Friday, January 17, 2020

"What Are Friends For?" by Sarah Sutton

What Are Friends For?
by Sarah Sutton

What Are Friends For? by Sarah Sutton

This book blitz and giveaway for What Are Friends For? by Sarah Sutton is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Falling in love isn't complicated ... unless it's with your best friend.
A close, easygoing friendship can all change with just one kiss. Seventeen-year-old Remi Beaufort learns this the hard way when she plays a blindfolded kissing game at a party.
She thinks she’s kissing Jeremy, the totally hot basketball player she’s been crushing on. And the kiss … it’s amazing. Heart-stopping, world-changing, toe-curling. The kiss makes her forget about her overbearing mother, the next-door neighbor’s drama, and the probability that she’ll fail her senior year. The best kiss of her life makes all that fall away.
Until her blindfold falls off, and she realizes that instead of kissing her crush, she’s kissing Elijah, her best friend since third grade.
Though she manages to convince Elijah that he was kissing his girlfriend, Remi can’t get the thought of his lips on hers out of her head. As things between them grow more and more complicated - because it turns out her fantasizing about his mouth is more of a problem than it sounds - Remi has to make a choice: does she live the rest of her life loving her best friend in secret? Or does she tell the truth and risk ruining their friendship forever?
Heart-melting and romantic, What Are Friends For? is a swoon-worthy best-friends-to-lovers story that will leave you crushing hard.

There were times between us that felt totally normal—like, almost the entire time we’d been cutting out snowflakes, things had felt normal. I hadn’t been staring at his mouth or imagining his body heat enveloping me into a hug. We joked like normal, laughed like normal. But the quiet moments between us had my heart aching, wanting.
“See you tomorrow,” Elijah said, and I saw from the corner of my eye the shadow of him rising to his feet. He pressed his hand once against the spot between my shoulder blades before walking off, his socks silent on the wooden floors. I counted each of my breaths as I waited for the sound of the door to open.
It took seven slow inhales and exhales and then Elijah was gone, leaving me with a torrent of thoughts and a hurting heart.
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Praise for the Book
“The romance is also such a nice slow and good progression. The friendship between Remi and Elijah was cute and hilarious. This is a really good debut novel. I can’t wait to read more of what the author has to say.” ~ Arceli
“The heartache, the swoon-worthy moments … you feel it all. There’s nothing passive about this read, and this isn’t me waxing poetic. THIS is what exceptional writing is.” ~ NH
“Sarah Sutton does an amazing job weaving a story. The plot is well thought out and planned. There are no loose ends, nothing that leaves me wondering about this or that. It is incredibly well written …” ~ Caleb Orion
“The author does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, and she balances conflict perfectly. […] If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable read, look no further.” ~ G. M. Rinderle
“I immediately adored Remi and Elijah from their banter in the first chapter; I wanted them to kiss right there! I loved the balance of angst and romance and pining. It was as if this book were made for me!” ~ Shelby

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Remi and Elijah have been best friends since third grade. But an accidental kiss in the dark changes everything. As Remi says, “This should’ve been funny. Accidentally kissing my best friend? That was hilarious. Except that it was singlehandedly the best kiss I’d ever had.” She isn’t even that excited when her crush Jeremy finally asks her out on a date. While Remi struggles with her feelings, Eli seems oblivious, but his girlfriend Savannah is acting jealous. When the truth comes out, will it be the end of Remi and Elijah’s friendship or the beginning of something even better?
This is a sweet friends-to-lovers story. Misunderstandings usually annoy me, but this scenario is well-played. Remi and Elijah are both likable characters, as is Remi’s best (girl) friend Eloise. It’s also nice to see the parents play such a large part in a young adult novel.
Some minor criticisms: the names Elijah and Eloise are too similar; the epilogue is unnecessary.
Warnings: underage drinking.

Some of My Favorite Lines
“… this was why they had summer school, right? For cases like me, a love-struck girl, bailing on homework to flirt with a cute boy.”
“Sparks only happen in books and movies, Remi. Corny books and movies.”
“I was lost; I was found.”

About the Author
Sarah Sutton
Sarah Sutton is a YA Romance author, bringing you stories about teenagers falling in love (sometimes with magic)She spends her days dreaming up ideas with her two adorable puppies by her side being cheerleaders (and mega distractions).

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