Published by Wicked Sassy on August 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.
Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.
The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.
When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.
They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.
Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?
Note to Reader: This book is a "clean" read with mainstream values and minor language.
Esme Taylor gets engaged. The first person she tells is her life long best friend Hunter. Hunter wants to meet this guy and when he does it does not go over well. Esme’s fiance thinks Hunter is in love with her. Jon wants Hunter out of the picture. Esme thinks he is paranoid little does she know that Jon is right. Hunter has been in love with Esme for forever. Torn between sharing his feelings and ruining Esme’s ever after Hunter finds himself in quite the conflict.
In an Oyster Shell – It was a well-composed narrative that was beautifully romantic.
The Pearls – It was a lovely romance with a lot of conflict to make me want to keep turning the pages. It was a delicious tension between Esme’s fiance and her best friend Hunter. Hunter did all he could to endure while nursing his broken heart that he may have lost Esme forever.
The story had a lot of depth. There was fullness from the different elements of the story. Esme’s job was interesting and made for a good storyline. Hunter’s life as a firefighter added another element to the story. There were a lot of interesting aspects.
The characters were well-defined and distinctive. My favorite character was Hunter. He was strong and determined. He was a complex character with a lot of redeeming qualities. I liked that the author gave him some learning disabilities it made him more interesting having him work through that conflict.
The Sand – Esme was a selfish naive character that hindered the story at times.