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Meant To Be

(The Callahans #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Ava Callahan.

Love of my life.

Wrecker of my soul.

I would have sworn on anything that what we shared was real.

But she broke my trust. And then my heart. I don't think I can piece it back together without her, but I'm sure gonna try.

I’m better off on my own, anyways, right? Who needs girls when you have football?

If only I believed that. Look, when you need someone in your lif
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Published October 22nd 2020
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Kelly (AndKellyReads) It's the second installment of Eli and Ava since Addicted to Him ended on a cliffhanger.

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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Valentine PR)

-That girl, my supposed rival, is my world.


Ava Callihan is the youngest daughter of football legend Drew Callihan. She lives in a small town where she attends high school and is a cheerleader for the Badgers. Life is good, but uneventful. Then her world turns complicated when she falls for the quarterback of her school's biggest rival. Eli Bennett is the bad boy, trash talking troublemaker of the Mustangs football team. Full of attitude and too impulsi
Monica Murphy
Sep 22, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
The conclusion to Ava and Eli's story from ADDICTED TO HIM is here! MEANT TO BE is LIVE and FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Meant to Be was the perfect ending to Eli and Ava’s story. We get these two finding their way back to each other despite obstacles of teenage life and family. They know they are meant to be and they will let nothing stay in their way of being together. It’s funny, because in this book we see how these two have rubbed off on each other. In good ways, and in some not so good ways, but they are still funny ways. You’ll have to read to find out. This book is pretty steamy, so if you’re looking for a ...more
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ELI BENNETT IS MY NEW ALL TIME FAVE BOOK BOYFRIEND!!!! I absolutely FREAKING LOVED Ava and Eli's love story!!!! A top read of 2020 and now my favourite in this series of standalones!!! I NEVER WANTED THIS BOOK TO END!!! If you love cocky, sexy, damaged book boyfriends who say what's on their mind-consequences be damned (one of my fave things about him) and love their girl with their whole heart and soul then you NEED this book in your life!

Full review to come
The Romantic Rush Blog
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not ready to say goodbye to Ava and Eli! This series, and especially Ava and Eli's two books, are really YA romance at it's finest- the sweet longing and insecurities, all that teenage angst, a deep chemistry well beyond their years, and all that first love butterflies and nostalgia. Addicted to Him gave me all those swoony feelings as we remember what it is like to fall in love for the first time, and Meant to Be charms as we explore what it takes to STAY in love. And it’s not easy, especi ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Release Date: October 22, 2020
Genre: NA/YA Romance

Eli and Ava's story rocked my world when I first met them in ADDICTED TO HIM and this one provided the perfect conclusion to their duet. Gosh, the FEELS! I tell you, they were absolutely amazing. Of course, I was hanging by the edge of my seat especially after the way Addicted to Him Ended, but Monica Murphy did their story justice. I enjoyed it so very much!

I won't write a full on "write-up" of this novel as it's the second part of the duet
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Wow! I really couldn’t wait to dive in and see what happens between Eli and Ava. This couple goes through so much that you cannot help but hope they get their happily ever after. At the conclusion of Addicted to Him, readers were left wondering what will happen next. Well, there is a lot that happens and these two fight for each other. They way that they go to bat for the other whether it be against their friends or their family is very touching. It is an emotional roller coaster that has its h ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I honestly hate myself for reading this in one sitting. Whenever I could and took a break from uni, I immediately dived back in. I just couldn't hold myself away and I wanted to keep on reading about my babies.

First of all, I must say that this book had a lot of unnecessary drama that could have just been avoided and.. I think the main problem between the couple could have lasted more than just a few chapters. I personally also couldn't stand Ava's parents in the first half of the book, because
Siobhan Davis
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, author-provided
Monica brought her A-game to this series, skillfully capturing those angsty teen emotions that twist you into knots! Add in plenty of high school drama, hot broken bad boys, and swoon-worthy romance, and you have one heck of an addictive read. I loved every word
Stacie R.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I wanted and more. From beginning to end, I devoured every word and page, needing to know what was going to happen and how everything was going to play out.

I hate to say too much and give anything away, but just know that this story was everything that Ava and Eli needed. It’s real and raw, and sometimes a little messy. I still wanted to punch Jake in the face, and that pains me because I loved him so much in his own book. He may take that overprotective brother role a
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!!! We pick up where Addicted to Him left us, hearts feeling broken and not sure what will happen between Eli and Ava. Our hearts are broken into pieces, but this story slowly starts to build it and piece it back together, hoping it will be mended, but Eli and Ava takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions that you aren't sure how it will end with them. Monica Murphy creates these worlds of characters where you feel a part of the journey and feel for these characters. Eli, man, you love and ha ...more
Jen Zingaro
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, ya, sports
Ohhhhh gosh. This story was perfect.
There is something that just gets to me about young, first love.
When we first met Eli, he was not someone that I thought would be a favorite book boyfriend.
But.. you really get an in depth feel for his family life in this story and now I am just a sucker for him. Ava and Eli really compliment each other. There are so many other dynamic relationships between the characters in this story and I found them very compelling too.
To be honest, I had been in the bigges
Anita Byars
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic ending to Ava and Eli’s story! This started off where “Addicted To Him” stopped so you do need to read that book first. And oh what a ride! Fun, Sweet, Emotional, and so, so Hot! This book was everything a contemporary young adult story should be, friendships, first romances, serious issues and strong family bonds. But this book was deeper, heavier and sexier than the first one, and I really enjoyed and appreciated that.

I found the development of Eli and Ava’s characters to be really
Nov 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sports-romance
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I NEED Jackson and Ellie like right now!
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was so excited to receive this! I was soooo anxious to know what happened after the fact. I devoured this right away!

Eli and Ava are my fave in the series. It's angsty but not too much where you get drained from reading.

Looking back, I can definitely understand why they needed a second book and not shorten the first to fit everything. I mean, these guys already have two books about them and I still wanted to read more... I feel like it was hanging but who knows? There may be a book or nove
Alexandraa W
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
What did i just read lol.
I’m glad I only read the second part of this love story because the first part is probably more dramatic 😅

The hero and heroine at first was broken up because of a big misunderstanding, the hero thought the heroine tells his secret to her brother which at the time was a troublemaker for their relationship. The heroine did not such thing and they broken up. It was only for a week i think and they got together again.

Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
I was so excited to read this book that I begged Monica to let me read it early. The cliffhanger in Addicted to Him left me reeling and I needed more Ava and Eli, stat. This story starts off where the last book ended, with both of them left heartbroken. I didn't know how I could feel so much for a boy I thought was a giant jerk in the books prior, but Monica has a way to make everything right for me. She is an author I trust and I know she is going to take care of my feelings!
I won't lie, I love
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
....And we get the conclusion to Eli and Ava's story after only having to wait about a month after Addicted to Him (thank you for that, Monica Murphy)! This book is for us! If you haven't read that book yet, stop what you're doing and pick it up before reading this one. This is high school love and angst at it's best!

Remember falling in love for the first time? Remember what it felt like at 16/17 to think THAT was your whole world? Remember the times in high school that you thought would alter y
HANNAH (Books, Films, and Tea)
Meant To Be by Monica Murphy was a great conclusion to Ava and Eli's story. This picked up exactly where Addicted to Him left off, with Ava and Eli having just broken up on the street after everything comes to a head with Ava's brother Jake. Ava and Eli go to rival schools, and Eli is Jake's rival, so their relationship is kept a secret until they get caught seeing each other. Meant To Be follows the fallout of that and them working through their insecurities and having a relationship that's pub ...more
Kylie Cook
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Angsty teen drama

This is the fourth book in The Callahan’s series and the second book for Ava and Eli. I would recommend you read all the books in the series but you definitely need to read Addicted to Him before Meant to Be.

This book really captures the teenage angst! Ava is such a drama Queen and at times I was like... “seriously...” but then I remember she’s 16 so it’s realistic. The good news is... I like Eli now! It took me nearly until the end of the book but I finally started to see wha
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh, I loved loved loved this book!!! Meant To Be was everything I wanted and more. From beginning to end, I devoured every word, needing to know what was going to happen and how everything was going to play out. It truly was a wonderful conclusion to Eli and Ava’s love story.

Monica Murphy gives us a truly headstrong and passionate couple in Eli Bennett and Ava Callahan and from start to finish, they had me on one crazy ride. After the intensity and THAT cliffhanger to in Addicted to Him, I wa
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

When I started reading this arc I tried to keep an open mind as I didn't really enjoy Eli in the previous book, however, I wanted to see how happened after the cliffhanger. In ways, I am disappointed but also pleasantly surprised.

The cliffhanger didn't play out as well as I had hoped. I almost got whiplash from all the back and forth between this couple. I wanted to scream to Ava to move on, Eli was not worth this pain (If you read my review on Addicted to him, you would see my opinions o
Jackie Wright
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meant to Be is book 4 in The Callahans and it’s the continuation and conclusion of Ava and Eli’s story.
Please make sure you have read Addicted to Him before picking this one up.
These two broken teens find their way back to each other but before they can truly be a couple they need to deal with some issues, come to grips with teenage hormones as well as dealing with family relationships and that’s a real big ask for such young people but they somehow manage to cope.
I guess true love will conque
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I have mentioned it before but I love Drew and Fable. Even as parents. lol I had to read this book, I had to see how it all ironed out. I don't know if it's because I am getting old *shudders* or if it's because I am getting old af, but the 16 year old drama wasn't my cuppa this round. I did enjoy the way they fought for each other, I enjoyed the balance they found within each other but they were not only young chronologically they were young in the story. I don't know if that makes sens ...more
Autumn Review
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been on board with the Callahan crew from day 1. Drew + Fable are one of my all-time favorite couples, so reading the stories of their kids has been an absolute treasure. I don't want it to end. I could read about this family forever. And yes, Beck needs a story! My imagination is running wild!

On to Ava and Eli---> I loved each couple in this series, but Ava and Eli really hit me hard. I loved them so much! SO MUCH! (Sorry, Autumn! I love you and Ash too!) I just truly connected with Ava.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved all of this series so much. I stayed up all night to finish reading this book. I love how Eli is getting better are dealing with his issues. Ava is great for him. I love Jake standing up for his sister. The callahans are a great family I wish they were real. I really enjoyed the plot and character. Ava is my favorite but I love Beck the most. He is just awesome and I hope someday he will get a story.
Erin Lewis
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Star Review of Meant To Be (The Callahans #4) by Monica Murphy

Although I don’t normally read YA/NA there is something about Monica Murphy’s writing that draws me in and I quickly become invested in the story she weaves.

This is the conclusion to Ava Callahan and Eli Bennett’s story who we met in Addicted to Him and it was one that ticked a lot of boxes for me. It was well written with characters whose story you cannot help but fall for. Set in high school there is typical angst, drama and high
Nikki Swope, nixreadsromace
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion to Ava Callahan and Eli Bennett’s story and the conclusion is everything it needed to be. I was really hoping there wouldn’t be a really long carry over of drama from the first book and there wasn’t! Eli is such a great character and I think he and Ava are perfect together.

I love the Callahan family and I really hope this isn’t the last we see of them, but there have been mentions of spin-offs with Jackson and Ellie and some other great characters as well!
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