[Review] Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe

Title: Best Friends Don’t Kiss

Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 26, 2020

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 holidays takes 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?

divider_line (1)Review:

This one was the ultimate holiday best friends to lovers story! What started with a hot plate incident turns into fifteen years of friendship for Ava and Luke. They know everything about each other and support each other unconditionally. There’s just one problem: Ava is severely lacking in the confidence department and she’s too nice for her own good. Reading this book makes me want to go back and read all their previous books because this includes cameos galore! But what grabbed my attention about this story was the fact that it’s a holiday romance involving fake dating. One thing I will say is that I wish more time was spent on the three main events (Christmas, reunion, wedding) but each one did serve its purpose. I just felt like this story tried to pack everything in to the end and it would have been nice to get more balance. I did also have a few pet peeves with the writing, especially when characters kept getting full-named after being introduced. You’ll enjoy this story if you love things like:

-best friends to lovers/fake dating
-big white lies that spiral
-artsy heroines who have a tendency to kill plants
-Christmas-obsessed dads
-friendsgiving with billionaires
-online dating mishaps
-hilarious secondary characters (oh, Thatch…)
-nosy families

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