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More than Friends (Friends #2) by Monica Murphy | Blog Tour & Review

Posted November 14, 2016 /
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More than Friends (Friends #2) by Monica Murphy | Blog Tour & Review

More than Friends (Friends #2) by Monica Murphy | Blog Tour & ReviewMore Than Friends by Monica Murphy
Series: Friends #2
Published by Everafter Romance on November 28th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

More than Friends is the sequel of Just Friends, but instead of reading it in Livvy’s POV, we have it in Amanda’s and Tuttle’s perspectives. It’s quite a relief since Amanda was my favorite in the group, and I was more invested in her and Tuttle’s romance.

Amanda Walters still can’t believe Jordan Tuttle, the star quarterback, is interested in her. Until recently, she never really stood out, and to have the interest of one of the most popular students in school was quite unnerving. Still, she’s attracted to him, and can’t stop feeling it for him. Tuttle is persistent in his pursuit, and thanks to a group project in Honors English, they discover their feelings and give in to the undeniable pull between them.

“Stop pretending this isn’t happening, Amanda. I’m tired of fighting it.”

Having read Just Friends a few months ago, I really wanted to know what happened between Olivia and Ryan since the first book ended up in a bit of a cliffy. Although I’m really happy to read Amanda’s story, I would have wanted to find out more about what happened after the cliffy in the first book. Livvy and Ryan––and most of the drama in the first book––took a back seat and let Amanda and Jordan become the driving force of this sequel. There were only brief mentions of Dustin, but there’s more of Em. I’d love to read more about her and what’s going on with her life. 

Amanda seems like the only decent person in this bunch, and I’m so happy I got to read a story in her POV. Most of the people here are f*ed up. Amanda is relatable, and we had the same thoughts about everything that happened in this book. She isn’t perfect, but she listens to reason and knows when to fight for herself and when to back down. 

I love Jordan Tuttle. He’s persistent, sweet, surprisingly deep, but still so flawed. His family is pretty much the opposite of Amanda’s. As a matter of fact, he’s the opposite of Amanda, but maybe that’s why they work so well! He made me smile and swoon and made me want someone like him!

“But she is everything to me. She is the sun and the moon and the stars–everything bright and shiny and unstoppable…”

I hated Olivia in Just Friends, but started to like her in More than Friends. She started out as this self-absorbed girl who thought the worst about everyone despite being just as flawed. It was a relief to see her care more for Amanda than she first let on in this book. Her and Ryan both. I’m still not a huge fan though. 

This book ends in another cliffy. I really want to read more about Amanda and Jordan. I’m rooting for their HEA! I also want to read more about Em, and maybe Livvy and Ryan, too.

Over all, I enjoyed More than Friends so much more than I did Just Friends. I’d recommend it to more mature teens as this story has a few mature scenes not fit for younger ones.

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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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