Published: 7 December 2013
Genre: NA Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies
What’s a girl to do when her best friend is making a mistake? Stop him, of course.
College sophomore Emily Dilbert has been best friends with Dylan Chamberlain since they were kids. All she wants is for him to be happy and she knows him better than anyone. That’s why when she finds an engagement ring in his backpack she has to stop him from marrying the wrong girl.
Dylan Chamberlain has been in love with his brother’s girlfriend, Emily, since the second grade. When his brother asks for help planning a surprise proposal, Dylan knows it’s time to bury his feelings and finally let Emily go. Too bad his heart refuses to cooperate.
All of Emily’s attempts to lure Dylan away from his girlfriend fail, forcing her to turn up the heat on their friendship. Will Dylan reveal his long-buried secret and tell Emily how he feels? Or will Emily be forced to use any means necessary to show him the error of his ways?
A Kiss by Design is well written, however there is not a lot of character development, Zach is as emotionally stunted at the start of the story as he is at the end. That being said, it does not detract from the story in any way, as it just reinforces the decisions that are made by Emily and Dylan.
In my opinion the story is a comedy of errors, and while the author may not have intended it to be so, the nature of people and emotions makes it so.
There is a strong bond between Emily and Dylan, and I think that is what makes their story work so well. Their relationship is tested numerous times, and I felt the connection between them. It was almost as if they were in the room with me, I could feel the emotion, the electricity that they possessed.
I am interested in reading the next installment - Zach's Story.