Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me, by Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Narrated By: Jesse Cota
Audio Release Date: January 26, 2017
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.
Friends To Lovers
This book is the story of Evan King’s love of his best friend Scott Sparrow. When the story begins the boys are in their senior year of high school. Through a series of events, whether current as they are told or looking back, we get to experience the five times Scott kisses Evan… and the one time Evan kisses him back.
Evan– or Evan as narrated by Jesse Cota– sold this book to me. I’m typically not really a New Adult reader, and having read countless stories of “gay boy is madly in love with straight bff,” I didn’t go into this with high hopes. This book is different though, primarily in the fact that Evan, while being madly in love with Scott (since roughly the age of 7) doesn’t compromise himself for Scott. Scott takes a long time to really arrive at the conclusion that he’s bisexual, and with a gay best friend he periodically does what many young people do: he attempts that self-discovery with Evan. I liked that Evan stayed firm and wouldn’t be lured into a throw-away, casual experience. Throughout the book Evan put his feelings for Scott aside and took care of himself. He was an out-and-proud gay man who wanted a life with an out-and-proud… Scott. He mostly just wanted Scott.
I became invested, especially after Scott’s sister’s wedding, and a little heart broken when the book followed a realistic, predictable path. It made me like the book more. I liked seeing the two boys turn into young men, turning into grown-ass adults that made grown, often hard, logical decisions that didn’t make the path to forever quick or easy.
The other thing that worked for me with this book was that the side characters enriched the story. Scott’s family was wonderful. Also the women were all positive, loving, supportive characters. There was none of the typical angst regarding family acceptance, no internalized self-loathing. I also thought Scott’s bisexuality was handled better than I’ve seen it in most books, especially when his road actually starts about the time he’s introduced at 18. While we only have Evan’s POV, I didn’t get that Scott really struggled with it. His initial experience with women only came across as someone who fell back on the easier path, rather than a general unwillingness to accept who they were.
Lastly… Anna Martin writes descriptive sex well, and Jesse Cota reads it even better *wink*. So listen to the audio and tell me what you think.
ANNA MARTIN is from a picturesque seaside village in the south -west of England and now lives in the slightly arty, slightly quirky city of Bristol. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, baking weird and wonderful sweets, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading , and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
2nd place winner of the 2012 Goodreads M/ M Romance Member’s Choice Award “Best Musician/ Rockstars” for Tattoos & Teacups.
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