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A Not So Meet Cute

Written by: Meghan Quinn
Narrated by: Ava Erickson,Aaron Shedlock
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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author of The Highland Fling comes a brand new romantic comedy about a desperate billionaire seeking to find a fiancée. This modern day take on Pretty Woman is brilliantly clever and hilariously pause-resisting.

How did you two meet?

The quintessential question asked to every couple. And the answer is usually some bubbly, lovey dovey tale of being struck in the bum by Cupid’s arrow. 

My meet cute (well, not so meet cute) is slightly different. I was trolling a wealthy neighborhood in Beverly Hills, searching for someone to take me as their bride, you know, to make my arch nemesis jealous who consequently just fired me. 

He was stomping around the block like some sort of gorgeous ogre, mumbling about a business deal gone wrong and attempting to finagle his way out of it. 

And that's when we bumped into each other. 

There were no sparks. 

Not even a hint of blossoming love. 

But next thing I knew, I was scarfing down free chips and guac, listening to this man lay out all of his problems which led to his big ask...he wanted me to be his Vivian Ward, you know, from Pretty Woman - minus the frisky behavior. 

We're talking about living in a mansion, intimate double dates, and pretending we were head over heels in love...and engaged. Can you imagine?

The absolute audacity.

But people do crazy things when they’re desperate. And I reeked of desperation. So, I struck up a deal.

My one big mistake, though...big...HUGE? I accidentally fell for the incomparable Huxley Cane.

©2021 Meghan Quinn (P)2023 Meghan Quinn
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So much potential

I made it the end.. the storyline had so much potential, just if they shortened the book, made it tight. It’s like it had no legs to stand on. This is why editing is so important. Very drawn out. Lots of sex, without sexual tension, odd thing to observe. Narrator, both did a wonderful job.

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3.75 overall

3.75 overall - the story was cute but some of the romance scenes were a bit cringe. Good easy read.

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Laugh Out Loud

Meghan Quinn is one of my favourite rom-com spicy romance writers. This book was everything I expected from her and more. There were parts of this book I was laughing so hard that anyone around me probably thought I was insane.

I love a good grumpy/sunshine arranged marriage trope romance book. The fact that Lottie is literally out looking for a millionaire husband when she bumps into Huxley and then almost immediately has verbal diarrhea about it. I think Lotties quirky personality and embarrassing moments made her super relatable, well for me at least. I wasn’t sure I liked Ava’s narration when I first started listening to the book but she grew on me after a few chapters.

Huxley is definitely a grumpy MMC, but you can see the sweetness shine through every once in a while. He definitely threw in an extra shot of grumpy every time those pesky feelings for is fake wife started to show up. I enjoy Aaron as a narrator and this isn’t the first book I’ve listened to that he’s done.

I wish this book was done in duet style, I think that would have been the icing on the cake for me.

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Rom com

I love a romantic comedy and I laughed out loud several times. I thought the narration was good, but I don’t care for the sex scenes, I found them distracting and skipped through them to be honest, so that was my least favourite parts.
I Loved the characters from the parents to the brothers to the main characters.
I should add, I don’t usually listen to romance novels, I’m more of the psychological thriller or mystery type .

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  • 2023-09-18

Laughed out loud multiple times

Laugh out loud funny. Meghan Quinn likes to paint her characters into a corner and have them make up ridiculous stories to get out of it. I must say that I found Huxley too pretentious for my liking. He just wasn’t as nuanced as Lottie and was a bit too heavy handed and not in a good way. Still a good book with lots of laughs.

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Great imagination

The premise is a good one and the author does a masterful job of exploring the impacts such deception can create. Liked it so much I bought two more books by Ms Quinn right away!

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sexy, rom-com

I liked the fake relationship trope of this particular story. enough spice, but not too much and loved the ending.

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Almost a cute story

Storyline was ruined by the gratuitous profanity. I started to cringe each time I heard another f-bomb, GD or JC. When it gets into double digits you have to wonder if either the author or the characters lack imagination or suffer from a limited vocabulary.

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Love this

I love everything about the Cane brothers, and all their friends ! I hope it continues and we keep hearing about them in different books

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LOVEEE!

Loved this book, after reading all 3 I think this one is my favourite! Need more of the Cane brothers!!!

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  • DW
  • 2021-11-07

So many things wrong

I do not know where to start, so forgive the rambling. You know when you read (listen to) a book and think God this is awful - did she (or he) write this 15 years ago, abandon it and feel so uninspired to write something new this year that they dusted this old manuscript off, update the technology in it and submit it as a brand new book? The problems with this book are many. Audibly, I am shaking my head. Ava Erickson, a dress with an Empire waist is not pronounced "Ohm-Peer" ... Empire! Like the Empire strikes back. And, do not get me started on Aaron adding plurals to several words ... for no apparent reason.
Now the story line? Oh. My. God.
I have 4 hours and 30 minutes already invested in this listen and have over 7 to go and now, I am listening to see how much more stupid it can get. The "heroine" is a business major? Yes, cannot read a simple 20 page contract that somehow obligates her and her family to the poorhouse if she doesn't perform her duties properly. She continues to talk about this contract as a whiny 14 year old "Why would I read that?!" yet her goal was to obliterate her student loans and find herself a job. By the way, when she is about to go into a business meeting on behalf of her sister's up and coming business and her sister tells her she needs to create a financial assessment of the company and its assets and she asks her sister WHY do we need this report? I cringed. Her sister had to explain that when she is asking investors for money and work, she needs to prove herself sound and solid business. How the hell can a business major - a grad - not know that?
The guy, a supposed billionaire, doing what he did to make a $10 million payoff, that's chump change for a Billionaire. To go to these lengths and not go find a professional service to at least perform what this whiny excuse for a heroine was doing for $30K and a few clothes... God, I want to go on but admittedly, I feel like I need to continue to listen just to see how much worse this tale gets. Incidentally, these two are just downright mean and nasty to each other. He's a total prick for no reason other than he just can be. She's immature, stupid, and whiny.
BTW: I cannot wait to see how badly he trashes her when she doesn't plug that model 3 in because he forgets to explain it's a Tesla and electric.
Lastly, I like this author, but this book? I also blame the editor. I'd have thrown the whole thing back at the writer and insisted she do better. This book had possibility with some major pivotal rewrites to make more sense of how these two morons got together, and how she might change him for the better.... but this one's a lost cause. The author needs a new editor who will call her on crap like this.

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Another cute and funny Romantic Comedy by Meghan Quinn. While Fake Relationships aren't really my trope, this one had me giggling a lot, especially when we meet Judith! With these characters, I feel like they swapped sides for me a lot, at first I thought he was a complete Jerk and she was an airhead but then I started to see his softer side and she showed a little of her jerk side too. I liked that they both had a few layers to them. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh and is also pretty steamy this is the book for you!

The narration was good. I like both Aaron and Ava's work.

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  • NisaWelton
  • 2021-11-17

Irrationally combative FMC

I could not get over the amount of stubbornness coming from the FMC! Look, the story was cute. I enjoyed the lack of angst as far as no secrets from the get go. He later his cards on the table about everything from the beginning. I blame him a little for the last 45 mins of the book, he was so sure she didn’t do it, but then he came home and pointed fingers.. but her.. not only did she act like a child and run.. then when she showed up for the apology meeting she didn’t even let him talk… grr so stupid. Not sure if I would recommend this book. The last 45 mins ruined the book for me.. that is in addition to the beginning where she frustrated me even more!! It was her plan in the beginning then she plays hard to get? Immediately then she is combative. I wonder if he would have been such a jerk in the beginning had she not acted like a child.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2022-01-11

Disappointing

Characters didn’t make sense. Their actions, motivations lacked authenticity. Also the f-word is no substitute for good storytelling. I’m really not a prude, I just don’t like my time being wasted by lazy writing. The narration is good.

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  • ZooGirl
  • 2021-11-18

I wish I had not wasted a credit

I tried. I made it to chapter seven. the narrators were good, the characters were annoying. the FMC was obnoxious, immature and not very bright. the MC was like a glorified used car salesman personality. don't waste your time.

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  • Heabooknurse
  • 2021-11-21

Poor characters, great narration.

I really wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be everything the cover made me feel. But it just wasn’t. I really enjoy MQ books and usually if I have issues it doesn’t come till way later in the book. I normally always start out loving her books. But I just did not like these characters at all. They were just not relatable at all to me. From page one I was already feeling like I didn’t love it. But I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt.

So I can truly say I did that this time. The sex scenes were perfection super steamy heat exceptional. But I just didn’t care what happened to these people at all and felt a lot of the things both of them pulled were very immature and childish. I will say I adored the sister and am very intrigued by her.

I did the audio and the narration was actually really good. I just hate that it was for this book.

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  • tracy
  • 2021-11-12

Amazing!!!

Well worth the credit!!! And great story too !!!loved the narrators which make a very good listen

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  • Phil
  • 2022-03-01

Not so PG

A little bit too much detail for me… the writing that was not sexual was very captivating along with the actors who voiced the characters! I just skipped over the parts that weren’t my cup of tea.

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  • Diana E Breed
  • 2021-11-10

Way too much soft porn

I rarely write reviews, but in all the reviews I read before purchasing this book, I didn't see anything that explained how much the author inserted sexual content. The beginning of the book was fine, but later the couple could be on their way to dinner and the genitalia talk was part of their conversation. Way more than I bargained for. The story was good, and if I wasn't cringing the performance will well done. Couldn't finish because it was just too much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-12-01

Not so good either

I can’t even finish this book. I really enjoy the heroine in this story… but the people around her treat her terribly!! Boarder-line mental abuse. I am stopping with 6 hours left, I just can’t listen to this story anymore.

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