Audiobook Review: Meant For You by Lili Valente

Meant for You
Written by: Lili Valente
Narrated by: Kitty Bang , C.J. Mission
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-01-17
Publisher: Self Taught Ninja

I was her first love, and I'm going to be her last....
On paper, I've got it all - good looks, good friends, a killer business, and gorgeous women throwing themselves at me from every corner of the globe. But I still can't get one woman out of my head.
Her. Adeline Klein, the sexiest little smartass in wire-rimmed glasses and a polka-dot bikini to ever bring a man to his knees.
God, she was something....
But I'm pretty sure she hates me. I've tried to track her down, but it's like she dropped off the face of the earth. Then one day there she is - stranded on the side of the road, waiting for rescue, like Fate has arranged for me to be her knight in shining armor all over again.
Only she would clearly prefer to kick me in the balls. Or the face. Or maybe the balls and the face simultaneously. But do I let that keep me from making her come on the slopes or dampen the fire that flares between us every time we touch?
No way. Because some things - like sweet, wounded women with hearts of gold and souls of pure platinum - are worth fighting for.

Meant for You is a steamy standalone second chance romance with a swoony HEA.
Story
I was skeptical about this book because someone whose reviews I trust had issues with it. But I got the opportunity to listen to the audiobook which is my preference when I’m on the fence about book so I gave it a chance. From the beginning I really loved this book. Addie and Nate meet as teens when they end up at a hell mouth in New Jersey after reading about it in the same book. From there a summer romance begins. Even though as a listener I only get a glimpse into their summer together as it lasts one chapter, I really felt the connection between Addie and Nate. Nate was willing to change his whole life plan for Addie. Then somethings happen that as a listener, we don't find out the details to until much later. Fast forward seven years and they come back into each other’s lives. Nate is all prepared to pick up where things left off when he sees Addie again but there has been a lot of time and issues between then and now but her is determined to get his second chance with Addie.

I really did love them as a couple. I felt Nate did still love Addie even after all the years that have passed. Addie was kind of a shell of her former self in the present but she had been through a lot over the years. Plus she was with Nate she was only 16 so the things that happened to her affected her in a different way because of that. There was a misunderstanding between the two due to Nate’s current profession and a situation with a lost phone which I thought was kind of funny. Without spoiling it, I did like the conflict and resolution of the story. There was a little divine intervention in this book connecting Nate and Addie together too which I thought was an interesting plot device.

Narration
I really enjoyed the narration in this book. This was the first book I listened to from either narrator and I think they did a great job. CJ Mission really captured what I imagined as Nate’s voice.  Addie’s narrator, Kitty Bang, also did a great job bringing her character to life. Both narrators really expressed the emotions of the story in their narration. I would definitely listen to a book narrated by either of them again.

If given the choice to read or listen to this book, I would recommend listening. I really think the narration brought something to the story that may be missed in just reading it. It was an enjoyable listen and I look forward to more this author and the narrators. 

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