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.

60 reviews
A Google user
June 4, 2018
When I started to read this book I didn't know it was part of a serie already started, but I didn't have any problem following the story. I really like the story and found it easy to read. The way the writer describes the main characters make you really understand them and empathise with them, which I find really important to understand their decisions. I'm definitely going to purchase the rest of the series! Piper's husband dies in a car accident, and his last request to his friend Nate was ask him to take care of her. After one year they have become best friends and spend lots of time together, so when Piper starts to miss her sex life who better than her best friend to help her? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
4 people found this review helpful
Nicole's Book Musings
July 5, 2018
This was a great one. It's one that pulls at your heartstrings, but also brings the heat. Piper just grabbed at my heart. Losing her husband so young, but she has her late husband's friend in her corner. It warms the heart how close they are, but soon more feelings develop. Neither want commitment, but can they keep their hearts out of the equation? The chemistry is strong between Piper and Nate. One of my favorite things is the banter between them. I laughed quite often. Nate is super yummy to me because he has a cat. Major points from me. I just loved the epilogue it was the perfect touch for this book. It had me laughing, but warmed my heart. This is my first book I've read by R.L. Kenderson and I can guarantee it will not be my last.
3 people found this review helpful
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. :)

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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