REVIEW – JUST FRIENDS (Friends #1) by Monica Murphy

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Olivia Hudson is a 17 yr. old living in California with her mother & is about to start her senior year of high school. She heads to Oregon to spend the summer with her dad & is separated from her two best friends Dustin & Emily for most of the summer. The three of them have been inseparable since middle school. In recent months Livvy’s relationship with Dustin has changed a bit. They sometimes mess around & it means more to Dustin than it does to Livvy. Livvy doesn’t want anything to ruin their friendship.

When Livvy returns home everything & everyone seems to have changed. Her best friend Em has gone wild, & something with Dustin is off. Then there’s the new boy that just moved in down the street, Ryan. She’d heard about Ryan & seen him in Instagram pictures, but he’s even hotter in person. Livvy needs to focus on graduating & getting into a good college, but suddenly all she has on the brain is boys…boys…boys! Two to be exact. Dustin is crazy about her & Ryan is making it clear he’s interested too. She goes from no prospects with guys to two gorgeous ones who are actually fighting over her.

As she’s caught up in this love triangle, secrets & betrayals are revealed, and suddenly Livvy doesn’t know who she can trust. Things aren’t always what they seem & her best friends that she considered her safe place become her enemies.

Livvy decides her senior year should be filled with endless possibilities & fun, and she isn’t going to let it pass her by. She makes new friends & after lusting over him for weeks decides to see where things go with Ryan. She’s so drawn to him. He’s sexy, confident, funny & sweet, but also confusing. She isn’t sure where they stand, but still finds herself wanting more. Livvy still feels torn about Dustin & Em and continues to second guess her decisions in this teenage story full of angst, drama, jealousy & raging hormones. ;)) I really enjoyed this book & love Monica Murphy’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book & also look forward to more of Tuttle & Amanda.

-“So fucking sexy.”

-“And all mine.”

-He makes me laugh and he makes me burn inside every time he touches me or kisses me. I like how I feel when I’m seen with him.

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