Just Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.
But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times―and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.
So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.
Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.
STEPHANIE’S 4 STAR REVIEW
So….I can’tdecide it if I want to hug Monica Murphy or smack her! After I thought about it for a while I thought, hug. This book! It is filled with so much YA/teen/high school drama. Her characters are well written. Although I’m not sure I really liked many of them.
She nailed the whole high school drama thing on the head! Who is dating who. Who is cheating on who. Who is taking naked pictures of who. It goes on and on.
I’m not really sure how to feel about all of this except to say, thank goodness I’m not in high school right now!!! Texting, twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snap chat,pressure, drinking, drugs, and promiscuity…. Yikes! She captures it all in an endless cycle.
Olivia,Dustin, & Emily – three best friends. Oliva is gone for the summer having to visit her dad’s for six weeks. Six weeks change everything for her and her friends. While Olivia is obligated to family time her friends are having parties and experimenting with drugs, booze and themselves.
Olivia returnsto find out that Dustin and Emily hooked up. She is devastated because unbeknownst to Emily she had been getting close to Dustin before she left for her dad’s.
“The problem with messing around with your best friend who happens to be a boy it shat they form certain expectations. We’ve crossed the line. In his eyes,there’s no going back. He wants more. He wants it—me—all the time. I think Iwant that too, but I’m not sure.”
Now both Dustin and Emily have given up their “V” card which makes Oliva feel even more out of the loop. She is upset that her bestie slept with her other bestie. But the drama continues tenfold. Enter new guy “star” football player Ryan who at first is with Emily then sets his sites on Olivia.
“My lifehas turned into a bad TV movie. Like Lifetime on steroids. ”
Olivia starts a new friendship with ex-band geek Amanda. Smart & shy,Olivia and Amanda’s friendship grows throughout the book.
There are other players as well. The new guy – “star” football hottie Ryan who is also competing for Olivia. “Tuttle” – the popular football player who seems to want Amanda and others. It’s hard to tell who your friend is and who your enemy is.There are a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing….
I am irritated and annoyed, which is not a bad thing. I was a bit pissed at the cliff. I usually prefer a warning.
I find myselfwanting to read the next book. Yes, I want the Kool Aide!
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About the Author:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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