King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt

Power of the Matchmaker, book 9
Category: romance (clean and wholesome), romantic comedy
Publisher: Wicked Sassy
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Format: advance release ebook (eARC) from eBooks for Review
My Rating: 4-stars


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.


I’ve told you all before that I’m not a big fan of romance literature yet sometimes certain authors draw me in to read in the genre.  Sheralyn Pratt is one of those authors.  I really enjoyed the first book that I read authored by Pratt, Pimpernel, a contemporary romance with a serious mystery.  I’m glad that I picked up King of the Friend Zone to read.  It is a fun romance, with a couple of really interesting twists and turns and the most adorable cookie vender ever!

The Power of the Matchmaker series is written by twelve different authors released over twelve months.  Each book stands on its own.  What makes the project cohesive is the matchmaker, Miss Pearl, and her kissing cookies.  Oh, how I love her!!! I haven’t read any of the other books in the series and while romance is still not my favorite genre I may just have to read one or two just to get more of Miss Pearl.

Pratt is a solid author who creates characters with depth, draws you into their world, creates great intrigue and mystery, and leaves you happy at the end of a story.  King of the Friend Zone is a clean romance that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.  

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author, publisher, and Kathy at eBooks for Review.

the Power of the Matchmaker series

1 prequel
12 books, 12 authors, 12 months
1 awesome matchmaker