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Would Like to Meet

Written by: Rachel Winters
Narrated by: Laura Hobson
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?

It's Evie Summers' job to find out. Because if she can't convince her film agency's biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic - and he'll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him that it's possible to meet a man in real life the way it happens on the big screen.

Cynical Evie might not believe in happily ever after, but she'll do what it takes to save the job that's been her lifeline...even if it means reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public. Spilling orange juice on a cute stranger? No problem. Leaving her number in books all over London to see who calls? Done. With a little help from her well-meaning friends - and Ben and Anette, the adorable father-daughter duo who keep witnessing her humiliations - Evie is determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry. But can a workaholic who's given up on love find a meet-cute of her very own?

©2019 Rachel Winters (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Evie is a scrappy, winning heroine.... The references to classic films of the genre will delight rom-com fans, as will the sweet romance. The best scenes, though, are with Evie and her three best friends, who have the warmly mocking dynamic of friends in a Richard Curtis film. A lovely, humorous ode to romantic comedies." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Winters’s charming debut combines tropes from classic romantic comedy films to hilarious effect.... Winters employs self-aware, genre-savvy characters to expertly balance humor and heart. This adorable romance is a love letter to cinephiles." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"Winters offers a relatable take on modern dating, writing, and working. Movie aficionados, in particular, will enjoy references to iconic rom-com moments as lovable, overworked Evie navigates her own series of meet-cute mishaps." (Library Journal)

"A lively, laugh-out-loud story.... Debut author Rachel Winters hits all the right notes in Would Like to Meet, a fun and lively millennial rom-com with a heartfelt message that cleverly plays off tropes from a host of contemporary romance movies." (Shelf Awareness)

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Such a sweet story!

I loved this story so much! I found all of the characters to be incredibly endearing. Because of the way the book is written and the way it’s broken down, it always keeps a really good pace. It wasn’t as predictable as I had expected either. There were definitely moments that the author took you on a bit of a detour which made the ending that much sweeter. I thought that the narrator did a great job voicing Evie and really helped bring her quirky personality to life. I would definitely say that the story is romantic but it’s not sexual or raunchy romance, which I found refreshing. Overall a very enjoyable book and I can’t wait to check out more from this author.

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  • Kate
  • 2020-05-23

Cringey, dnf despite being a rom com fan

Unlistenable. I will let you see others who have done a thorough review. I’ll just say that I would have returned it, but I returned a bunch in a row and felt guilty. Maybe I still will.

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  • dm
  • 2020-08-08

Slow to begin and understand, but overall...cute story!

It took me awhile to catch on to what was happening. It would have made more sense if I saw the words written. The beginning of every chapter is told like the visual of the scene being described but I didn’t know this is what the narrator was saying. This had me really confused in the beginning because I couldn’t tell where the story started. But 1/3 of the way through when I started to catch on and wasn’t confused by the many, many characters introduced all in the beginning at once, then I really liked it! Towards the end, I couldn’t stop listening...I really enjoyed it and wanted to see how it ended. Cute story, really liked it! The narration was excellent.

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  • Verdell82
  • 2020-06-28

Struggled to finish, painful to read

I had high hopes for the premises of the book, however I was met with a rather painful read. I liked the idea of a woman recreating situations to meet people as they do in movies. You know she's going to fail and maybe it would be light and funny. No, they are cringe worthy. The main character is very unlikeable and her friends are also unlikeable. I ended up skipping the last 4 or 5 chapters of dates before skipping to the the end to hear how it played out.

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  • Katie
  • 2020-06-26

Lacking ROM and COM

I had a difficult time getting into the story and liking the characters. The characters acted unlikely and were odd. The meet cutes lacked creativity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-12

A good listen

I would definitely recommend this story. The characters are originals and dialogue sparkling. Evie , Jeremy, Sarah and Marie make a great team- made me wish I were part of their gang! The romance is cute and definitely a rom-com meet cute. I’d like to hear more from this author.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2020-05-20

Very Cute Story🤩🤩🤩

I quite enjoyed this story. I liked watching the friendship between Evie and Ben develop. Annette Ben's daughter had to he my favorite character.She had so much spunk and in site.
On the flip side I found myself wanting to slap NOB aka Ezra Chester. He truly lived up to his nickname. Overall, I would recomend this book to someone who enjoys A good rom com movie. You will get all the feels.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 2020-05-07

Cute, light listen

I think this was a light, fun listen. I would definitely watch the movie, as others have said. I do think that it was completely predictable, however, and I did find myself annoyed with the stupidity and naivety of the main character at times. I guess sometimes characters have to be like that in order for the story to go the way it does, but I always wish there was another way to do it without having the reader lose respect for the main character from it. But, if you escape from that, the book does grab you and let you escape life for a while.

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  • Shauna Schroeder
  • 2020-05-04

Great story

the story started off slowly and I didn't feel like I could follow all the names. A few chapters in it got better. :)

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  • k0511
  • 2020-04-26

Could not get through it!

I’ve tried to get through this book for weeks now! Usually it takes me days to finish a book. I’m giving up. Just couldn’t get into it.

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  • KAS
  • 2020-03-26

Great idea, would watch the movie!!!!

Wonderful book, would be a fabulous movie. With follow ups for other characters. I I I