Meant to Be: A Friends-to-Lovers Romance

· R.L. Kenderson
60 reviews

About this ebook

He doesn't do commitment. She's his dead friend's wife. They can never be more than friends.

Piper Stevens had already met—and lost—the love of her life. When she buried her husband, she buried her chance for a happily ever after…but also found a shoulder to lean on in Nate.

As a commitment-phobe womanizer, Nate Hall has never had a female as a friend, but he made a promise to his buddy before he passed. Take care of Piper.

And these days? He can't imagine his life without her.

Now, a year later, things Piper thought were long gone are beginning to come back.

Like her previously healthy libido.

Except she can't picture dating someone in her husband's place, nor can she sleep with a stranger either.

So, she turns to Nate. After all, he's the perfect choice. He's her friend but also a player. He cares about her but they'll never fall in love…and she won't get hurt. Not like she did when she lost her husband.

But sometimes the universe has other plans. Like bringing together two people who were meant to be together.

Ratings and reviews

60 reviews
Danea Sears
August 23, 2019
So this is a contemporary, friends to lovers romance. I generally stay in the paranormal genre, to be honest, because I'm not big on reality. But I am a big fan of R.L. Kinderson's other series, so I figured it couldn't hurt me too bad to give this one a shot when it showed up in their newsletter. It was definitely a good romance. If you don't like the feels, this book is not for you. There is a whole roller-coaster of emotions to be had within the covers of this book, so you have been warned. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient from both main characters' point of view (and for a short moment, the cat's-best part EVER). It is well written, well edited, and flows perfectly. The book felt about as long as it should be with no extraneous fluff to make it drag. Both Nate and Piper were relatable and you got to love them and their relationship by the end of it. There were some heart-wrenching moments for sure (Piper is a widow when the book starts with all that entails) on the part of both characters, but the book has a definitively happy ending, so it's worth powering through. I have not read the first book, or the novella, in this series, but that didn't hinder my experience any and I also enjoyed getting to know the other characters. As usual, R.L. Kenderson definitely delivered. Though I am still quite happy to stick to my paranormal romance, I am no unhappy I made the voyage out here to read this book, if that tells you anything. :)
A Google user
June 29, 2018
A really wonderful book. An engaging and emotional storyline, with likable characters and plenty of emotion and steam. This twist on the friends with benefits trope hits the bullseye with the addition of a heartbreaking tragedy and a promise. I loved Piper and Nate. Regardless of the loss in her past and his love 'em and leave 'em ways, they seemed to fit together beautifully and were just what the other needed in so many ways. Could be read as a standalone but for full immersive experience and total knowledge of all characters I recommend reading them all and in order.
Max Hauger
July 7, 2018
I found many reasons to love this novel. 1. It's well-written about a widow (Piper) who's surfacing after her husband death after a year of morning. 2. Nate is a great character "a player" who's a supportive friend because of a promise to Piper's husband Jordan to a lover with benefits. 3. Great friends on both sides are entwined in this story. 4. It's not a "Instant Love", it builds with emotions, angst and soul searching onto what is important to each other to reach their HEA. 5. I loved the touches of humor as I was reading about Piper and Nate in the second novel in this series. I volunteer to read and review this ARC that I totally enjoyed.

About the author

R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name.

Renae has always loved reading, and in third grade, she wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then, she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

One lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and the other in the Kansas City area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day, and together they’re a sexy author by night. They communicate through phone, email, and whole lot of messaging.

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