Monday, November 14, 2016

Release Tour & Book Review: More than Friends by Monica Murphy

More than Friends
by Monica Murphy
Series: Friends #2
Young Adult Romance
Release Date: November 14th, 2016


He's not perfect, but he's all I want...

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.

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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My Review: 

Teenage drama, high school, football, friends, love and heartbreak. There was a lot included in this book but what I loved most were the conversations between Amanda and Jordan. Jordan was such a gentleman and really payed attention to Amanda. He stole my heart from the beginning. *swoon*

The Story:
Amanda is an average teenage girl and even though she hasn't been with the nerds she is far from being with the popular crowd at school. When the most popular boy, star quarterback of the football team, gorgeous Jordan Tuttle shows interested in her, she is cautious as to why he wants her. She doesn't see herself as pretty and the rumors about Tuttle with his previous girls have her question his intentions towards her and makes her doubt his seriousness. Though Amanda can't deny that his kisses make her weak in the knees and she can't form a coherent thought while his lips are on hers. Her history with boys or rather her only relationship so far had a horrible ending and she isn't sure she can trust Jordan. Will Amanda give Jordan a chance? Can they both give in to their desires? And even if, can their ongoing passion be enough?

I liked Amanda's character the most in the first book and was so excited for her story. I absolutely loved this book even though I rarely read those kinds of books but I loved her for being tough and standing her ground when others were mean to her and tried to degrade her. She was honest, fun and she cared about others. Amanda's a lovely girl and didn't do mean though when she said something bad in the heat of the moment, she felt awful afterwards. She reminded me of myself in so many ways.
At first I was a bit frustrated at Amanda because she wouldn't give Jordan a chance when I would have jumped him already at that time. Even though I understood why she didn't trust Jordan Tuttle or any boy for that matter I still felt really sorry for him because of how she pushed him away all the time and hurt his feelings. He never did anything wrong and she could have at least tried and given him the benefit of the doubt.
Oh I loved Jordan. He was sweet and determined though he was also troubled and had shadows lurking overhead that made him retreat from others sometimes. Jordan's character was more complex than I thought. I believed this would be a nice teenage story with lots of drama and love and a HEA, and we got a few of that but to my utter shock there was a cliffhanger instead of the awaited conclusion to their story.

This book made me think back to my first love and all the drama that came with it. I rooted for Jordan from the beginning, or rather since the first book though I liked this book a lot more than the first. I loved the characters and I wanted to hug Jordan and never let him go. He's mine *hehe*

The open end was a surprise for me and so was Jordan's story. I didn't expect the troubles in his life and my heart ached for him. I hope for the next book to come out soon because I really want more of Jordan Tuttle. I can't believe that we have to wait for the end of their story!

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

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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