Thursday, September 15, 2016

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


Title: King of the Friend Zone

 Author: Sheralyn Pratt
  Published: September 1, 2016
 Publisher: Wicked Sassy
Series or standalone: series (loose)
Format: e-book
 Source: for review

I received a copy for review.

Summary from Good Reads:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, 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 fiancé, 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?

My Review:

This is the 9th book in the loosely related series, Power of the Matchmaker, and the third book that I read.  At first glanced, I thought the title of the book was so funny, but I was hesitant about the blurb of the book due to the mention of Miss Pearl, the matchmaker in the series, wanting Esme and Hunter to give each other a chance while she was engaged.  It really didn’t sit well with me.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at first because I found the very beginning hard to get through, but I found myself flipping through this book pretty fast.  It was definitely a quicker read for me.  I will say that I loved Pearl in this more than the other 2 books I’ve read in the series, but the other 2 had much cleaner content.  I was definitely put off by the content of this book.  I’ve been waiting for Miss Pearl to have a role more in the line of the Asian lady in the movie, Freaky Friday.  There was definitely that kind of fun, pushy personality that I loved.

All my qualms aside, I still rather enjoyed the book as a whole.  The one major downfall for me was the mild innuendos, and I really didn't like Jon and Hunter that much.

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