Title: Almost Just Friends
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Page Count: 384
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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.
Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis is the fourth book of the Wildstone series. This contemporary romance series is told from multiple points of view. As with most romance series each book has changed the main characters so each can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so.
This fourth book of the series introduces Piper Manning who now at thirty is really just getting to a point she can begin her own life. As a child Piper and her two siblings lost their parents at an early age and with Piper being the oldest she ended up responsible for her younger brother and sister. Once Piper finished fixing up the lake house she and her siblings had inherited she plans to sell and go off to school.
When out with a friend Piper meets Camden Reid and while the sexy stranger interests her she isn’t the type for a one night stand. After heading home though Piper decides to check on her elderly neighbor with a storm in the area and Piper finds Camden is actually his son. Just as Piper and Camden begin to get to know one another though Piper’s siblings come crashing home with problems of their own.
Almost Just Friends was such a lovely tale that not only focuses on romance but encompassed the families surrounding the main couple and all of the issues within. Piper and her siblings only had one another in life and while their lives weren’t perfect they showed that with the strength of their family they could overcome their issues. And the slow burning romance between Piper and Cam was one that was worth the wait. Great story overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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 books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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