I love this story so much! JP is so so funny. I was cracking up the entire time! The relationship between he and Kelsey is so fun and sweet and HOT 🥵

My only minor complaint is sometimes the male narrator would speak so low that I couldn’t hear what he was saying at all. But other than that it was an absolute delight to listen to!

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50 Shades of colorful delicious romance. The story is filled with fun loving twists and turns. A great escape and welcomed distraction. Glad I accidentally happened upon this series.

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Good story but…

The pigeon thing was ridiculous, added nothing to the story and made JP appear an idiot. And Kelsie’s mental meltdown because JP didn’t have sex with her one time was a bit over the top, especially acting out on her sister’s wedding day. These things diminished the story for me resulting in 3 stars. I did enjoy how couples from other books were incorporated into this book through Kelsie’s podcast. This inclusion directed you to other couple’s stories to read. Despite the 3 stars I recommend.

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Loved it!

The narrators were fantastic. The storyline made me laugh out loud! I can’t wait to read the others in the series. Meghan Quinn this is my favorite book. Well worth the credit.

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I laughed out loud!

This was a really good read. Similar to Emily Henry- witty, clever and full of romance and steamy scenes. The narrators were amazing and I really did laugh out loud several times.

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I like Meghan Quinn but this story is a mess. Idiotic characters to begin with and no actual story line.

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 06-07-22

To be or not so meant to be?

Stella and Aaron did a fabulous job with the narration of this book.
It was funny, awkward, charming and ridiculously easy to listen to.

Yeah, JP did come across as a bit of a player, to begin with, but I could see his attraction to Kelsey was there. He is, however, such a sweet man. His kindness and sense of humour were amazing—and his love for Kazoo was (while a little ridiculous) so charming and delightful.

I didn't like how insecure Kelsey was—although granted, the situation towards the end was enough to ruffle even my feathers—it really irked me that she couldn't seem to see her value. And sometimes, I felt like she was quite mean towards JP.

I loved all the little podcasts from Meghan's couples. ADORABLE!

Especially the one near the end, I just about melted into a puddle from its sweetness.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and would happily relisten to it again.

Are we getting a story for Breaker? I sure hope so!

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  • reader
  • 11-06-22

needs sound editing

the book is ok and the narrators are pleasant, but it was difficult to listen. Because of the sound differences.. the femail narrator was very loud and male too quiet. So if you make it louder it's too loud and if you make it quieter you can hardly hear the mail narrator.. it was really annoying. So it needs eather editing or for male narrator to speak up!

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  • Loves 2 Listen
  • 07-02-22

outstanding narration

this has got to be my favourite form of narration and compliments the book so very well, that coupled with the brilliant performances from Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter make this a truly exceptional listening experience and I highly recommend listening to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series and hearing snippets from previous couples from other books of Megan's was a great touch. I'm looking forward to Brakers book.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-16-22

An enemies to lovers, Rom Com goodness

After reading A Not So Meet Cute earlier in the year I was excited to get JP and Kelsey's story after he set her eyes on her and she was not in the least bit interested. The story is an enemies to lovers, employer, employee forced proximity romance. JP is such a sweet Hero and misunderstood by many including Kelsey (our heroine). Seen as the playboy of the family JP is not even on Kelsey's radar for a love match, and she knows all about those. As well as running her own Eco friendly organisation company, Kelsey also has a Podcast about how couples meet. This is where I have to applaud Meghan for the barrage of easter eggs this allows. Because of the Podcast we get the Meet Cute stories and little updates on so many of Meghan's previous characters, that is a standout element to this book for me.

There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and the depantsing scene in particular had me howling with laughter. Listening to this scene on Audio was absolutely hilarious, Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter nailed it! When JP and Kelsey are forced to spend two weeks together in San Francisco the romance element of the book really starts to blossom. At times I felt sorry for JP, he really does pine for Kelsey as he realises she could actually be the person for him. Kelsey however is a little late to that game and she can be quite harsh towards JP at times but thats the enemies to lover trope as it's meant to be.

Finally we get to see a fair bit of Huxley and Lottie from A Not So Meet Cute towards the end of the book and I love that Meghan's ties characters in almost like an extended epilogue as we go along. So Not Meant To Be was an audiobook ARC for me and as a lover of Stella Hunter and Aaron Shedlock I was really looking forward to listening to this one. I have to say they did not disappoint performance wise. The duet narration flowed seamlessly as if they were actually having the very conversations they were portraying. One I will listen to again I have no doubt.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 06-14-22

Sweet and Funny!

This is a sweet and funny Romantic Comedy. I loved Kelsey and JP's story. They are both interesting characters. Some scenes are hilarious. This story is interconnected with A Not So Meet Cute. Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed it.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 06-12-22

So meant to be to fall in love

It’s a stand-alone but you meant the hero and heroine in book 1.
Love how there was a instant attraction between . Author Meghan Quinn outdid her self with this fantastic Rom Com this is JP and Kelsey story

They pretend that they can’t stand each other and they try to make instances hard for the other but you can feel the hotness. Meghan wrote some instances here a pigeon placed a part will they find the happiness that their brother and sister found

The performance of Stella Hunter and Aaron Shedlock was spot on . They did all the characters fantastic. With their tone you were able to know who was who

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 06-09-22

Rom-com with brilliant narrators

Kelsey and JP's story was the perfect rom-com. I so loved their interactions, all the things that went through were very entertaining. I always love Meghan Quinn's writing and this one was no exception. The story was great, and the characters I love them all. I got the audiobook narrated by Aaron Shedlock and Stella Hunter and it was fantastic, their narration brought this story to the next level. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 06-09-22

Fab Follow Up to 'A Not So Meet Cute'

This was a great follow up, with lots of laugh out loud moments, and fantastic duet narration from Aaron Shedlock & Stella Hunter.

For the most part, I loved this story, and will enjoy listening to it again, as I did with 'A Not So Meet Cute', but I found some of Kelsey's traits very annoying. For someone supposedly insecure, she made things all about her a bit too often, particularly the way she overshadowed Lottie's wedding. I would also next time skip through some of the more possessive elements of the sex scenes, as, for me, I found it uncomfortable listening. Personal taste obviously, and being dominated just not my thing 😉

On the whole though, the comedic parts and the fact that it was progressing the stories of characters we had already grown to love in the first book, made the book a great listen, and I would love there to be a third book, so that Breaker can find the love of his life too.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 06-08-22

Spicy emotional rom com

Got to be honest here - Meghan Quinn can do no wrong when it comes to fun, sexy romantic comedies! And this one is super hot, hot, hot. It’s also quite emotional. All my favourite tropes in one perfect package, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, opposites attract workplace romance, not quite a forbidden romance but let’s just say that Kelsey is not open to having an office romance with her direct boss. JP though has other ideas. A fun romance with wonderful characters making for a truly entertaining addictive read. We also get an insight in to previous Meghan Quinn characters with a ‘Meant To Be’ podcast which is particularly fun if you’ve read their stories. The audio version is narrated in duet by Stella Hunter and Aaron Shedlock, and I loved it. Perfect narration - faultless.



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  • Gillek2
  • 06-08-22

JP and Kelsey!

Kelsey wants nothing more than to find a man to spend the rest of her life with, but her search hasn’t been without its pitfalls. She may be attracted to JP but doesn’t believe that there could ever be anything between them as she feels that he is looking for a good time not a long time but she is about to find out that she never really knew him at all.

From his first meeting with Kelsey he was feeling things he had never felt before but not only is he her boss but she is about to become his sister in law. When he is tasked with going to her on a business trip to San Franciso he uses that time to show her the sweet and sexy man he is and the sparks fly but because of their pasts they are in for a bumpy ride.

Fun and flirty JP and Kelsey were perfect for each other. Humorous banter, some emotional times and a great cast of secondary characters includes those who participated on Kelsey’s podcasts where we got to experience the meet cutes of the other characters we know and love. I thought that the narrators brought out the personalities of Kelsey and JP as well as the emotions they were feeling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Good read

Very good read. Made me laugh, laugh and laugh. I think it’s important to read a few other Megan Quinn books before reading this one as they speak about characters from the other books often in this one. Ensure that you definitely read not so meet cute before this one

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  • T.M Caruso
  • 09-29-22

JP and Kelsie are everything

JP and Kelsie are the best! This story was fantastic and the two narrators were great, this is how an audio book should be listened to every single time!!

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  • Palmira M
  • 07-17-22

So funny

I loved how funny this book is. The narrators are amazing. JP and Kelsey are both super funny. Well worth my time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

PERFECTION ♥️

Aaron Shedlock & Stella Hunter duet Narration brought JP and Kelsey to life! 🥵🥵🥵🥵♥️

I could not stop listening to the audiobook and now looking everywhere to find the paperback in New Zealand haha

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  • Jade B
  • 06-16-22

So Not Meant To Be

This book was captivating, with a mixture of sweet and laugh out loud funny & everything a good romance book should be. I could not put the book down from start to finish!! Loved it!!