Title: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 20th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
and One Time I Kissed Him First
When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.
As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.
When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.
This book should’ve been a slam-dunk.
Best friends to lovers is a favorite trope of mine, and this author is one who’s books I’ve enjoyed in the past. And it this wasn’t bad, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was expecting more.
-I liked the main characters- Scott and Evan. Great personalities and their feelings towards one another felt natural and genuine.
-The side characters were great.
-For 70% of the story, the pace was pretty good. It flowed nicely.
-The book had a feel good vibe, not very angsty.
So overall I enjoyed it. But two points brought this book down.
1. This story should’ve been told from an alternating POV. I wanted, needed to hear Scott’s voice. Why did he make some of the decisions that he made? How did he really feel about Evan when they were growing up? When did his feelings grow from just friends into something romantic? For most of this book, I felt as if I was only getting a half a story. Evan’s narration was lacking. It was frustrating.
2. The ending just draaaaaggged on. The last almost 30% of this book was the epilogue. I love me an HEA after, but this was too much for me. There seemed to be no point after a while.
**Also, not to be nit-picky, but during they holidays kept saying “Happy Christmas.” American’s don’t use that phrase- they say “Merry Christmas.” I know the author is from across the pond, but somebody in the editing should’ve caught that. It happened multiple times in the book.
In the end, there were more positives than negatives, and I’m going with a rating of 3.5 Stars. This mean: I liked it. Not wowed but still enjoyed it.