Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Release Blitz & Book Review: Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Just Friends
by Monica Murphy
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 13th, 2016


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.


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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.

My review:

A trip down memory lane…even though my teen years were a lot different I had to think of my time at school during this read.
I really enjoyed this story but I had to get used to Livvy's selfishness first. The characters were believable but as typical teens they were really annoying.
This book was well written because despite all the teenage drama I was really engrossed in the story and couldn't stop reading. I actually thought this would be a standalone and I desperately wanted to know how this story ends but as it seems I have to wait for it a bit longer.

The Story:
Livvy spent the summer holidays at her fathers and can't wait to see her best friends Em and Dustin again. Although the summer holidays weren’t that long, it seemed like a lot happened in this time. People change and time moves forward even if you want it to or not. When Livvy discovers the secret her best friends kept from her, she is angry and sad at what they did.
Livvy thought a lot about her time with Dustin when they were messing around but now she can't ignore the gorgeous guy named Ryan standing in front of her in Em's backyard.
Can Olivia forgive Em and Dustin? Will they grow as friends or will their friendship break?!
Boys drama, girls drama and everything else one has to go through during the teenage years is included in this story.

The characters were really annoying though there was one I actually liked and that’s Amanda. She seemed really nice and normal and not like the usual gossiping bitch but she was sadly not the main character. Livvy on the other hand was so indecisive, annoying and selfish. She didn’t want to decide between two boys and I had the feeling as if the story was turning in a circle. She kind of knew who she wanted but hung onto both guys and I felt so bad for them because why doesn’t she just draw a line and cut one of them loose instead of leading them on?!

I enjoyed this read and I definitely want to read the next book in this series but I hope it won't be dragging too much because I want an ending soon! I can't do this turning in a circle for long.

-- This ARC was kindly provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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