Saturday, February 29, 2020

Review - Almost Just Friends

Author:  Jill Shalvis
Series:  Wildstone, #4
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   384
Date of Publication:   January 21, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars


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.


Piper Manning has put her life and dreams aside to raise her brother and sister after the loss of their parents. She has one last thing to do until her life is her own - and that includes getting the coveted college degree as a physicians assistant. She needs to do a lot of work on the lake house left to her by her grandparents. Once she is able to sell it, she can go back to school.

When Piper runs into a man during a big storm, named Camden Reid, sparks fly right off. However, she certainly has no time for romance. To further complicate things, her brother and sister come back to the lake house needing her help yet again. Piper has always been selfless, so what will she do now?

Jill Shalvis is a favorite author of mine so I am glad I got the chance to read this book. I quickly learned that this wasn't a cut-and-dried romance. Boy meets girl. Fall in Love. Major conflict. Happily ever after. Instead, both Piper and Cam had heavy baggage. Piper's sibling brought heavy baggage to Piper's feet. These things are part of the reason that this book was a really sensitive read that stressed the importance of family and love. Yes, readers got the happy ending, but the journey towards it was a rather nice ride.

Many thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and to Edelweiss for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author JILL SHALVIS writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 15 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

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