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Emily is dating Zach, a football star, who attends a different university than she does. Zach's brother Dylan is Emily's close friend and they attend the same school. Zach is rarely there - emotionally or physically - for Emily, so she relies on Dylan for the things most girls would turn to their boyfriends to help with. Because Dylan secretly loves Emily, he's happy to help. Until the day his brother confesses he's going to ask Emily to marry him and Dylan decides some distance is necessary, despite how easy it is for him to get sucked into Emily's pull. To complicate matters further, Emily discovers the ring Dylan is holding for Zach and thinks Dylan is about to pop the question to his quasi-girlfriend, Denise. Heartbroken because her friend didn't even tell her he's in love, let alone about to propose to someone, Emily believes his feelings can't be that strong and with the very reluctant help of her friends, sets out to make Dylan change his mind. Along the way, with help from her meddling (in a good way!) friends Kayla, Reagan and Shelby, realizes her feelings for Dylan are a lot different than the friendly feelings she thought she had for him.
I liked Emily, though I found her to be kinda wishy washy at times. I understand she was torn between the two brothers, but I just wanted her to make up her mind. Dylan was the star of this book, as far as I'm concerned. He's the swoony book boyfriend we all wish was real - and ours. He was sweet and supportive and reliable and sexy. It's no wonder Emily fell for him. Zach never really did it for me. Though he didn't feature in the book nearly as much as Dylan did, when he was around he was self-centered and, quite frankly, a bit of a jerk. I hope to discover another side of him in the second book in this series. Emily's friends Kayla, Reagan and Shelby were each awesome in their own way. Shelby was my favorite though. She was outgoing and forthright. She said what she felt and thought and I found that refreshing.
The story was cute and romantic, even if it was predictable. But you know what? I don't mind predictable when I like the characters... and I definitely liked these characters. The multiple POVs in the book ended up being a little difficult to follow at times. They changed mid-chapter and at times, I was confused as to who the narrator was.
My biggest complaint with this book was that I wish the build-up had been cut short and the ending had been a little more satisfying. While not a true cliffhanger, it left me wanting more. We spent so much time in the back and forth with Emily and Dylan that I wanted more of them together. What we got, instead, was a tease. I absolutely adored these two characters. They were so perfect for each other, I wanted a chance to actually know more than that they were going on a date. I wanted to see them as a couple. I know this is a series, but the second book is Zach's book and, given the way relationships were severed in this story, I don't anticipate much of Emily and Dylan in his book. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong. But, the ending caused me to knock a full star off my rating of this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
****Rating updated 12/27****
The author contacted me after seeing my review and offered me a final copy of the book that contained two chapters not in the review copy. The two extra chapters made a huge difference in the book! I wanted Emily and Dylan together and I got it! I feel like Emily and Dylan's story is complete now. Thank you, Christy, for reaching out and allowing me to read the changes you made!
This is the story of Dylan and Emily who have been best friends for years. Dylan is in love with Emily but she has been dating his brother Zach since high school. After finding an engagement ring in Dylan's backpack Emily concocts this scheme with her friends to get Dylan not to propose to his girlfriend.
I felt like there was a lot of drama that could have been cleared up with the main characters talking to each other. I also felt like there were too many characters introduced at one time. I would have liked the focus to be on just the main characters. I loved Dylan and don't know why Emily would have ever picked Zach over him in the first place. Overall it was a good story though.
This is the first book that I have ever read by Christy Hayes. I will read more books by her in the future.
How long do I have to wait for the next book?????????????
How distracted did I get?
A Kiss by Design is a captivating New adult romance. I fell in love with the characters and their drama and read the story in 3 evenings. Emily is a college girl with a current longterm relationship. She goes through a typical romantic issue in college and panics. And Dylan? Well, who wouldn't swoon? I love the fact that I can see his pov. I like to know what male characters are thinking. I also like the POV from Zack and Emily's roommates! I can't wait to see what happens with Reagan and Dash!
A copy of this book was gifted for an honest review
This was a very fast read for me. I read this book in a day. I just couldn't put it down. This was my first book by Christy Hayes and I will be reading more. I look forward to reading Zach's story.
I'm a sucker for a love-gone-wrong or a people-dating-the-wrong-person story (A Midsummer Night's Dream, anybody?) and that's what attracted me to A Kiss by Design. Emily is best friends with Dylan and has been dating Dylan's older brother Zach for years. Dylan has been secretly in love with Emily forever and faces a constant battle to hide it.
Some parts of the story were really funny - The scenes where Emily finds the ring in Dylan's bag and decides to stop him from proposing were some of my favourites. She comes up with some ridiculous schemes and I think it was obvious to everybody but Emily and Dylan why she was so desperate to stop him. I loved how her friends worked to open Emily's eyes to the situation.
Dylan was a great character and friend to Emily, it was really sad reading his chapters and watching him suffer. I honestly have no idea how Emily hadn't realised he was in love with her. I get Zack not noticing because he's really self involved - let's just say he won't be winning any boyfriend of the year competitions!
Zack annoyed me, but that's the point. I think you're not meant to like him and I think it's obvious from pretty early on that he's not the one for Emily. The scene with his tutor and then his later reaction was really annoying - talk about hypocritical!
A Kiss by Design is sweet, funny and fun. I would have liked the ending to be developed more and I wanted more Dylan.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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