NEW RELEASE: 4 stars and 5 stars for Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me by Anna Martin #MM #Romance @missannamartin

CoverTitle: Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me
Author Name & Publisher: Anna Martin (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2016 – 200 pgs


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.

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This is the very sweet story of the thirty years of friendship that lead up to Scott and Evan’s marriage.  From innocence through adolescent angst to two very different young adult lives, this relationship is very special and the whispers of romance that wind through the friendship are beautiful.
Because so much time is covered in a relatively short book, the pacing is slightly clunky at times.  This is a collection of memories and moments in Scott and Evan’s lives and it almost reads like an anthology of very short stories.  
Evan narrates the story and I fell hard for him from the start.   He is the poorer of the two boys, a child of a single mum whose early life is much different than Scott’s more affluent and more traditional childhood.  Evan is clever, strong and artistic.  He is the first to come out and live proudly.  Scott, the more outwardly confident boy, isn’t quite as brave and it took me much longer to love him.
I love how Scott and Evan connect in very different ways as time passes and I love the interactions between their increasingly blended families.
This is a sweet, special romance and I enjoyed it very much.

I would say this is a book about the long road traveled. You have two best friends who have known one another since they were seven years old. They have grown up together. They did everything together. Well with the exception that Evan knew at an early age that he was gay and it took Scott a lot longer to come to terms with being bi-sexual.

These two men fought their attraction for one another for over ten years. They took the long road to finding each other for more then just friends. The first four kisses these two shared through growing up always seemed to lead to some huge drama. After the third kiss they grew apart and let their attraction ruin their friendship. Ten years later when they came face to face again at Scott’s sisters wedding they shared the fourth kiss that finally led to more.

After almost losing Scott these two men took their heads out of their butts and finally admitted to wanting more with each other but their was still obstacles that stood in their way. The question is, do they do as they did before and go back to their lives or do they fight for the love that could share together.

I really enjoyed going on this journey with these two men. I have to say I really started to wonder if they was going to get it together or if they was going to finally let each other go once and for all. It was an amazing journey that I think taught both of these men so much not only about themselves but about each other also. This was an amazing read.



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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. 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, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.

Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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