Dec 03

Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe Review


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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?

HAHAHA. *Faints*

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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Max Monroe is an author I turn to when I need to read something that’s guaranteed to make me laugh, make me smile, a light-hearted and sexy romance, and there hasn’t been a single story of theirs that I haven’t enjoyed. Always hilarious, their romantic comedies pack a one-two punch of steam and story. Creatively imaginative plots, endearing characters and romances that are as heart-tugging as they are heart-pounding, Max and Monroe deliver the goods every single time. Teetering on the edge of ridiculous, the humor in their stories is the kind of stuff that makes me laugh audibly, so considered yourself warned should you attempt reading their books in public.

“Ride or die, baby.”

Best friends for fifteen years, Ava and Luke met on the first day of college and became fast friends as he rode to her rescue in what would become a recurring theme of their friendship. Ava, an art curator and aspiring artist, is a people pleaser. She shuns confrontation, she is incapable of telling people how she really feels, and she has a really difficult time saying no. All of that comes to a head in a single conversation with her high school nemesis, and Ava finds herself put on the spot and egged on by backhanded compliments that do little veil the insult. Next thing she knows, she’s not only heading home for Christmas and her baby sister’s holiday wedding, she’s also planning her high school reunion with said nemesis—and she will be bringing her non-existent boyfriend home with her to attend all of these festivities as well.

Luke, a pilot and a NASA candidate, has been the official “Ava Whisperer” for fifteen years. Bailing her out of bad dates, putting out her fires—literally—and calming her down is his specialty. I loved their friendship so much – it was genuine, it was real and it was precious. A perfect foundation for a romantic relationship, if they’d both just open their eyes, and hearts, to it. It takes the trip back to Ava’s childhood home with Luke in tow dutifully playing the role of her (fake) boyfriend for the ruse to turn real. Unfortunately, Luke’s harboring a secret that could change everything, and as he struggles with the changes that secret will bring, his eyes finally open to what his friends see.

Best Friends Don’t Kiss was an entertaining mix of sweet, sexy romance and the kind of laugh-out-loud, smiling from ear-to-ear humor that I have come crave Max Monroe. A light-hearted pleasure to read, I devoured Luke and Ava’s story with a smile stretched across my face as I swooned in my seat on the sofa. Five smooches from me for Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe!

~Danielle Palumbo




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