Review: “When We Met” by Marni Mann

Series: Moments in Boston, #2

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

Steam: 🔥🔥

Release Date: February 9th, 2021

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If you knew beyond all doubt that one chance encounter would change the course of your future, what would you choose?

There’s nothing like a spring day in Boston to make your heart sing. I’m out with my girls, having drinks in a bar, enjoying the bright pulse of our beautiful city, when I see Caleb. The second my eyes meet his, I know this is the moment when everything will change. All I have to do is choose him.

I meet Whitney on the worst day of my life. I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie, but I never knew how fast things could change. Her soft gaze melts my cynicism, makes me forget the bitter man I was becoming. She makes me want to be the version of myself that I see in her eyes. All she has to do is choose this life.

When We Met takes Whitney and Caleb on the ride of their lives, hitting every note on the scale of beauty and tragedy along the way.


I’ve spent a long while waiting to read a Marni Mann book and I’m so glad I got a chance to experience her writing. While not a book that made me feel all the feels, I can admit that there’s quite something about the way Marni tells her stories that makes you feel like you’re part of it all.

The weird part is, I don’t know how to express myself when it comes to this book. So instead of it being a regular review, I’m going to break it down into what I did and did not like, because I feel like that might encompass it better.

What I liked:

  • These characters are so beautiful and so complex and I love characters that don’t give you everything at the first go. I want to work to appreciate and learn more about a character and I got that with Caleb and Whitney
  • The romance was stunning. Watching them fall in love was quite beautiful. As someone who doesn’t particularly feel anything about fate or destiny, this book made me a believer. And that’s because of the chemistry and the explosive connection between these characters.
  • The setting was unexpected, but also so beautiful. I know how much the Boston Bombing fractured the nation and like anybody living outside of America, I watched the city put itself back together. To feature a story set at that time and to have a character physically affected by that was so unique.

What I didn’t like:

  • This book was incredibly confusing. I’ve read some other reviews to see if I was the only one, but I wasn’t. However, I think I was the only one who didn’t bounce back from the confusion. Split into three parts, this book goes on different journeys and I was pretty confused right till the end. And by the time I got to Part Two, I was lost. Which took away a lot of the enjoyment of the book.

This won’t change my opinion and feelings about Marni Mann books, I’m definitely going to dig into her backlist and read through her other stuff. Her writing, her craftsmanship with the world building and the characters with their relationship building – it was all absolutely perfect.

Thanks to Marni Mann & Valentine PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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