Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Blog Tour: Monica Murphy's "Just Friends."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Monica Murphy's "Just Friends." 


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. 

Review: Jo 

This book transported me right back to my crazy high school days. "Just Friends" was a story that was filled with teenage drama and angst. It made me feel frustrated, confused and angry. My head was in a spin with what was going on between the characters. To be honest, I'm not entirely certain that I liked this tale of young love and lust, but boy did I feel compelled to read it! Lol. 

"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 I want that too, but I'm not sure." 

Olivia, Emily and Dustin had been friends forever, but now with the emergence of teenage hormones, their friendship wasn't quite as good as it once was. Going into their senior year, the group were faced with problems that they did not envisage. Olivia found herself in the middle of a love triangle and at one point it was a love square! When I first began reading this book, I expected a sweet friends to lovers romance but I soon discovered that wasn't what I was going to get.

The teenagers were nothing but trouble. They drove me nuts!! I didn't have a clue who would end up with who and which characters were being real and genuine. Emily was the worst of the group. Selfishness and Jealousy seemed to motivate most of her actions. As for the boys, they were being controlled by their penises. The pair of them needed to take frequent cold showers. I felt kinda sorry for Olivia, she really didn't know who to trust or who to let into her heart. I often thought that maybe she was better off on her own. One character that I did like was Amanda. She appeared to be the only honest girl in the story and I was also intrigued by her relationship with Tuttle. I was left feeling that a good old love story is on the horizon for this couple. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that will happen. 

This book was written entirely from Olivia's POV and I have to say that Monica has done a brilliant job at getting into the mind of a teenager. Monica always writes NA so well and in this book she has captured all of those horrible emotions that come with that age perfectly. Monica reminding me of what it was like to be that age again. I am pretty sure that it was a time that I would never want to repeat. Lol. 

"....I force myself to ignore the signs. 
The signs that I might be attracted to this boy 
who just had his tongue in my best friend's mouth."

Although the story did not end in a cliffhanger, it did leave me wanting to tear my hair out! Bring on the next book in the series. By the time it is released, I will be fully prepared for another bout of madness! Lol. 

"Just Friends" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️   from me.

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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