Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I love a good romance with a hero and heroine from warring families. There is a reason that Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays: other people like it too. When you read Piper Rayne’s Our Star-Crossed Kiss, along with the other Rooftop Crew stories, you can’t help but fall in love with wise-cracking Seth. He’s the guy who brings the comic relief to his friend group, and that friend group is one of the best parts of this book and its predecessors. They provide the wisdom and the humor to situations that don’t always feel that way. And I love the group because it’s inclusive. Others can enter it without too much hazing.
Enter Evan, Piper Rayne’s heroine in their newest book. She and Seth have a past as their families co-owned a business until they didn’t. After a twenty year absence from each other’s lives (one where they still resided in the periphery), they decide to couple up under the guise of a fake engagement to help their family businesses by entering a Food Channel show. There is so much to like about Our Star-Crossed Kiss:
There is an undeniable chemistry between Evan and Seth. These two have liked each other for more than they would like to admit. We saw glimpses of it in the last book that Piper Rayne released, The Rival Roomies, when every time that Evan Erickson is brought up, Seth’s interest is piqued. You want these two to find their way to each other because they complete each other.
The Rooftop Crew is back. Once again, they razz Seth, support Seth, and accept Evan into their fold. Their encouragement guides Seth and Evan closer to each other, and I love that Evan finds a space beyond her family.
The story itself engages you. I don’t want to give away the story points (read the book for that), but there are themes regarding familial problems, addiction, and the future. All of these feels ancillary to the romance, which should be the point. Piper Rayne carefully create their stories to highlight their heroes and heroines, and that is decidedly true in Our Star-Crossed Kiss.
If you have read any of the other Rooftop Crew books, I know you’ll love Seth and Evan’s story. Fake engagement, family feuds, and a couple who are reticent to enter life together will grab your heart and make you root hard for Evan and Seth’s happy ending. Our Star-Crossed Kiss is a perfect sweet and sassy read for any day of the week.
In love and romance,