Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blog Tour+Review: Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Here is a little bit about Just Friends
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Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

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.

Read from: August 25 to August 31, 2016
Read on: eARC


I won't lie, this book is addicting. I kept reading chapter after chapter wanting to know where it would end. I wanted to know what more could happen to the characters. I needed to know who would end up crying, mad or happy.

But... The characters all annoyed me. Olivia, Emily, Ryan and Dustin got on my nerves so much that it was quite irratating. I was hoping that by the end of the book, I would at least love one of them, but no.

I tried not to judge because they are teenagers, but at last, I couldn't stop it. They act like babies whenever it doesn't work like this. They turn mean whenever they don't get what they want. And it's a constant battle about who will get with who.

Olivia annoyed me mostly because she can't seem to really make up her mind about what or more accurately, who she wants. Sometimes, I had hope she would actually mature, but in the next chapter, she came back to her old ways.

Emily is obviously in need of attention throughout the whole book. I was really hoping to see that perhaps, she had something to add to why she does, but nothing.

Dustin didn't annoy me as much as the girls, but I really found him annoying. In the end, I will admit that even if I didn't love him, I liked him just a little more when he finally made a mature move.

Ryan was the boy that probably started the whole drama between the three best friends. He is cocky and he knows he's handsome and every girl wants him. I don't know whether he really likes Olivia or he just wants to get into her pants, but honestly, I don't care much about it. His character didn't call to me so whether he ends up with Olivia or anyone else, at this point of the series, I don't really care about him.

Though these four got on my nerves, I fell in love with Amanda and Tuttle aka Jordan. I really liked them even if Tuttle is mostly seen as a womanizer, but whenever he's around Amanda, I can see the good guy behind and Amanda is just a refreshing character among the others, that you can't help but love her.

And I can't forget about Fitch, Olivia's mom's new boyfriend. He gives me the creep. I don't know what to think of him really.

But this book is addictive and I wouldn't be surprised that it compares to the Gossip Girl series at all. It's the first book that got me captivated while its characters annoy me and that just shows you what an amazing writer Monica Murphy is.

So yes, I will continue to the read the next book in this series especially for more Amanda and Tuttle time, but also because I need to know how it will go. I'd like to see Olivia take more control of her life. I'd like to see more inside of Emily's head in hopes that I could understand her. And also, I want to know what the hell Fitch has in mind.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO MONICA MURPHY & SOCIAL BUTTERFLY PR for giving me the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.

Where to buy it:
* [Amazon US] ** [Amazon CA] * * [Amazon UK] ** [Amazon AU] *
* [iBooks] ** [Barnes & Noble] * * [Kobo] *

About Monica Murphy

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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