Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog Tour: Just Friends by Monica Murphy


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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You know the saying, 'What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive,' I think that saying was meant for this book.  What a completely wild ride we were on with this book, Just Friends, one that hasn't been completed yet and leaves you questioning everything to come.

WOW! Let me just say here, that this book will suck you in and keep you guessing. There is a huge web of lies and secrets and you just never know what revelations are coming next.

The cast is a triangle of best friends, friends for years who find themselves in a suddenly changed situation as they enter their Senior year of high school. Hormones are flaring and temptations are rising for these teenagers, there's just one problem, nobody knows what's really going on with each other. Add a new player to the mix, a guy who doesn't hold back on his thoughts or feelings and trouble is brewing. 

Livvy seems to have a good head on her shoulders, she's been away for the summer, stuck at her dad's house and contemplating the changes between her and her best friends Em and Dustin while there. She comes home to a tangled web and struggles to figure out what she's missed and why everything has changed. Em comes off as a total jealous bratty child who spins tales and manipulates those closest to her when she's not getting her way. Dustin seems to be a decent guy who just happens to be stuck between his two best friends, one he cares a lot for and the other who has him twisted up inside, but like an teenage male - he makes loads of mistakes that further complicate matters.  Then when Ryan entered the mix, you added a secretive new guy who wasn't easy to read, he comes off as a true player, but I think there's more hidden parts of him.

Just Friends was such an angsty and drama filled story, much like a real high school setting, there was so much going on and so many versions, it was hard to know what was the truth, but the fun was in the digging and the guessing. One thing Just friends proves is that sometimes its hard to know where the enemy lines are drawn and you never know your true friends until you are tested.

I can't wait to see what is coming next for this crew and see if any of my theories were correct or not.

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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