Friday, September 16, 2016

Just Friends by Monica Murphy Blog Tour and Review


Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Release Date: September 13th, 2016 Genre: New Adult Romance

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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 GOOD.

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Source:  Advance Copy in exchange for an honest review.  


Wow.  That's the thought I had when I finished Just Friends.  Just Wow.  Wow, that was an engrossing read.  Wow, I can't believe I read that without getting up to pee.  Wow, I am so glad I am not a teenager.  Wow, those guys are complete jerks.  Wow, those girls are total crazies.  Wow, when does the sequel come out?  Yeah, wow. 

Teenagers are awful to one another and this book magnifies and shows this type of behavior.  I have a hard time feeling sympathy for any of these characters and often wanted to yell at them, a la a horror film "Don't go upstairs, you idiot!"  Much like a train wreck, I couldn't look away.  And these kids are a freakin' train wreck.  It's beautifully written, as all Monica Murphy books are and will keep you completely engrossed.  And make you thankful you are not a teenager.  :-)

This one is for the older crowd.  I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending it to my 14-year-old niece, but I would my 18-year-old niece.  Just Friends has something for everyone - drug use (and abuse), casual sex among high-schoolers, daddy issues and more, so if those are triggers for you, proceed with caution.  

~ Shel

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