Review: Shut Up and Kiss Me by Lauren Blakely (Happy Endings #2)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Shut Up and Kiss Me is the second novel and third addition to the Happy Endings series, and this time around, Lauren Blakely offers up a friends-to-lovers romance. Emerson Alva and Nolan McKay are not only the best of friends, but they work together as food and restaurant critics with a devoted following on social media, thanks to their YouTube channel and the witty reviews and flirty banter they exchange in their videos. Fans and followers assume they're a couple, but these two are purely platonic. So what if there's that underlying bit of attraction that's been simmering between them for forever? Neither one wants to risk their friendship for a romp or two. But when opportunity strikes, giving in becomes inevitable. It should be okay, as long as they make it clear that crossing that proverbial line was a one-time thing. They'll go back to the way things were and everything should be peachy. Easy-peasy. With a shot at getting their own show on Webflix, they need to keep their eyes on the prize. Their hearts, though, wish these two would just shut up and kiss already.
It's no secret that Lauren Blakely knows romantic comedies, and she knows them well. Her latest book is yet another rom-com winner, and it's got that pinch of angst on top of the lighthearted and sweet and steamy feels. Blakely's also got a knack for the friends-to-lovers trope, but she always manages to bring in that touch of creativity so that it doesn't feel like another go-around of something she's already written. I seriously liked Emerson and Nolan. She was a force to be reckoned with and he was that flirty friend you can't get enough of. They both had issues from their pasts that they needed to contend with if they had any hope of actually becoming more, but there was nothing overly dark or depressing about said issues, or at least not in my eyes. Once again, these two have a strong support system in the people they choose to surround themselves with, and that's one of my favorite things about Blakely's books. Shut Up and Kiss Me was a wholly entertaining read, which is why it gets four stars, and I can't wait for the Happy Endings yet to come!
Release Date: 25 March 2022
Date Read: 24 March 2022
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