Title: Almost Just Friends
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: HarperCollins
Yes, I read a contemporary romance novel. I love fantasy but it can be really dark and I wanted an easy read that wasn’t as dark. I actually won Almost Just Friends in a book giveaway from Traveling with T. Make sure to check out her book review blog.
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.
I really enjoyed this book. Romance aside, it is about healing and family. The story is about recovering after trauma and loss. along with learning to trust others. Piper is a strong character, she is an EMT that deals with the trauma of others everyday and stays calm and collected. However, she is really bad at dealing with her own.
It is not just Piper that has to face her past demons though. Almost everyone in this book has something that they have to come to grips with something that they have done in their past. Each of their issues is different but relatable to readers.
I suggest this for fans of romance, for fans of contemporary fiction, and for those who want a feel good read. Happy reading.