Her name is Erickson and her parents own The Bagel Place.
It wasn’t always that way. When we were nine, we were best friends. But then a feud between our dads ripped their successful business apart—and my best friend was ripped away too.
Our paths were bound to cross again. When both our families vie for the same spot on a Food Channel’s reality show, the producers decide to change the format, aligning us as allies.
In order to get our parents to agree to work together, Evan asks me to pretend to be her boyfriend, but I dare her to up the ante—be my fiancée. Fake fiancée… obviously.
As usual, I didn’t think things through. Turns out our parents have a lot of demands neither one of us expected. And all those demands lead to things feeling more real than fake.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
From the previous books, we know all about the rivalry between The Bagel Place and Andrews Bagels. Now in Our Star-Crossed Kiss, we find out all about the feud that led to the split between Seth’s dad and his former partner… a feud that also caused the end of Seth’s friendship with Evan, the daughter of the Ericksons. When Seth and Evan both find themselves being partnered together on a reality TV show about local eateries in the neighborhood, they agree to a fake engagement in order to try to smooth over the family feud and get both of their fathers on board. As these things go… before long, the lines between what’s fake and what’s real become blurred.
There is a great through-line in this story as Seth and Evan start out hating one another because they’ve been conditioned to as a result of their dads’ feud, to rekindling a friendship and eventually falling in love. There’s a plot twist with the TV show that leads to a make-or-break moment between them as a real couple, and Seth ends up spectacularly word-vomiting in a drunken rant that had my heart breaking for him and cringing all at the same time.
I really got every nuance with both characters. How Evan felt stuck in her life due to her family’s situation and her dad’s health. How Seth always felt second-best in everything in life because of his drug addict brother. How they both liked each other in high school but felt they couldn’t do anything about it. How their moms always knew that Seth and Evan were destined to be together. I loved it all!
I’ve really enjoyed every book in this series so far, but Our Star-Crossed Kiss is my favorite yet! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Meet Piper Rayne:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline).
A little about us…. We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.
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