More than Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Romance
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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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Everything’s better as long as she’s part of it. And that’s the scariest part of all.”
As per book one, Just Friends, this was a book chock full of drama, drama, drama, teen angst, fickle friends, phoney friendships, bitter blood and more drama, drama, drama and I loved it. This book centres around the relationship between Amanda and Jordan Tuttle, a couple I thought had the potential to make it, but it seems both have their issues and love may not be as easy I thought.
I must admit, I was a little distracted by the fact that Livvy and Ryan’s relationship was not continued on from Just Friends and while they do make appearances this is definitely Amanda and Jordan’s book. Dustin is hardly mentioned and it took a while to mentally drop these other characters and get invested with Amanda and Jordan.
Jordan Tuttle is the star quarterback, Mr Popular, Mr Rich and everyone wants to know him, be him or be “with” him. However, as superficial as the above sounds, the real Jordan Tuttle is nothing like that. Jordan Tuttle is a complex character that has his own deep rooted issues, his ability to trust, his ability to love and his daddy issues are all holding him back in one way or another from the one thing he wants for himself…Amanda.
“How I feel about you scares the hell out of me.”
Amanda was the complete opposite of Jordan, her parents are catholic, she is down to earth, intelligent, has no idea just how beautiful she is and is the shy retiring wallflower, eager to be invisible, keep out of trouble and keep her head down. While she too likes/loves Jordan, the attention he brings is not wanted, the other girls vying for his attention is definitely not wanted, the rumours, the innuendo all bring out all her insecurities and it is this that holds her back. For Amanda, the biggest question is why her? With deep rooted trust issues, will she ever be able to put herself out there again?
This book was exhausting and incredibly infuriating. Both characters needed their heads to be bashed together, the pretentious, up their arses, bitchy girls need a huge dose of karma and certain parents need Parenting 101 lessons…stat!
“The torture is slowly killing me. That I can be around her, yet not have her, is twisting me up inside. She is forbidden. Untouchable. Off limits. But she is everything to me. She is the sun and the moon and the stars—everything bright and shiny and unstoppable. But she is also the threatening calm before the storm, the wind that howls with anger, the rain that pounds the ground. She is love and light and sweetness and darkness and anger and passion. She is all I could ever want.”
For me though, Jordan was the star of this book, once we actually got to know him and he opened up a little, I loved what I saw. He is the victim of manipulation though, he needs to stand up for himself and take stock of his life, a life for him, not for his dad, their reputations or past family trends. Jordan and Amanda have the potential to be something special, I just want them to wake up and smell the freakin’ coffee.
“We are like a puzzle, each of us made up of so many varied pieces. And those pieces only make sense when we come together. They say we can’t make our own choices, but they’re wrong. I choose him.”
So, now I am anxiously waiting for book 3 (drums fingers) …for characters that wind me up no end and stress me out, this series is a real page turner, high addicting, totally unputdownable and like Monica Murphy crack. BRING IT ON!!
About the Author:
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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