Book Title: Our Star-Crossed Kiss
Author: Piper Rayne
Series: Rooftop Crew, Book 4
Release Date: October 13th, 2020
Synopsis: Seth Andrews and Evan Erickson grew up together, but after a fight between their fathers, their lives were forever changed. After watching Evan from a distance, Seth is finally going head-to-head with her for a cooking reality show. Except, in order for this to work, they have to join forces and when things escalate into a fake relationship, things spiral out of control. Or does it?
Review: Before we go any further, let’s make it clear: #SethIsMyFave. Even without his request, I would have done that. Seth is just….*chef’s kiss* But I digress.
What happens when you bring the Montagues and Capulets into modern day New York City? This glorious book that follows two estranged families that were once best friends and shared a business.
The Rooftop Crew series by Piper Rayne is just so much fun. It has the most incredible group of friends who live such normal and fun lives that you can’t help but want to be a part of their world. The fourth book in the series is just as hilarious, entertaining and sexy as the others. The friends are up to more shenanigans and more crazy plots to take over the world, but all the while, Seth and Evan are just absolute perfection.
“And just like that, the trust I had when we were nine years old returns. It’s almost as if no time passed and the twenty years apart was just a blink. Except that the small boy with long skinny legs and big feet has grown into a sexy man.”
The Erickson and Andrews families were once extremely close. They ran a bagel store together and then because of a falling out, they went their separate ways to start their own bagel shops. Petty old men and all that. So now in Clifton Heights, residents can choose between The Bagel Place or Andrews Bagels. And by making your choice, you’re officially stuck with that, because that’s just the line you’ve drawn in the sand. Seth and Evan, the kids of these two families grew up together and maybe even had secret feelings for each other, but before anything could happen, their parents ripped them away from each other. So now, because their families are in this silent war, they are too.
A food contest on television brings Seth and Evan back together under one roof. And while their respective bagel shops are doing very well, it’s clear that they would do better if they were together. So Evan and Seth strike a deal – pretend to be in a relationship so that they can distract their parents from what they’re really doing. The plan all along is to actually combine the bagels from one shop with the cream cheese of the other, because that’s just the best combination on the planet. Except, the fake relationship becomes a fake engagement and it just keeps snowballing from there. Their families are furious, their fathers don’t believe them (and keep waiting for them to trip up and make a mistake) and oh boy, there’s just so much more drama with these two families that you have to uncover!
“Then my mind wanders to Evan and how even though we’ve only been in this charade for a short time, I feel as if I can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t in my life.”
I love Seth. I have genuinely loved him since the first book (when we meet Blanca and Ethan) and he’s so entertaining. He’s a riot, not gonna lie. While Seth is all jokes and charm and flirtatious remarks, he knows that he’s not doing what he really wants to do out of life and that his parents are secretly disappointed in him because he doesn’t want to take over the family business. But all said and done, when his parents need him, he’s there without fail. Seth wants to follow his dreams, but instead he settles for what he can do – which is boudoir photography. He’s such a wonderful created and written character and to have him get a whole book just makes my heart so happy.
Evan Erickson! While Seth is all humour and charm, Evan is more serious. She’s determined to get out of the family business and follow her own dreams. Evan knows that she has to help out with everyone at home and she’s taking on more responsibility than she should, but she can’t help herself, it’s just the way she’s wired. I love how family oriented she is and how everything is always about putting her family first, but at the same time, I kept waiting for her to break out of that routine and do something for herself. Something that she would truly get to enjoy.
“I meant that kiss, Evan. That kiss was so unreal, and it’s all I’ve been able to think about since.”
“Man, Seth Andrews gives the best kisses. Kisses that change your whole perspective on something.”
Piper Rayne is slowly rising to the top of my favourite authors list. As another epic duo (like Max Monroe and Christina Lauren), they create such wonderful and interesting characters. None of the characters in this series are alike and each of them have such stark personalities that make them so interesting. And they took a trope that I’ve had such bad experiences with (fake relationship/fake engagement) and made it so much fun. Seth and Evan are an incredible match and to watch them go through the motions of avoiding addressing their feelings to dealing with in the most complicated fashion just makes it that much more fun.
Some of my favourite scenes are when all of the friends are together. They play the newlywed game and it is the most entertaining thing on the planet. Prepare to giggle and laugh and tear up a few times. Seth, Evan, their families and all the supporting characters will provide you with enough and more entertainment, so brace yourself for all the feels!
Thanks to Piper Rayne and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.