Book Blurb: (Goodreads)
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?
I have really mixed feelings about this one. I don’t even know where to begin! I really like the writing style. It was face paced, witty and Upperman knew how to keep the reader’s attention. I’m an absolute sucker for friends to lover romances so I knew this would be my type of book. However, it brought in one aspect that I honestly wasn’t crazy about. I didn’t love how cheating was approached in this story, instead of making me focus on routing for the main characters it made me wish they would have handled things differently.
While I really enjoyed Jillian’s character, I honestly wasn’t too crazy about Max. I thought that as the story developed I would eventually warm up to him, but it just never happened. Jillian’s development throughout the story is what kept my attention, she was an intriguing character who was easy to relate to. I liked the family dynamics that were brought into the fold for both Max and Jillian. While the main focus was the relationship between Max and Jillian, there was so much more to this story than just that.
I think there will be a lot of readers who are torn when it comes to this one. The characters are intriguing and you can’t help but be pulled in by Upperman’s writing, but like myself, I believe that people are going to have a hard time getting past the cheating aspect of this storyline. I find when authors bring cheating into it, they have to have some way of redeeming the characters involved and I’m just not sure Upperman pulled that off in this one. Overall, I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot! I look forward to reading Upperman’s next novel.