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- Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (21 January 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1094105198
- ISBN-13: 978-1094105192
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"Shalvis unites two people healing from emotional trauma in this tender contemporary...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"
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Jill Shalvis, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than fifty acclaimed, award-winning romance novels. She is a three-time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award and has been nominated for the RITA Award and for Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award.
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Look, I’d have gotten to it eventually. But you’ve got to understand, my ability to remember to tell you things is far outweighed by my ability to remember every song lyric from the eighties.
Yes. I had my patience tested. I’m negative.
“Take your time.” He gave Cam a meaningful look. “And I mean that. Women like when you take your time.” Cam’s grimace said he’d maybe finally found the end of his patience. Emmitt held up a hand. “I know, who wants to take advice from your dad, right? But, son, I’ve been on Tinder for two years now, and trust me. I know these things.”
I’m not useless, at least not completely. For instance, I can be used as a really bad example.
… she was arrested at Walmart last week for driving one of those electric carts while drinking wine from a Pringles can in the parking lot. I don’t date felons.
She tried to look half as graceful as he while moving toward him, but instead she probably looked like an elephant fighting its way through a lake made of peanut butter.
This amusing and engaging tale was laced with complicated characters, loads of family drama, obnoxious siblings, snarky banter, a swoony sexy soldier, and clever levity. This was a considerably more tense and angsty read than I was expecting but thankfully the humor and sizzling romance balanced out all the stress and HEAs were generously spread across the land. Sigh, I do loves me some Jill Shalvis.
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 Manning is an EMT in Wildstone, California where she spent her growing up years. She and her brother Gavin and sister Winnie landed at their Grandma’s after their parents died, and she pretty much raised them. Now she’s working to fix up the house to sell and get on with her life. Her siblings are settled, or so she thought.
Cam Hayes works for the DEA and is a Coast Guard Reservist. His parents separated and he grew up with his Mom, his brother Rowan with his Dad Emmitt in Wildestone. Cam is back visiting with his Dad trying to get past the death of his brother. Cam met Piper in a bar with her friends celebrating her birthday....something she did not want to do. He was random Hot Guy to Piper. She visits her next door neighbor every day to check on him, he was recently diagnosed as a new diabetic, and doesn’t like to follow her rules. There she meets Hot Guy, who she finds out is Cam. Despite neither of them wanting to complicate their lives, Cam and Piper have an immediate attraction. Their banter is hilarious, and and soon they can’t deny their romance. Add the return of her siblings, each with their own issues, wondering just how long Cam will stay, and her wanting to control everything this story totally entertained me. It can be read as a stand-alone, no cliffhanger and of course a HEA.
I highly recommend this and all Ms. Shalvis’s series.
Piper Manning had me at hello ... okay, so more like at the part on page one where she admits to hating being the center of attention to the core of her being. She's had a hard life, and raising her siblings was a daunting task. Now that they've finally gotten out into the world on their own, she's ready to get the property inherited from the grandparents fixed up and sold and finally get started on achieving her own dreams. Yeah, that was the plan ... but now she has a man she can't seem to pull her attention off of hanging around and a full house of siblings refusing to leave again. Secrets are rearing their ugly heads left and right ... and it's all about to get way too real.
I highly recommend this book to anyone enjoying a complex emotional story filled with laughter, love and a whole lot of heart. This entire series has been top notch and I'd encourage you to go back and catch them all. I love Wildstone!
Cam is visiting his father for a month while dealing with the guilt of losing his only brother, Rowan. Cam was there when his brother died, and it was then that he learned Winnie was pregnant with Rowan’s baby. Cam plans to check in with Winnie to make sure she’s okay. She informs him that Piper doesn’t yet know she’s pregnant. How will Piper react? Meanwhile, Gavin recently got out of drug rehab. He’s hoping to stay away from the drugs, but he will need his family’s support. But how can he when he doesn’t even tell his oldest sister about his problem?
Piper hasn’t had the heart to tell her brother and sister that she is planning to sell the home they’re living in to move to Colorado to take a medic course. The siblings were orphaned at a young age and grew up in the home with their grandparents, both now deceased. What she doesn’t know is that Winnie and Gavin want to turn the property into a Bed & Breakfast. As Piper grapples how to tell them, she turns to Cam, who has become a friend and confidant to her. Yes, she is still attracted to him, but it’s become more than wanting a fling with him. Cam is a listener, and Piper needs someone to talk to. But there is still that spark of attraction between them, and it’s only a matter of time before the sparks burst into something more.
ALMOST JUST FRIENDS is labeled a “women’s fiction” novel, but at the heart of it is the growing romance between Piper and Cam. Both have had to rely on no one except themselves. But they have others who need them. Piper and Cam spend time talking to each other about their worries and their dreams, yet one thing that hovers over them is that he knows about Winnie’s baby—and Piper doesn’t—for a good part of this tale. Piper thinks Rowan was a wayward young man, and if she discovers he and Winnie made a child together, how will it affect her perception of a man gone too soon?
Filled with emotion and heartfelt love, ALMOST JUST FRIENDS is that feelgood read you won’t want to put down once you open the book. This is why I’m awarding it a Perfect 10. It’s a tale of hope and happiness just when you think there can never be any. Don’t miss this beautiful and endearing story.
BUT 10 DAYS STUCK ON A BOAT…BLOODY HELL, THAT WAS HARD WORK!
I love them… but, geez, I don’t like them sometimes. Family dynamics are a wonderful thing. One day we’re all happy, happy, joy, joy (that could have been the wine talking). The next day, there are tears, tantrums and screaming matches (too many wine days, not enough water days). I guess it’s been a wee while since I’ve spent days with my sisters and parents. We love, trust and care for each other which gives us the freedom to be honest, straight-forward and even a little blunt. Honestly, a lot of it was a blast and I loved spending time with my family but I’ve never been so bloody happy to be home from a holiday.
It cracked me up that again, Jill Shalvis has written something so relevant to me and my life. Almost Just Friends is all about family dynamics. I recognised the bossy elder sister who lectures instead of listens. I know that little sister who is determined to be strong and independent… with a little help from family. I may also be somewhat like the middle “peacekeeper” who has been known to go off the rails but never meant to be a burden.
Now, all these traits do not define us (the characters and my siblings) as we can and are so much more. The bossiness comes from love and a need to see their family happy and content. The need to show her independence is from an acceptance that she can do anything because of the love and support at their back. That peacekeeper has seen some tough times so now we want everyone we love to avoid the tough times and lead their best lives.
Almost Just Friends is not just about the family dynamics, though. This story is about a woman who has put aside her wants and needs to raise her siblings. The journal she keeps was her way to stay on track and plan for the future. Piper notes what she hopes to achieve and ticks her successes and rewrites what still needs to happen. Things are finally getting to a stage where she thinks things are going smooth…ish and now Piper can start her own adventure.
Of course, when it comes to family, nothing is ever smooth and of course, the love of your life… I mean, the man of the moment, gets to witness every messy detail.
Camden’s younger brother Rowan died, and the last words Cam said to him were in anger. Now, Cam is trying to fix the mistakes of his past and find his own piece of happiness. Days after his arrival home to visit with his dad, a storm blows in changing everything. One woman is the calm in the middle of the storm. Piper challenges him to be better and makes it easy to laugh again. She’s not looking for a relationship but with the sparks they set off in each other, Cam’s sure she’s his permanent light.
I am convinced that Jill Shalvis writes for me alone. It’s like she knows what I want to read when I want to read it. Almost Just Friends had the perfect mix of humour, emotion and conflict, with a healthy dose of sexy times added for my pleasure. There were times that I found the simultaneous family fireworks (real-life and book life) helped me get through the dramas. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who loves their family while also wanting to murder them.
If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, this is one of her best and if you haven’t tried her yet… DO IT! If you’ve followed the Wildstone series, this is a great addition to the series, if you haven't started it yet… DO IT! I highly recommend giving Almost Just Friends a try.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
I loved the strength of Piper's character. At 30 years old she's dealt with some hard blows in life and is a bit closed off because of it. Because life has taught her to count on no one but herself and that she has to be a rock for her family. She certainly needed to learn how to open up - not only to others but to herself - and to realize that having emotions is not a bad thing.
Gavin's character left me wanting to give him a big hug followed by a smack on the back of the head. I assume that was Piper's constant feeling towards him (and Winnie) as well. I loved how he was growing up and realizing how much Piper had given up for him and Win. He wanted to fix things so they were all on a level playing field - but him and Win didn't go about it the right way all the time.
Cam's character was another I wanted to scoop up into a hug. He'd had an interesting childhood and recently a heartbreaking loss of his younger brother. Cam is intrigued by Piper - he wants to know all her secrets and realizes early on that it's going to be a tough fight to learn them. Cam and Piper were a complicated pair - bringing out the best in each other which scared them both. These two had quite the journey to learn that sometimes trusting yourself is just as scary as trusting another person.
This was a captivating read of a complicated family - a family that loves fiercely even as they keep secrets to protect each other. Great characters, realistic issues, sibling drama, and a wonderful story.
Piper Manning grew up in Wildstone and has stayed there as a EMT. She pretty much took care of her younger two siblings and was both their older sister and their parent. And she might have a few issues as a result. And no one can ever call her a gourmet cook, although she can whip up a mean mac 'n' cheese with cut up hot dogs. And Piper is very skeptical of men and love as well. But she does care about her people, especially her neighbor, Emmitt.
Cam Hughes is a DEA agent and Coast Guard reservist who is really a Wildstone boy despite having grown up in North Carolina. His parents separated when he and his younger brother were young and the boys were split between their parents. Cam being the older of the two boys went to live on the east coast with his mother. Having served in the Coast Guard, he has moved agencies and is now in the DEA. But he is in Wildstone to spend some time with his dad, Emmitt, after the death of his younger brother.
Piper encounter Cam on a dark and stormy night and has a close encounter with the hot, sexy, stranger. These are the only types of encounters she will allow herself. And she is beyond shocked to discover her hot, sexy guy is next door when she goes to check on Emmitt. And even more shocked to discover he is Emmitt's son and planning to stay around for awhile.
Throw in her younger brother Garrett coming back home with his own secrets including trying to stay sober and still in love with his high school boyfriend who has become a hot and sexy cop. Her younger sister, Winnie, is back home and pregnant but not willing to tell Piper just yet although Garrett has it figured out. Nor is Winnie willing to tell anyone but Cam that the father is Rowan, his brother.
With all of these secrets and issues, plus the wonderful wild scenery and a few of the eccentric characters of Wildstone, this book is a wonderful addition to the Wildstone series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone although reading them all is always encouraged since you have a chance to meet the other wonderful wacky characters of this unique town.
I did receive a copy of this novel in advance from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Then you get a surprise birthday party that you told everyone you didn't want, your siblings are home...with no place else to go, you feel the need to journal and journal, and there is a new man in town and he might be interested in you. No please...NO!
Secrets and sadness abound in this book, but it is a romance and quite uplifting too. You can change. Going back to the beginning is difficult, but Camden, Piper, Gavin, and Winnie all must look back before they can move forward. They have to forgive themselves before love and personal growth can take hold.
Almost Just Friends is the latest in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis. As always, the issues are timely, the characters are well thought out, and the angst is real. Ms. Shalvis knows how to get in the head of her characters and write their stories so well, you're sure there really is a place called Wildstone and you might want to live there!
Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author for me. I love her writing style and how her stories show real life issues and ultimately answers, in a fabulous setting.
Piper has been mom, dad, sister, and at times warden for her younger siblings and while she wouldn’t change that for the world she knows she needs more. Cam didn’t grow up with his younger brother but that isn’t going to stop him from fulfilling his brother’s final wish. What neither Piper nor Cam expected was for her siblings to show up and complicate things while also forcing them all to see what they really want and need.
Piper and Cam sizzle from their first meeting and Gavin and CJ absolutely melted my heart (the pictures in the epilogue were my fave!). Winnie and Emmitt were also perfectly flawed and round out the Manning et al family.
The Wildstone series is quickly becoming one of my all time faves! I love that each book is completely standalone but there are subtle little ties between them that make you smile. However, what I love most about the series is that it’s a series about families in their realists forms and moments. I can’t wait for the Summer Deal!
I received a complimentary review copy of this book but all opinions are my own.
Piper Manning lives a quiet life on the lake while working as an EMT in Wildstone. She has raised her siblings. She has put her sister through University. Now it is her turn. All she has to do is sell her grandmother's home and cottages. Major storms blow in and plans blow away as secrets are revealed.
Secrets aren't just held by her siblings although theirs are doozies. Piper thinks the new guy has come home to check on his dad after his brother died in a car accident. Cam lets Piper believe that is why he is in Wildstone. Cam, Gavin, and Secrets pile up. The longer you wait the harder it is survive the fallout.
This story is full of family, many laugh out moments, secrets and more secrets and a wonderful romance of Piper and Cam. This is a hard book to put down. This story dealt with many issues that I could relate to.
This is the fourth book set in the town of Wildstone, can't believe it is fictional. All books are stand alone. I highly recommend this story.