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Best Friends Don't Kiss

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,906 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Goal: Find a boyfriend, get married, buy a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and pop out 2.5 kids.

Deadline: Sixty days.

That’s possible, right?

HAHAHA. *Faints*

I’m kidding. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m not going to attempt a shotgun wedding or try to get knocked up by some guy I met on the internet, but there is no doubt that, this year, home for the holidays
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2020
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Ava and Luke.
They've been best friends for 15 years - since day one at New York's Columbia University.
Now they still live across the hall from each other.
Ava is 33 years old and the only unmarried kid in her family - she's not even in a relationship.
So she needs a boyfriend asap to take home to Vermont for Christmas, her younger sister's wedding and the dreaded 15 year highschoool reunion!
After going through a few horrible dating app dates - we all know she'll take Luke ... ☺

Keri Loves Books
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Funny & Sweet Holiday Romance
A sugary sweet best friends to lovers romance. Everyone needs a Luke in their life because that man was utter perfection. SWOON!

Ava and Luke became friends in college. Through boyfriends and girlfriends they always stayed close. Now fifteen years later, they are best friends and both happen to be single.

Ava’s getting pressured to settle down and her dreaded high school reunion is coming up. She needs herself a boyfriend.

Get ready for some laugh out loud moments as
Max Monroe
Nov 28, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

★Amazon Worldwide:
(Audio currently in production, date TBA soon!)

Do you know the movies When Harry Met Sally and The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney? What about The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law? Well, this book is all three of those movies combined meets Max Monroe PLUS som
Didn't really feel the chemistry between these two---and it takes basically the entire book for the romance to begin---but 3 stars for Ava's charm and Luke's unrelenting loyalty to his best friend. ...more
Jeeves Reads Romance
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heavy on the friends and light on the lovers, this was SUPER cute, low angst, and fun. As with all of this writing duo's books, the story has plenty of humor and will put a smile on your face throughout. I did think that this was more slow than slow burn at times, with more friend chemistry than sexual chemistry. That changes in the last act, but there were some moments that dragged on the way there. It's feel good, light, and easy, and I loved seeing this couple get together in the end. And whi ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was cute. I loved the best friendship between Ava and Luke and I liked when it turned into more. I thought the pacing seemed a little odd, though. I expected the majority of the book to be in the fake relationship stage, but it's about half way through the book before they join Ava's family. There was so much time spent on Ava going on bad dates that seemed a little pointless because we already know that Luke is going to agree to be the fake boyfriend. There were also a number of ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Luke and Ava just didn’t do it for me

I was bored through most of this book. I liked Luke but I wish Ava had more inner fortitude and strength. I wanted more energy but it was just low angst. It wasn’t for me

It was exactly what I expected. Predicted, cliche but fun and cute to read.

Sure Ava is very conveniently naive, but I loved hers and Luke’s moments. It was a nice, light audio while working!
Kate R
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**

Well, that was an absolute joy to read! Best Friends Don’t Kiss is the sweetest friends to lovers holiday romance. Ava and Luke met in college and have been best friends now for 15 years. The book is sprinkled with chapters from their past together, which I loved.

Ava has a bunch of family events over the holidays, as well as a 15-year high school reunion. She cannot bear to go alone after lying to her arch-nemesis from high school about bringing a date. She begs Luke and he turns h
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
easily fell into ava and luke's romance. after luke saved ava from burning her dorm room down 15 years ago, they had been best friends. though something more had been lingering at the back of their heart for a while now. when ava had to, unwillingly, accept her high school reunion invitation, she blurts out that she was going with a plus one. she turns towards dating apps which only proved to her that one person will fit the bill, and that is luke.

at the beginning, ava's inability to say no or t
Ava and Luke have been friends since their freshman year at Columbia University. And now 15-years later, the two of them are thick as thieves and live across the hall from one another.

Ava’s family have been pressuring her to settle down for as long as she can remember and the pressure has only gotten worse since her 2 little sisters have found their soulmates and she hasn’t. So when everyone assumes she won’t have a date for Christmas, her sister’s wedding and her 15-year high school reunion, A
Michelle Mastandrea
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll smile, you will MOTHERFLUFFING LOVE this book! From beginning to end this book hits you with all the right feels in all the right ways! Trust me when I say that this is one sweet and sexy best friend's to lovers story that you absolutely won't want to miss!

Ava Lucie and Luke London have been best friends forever. 15 years to be exact. They get along better than anyone else. They know each other better than anyone else. They're each other's ride-or-die and through
Michelle - Your Favorite Book Bag
“So, this is what boyfriend Luke is like...
Basically, everything every woman on the face of the planet looks for in a man.

No wonder his old girlfriend Dana was so fucking clingy...”

Ava. Quirky. Talented artist. Plant mom to Teddy.. is it Teddy 11 or 12 at this point? I lost count.

Luke. Pilot. Aspiring Astronaut. Plant dad to current Teddy because Ava can’t keep him alive ever.

They are best friends. Meeting 15 years ago as freshmen at Columbia University, they
Reds Reads
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Merry fluffing Christmas to all of us from @authormaxmonroe because this book is AMAZING! I know I’ve said it about a few previous holiday books already, but THIS book NEEDS to be made into a holiday special for @netflix ASAP! Like I don’t even care if it’s in May that they release it, it just needs to be done now.

Ava is desperate to bring a man home with her for not just Christmas, but her sisters wedding and her high school reunion. When she can’t find the perfect man through TapNext, she beg
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
These authors are my go-to when I want a low angst and funny cutesy read, and so far they never fail to deliver exactly that!

Although I found this book a bit lacking compare to others they released, it was still fun to read the shenanigans of Ava, a clumsy heroine, and Luke, her best friend who has been through all of her ups and downs for 15 years until they finally realized that maybe they are more than friends 🥰🥰
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Wholesome and sweet. What more could you really ask for? Cliched for sure, but I can never resist.
LaToya (Readingbythebayou)
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 friends to lovers stars

Another hit by the fabolous duo! Ava and Luke have been friends for fifteen years. Luke is the epitome of a great guy. He is always there for Ava. Whether it's rescuing her from starting fires in her dorm to getting her home safely after a night of drinking. Ava is an aspiring artist who has a hard time saying no. I loved seeing these two go from friends to lovers. Ava's aunt's were hilarious. This was a great read that'll make you laugh and swoon!
Red Cheeks Reads
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Max Monroe is an author I turn to when I need to read something that’s guaranteed to make me laugh, make me smile, a light-hearted and sexy romance, and there hasn’t been a single story of theirs that I haven’t enjoyed. Always hilarious, their romantic comedies pack a one-two punch of steam and story. Creatively imaginative plots, endearing characters and romances that are as heart-tugging as they are heart-pounding, Max and Monroe deliver the goods every single time. Teetering on the
Amy Dickinson
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One day, I decided to read some of Max Monroe’s GoodReads reviews, and I was astounded. For the most part, the readers are like me: in fluffing love with Max Monroe’s brand of romantic comedy. My book bestie, Melissa, and I celebrate when an upcoming release day is nigh for one of their books. For those of you who adore them, you know the power their books hold in your life: they are the perfect medicine for what ails the doldrums of your life. For those of you who haven
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fluffing good read. Christmasy, best friends to lovers, and fake dating are included. New, fun characters and appearances from old, loveable ones. This book was a wonderful read.

I voluntarily read an early copy.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many friends-to-lovers and “pretend your mine” books out there, but Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe is not to be missed, especially if you are a fan of this genre or stories that include the magic of Christmas stories like I am. I make sure I am all set in my personal life before starting anything by this author duo, because the writing just pulls me in from the very first page, and I am going to want to read straight through.

Ava and Luke London literally crash into each other at
Renée Mitchell
I love Max Monroe, the dynamic writing duo that have, in recent years become a mainstay in the world of contemporary romantic comedies. They write funny, quirky characters who often get themselves into ridiculous situations that the reader can’t help but laugh at. Their writing is relatable and down to earth. I mean, they include references to Gilmore Girls and Titanic and all those girly things that make me want to be their best friends in real life. (Seriously MM, message me…) Their books are ...more
Jackie Wright
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best Friends Don’t Kiss is the perfect read to round off this crazy year, the queens of romantic comedy has once again given us a very special read that will stay with you long after the final words have been read. This is best friends Ava and Luke’s story and boy do they have an entertaining tale to tell....
I fell hard and fast for Ava and Luke London and I laughed so much I had tears streaming down my face but it’s not just the humour that makes this a special read, it’s the friendships, the l
Ashley (Kindled Souls Book Blog)
Max Monroe serve up another helping of romcom gold with a heaping dose of holiday cheer in ‘Best Friends Don’t Kiss.’

Through a series of flashbacks, readers get to meet Luke and Ava as their friendship first develops when they are college freshmen. But the real story takes place 15 years later when that friendship finally transitions to so much more.

Ava is a fun heroine who made me laugh, and Luke is an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. He is perfect book boyfriend material. Plus there’s a bit of s
Tanja OMGReads
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Queens have done it again - this was another fabulous read. It was funny, sweet and sad at times but at the end it was simply amazing story about two people who were looking but not really seeing what was in front of them for over 15 years.

The friendship that Ava and Luke had, which turned into a HEA is (in my opinion) the best kind of relationship . I absolutely loved them. They made me smile so big I looked like Joker. And don't even get me started on the cameos from former books and her famil
Hopeless Romantic Chick
Hallmark channel worthy!

Omg I swear this is oh so Hallmark channel worthy! Come on peple...I freakin laugh too much, swooned, shed a tear or too and moreeee. Love, love, love this story. Talk about bff to lovers! Hands down one of the best rom-com stories! I can't wait to read more Max Monroe.....awesome read peepz!
Kelly (the book hussy)
Meh, it was ok.

Not my favorite friends to lovers book I’ve read. It takes them 15 LONG years to get to the point where they act on their hidden feelings. Ugh. And we don’t even get a kiss until around 75% in. Also, this wasn’t all that funny. Usually their books are hilarious. I didn’t feel this one.

Epilogue was good
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I LOVED!
Luke....sigh.... Luke and Ava were written in the stars. As you would expect we are treated to visits from old characters with lots of laugh out loud moments!
Fab, fun, sweet 5 stars
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-friends
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