Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me
Author: Anna Martin
Heroes: Evan King/Scott Sparrow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: and One Time I Kissed Him First
When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.
As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.
When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.
Review: At the end of the book, the author has this to say about the style of the book:
“THE FIVE Things, or 5+1 writing structure, owes its existence to fan fiction, much like my writing career.
Although writers can and do interpret the 5+1 idea very differently, most commonly stories will follow a concept along the lines of “five times someone did something and one time they did the opposite,” which is what I’ve used for this story.
Although the true origins of this concept are slightly muddy, most agree that it started back in the 1980s with a Star Wars story and exploded in the 1990s and 2000s with stories written in the Smallville, Blakes 7, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandoms.”
I think that reading this first would have at least explained the “why” of the unique story structure and helped me to put that aside. It’s a bit of a strange way to look at a person’s history – especially in this case, as the 5 kisses aren’t told about in chronological order. Though it’s easy enough to follow, it took some getting used to.
I loved the parts when the boys were young – it felt authentic and sweet. Two guys who become best friends at 7 and help support one another through tough times (small spoiler but the first kiss happens shortly around then and it is absolutely adorable!!!!)
What I did not like at all was the big time leaps from kisses 4 to 5 to the last. I was confused by the actions of each MC, I didn’t appreciate Scott or his choices at all, and I really felt that the jump from “we’re friends” to “I have a crush” to “We kissed “ to “I hate you” to “I still love you”, etc… went without enough discussion/investigation/resolution. All of the sudden, the two have reconciled and POW the end.
There were many sweet and sexy parts in this story, and I appreciated the last little bit as being unique and clever (no spoilers here) and I am a big fan of the author and her ability to write (she’s great at giving us REAL people in unusual circumstances), but I just never connected with Scott and needed him to do something more to win Evan over.
I loved Lacey and thought the moms were the best!
Overall, I read it quickly and was entertained, but I didn’t love it as much as I’ve loved other Anna Martin works in the past (i.e. The Prince, which I ADORED!)
So – I give it 3.75 of 5 stars – I liked it – I just didn’t love it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*