I received this book for free from Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Almost Just Friends (Wildstone, #4) by Jill Shalvis
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 21, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Harper Collins Publishers
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the world—and the people who make it home.
Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.
When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.
Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.
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Almost Just Friends is the fourth book in the Wildstone series. However, I haven’t read the first three books in the series and I don’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the first three books. But now I really want to start from the beginning so I can fall in love with the other characters in the series.
This is a friend to lover story that are one of my favorites to read about. I was sucked in from the first page, mainly because I’m about to be 30 next year and I sometimes feel a lot like Piper does. I grew to not just love the main characters, but I was also so intrigued by the secondary characters and their stories. I felt myself forcing myself to put the book down so I could sleep.
Piper is our main character. She had to grow up a lot sooner than most and shoulders a lot of responsibility and doesn’t have much time for her wants or needs. She has a habit of keeping her emotions closely guarded and not really allowing herself to feel. It is something we see her begin to try and change. It was the first time in a long time, I felt like a character was “real”. I loved the fact that Piper bullet journals. I am a former bullet journal and haven’t found my love for it again, but it is something I want to get back into and I can say Piper inspired me again.
Camden was our other character who was a bit of a mystery, but he kept me wanting to get to know him. I thought he was a really great lead. I also wanted to give him a big hug, he really needed one.
I really enjoyed the fact that they did develop a friendship that wasn’t based on sex. They had actually conversations and I feel like that sometimes lacks in romance novels, so I really enjoyed the fact that they kind of slowly grew into more than friends. I also loved how the romance wasn’t just about the physical attraction, they had a deep emotional connection as well.
This was my first Jill Shalvis book and I really enjoyed the writing. I was intrigued from the first page and found myself having to force myself to stop reading so that I could go to sleep. I really enjoyed the story and I want to read the first three books of the series. I loved the romance; the characters and I enjoyed the story.
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