Heavy on the friends and light on the lovers, this was SUPER cute, low angst, and fun. As with all of this writing duo’s books, the story has plenty of humor and will put a smile on your face throughout. I did think that this was more slow than slow burn at times, with more friend chemistry than sexual chemistry. That changes in the last act, but there were some moments that dragged on the way there. It’s feel good, light, and easy, and I loved seeing this couple get together in the end. And while it’s not all that holiday-focused, this has a few moments that will get you in a festive mood.
The story follows Ava and Luke, best friends who’ve been close since college. Ava friend-zoned Luke upon meeting him, and that hasn’t changed in the 15 years since. They’re extremely close, great friends who have each other’s backs. And while they’ve never been single at the same time (until now), neither one seems to think that would’ve changed anything. So when Ava finds herself in need of a boyfriend – fake or otherwise – in time for her high school reunion… Luke is barely on her radar. After a series of failed online dates, Ava seeks out Luke’s help, not realizing how much of an impact the favor would have on their relationship.
I loved Ava and Luke together in a lot of ways, but I wish there had been more sexual tension to make the leap from friends to lovers not seem so rushed. Case in point: I seriously don’t even think they looked at each other in a non-friendly way until the second half (despite a few breadcrumbs along the way). I love a good slow burn, prefer it actually, but this felt more like friends hanging out for much of the story. There are also a lot of scenes that Ava and Luke are not in together, which doesn’t help the pacing. That being said, it’s got a great, feel good vibe with plenty of humor. I loved both of these characters, and I was rooting for them the whole time. They were ADORABLE together, and their love was obvious from the start. If you’re a friends to lovers fan and want something with minimal angst, this is a solid choice – even if a few tweaks could’ve made it stellar. I received an early copy via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light, funny romance.
Best friends don’t kiss…
But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?
Goal: Find a boyfriend, get married, buy a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and pop out 2.5 kids.
Deadline: Sixty days.
That’s possible, right?
I’m kidding. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m not going to attempt a shotgun wedding or try to get knocked up by some guy I met on the internet, but there is no doubt that, this year, home for the holidaystakes on a whole new, terrifying meaning.
I have to travel from New York City—my home and safe haven for the last fifteen years—to my tiny hometown in Vermont for Christmas, my baby sister’s wedding, and my high school reunion.
Talk about a trifecta of single-doom.
Throw in Callie Camden—aka my high school class’s version of Regina George—and it’s a recipe for certified disaster.
Especially since my mouth ran away from me when she asked me if I’d be bringing someone to our reunion, and I told her to put me down for two.
Gah. Now I can’t go alone.
But the online dating world is a cesspool of bad manners, speedy hookups, and outright weirdos.
Handsome, single, successful—that’s what I’m looking for.
And it just so happens that my best friend Luke London fits all of the criteria.
The only problem is best friends don’t kiss…
But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend?
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A duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.
Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.
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