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Her Best Friend (More Than Friends #1)

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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,135 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Will it be friendship or romance?

What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else? She gets over it. That's what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she's taken the smart route. She's eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ridley
I try to be stingy with my five stars, but I wavered between a four and a five for a few minutes before I decided that it's perfect for what it is - a category contemporary that makes you smile with your whole face.

Amy Parker and Quinn Whitfield have been friends so long that there's a photo of them sharing the same teething ring as babies. They grew up together, played together and were two peas in a pod, until the double whammy of puberty and a new girl named Lisa went and changed everything.
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Lemon
Complete waste of time and money. I don't care as much about the money, but I wish I could get the three hours of my life back. Maybe I'm just weird, but I didn't find anything about the writing extraordinary as so many readers here have indicated. I thought the writing was mediocre at best. There was no story development other than the constant longing by the heroine for the hero and the constant longing by the hero- for his wife. I never got how or why the hero decides to stay with the heroine ...more
seton
Very good category romance about two lovely people who grew up next door to each other all their lives. This is the first Superromance of SM's that I have read. She usually does the Harlequin Blaze line instead. I hope that she does more Superromances because I liked how the focus was on the story and the characters, versus the rather forced mental lusting in the SM Blaze that I read.

My primary beef with Best Friend Romances is that most authors TELL me that the H/H are BFs, not SHOW me. Not so
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EeeJay
Jane Stewart
Uninteresting contrivances keep the couple apart. I wanted better relationship interactions.

STORY BRIEF:
Amy has loved Quinn since she was 14. She is now 30. She never showed her feelings. He has never known her feelings. He dated another, married, and is now in process of divorce. His wife cheated on him. Amy needs legal help and calls Quinn’s wife, but Quinn answers the phone. He gives her advice and then shows up to help her at a public hearing. Amy doesn’t know Quinn is getting a divorce. She
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Wicked Incognito Now
I learned: category romances can be very very good, despite the embarrassing covers that take romance readers back twenty steps in our fight not to appear as the stereotypical simple-minded, bon bon eating, non-discerning readers of literature.

I also learned that Sarah Mayberry rocks! I wish I had the ability to quantify the exact qualities that differentiate writing techniques that allow one book to be multi-faceted and filled with emotional poignancy and another to be flat. Alas, I fail.

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Saly
Her Best Friend is a wonderful book. It combines my favorite theme friends to lovers but also my least favorite one unrequited love. Amy has loved her best friend Quinn since she was fourteen. But then Lisa moved to town and became a part of their trio and it was Lisa, Quinn dated and subsequently married. Amy kept quiet through-out, sad as well as happy for her friends. She learnt to hide her feelings around Quinn. She dated and even moved on but that love never really went away. So, for the pa ...more
Steffi
This was my first book by Sarah Mayberry and she instantly became one of my favorite authors.

This is just a wonderful beautiful book about two best friends, Quinn and Amy, who fall in love with each other. Or rather one of them does. Amy has been in love with Quinn all her life and while she watched him fall for and marry another girl, she still has feelings for him.

After his divorce, Quinn decides to check up on his old friend. Amy has finally reached her life-long dream, to buy the old cinema
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Jacqueline
This might be a misleading score. I didn't like the book not because it was poorly written or anything. I just couldn't get past the subject matter. I found the whole they liked each other as teens but a different girl came on to him so he went with her thing just too sad. Even getting together now didn't save it for me.

I couldn't help thinking about John Greenleaf Whittier's words: “of all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”
ALPHAreader
Amy Parker is about to fulfil her childhood dream of owning Daylesford’s Grand Picture Theatre, that her grandfather built before she was born. There’s just one big bureaucratic hurdle she needs to jump through, and unfortunately her two best friends are just the lawyers to help her.

Lisa and Quinn Whitfield moved to Sydney after they got married, joining a big law firm and living the high-life in the city. Quinn and Amy grew up together, and Lisa joined their trio as a teenager, but eventually L
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Carrie
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Kay
4 Stars ~ Quinn was literally the boy next door and Amy has always loved him. They were best buds, and then when they were 14, Lisa moved up the street and then they became the three musketeers. Amy had always dreamed that Quinn would be her first real kiss but it was Lisa that Quinn kissed and then as they got older dated, went off to university with and then married. All through those 16 years, Amy has always been their friend. But for her own sake, Amy had been pulling away from them, trying ...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
I'm not sure what I didn't like about this story but I had to push myself to finish it. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the best friends turn to lovers. I always end up rolling my eyes through most of these type of stories. This story had pretty good reviews so I gave it a shot. I can see why people liked this story, the author has a talent with characterization, but the plot just didn't work for me.
Nisha
I'm a sucker for the friends-to-lovers theme. I can't help it. This one had a pretty exceptional premise.

Amy, our heroine, has been in love with her best friend Quinn since she was 14. But, when her good friend, Lisa, starts dating Quinn, she has no choice but to be supportive. 10 years later, the couple is married and Amy is still alone. Another 6 years later, Quinn returns, this time as a divorced man to the still single Amy, hoping to return to the one solid thing, their friendship. But Amy
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Tina
4.5 stars.

Yet another gem from Sarah Mayberry. This is exactly the type of contemporary I love. It isn't flashy or dazzly. It doesn't have Navy SEALs jumping out of planes and stalkers behind every door. It is a good relationship drama that hits on a lot of themes: unrequited love, the value of friendship, and betrayal and trust.

The set up of the story is very well done. Amy and Quinn grew up together practically from the crib. They were always the best of friends. Then Lisa came along and the t
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Jan
The whole time I was reading it, I really, really liked it. Unrequited love stories can be so painful and heartbreaking, but when it works out it's always extra cherry on top happiness. I liked both Amy and Quinn, totally understood their fears and behaviour and I really, really rooted for them.

I love Mayberry's writing (2 books in, and a huge fan already), she really writes marvelous category.

However, the resolution, it just was a bit too short. After all the anguish and longing I needed a bi
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Laura
3 stars
POV: 3rd person: Amy, Quinn
Sensuality: Warm/Hot

Amy Parker has been in love with her best friend for 16 years. Quinn Whitfield married Amy's friend Lisa, so he has been off-limits all this time. Now they are getting divorced and he's single. She still loves him, but he is her friend. She's been avoiding him for 2 years, but now he is in town helping her out and being in such close proximity is driving her crazy.

Hmm...the story was well written, the characters were done fairly well, the sto
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ReaderOz
Hands down the best Superromance you’ll find.
This wonderful, nuanced story of two Australian thirty year olds getting through their muddled lives the best they can doesn’t feature anything grand or exciting; it’s all about the details in life.
I loved the conflict between Amy and Quinn. By not wanting to ruin their friendship they waited sixteen years before acting on feelings that began when they were schoolkids. Amy’s pain at watching Quinn marry another woman, and the ways she coped were heart
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LuvGirl
Cute best friends turn to lovers read. It took forever for them to get together though! I almost wanted to give up but it was angsty (they should make that a real word) enough to make me keep turning the pages. No love scenes until the very end in this one, and it was frustrating to say the least. This was a rec that I asked for where the OW loved the hero and had realistic feelings in losing him to the heroine in the end. It was nicely done. SM knows how to bring her characters to life. That's ...more
Marynea Collina Bautista
Of course, after my almost a week long break because of finals, the first book that I am going to review was romance. Truth be told, I was reading this while I had my breaks while studying, and within two nights, I finished this. I must say, I had been dying to write something about this book!

Once again, I found a friends-to-lovers book, and Her Best Friend is one of those who willingly reciprocated and fulfilled my guilty pleasure. What I loved the most about this book was how Sarah Mayberry ha
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Audrey
A good friends-to-lovers story with a heaping dose of unrequited love (by the h for the H) tossed into the mix. I liked it, but I also thought the characters were kind of...bland.

3+/3.5 for the quality writing and the realistic storyline.
Judi
First of all let me say that I love that Sarah Mayberry writes stories that take place in Australia. While reading, I always imagine the dialogue in my head with an Aussie accent (at least for the hero) and there is just something so hot and sexy about a guy with an accent.

Her Best Friend raises a very interesting question. What do you do when you find out your BFF is getting divorced and you’ve been in love with him since you were fourteen? That’s the dilemma facing Amy Parker when she discover
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Amy Jacobs
As a lover of sweet and romantic reads, Harlequin is one of my favorite escapes when I am in the mood for a category read mood. They always have the best short reads that fill in the time between review books.

Amy Parker lived next door to her childhood best friend, Quinn Whitfield. They were two peas in a pod and rarely apart. They shared secrets, adventures and even a teething ring when they were babies. Then at age 14, things change for Amy. She harbors a secret crush on her best friend. Unfo
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Barbara
This contemporary romance got a lot of good press on the romance review sites and I can see why. It is a very good take on the good friends who could be lovers trope. Our hero and heroine are nice people--and surprise, surprise, the third person in the triangle turns out to be okay too. Well written, with a good deal of humor, just enough emotion.
Alas--now to the downside---
This story supposedly takes place in small town Victoria, Australia. For all the atmosphere-this story could be set in Ames
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A Ryan
Five "Loved It!" stars!!!
This was my first book by Sarah Mayberry, and I can't wait to read more!
If you love best - friends- to -lovers books, especially when they're done well, Her Best Friend won't disappoint. The process of Quinn falling in love as well as reconnecting with himself played so well alongside Amy's secret love and her strong self-awareness.


It didn't feel like a Mills & Boon, and I wished it was longer, taking the time to explore the dynamics between Lisa, Amy and Quinn a l
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Lori
4.5 stars. Great friends to lovers book. Amy and Quinn were both likable characters. Iliked that they had an honest friendship (aside from Amy secretly loving him for years). But I also liked that after she told him, he thought it through, coming to the conclusion that he couldn't lose his friendship with her, but then coming to the conclusion that he wanted her more. They were honest about his marriage and life with Lisa. And they had a wonderful banter together. I loved when he showed her the ...more
willaful
I seem to be the only romance reader in the world who doesn’t much care for “friends-to-lovers” stories, and Her Best Friend has all the elements that I usually don’t like in them. It's a credit to the intelligent writing that I still enjoyed it. Yeah, there's a lot of unrequited longing and anguishing over whether they'll ruin their friendship if they give in to their feelings, but it's not driven into the ground, making me want to slap people silly. The main characters are likable and believab ...more
AshleyMarie
Favorite scene from the book I thought it was cute and funny! =)
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Bobs (Reader Unbound)
I cannot believe how much I loved Her Best Friend. Even before I finished the first 30 pages I just knew that this one will be part of my all time favorites. My heart ached for Ames and her desperation. The love, the devotion, the way she kept silent in order not to hurt Quinn or Lisa. Definitely a more than one time read. Can't wait to dive into something else by Sarah Mayberry!
Joy
The heroine is about to achieve her lifelong dream of restoring an old theater, when a local developer sets out to take it over instead. Calling her old friend/secret unrequited love for legal advice, she finds out he is getting divorced and he's ready to help--not only legally, but in other ways as well. This was very cute.
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins ...more
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