Thursday, November 17, 2016

😍REVIEW: "More Than Friends" by Monica Murphy (Young Adult, Romance)

More Than Friends
by Monica Murphy

Publisher: EM Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016

Series: Friends, #2
Standalone: No, Read at least Book #1 First

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Description from Publisher:
He's not perfect, but he's all I want...

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.
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My Musings:
OMG another cliffhanger! You're killing me, Monica Murphy! This is Amanda and Tuttle's story, this time with occasional Tuttle POV. Amanda is much more likeable than Livvy though I have to say there was a lot of immaturity there too, which seemed a little out of character. How many times did Jordan need to be incredibly sweet to her and tell her how into her he was before she stopped being so damned insecure?

But their story is as sweet as I hoped it would be. There is a lot of angst but I felt like it was more realistic angst than the first book. Jordan's issues are deeply-rooted in a crappy family and my heart breaks for what he has to deal with.

Livvy is as dramatic as ever but finally gets it together with Ryan. She was much more likeable here. Em is barely seen but a much humbler version of herself. We basically see no Dustin at all. This time around, all of the characters feel like they have more depth and everyone is much more tolerable than before, perhaps because of all of the history we learn from the first book.

This is one of those series that surprises you with just how intriguing all of the plotlines, major and minor, are and just how much you are desperate to figure out what happens!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About Monica Murphy
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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