The Kiss Test by Shannon McKelden

Posted August 8, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments

The Kiss Test by Shannon McKeldenThe Kiss Test by Shannon McKelden
Format: eBook
Published by Carina Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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Margo Gentry's life is perfect. She loves her job as a DJ for Manhattan's only country music station, and she has a great boyfriend who accepts her need to avoid marriage and her Elvis obsession—even the velvet Elvis painting in their bedroom.

But then it all falls apart. The radio station changes formats and fires all the DJs. Margo's boyfriend decides he wants kids and a house in the suburbs and kicks her to the curb. And to top it all off, her Mom is getting married—for the 11th time!—and expects Margo to be there as maid of honor.

With no job and no place to live, Margo has to bunk on the couch of her best friend, Chris, whose bedroom has hosted half the women in New York—at least, the ones who pass his "kiss test." Worse, he's insisting she attend her mother's wedding, and he's personally driving her cross-country to ensure she shows up.

Forget about surviving the road trip—can their friendship survive The Kiss Test?

 photo synopsisgraphic.png I absolutely, without a doubt love this book, I think it’s going to be one of my favorites for a long time. I love romances where two best friends fall in love, especially friends who have a long standing relationship like Margo and Chris have in this one, we are talking over a decade of friendship here. Friendship that has seen them through the awkward teenage years, family hardships, college, relationships, and more, so to say they have a strong foundation would be a bit of an understatement. But this book was so much more than just a great friendship turning into something more, I laughed throughout the entire book, was completely emotionally invested in the characters, and the pacing was phenomenal.

So Margo is kind of awesome, or maybe it’s just the way McKelden writes her, but either way I loved it. Margo starts the book having a rough go of it, she loses her job, her boyfriend breaks up with her, she has to move out and has no where to go, oh and did I mention she has a bit of an accident with some stairs and ends up with a head injury that leads to some seriously comical falling down throughout the entirety of the book. Margo and her best friend Chris go on a road trip together, mainly because Margo can’t drive, let alone be left on her own thanks to her new found injury. And just when you think the comical ridiculousness of Margo situation couldn’t get any worse, she experiences even more as the road trip continues (seriously you have to read them, you just can’t believe it keeps happening to her, mad props to McKeldon for the physical comedy aspect of the book). More than that I love how independent she is, but also how much she cares about Chris and is so scared of losing him. She has some family baggage she has to work through, but I love the growth she goes through throughout the novel.

Chris is a great hero in this book. He is there for Margo every step of the way. He does one thing in the middle of the book I thought was super uncool, but not terrible. His “kiss test” is so ridiculous but it really works for this book. The scene where Margo and Chris talk about the kiss test, I think I have re-read it like 10 times, great scene, super awesome, chemistry is off the charts. I think the great thing about Chris is that he challenges Margo to face the things she doesn’t want to, and I kind of love him for that.

I hands down would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books where best friends fall in love. Like I said earlier this is absolutely one of my favorites, so I have no hesitation in recommending it to any and everyone.

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About Shannon McKelden

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Shannon McKelden has wanted to be a writer since she got that first A+ on a short story written in elementary school.

She joined RWA and started writing her first romance novel in 1990, a book that took 9 long years to write. (It’s still on the shelf collecting dust and will remain there for eternity.)

After writing a second romance novel, Shannon found her voice in humorous women’s fiction, with her first published novel: VENUS ENVY.

After publishing 3 novels, Shannon decided to share her take on positive thinking and became The Happy Writer…which became a popular blog and is now becoming available in e-book form as The Happy Writer Series of books. Look for them here soon!

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