- File Size: 2760 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: Wicked Sassy (August 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L9U3GRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker) Kindle Edition
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Author Sheralyn Pratt weaves a sassy romantic tale that follows best friends Esme Taylor and Hunter Chase as they discover the love they have for each other is more than just as friends, with a little help from a wise Asian cookie vendor named Miss Pearl and best friends Grace, Ash, Luke and Daryl. There is a lot of witty banter and electrifying sparks under the surface between the two, it is so much fun to watch Esme and Hunter try to maintain a denial of attraction when it is so obvious that they are meant for each other.
The story flows smoothly in the third person narrative alternating between Esme and Hunter's perspective, you can't help but get drawn into their story. There is so many laugh-out-loud moments and subtle sexual tension between the two, especially when they are in denial of the more than friends attraction that they have for each other, and the many trials and tribulations that they had to overcome in order to find the love that was under their nose all along.
It was fun to see that friends Grace and Ash from The Kiss That Launched A 1000 Gifs are included in the story, helping Esme and Hunter realize that they really are meant to be more than just best friends. The inclusion of their witty text messages is hilarious, I found myself laughing so much that I think I even snorted! I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed Miss Pearl and her magical kissing cookies, and Hunter's side story as a volunteer mentor to at risk teens was so inspirational that it simply made me love this hunky fireman even more.
King of the Friend Zone is a fast paced and delightful romance story that is the perfect read for the truly hopeless romantics at heart!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This book was so fun! I loved Esme. She's an amazing young woman who I was able to learn about a little at a time. Kind of like Shrek, she has layers and you really don't get to see them all peeled away until almost the very end of the book. I liked how loyal she was to Jon, but I can't say that I really like his character or really even the way he treats her in the book. He's not outright abusive, but he's definitely not going out of his way to let her make her own choices or do her own thing either.
Hunter was a really fun character! He has a kind of sense of humor that you don't see a lot in books, and I thought that it was funny how he described himself as a bit of a jerk in the book. He was kind of like Esme, he had layers as well, and when his were all peeled back, he didn't seem like the jerk in the story at all.
I think that Miss Pearl was my favorite so far in this story. She and her cookie cart were one of my very favorite parts. How imaginative to have the cookie be the indicator of just whose kisses you should be partaking of. I loved how she sat down with both of the characters and gave them the talking to they needed to hear.
I loved that Ashton and Grace are back from The Kiss that Launched a 1000 Gifs. They play a big part in the romance of this one as well and this book wouldn't have been the same without them.
This book is amazing, make sure to get your own copy!
Esme and Hunter had known each other since they were childhood buds. Grown-ups now, they are still each other's favorite person, platonically speaking.
Esme's happiest place is the main loop that circles the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts. It's where she and Hunter habitually meet to talk things out. It's where Esme takes her boyfriend of six months, Jon, when he got curious about her favorite place. And, of course, he had an agenda for asking. The first few pages in, we observe Esme and Jon at the Palace of Fine Arts. And is that him presenting her with a velvet box? And getting down on one knee?
King of the Friend Zone is the ninth book in the Power of the Matchmaker series - a multi-author project that features one recurring character: Pearl the match maker - and I may love this book even more than I do The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs. I definitely want to check out the rest of the volumes in this series, if only just to see what other scrapes the peculiar Miss Pearl can get other lovebirds into.
Hunter Chase is a hunk. He's a firefighter who, on the side, mentors at-risk teens at the local boxing gym. Hunter is a catch should he ever choose to take romance seriously. Instead, he keeps hopping from date to frivolous date. And, right away, I was sensing a parallel with Ash's character - Ash being the other MC in The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs. Like Ash, Hunter can only take one girl seriously, and that's his best friend, Esme. Naturally, his feelings go unrequited.
Maybe some plot spoilers.
Thank goodness, then, for the weird and nosy little Asian lady with the cookie cart. And her kissing cookies. Hear her make her proclamation to potential customers: "One kiss and my cookies show you the flavor of your love." Esme and her sudden fiancé humor her and take a nibble of her cookies but aren't impressed. Because who wants to munch on cookies that taste like boring vanilla wafer?
Why do I like this book so much? I think it's because of Hunter. He does things in this book that I wish I had the nerve to do if I were caught in the same predicament. Between Esme and Hunter, he's definitely got the more interesting story arc. One thing is super-clear: Sheralyn Pratt can write her a-- off. She has a knack for writing a story so ingratiating that you're readily sucked into her make-believe. I was invested in the romantic tension she builds up, and loved how the several dangling threads tied into each other at the end. And I love the humor. Maybe my most favorite moment in this book is when Esme and Hunter are on the outs, and Hunter so mad he changes Esme's caller ID on his phone to... well, I laughed out loud for minutes. I also appreciated that we do get a glimpse of Esme at work as I'd been wondering what the heck PR crisis consulting entailed. Another awesome thing is that we get to catch up with what Grace and Ash have been up to, having been married for a few months now. Another highlight moment is when Grace tries to impart some advice to Hunter, and Ash ends up having to translate her words of wisdom into man-speak. Somehow, Grace's insight - "She doesn't know what she wants because she's never really been without the things she wants." - morphs into a baseball analogy. I rate this one 6 out of 5 stars.
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Great book. Love the storyline and Hunter. Esme was a bit selfish for me and not such a good friend. Overall, enjoyed the book.Read more