ARC Review: More Than Friends by Monica Murphy


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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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review

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review

+++Some subjects are for a MATURE YA audience

More Than Friends is an angst-filled joyride. Full of drama, jealousy, and steam, More Than Friends is the kind of YA that sucks you in with its easy readability, relatable characters, and all that heat. 

More Than Friends picks up where Just Friends left off, but through the alternating POVs of Amanda and Tuttle. The same petty high school rivalries, drama, and rumors that flooded book 1 are there, but much softer and way less frequent. If you like shows like One Tree Hill or Pretty Little Liars, you’ll definitely get swept up in this. 

Amanda and Tuttle are great for each other. She gives him a place to feel comfortable, to finally be himself, and open up about his home life. Tuttle may seem like your average playboy jock, but he’s so much more complicated than that. Tuttle is terrified that he’s going to open his heart and get betrayed. He’s vulnerable and flirty and oh so sexy in that confident, space-crowding way. Tuttle is in awe of Amanda. She invigorates and enchants him, she’s this perfect creature that he can’t believe he’s lucky enough to be with. Those emotions are charged and pure and full of honesty. His sections, though way fewer than Amanda’s sections, are incredibly real and open, he admits all of his insecurities and it makes him more than swoonworthy, he’s a broken prince that you’ll feel genuine compassion for. 

Amanda has trust issues and rightly so after the stuff she went through in book 1 (though you don’t need to read book 1 to get the scope of Amanda and Tuttle’s relationship, there’s great summary). She’s scared of the extent and depth of her emotions for Tuttle and it’s so easy to step into her shoes. Falling in love can be terrifying. The ways you give yourself away and the power the other person has to crush you, it’s the stuff of nightmares. Amanda’s fears are justified and raw confessions. Amanda has the biggest heart and you’ll be rooting for her happy ending. 

Resistance has never been more futile. Amanda and Tuttle are made for each other, but the push and pull makes for great entertainment. The heat builds and bursts into some seriously sexy scenes that may be too mature for some YA readers. 

I wasn’t sold on Liv in book 1 and now I’m even more certain of my dislike for her. She’s unforgiving and cold and selfish and sometimes 10x worse than Em. She can be flighty and completely self-absorbed. No matter how much Amanda tries to help her, she just shrugs it off. It’s pretty frustrating. 

Some sections seemed unnecessary and took away from the plot.

That cliffhanger ending!!! 😦

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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