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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of More than Friends (Friends #2) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy





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.


I have to apologize that this review wasn’t up earlier today.  I’m still trying to process what I just read and dry my tears.  I have never cried over a YA book before but I did with this one.  Amanda and Jordan are pure perfection.  Ms. Muruphy wrote two beautiful flawed characters that will take your breath away.

I realize that most people don’t want to read YA because of the angst but believe me, I’m one of those readers, too.  The thing with Ms. Murphy’s writing is that she “gets” it.  Yes, she understands how the YA mind works.  There is angst in the book but it is realistic and poignant.  I felt for these characters.  Sighed with them, got mad with them and at them and in the end, I didn’t want it to end.

Jordan is flawed, so flawed that he knows he is.  Amanda is the one thing in his screwed up life that makes sense but doesn’t know how to have any kind of healthy relationship with her.  We see bits of it but in the end…Amanda, she is just trying to get over being hurt by her ex and former BF.  What she doesn’t expect is to feel something stronger, more powerful in her feelings for Jordan.

There is humor, snappy dialogue and so many realistic scenes in the book that you will feel like you are back in high school.  There are kids that are mean, girls that you want to slap and boys that need to be brought down a peg or two.  Plus, the parents in the book are well thought out and only enhance the love story.

I’m going to leave my review now.  A few final thoughts:

  1.  This is book #2 in the series.  You do not have to read the first one to understand this one.  Ms. Murphy does an excellent job of showing you what happened in the first one.
  2. There is a cliffhanger.  I HATE cliffhangers but in this book, its the only way it could end.  Jordan and Amanda have much growing up to do, separately and together as a couple for them to get the HEA.
  3. You really need to give this book a chance.  It deals with everything a high school kids goes through.  I liked the first book in the series but after reading this one, I really couldn’t care less about the main characters in the first book.  Amanda and Jordan are the couple to care about, cry over and pray that it all works out in the end.


Deserves so much more. a 10 at least.
Deserves so much more. a 10 at least.


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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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