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Almost Just Friends: 4 Paperback – 5 March 2020
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- Publisher : William Morrow & Company (5 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062897802
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062897800
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.18 x 20.32 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Fans of the TV drama series This Is Us as well as love stories ripe with secrets waiting to be spilled will devour Shalvis's latest in the series."--Library Journal
"Readers will be very satisfied with the ending of Shalvis' latest enjoyable Wildstone story."--Booklist
"Shalvis' latest retains her spark and sizzle."--Kirkus Reviews
"Tender ... Believable, realistic characters are at the heart of this novel. Shalvis will immediately grab the reader's attention with a strong heroine and caring connection between two wounded souls."--Publishers Weekly
"I love everything about this book, the family dynamics, the humor and the amazing romance. Just amazing!"--Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Jill Shalvis's books are funny, warm, charming and unforgettable."--RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold and visit her website, jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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In Almost Just Friends, everyone is a little broken, yet however imperfect they are, they are all someone's perfect.
Piper's family return unannounced, and so begins a rollercoaster of a story.
Broken dreams. missed opportunities and oh so many secrets and lies. Will this family bring all the truths out, and will they be able to survive once they do.
Oh, how I adored Piper and Cam. I need them to be together with every fibre of my being. Neither is looking for a relationship, but sometimes fate has other ideas.
I want so much to be a part of this Manning family. As flawed as they are, they love each other, and at the end of the day, isn't that what matters most.
I was completely drawn in to Almost Just Friends. I flopped myself down on my couch and I didn't get up until I had finished reading. Sweet, tender, emotional and sexy too. The characters, there is something in there that all of us will relate to.
I hope we get more of the Wildstone series in the future.
Almost Just Friends is a complete standalone, and like the other books in the series it is set in the beautiful Wildstone, California.
Piper Manning is the oldest of three siblings, 30 years of age and living in a house that was left to the siblings by their grandparents, who they lived with after their parents died when Piper was a young teenager. Gavin and Winnie, Piper’s younger brother and sister have both returned to Wildstone, each with their own story to tell. After years of looking after everyone else, Piper is finally looking forward to leaving her job as an EMT, and moving interstate to study to be a Physicians Assistant. On the night of her 30th birthday, Piper meets Cam at a bar, who is returning to town to visit with his father Emmitt, Piper’s neighbour. What ensues is a well-written, funny at times, story full of family dynamics and what happens when you shed the layers that hide the real person hiding away. We discover Piper as the person she is, not sister and caretaker, alongside the evolving, equal relationship between her siblings. Not to forget the love story starring Cam and Piper, their attraction and chemistry evident from the very first chapter. As the book progresses secrets are exposed, feelings are shared and there is tears and laughter. Jill Shalvis is the Queen of contemporary romance, with Almost Just Friends a firm 4.5 star read from me, and a Wildstone book I recommend to readers both familiar with Ms Shalvis’ writing and new readers alike. A heartwarming book to start the year off!
Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and the author for the early copy I received. My opinions are my own and this is an honest review.
Review copy received from the author for an honest review
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Piper is the main character, a truly strong, independent woman who has sacrificed much to raise her siblings, just when she truly believes she can see the light at the end of the tunnel and a chance to start living the life she wants fate bounces her siblings back into her life with all their attached drama and baggage! Fate also brings new "hot guy" Cam into her life at the same time, he has his own demons and heartache to battle but their growing relationship is wonderfully written. Piper has always put everyone else first, she uses her journal and beloved lists as an emotional crutch but desperately wants someone to simply put her first and love her although she ultimately believes she is not worth it.
It's a story of chaotic issue-filled family life with wonderful characters who are far from perfect, but they deal with what life throws at them in the best way they can or at least what they think is the best way. The bonus of this story is you also get the interaction and stories of the secondary characters Gavin, Winnie (Piper's siblings) and Emmett (Cam's Dad).
Never really having read a Jill Shalvis story I didn't like it's hard to pick favourites, but this has to be one of them, a truly excellent read that I highly recommend.
Piper has enjoyed her freedom and independence from parenthood but welcomes back her siblings with open arms and unconditional love. As an EMT she lives an exciting life and one night during a terrible storm she may have finally met her match, handsome Camden Hayes, who happens to be visiting his father who is also Piper's neighbor, and someone she cares for and looks after frequently. There is an instant attraction between the two, but love is never that simple right. They have some hurdles they need to jump over before they can commit to each other.
I didn't enjoy Piper's siblings, any time the story focused on them I lost interest. I think it may be because they seem whiny and needy. I didn't enjoy their parts in the book, and Piper's brother, CJ, definitely has a major part in the story. If you're a first-time reader of Shalvis's novels, I'd choose The Lemon Sisters or something a little less annoying.