Almost Just Friends

Almost Just FriendsNew 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 HomePiper 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 FreeWhen 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 OtherOnly 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 a 2020 William Morrow publication.A wonderful feel good story full of inspiration, hope and laughter Piper is an oak She had to grow up fast and put her own hopes and dreams aside to raise her two siblings Not only did she put her life on hold until everyone else was taken care of, she also tucked away her feelings and never gave herself time to grieve her parent s deaths However, now that her siblings are living their own lives, Piper is finally able t Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis is a 2020 William Morrow publication.A wonderful feel good story full of inspiration, hope and laughter Piper is an oak She had to grow up fast and put her own hopes and dreams aside to raise her two siblings Not only did she put her life on hold until everyone else was taken care of, she also tucked away her feelings and never gave herself time to grieve her parent s deaths However, now that her siblings are living their own lives, Piper is finally able to work on realizing her own dreams All she needs to do is to renovate the Lake House she inherited, and then sell it Meanwhile, Piper reluctantly agrees to a birthday celebration, where she meets Camden Reid When a storm moves in, the couple gets to know each other a whole lot better As it turns out, Piper and Cam know some of the same people, and both have a lot of pent of grief to work though Cam s feelings are still raw, while Piper s are deeply buried Recognizing in one another the pain they are both living with, Piper and Cam forge a cathartic, yet tentative friendship a friendship that sometimes leads to kissing Meanwhile, all of Piper s plans for her own future could come crashing down when both of her siblings return home, harboring a few stunning secrets Will Piper ever get the chance to achieve her own dreams Can she manage to let go, accept help, and share her feelings Could Cam and her siblings hold the key that will unlock the door to the new life she s been dreaming of Shalvis has this stuff down to a science This is another stellar contemporary tale about family, life and love The characters in the story are flawed, but each of them grabs the opportunity to give and take, let go, accept, and grow as individuals, while making room for a little romance, too, of course I loved the way the story flowed, and how the momentum took the reader on a realistic journey that leads to a sweet, very inspirational finish Things may not always go as we planned them, but sometimes there s a silver lining Sometimes people need help seeing it, or maybe we need a little help finding it ourselves But, at the end of the day, these characters really came through, leaving my heart feeling full and happy 4 stars TITLE ALMOST JUST FRIENDSAUTHOR Jill ShalvisSERIES Wildstone 4RELEASE DATE January 21, 2020GENRE Women s Fiction, strong romance focusTHEMES TROPES Small Town Romance, Family, Addiction, GriefRATING 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGThe WILDSTONE series by Jill Shalvis is the highlight of my reading time These stories just warm my heart In ALMOST JUST FRIENDS Piper meets Camden, who is pretty badass working for the DEA and the coast guard reserve Piper and her si TITLE ALMOST JUST FRIENDSAUTHOR Jill ShalvisSERIES Wildstone 4RELEASE DATE January 21, 2020GENRE Women s Fiction, strong romance focusTHEMES TROPES Small Town Romance, Family, Addiction, GriefRATING 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGThe WILDSTONE series by Jill Shalvis is the highlight of my reading time These stories just warm my heart In ALMOST JUST FRIENDS Piper meets Camden, who is pretty badass working for the DEA and the coast guard reserve Piper and her siblings inherited a house and a couple of cottages from their grandparents After raising her now grown up sister and brother she finally wants to live her own life, sell the property and go back to school But she didn t see Cam coming, the guy she thought she could have a good time with and then leave Neither did she realize that her wayward siblings had other plans with their inheritance And secrets So many secrets.Piper was a self confessed control freak, making lists, not giving her trust easily I loved that I still could follow her thought process although she was so closed off this usually annoys me Not Piper she d been a mom and caretaker of her siblings and never had the chance to actually live Then Gavin and Winnie showed up with their baggage and secrets and at first I couldn t understand why they didn t tell Piper what was going on with them but in the end I understood that, like I hated to disappoint my parents so did Gavin and Winnie I just wish they had trusted her a little bitYou were my mom, my dad, my friend, and oftentimes also my enforcer, Gavin said But you ve never been my sister You ve never let me be your brother You ve never let me be there for you, Piper, not once You need to stop protecting me I m grown, I m good, and that s all thanks to you But I want to be siblings I want to be equals I want to be the one to help you for a change I adored the relationship Cam and Piper had They were open and affectionate with one another I don t know how Jill Shalvis does it but her heroes are among my favorites They are always such good men with so much heart and humor and a huge capacity to love Cam had some demons of his own but he felt really balanced and centered to me.Piper wasn t in it for something long term at first whenever her former relationships became too serious she bailed Adding to that was the fact that she wouldn t be around for much longer in Wildstone But Cam was the kind of man who would give up everything for the right woman and for the first time in her life Piper learned what it meant to be a priority for someone I loved that so much for her She d sacrificed so much of her life, she deserved happiness and it was so heartwarming to see that she finally got that Even when she was an unlovable mess, he looked at her in a way that stole her breath every time He was her person As per usual with the Wildstone books we get three POVs The third POV in this story belongs to Gavin who stole my heart When he returns to Wildstone after years he has to make amends with the live he left without a word CJ didn t make it hard for Gavin and he forgave his ex lover pretty quickly Gavin really had changed from the irresponsible boy He took things seriously and didn t want to get off track again.I also loved Winnie and although I thought it was pretty awful to not trust Piper with everything she was a sweet girl I wish Jill would give us her story These books are complete stand alones and the characters aren t connected except for the rare mention, so chances may be slim that we ll seeif Winnie But, such is life and I ll get over it.Whenever I m on the last pages of a Jill Shalvis book my heart is always full She writes the most satisfying stories that always make me laugh despite addressing serious topics like grief or addiction Her characters have a warmth to them that make me come back forof her books She s a sure bet for me and although this series is shelved as Women s Fiction it is heavily focused on the romance June can t come soon enough That s when the next in this series, THE SUMMER DEAL, will be released I can t be the girl who changes her plans for the guy, she whispered I know His hand covered hers But I can be the guy who changes his plans for a girl Favorite Quotes 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, rig Favorite Quotes 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.My Review 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 considerablytense 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 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 ag 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.Forreviews please visit Anything by Jill Shalvis is amazing and this book is no different Wonderful characters and a compelling story Loved it A small town romance is always my go to pick up When I pick up Almost Just Friends, it really takes me by surprise This book is really really good Delicious even, just like Cam Cam is the reason why I love this book very much He is so protective and acts like a glie while Piper trying to hold it together He is such a swoon worthy hero Piper is kick ass heroine She sacrifices her future to be the parent for her sibling She is all about responsible This is a story about family and love A small town romance is always my go to pick up When I pick up Almost Just Friends, it really takes me by surprise This book is really really good Delicious even, just like Cam Cam is the reason why I love this book very much He is so protective and acts like a glie while Piper trying to hold it together He is such a swoon worthy hero Piper is kick ass heroine She sacrifices her future to be the parent for her sibling She is all about responsible This is a story about family and love With many secrets and twists on the story, the whole book shines The character development is slow but it really builds up nicely Overall this is a perfect book while on isolation 5 stars I love my family, but I don t like them sometimes I ve just come back from a 10 day cruise with my family Not just my little family, my whole bloody family There were 15 of us in total, setting sail to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary Congratulations, Mum and Dad on surviving and conquering 50 years of wedded bliss Love you both so much and I m proud to be your daughter BUT 10 DAYS STUCK ON A BOAT BLOODY HELL, THAT WAS HARD WORK I love them but, geez, I don t like them sometim I love my family, but I don t like them sometimes I ve just come back from a 10 day cruise with my family Not just my little family, my whole bloody family There were 15 of us in total, setting sail to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary Congratulations, Mum and Dad on surviving and conquering 50 years of wedded bliss Love you both so much and I m proud to be your daughter 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 muchThe 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. 4 We re family Stars Almost Just Friends takes up back to Wildstonefor another story set around a dysfunctional family, trying to make the best of everything Well it s actually two families the Mannings and the Hayes But as the book progresses you come to see that they may not be blood related but through all of the secrets and omissions of the truth they are tied together inways than each individual initially thinks Each character is part of a sum, that adds up to the whole 4 We re family Stars Almost Just Friends takes up back to Wildstonefor another story set around a dysfunctional family, trying to make the best of everything Well it s actually two families the Mannings and the Hayes But as the book progresses you come to see that they may not be blood related but through all of the secrets and omissions of the truth they are tied together inways than each individual initially thinks Each character is part of a sum, that adds up to the whole She wanted to be wanted She wanted to feel something She wanted passion and hunger and desire, butthat any of that, she wanted someone to feel those things for herThe story mainly plays out through three POV s, Piper, Cam and Gavin Piper and Gavin are siblings, Piper being the eldest and primary care giver as they were growing up, with younget sister Winne completing the trio Cam and his father live next door to the family, and as I said he and his father as well as the Manning siblings are connected inways than one as the story progresses, although the bulk of the book focusses on Piper and Cam s blossoming relationship, something that hasthan a few hurdles to overcome and not just from their own hangups but of those around them as well You ve got so much love to give It s hard to see you closed off Gavin brings up the rear with his POV, returning home has it s own sets of challenges for the middle sibling, mainly owning up to his own mistakes, and trying to rebuild bridges between him and the one man he has ever truly felt anything for You re quite the distraction Despite the heavier tropes in play, this book wasn t a struggle to read, although I will say that lack of communication between the adults and the omission of truth in relation to certain subject are things that generally start to get on my nerves normally However, the author interjected a lot of her usual humour and banter in the story that held back the usual frustration I start to feel You also get two for the price of one in regards to romantic entanglements as well, although I have to ask the question that if you are going to start giving same sex relationships in your booksfocus, should you also give the bedroom side of things as much page time as you do with your heterosexual couples Because that was not the case in this one, and the closed door aspect for one, and the full disclosure for the other stuck out like a sore thumb for me Not in a bad way, but it was still something that made me pause for a minute or two, because if you are giving it all the bells and whistles for one couple, shouldn t the other be afforded the same courtesy Anywhere Anytime For the rest of my life I m all yours I look forward to readingfrom the author in 2020 ARC generously provided, in exchange for the above honest review NOW LIVEUSUKJill Shalvis writes realistic characters almost flawlessly and her books never fail to draw me in Almost Just Friends was no different and I was captivated from the beginning Piper was trying to be the strong sibling for her brother and sister, the one that took care of them when there was no one else But that meant putting her own life on hold and now she s stuck with only her plans for somethingThat is until Cam comes to Wildstone for his father and her NOW LIVEUSUKJill Shalvis writes realistic characters almost flawlessly and her books never fail to draw me in Almost Just Friends was no different and I was captivated from the beginning Piper was trying to be the strong sibling for her brother and sister, the one that took care of them when there was no one else But that meant putting her own life on hold and now she s stuck with only her plans for somethingThat is until Cam comes to Wildstone for his father and her dreams start looking like a reality I loved getting all of the different parts to this story You had Piper trying to figure out what her siblings were hiding, finding her courage to let someone help, and accepting her feelings for Cam It was emotional but also very sweet and I found it really fun to read They might have been imperfect characters and sometimes let their flaws get the best of them, but together they made the perfect story Piper and Cam were both working through some things but they were able to let their guards down for each other and I thought that level of trust was amazing Overall, this is definitely a book I recommend reading It s fun, and beautifully sweet, and will leave a smile on your face It s the fourth book in the Wildstone series but can be read as a standalone in my opinion ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Title Almost Just FriendsSeries Wildstone 4Author Jill ShalvisRelease date January 21, 2020Cliffhanger noGenre women s fictionEven when she was an unlovable mess, he looked at her in a way that stole her breath every time He was her person.This is the story of two families and how they learn to overcome tragedies and challenges together Piper is the oldest sibling of the Mannings, and soon after their parents untimely death, she quickly stepped into the role of raising her brother and Title Almost Just FriendsSeries Wildstone 4Author Jill ShalvisRelease date January 21, 2020Cliffhanger noGenre women s fictionEven when she was an unlovable mess, he looked at her in a way that stole her breath every time He was her person.This is the story of two families and how they learn to overcome tragedies and challenges together Piper is the oldest sibling of the Mannings, and soon after their parents untimely death, she quickly stepped into the role of raising her brother and sister Ill equipped to deal with the emotional wounds they were collecting, the family has been slowly rotting at their roots Pushing down feelings of grief, guilt, and resentment, there was no healing for anyone On the outside, everyone appears to have their lives under control, but on the inside, everything is one step away from ruin Piper is stubborn, messy, anti social, and bossy She also has the most giving heart of anyone you ll ever meet, she s tenacious when it comes to things that matter, and would carry the weight of the world on her own shoulders if it meant her family was lighter because of it Through the years she has sacrificed a lot, but now a new path is finally within her grasp Selling the family home will allow her to go back to school and pursue a different career path somewhere new Of course things don t go at all as planned Winnie and Gavin arrive in town for a visit and it doesn t take long before things start to unravel Secrets are a huge part of the conflict in the story For me, I think that the Mannings worst fault was their inability to be honest and communicate with one another Many times I was yelling through the screen of my kindle, wishing I could penetrate some sense into their thick skulls I don t think Piper was given enough credit by her brother and sister because they always feared the worst possible reaction from her Rather than come clean, they all became expert level at ignoring the elephant in the room This didn t seem fair to me at all, because despite her penchant for bossiness, she was never anything but unconditionally supportive I would say that was my one frustration with the story, the amount of time they spent dancing around the truth and keeping her in the dark out of fear Winnie also pulled Cam unwillingly into her deception and because of his sense of honor he felt obligated to keep silent Camden Reid is in Wildstone to spend time with his father during some down time from his job in the DEA and the Coast Guard Reserve Like Piper, his family is broken and currently a big hot mess Growing up, he had to deal with his parents divorce, his mother s mental illness, and now he must find a way to build a new relationship with his father as they grieve together A sudden loss in the family has him reeling with devastation Not only is it bad timing to be meeting Piper at this point with both of their lives so messy, she s commitment shy even on a good day Naturally, they both try to ignore, then fight their attraction for one another There are a million reasons why pursuing a romance couldn t work, leading toheartbreak Cam shows her with his actions that he s there to be her partner To be there for her to lean on when she feels lost and tired, something she hasn t experienced in a very long time She s so used to trying to solve everything on her own, that she doesn t quite know what to do with it There were multiple threads to the story that weave together cohesively into one It alternates between Piper, Winnie, Gavin, and Cam and they learn how to be a strong family unit I love Jill Shalvis women fiction titles because they have a heavy element of romance, and this was no exception We also got her trademark humor to keep things light as the Mannings and Reids tackled things like grief, recovering from addiction, and unplanned pregnancy This was a great addition to the Wildstone series and one I would recommend wholeheartedly FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Almost Just Friends
  • Jill Shalvis
  • English
  • 09 December 2019
  • 0062897802