Never Ever Have I Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend by Juliet Bardsley

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Fun, G-rated, YA, contemporary-romance novella

Never Have I Ever Kissed My Brother’s Best Friend (Never Ever Love Series #1) by Juliet Bardsley

Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Pages: 95 pages
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Mackenzie (Kenzie) Fair is a 17-year-old junior who is a typical, fictional “geek.” She loves to read, has the highest grades in her class, and has never been kissed. Partly because she’s too focused on her studies to date, and partly because her older brother is very protective and believes no guy is good enough for her, but mostly because no boy in her school can measure up to her long-time, secret crush, her older brother’s best friend, Gavin Mitchel, a gorgeous, popular jock who also happens to be an all-round, nice guy.

Gavin is a star soccer player with an excellent chance of achieving his dream of an athletic scholarship to pay for his college education. The problem is, he’s failing English, and without Kenzie’s help to raise his grade, he’ll be kicked off the team, which would mean that no college scouts could see him play.

The opportunity to tutor Gavin is a dream come true for Kenzie, a chance to change his perception of her as nothing but his best friend’s little sister. Unfortunately, Kenzie constantly embarrasses herself around him by acting like a klutz.

The more time Gavin spends with Kenzie one-on-one, the more he is attracted to her as a potential girlfriend, but is it worth risking his longtime friendship with Kenzie and her brother to take a chance on a romance that might not work out?

This YA novella is a fun, G-rated romance that is geared toward a target audience of tweens and younger teenagers. It combines two popular tropes in YA novels, a geek and a jock falling for each other and platonic friends who develop romantic feelings. There are some sad elements included within this story, but not enough to turn it into a typical, angsty, teen drama. Finally, as is expected with a classic romance plot, there is a lovely, well motivated HEA (happily ever after).

All in all, this is a quick, entertaining read.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 4

Hero: 4

Subcharacters: 3

Romance Plot: 4

Sibling Plot: 3

Writing: 4

Overall: 3.7 rounded to 4 stars

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