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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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Narrators ruin the story

The plot was fine, but the narrators ruined the book for me. Maybe because they were trying to portray too many characters? No matter the reason, it sounded stilted; the male narrator’s voice was particularly fake. I’ll try on Kindle instead.

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AMAZING!

This story had me laughing all the time! The banter is amazing between Kelsey and JP!

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Dear Mr. Shedlock

Please stop whispering. It makes the quality of the narration tedious and we miss half the story.
Now for the rest of the review. I found this follow up to Not So Meet Cute rather tedious at times because we have two very insecure characters that can't seem to get their insecurities under control until almost the end of the book and of course we have another thing that blows them off course for a bit. There is some laugh out loud situations that almost makes up for the whispering narrator and of course this would not be a Megan Quinn book without some very spicy content. I liked it overall and will read other things from her.

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So Not to Be Missed!!! 5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meghan Quinn is a true entertainer! And So Not Meant to Be has all the humor and sizzle as expected of her stories.
Kelsey Gardner has certain expectations of the qualities her soulmate should have and JP Crane just doesn’t cut it. She finds him annoying and he deliberately finds ways to continue annoying her.
When they are forced to share a penthouse due to work, they continue to battle with each other even as the sexual tension between them sizzles. Due to her insecurities Kelsey refuses to believe JP is serious and as JP has trust issues himself, he doesn’t share his feelings with her and she just doesn’t get it. That’s when this story starts to get more interesting.
Stella Hunter with Aaron Shedlock narrating in duet is all sexy fun with a perfect balance of humor and drama. Stella Hunter brings out Kelsey’s insecurities expertly and Aaron Shedlock’s sensual tones displays JP’s emotional ups and downs perfectly. And not to be missed is a rendition of the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally that had me checking my ear buds so as not to miss one second of it!!
I enjoyed this story, the banter, the angst, the humor, the sizzle, and especially the Podcasts of familiar characters.
Looking forward to the third Crane brother’s story next.

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Narrators nailed it!

Both narrators are absolutely phenomenal! Really did their parts perfectly. The story unfortunately not the best, mainly bc the FMC is the most insufferable character I have ever read. All the other charges are great and kept me in the story but she pretty much ruined it for me.

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A slooooowww burn.

3.5 STARS

What I liked:
1. The JP who woos Kelsey—the way he woos her, they way he talks to her, engages her, etc.
2. The humor! The slapstick physical stuff, the beyond embarrassing situations, and the pigeon infatuation (so adorable!)
3. I know many people disliked Kelsey for her insecurities, but that particular trait rang true for me. And I was able to better understand/identify with her

This book did take quite a while to get going, but once it did it rolled by quickly!

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FMC ruined the whole freakin story…

Okay, I really enjoyed the duet style narration in this book.

Both narrators did a good job.

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I like JP and his shortcomings and his “coping” mechanisms BUT the heroine! OMG! Why are heroines like this now? She’s a garage human who happened to be beautiful on the outside… the easy she was jealous of her sister! Like why not me…taking the time away from her sister… she’s spoiled brat and her sister was too nice and Kelsey’s ridiculousness was too much I wanted to scream… like several times she mentioned how her sister didn’t even want love and she did but she got it and with someone amazing…. What the heck? Isn’t that what we want for families and friends? I couldn’t relate and she just became annoying… I wish she was an actual decent human…she couldn’t be nice back? At least the way one would do when someone actually helped them she doesn’t deserve JP and he’s a dummy to like someone this insecure, this one dimensional. She’s really an empty shell that the author tried to fill with “owning her business” and whatever podcast… she’s jealous, insecure, bratty, annoying, weak and all around shallow and throw in gold digger in there ugh….why not be happy for others? She thinks she’s more than she is and hiding it behind the insecurities was just so annoying… I was going to DNF it but had to finish… so so so painful…
Seriously, Too many shit people like this in real world… did not appreciate finding them in a book…I was hoping to disappear in a book where characters are actually nice…

It’s so long and a few chapters could have been shaved removing evidence of her shit personality.

I wish JP would just move on to someone who’ll actually appreciate him…

Do I recommend? If you like weak characters who play on insecurities and repeat themselves over and over then yeah, go for it buuuut if you like badass FMC she’s not it…

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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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  • 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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  • Bran.d (amour.Rebelle92)
  • 06-08-22

For the love of Kazoo<3

For just $1 a day you can help pigeons like Kazoo😜 just kidding…maybe

JP & Kelsey are perfectly prickly & all kinds of sexy in this opposites attract, enemies to lovers (kinda sorta), workplace (hello hot boss) romcom.

Seriously you guys So Not meant to Be is definitely a must read or listen!! It’s full of cameos from all of our favorite couples, the banter is on point, their chemistry is explosive & I seriously laughed out loud on several occasions{the hall scene…the restaurant…}.

I FLOVE Kelsey’s podcast so much & JPs appearance on it definitely made his swoon-o-meter max out!

I was lucky enough to listen to the audio. I love Stella as Kelsey. Her performance was perfectly matched with Aaron and the duet style just makes it so much better:)

Fave quotes:
Let’s pause here for a moment. I’m not a complete a*hole. . . all the time. I’m really not. But Kelsey just has the best reactions, and I can’t resist. She’s so *gd* gorgeous, and it’s fun to rile her. To ruffle her feathers.—-perfect example of how JP just needles Kelsey😜

Eh . . . he very well might be right about everything, because even though he does drive me nuts, I sort of like it. I fall in line with his teasing and . . . Oh God . . . am I starting to crave it? No, that couldn’t possibly be true, right? He dips his fork into the cake and takes another bite, his eyes on me the entire time. Huh . . . maybe I am.—-🤗

We walk in, and it takes my eyes a second to adjust, but once they do, they spot a little fella on a perch, wearing a bow tie that matches the fabric of my shirt. “Oh fudge,” I whisper to Kelsey. “I might cry.”—-Y’ALL this dude & Kazoo🤣

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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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  • 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!!