29 September 2016

King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker) by Sheralyn Pratt

King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker) by Sheralyn Pratt.
Audience/Genre: Clean Read, Romance.
Publication: August 29th 2016 by Wicked Sassy.
Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancĂ©, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancĂ©, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

Note to Reader: This book is a "clean" read with mainstream values and minor language.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This was a cute twist of the friend to lover’s trope! The chemistry was perfect. I liked how they showed flaws in the characters that affected what they do with their lives. And of course, I always enjoy seeing Ms Pearl! She just brings it all together with her words of wisdom!

When Jon proposes to Esme in her favorite place, Esme accepts. It was a little fast and she hasn’t yet introduced him to her family and her best friends Grace and Hunter. Jon doesn’t like Hunter and gets Esme to pretty much not have any contact with him ever again. When he explains why to Esme, she can see his point. Jon however never sees Esme’s point. In fact, I don’t like him at all. He gives me the creeps. But Esme is a crisis management PR person and yet she doesn’t know what to do without Hunter in her life. She has known him since before she could talk. They text every day and she competes with him on their fit bit. Esme also keeps track of the calls Hunter goes on as a firefighter. Without him, things don’t go as well.

Hunter has always loved Esme but never acted on it in fear of losing his friendship with her. So when at her engagement party Hunter toasts to them with his hurt ego, he lets it out that he has always loved her and chose him. Then he leaves and cuts off all communication with her. It’s a total mess after that.

Miss Pearl has many aha moments in this book. They are always enlightening and sometimes profound.

If you like Crisis management, helping out foster kids, being a hero, dyslexia, very little description of gun violence, taking the leap and loving someone, boxing, firemen, then this might be for you!

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