My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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"Kiss is final ingredient," she insisted. "No kiss. No cookie."
"Well, that settles that then," Esme said brightly.
Next to her, Hunter sighed and stuck his wallet back in his pockets. She looked up at him in relief ready to give him the signal to run for it when his lips darted down and met with hers in a lightning fast peck of a kiss that was gone before she even knew it had landed. Still, it sparked as if she's been shocked with static electricity, leaving her a bit shaken.
"There!" Hunter announced, turning back to Miss Pearl. "Now let me try this famous cookie of yours."
Miss Pearl is back and at it again with another entry in the Power of the Matchmaker series, King of the Friend Zone, only this time as a woman selling magical cookies. Sound corny? No, not to me! This was a wonderful story about two friends who turn in to lovers and discover that their true love was right there the whole time.
Esme and Hunter have been friends since they were babes in diapers because of their mothers. In fact, there isn't a memory that doesn't feature Hunter in Esme's childhood, and neither for Hunter, aside from the ones that feature their other friend Luke. A transition in to a romantic relationship should have been something that was easy to come about, only one problem though...
The book opens on Esme's engagement to her boyfriend Jon Bauer, surprising Hunter and leaving him out in the cold. Hunter's always known that he loves Esme, much more than the way a brother from another mother should love their sister. Jon sees that, he even confronts Hunter about it and eventually demands that Esme cut off all contact with him. I never thought she could do it, but she did. I recognized things I've done before, cutting off friends for the sake of a relationship, and that never works out well! The realization that Hunter is so much a part of her life that she can't be without him... Well that's beautiful payoff indeed!
"Because the last two months have shown me a life without Hunter, and that really isn't an option for me," Esme confessed. "I may love him, yes, but part of me is worried that I actually need him to be who I want to be, and that kind of freaks me out."
"That you and Hunter have a synergetic relationship that helps both of you be better people?" Grace asked.
"Not when you put it that way, no," Esme said, finally digging down and daring herself to say the fear that had been spinning in her mind for weeks. "But... what if we don't work? What if we go there with each other and we bomb and I lose him?"
I loved Sheralyn Pratt's writing here. I haven't read any of her other books, but after reading this, I think I would love reading them too! I loved the little side bits about Grace and her husband which means that I will have to read The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs because I want to know how they came to be!
This was a fantastic read and another fantastic entry in the Power of the Matchmaker series. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up and 5 stars!
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