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Can the man of Lauren's dreams save her from the man in her nightmares?

Wes Dunlop was a hot commodity in high school and the ruin of good reputations, so it was easy to criticize the guy when his sister did it too. Then Lauren McKay actually met her best friend's brother, and she was intrigued. When he came to her rescue, she was doomed. Afraid to admit her change of heart
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Published January 21st 2013 by Beachwalk Press, Inc.
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Ashlynn Monroe
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance. It’s usually not my thing, but I’m glad I made an exception for Friends and Lovers by Tara Mills! I adored the heroine, Lauren. Her motivations were clear and she reminded me of one of my best friends. I was so easy to adore her. Wes is HOT as heck. The author does a good job of making him sexy, but human. His combination of vulnerability and masculinity was great. This book was wonderful. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, but these are the reasons I ...more
Desere
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Abuse is a word very often never said simply because it involves too much hurt, anger, embarrassment, betrayal and for those reasons many prefer to rather look the other way.

But if you take the time to stop and think what a huge impact it has on the lives of the victims and their families, you will find that just like you they hurt and will give anything to find help before it is too late. What if it was your daughter, sister or mother taking physical abuse over and over, would you turn your ba
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Stephanie Freeman
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Review of Friends and Lovers

By Stephanie Freeman


Friends and Lover’s is a book that simply must be read. On many levels, it is a love story and yet, there is a cautionary tale expertly woven throughout the book. From the moment I started reading the book until the very end I was enthralled. The characters were so beautifully drawn that I felt like I knew them.

The male and female leads were perfect. Lauren’s grief over the loss of her sister was palpable. Wes was the quintessential cop: stron
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Lacey Wolfe
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those stories that the reader will be emotionally involved in from the beginning. There is so much story to go along with the romance. The romance is sensual and in my opinion perfect. Its not too tame and not too hot. We get a good mix of the of so sexy hero and the sweet heroine with one another and away.

Lauren and Wes were friends in high school and when Lauren's sister is killed by her abusive boyfriend, she closes down. Wes and his sister swoop in and help Lauren and show he
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Aimee
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friends & Lovers is a beautifully written, sensual, poignant and heart wrenching story. Every one of the characters leap off the page and into your heart. It actually made me long to be part of their little family. Plus Tara deals with the sensitive subject of domestic violence, yet it’s the romance that’s the spotlight of the story. Wes is the kind of sexy, cheeky, protective hero who makes me weak at the knees and Lauren is a very sympathetic heroine I related to straight away. Great story ...more
Stacy Sabala
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book Review- Friends and Lovers by Tara Mills

Lauren had the biggest crush on Wes, even though he went after anything in a skirt and her best friend was his little sister, Sherry. She knew about every girl he dated which was more than she liked but she loved him just the same. No one knew how she felt. She kept her feelings to herself, not even telling Sherry. Wes left for college and moved on, but Lauren still pined for him and knew she loved him. Then her older sister was murdered and Lauren wi
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Alyson LaBarge
*I received this book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own.*


My Review:

High school romances rarely work out long term and bad reputations can follow you for a long time. Both Lauren and Wes learned this independently of the other one. Unbeknownst to them, they developed feelings for each other but never acted on them, in part due to Wes' sister/Lauren's best friend Sherry. The story begins some fifteen years later but has life changed too much? Has Wes and Laure
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Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3.5 Stars

I thought this was a cute read about friends to lovers and the finally finding out if the 'What if' can be as great as it is in your heart and mind.



I thought there was going to be bigger revelations instead of just unrequited love but it worked for the story and it worked for Lauren and Wes.

I thought the part of the story that focused on domestic abuse was well done and more people should be made aware of the horror that is hidden closer to home then we think. The fear is gripping wit
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CassandraG
If you like, reunited long-lost high school crushes and family and long lost friends getting back together, you’ll enjoy Friends and Lovers by Tara Mills. Lauren McKay runs into an old friend she’d had a crush on years ago, and they reminisced a bit about the fact that her sister and nephew was murdered by an abusive husband, who was coming up for parole, which is kind of why she runs a shelter, and that kind of starts the ball rolling on them getting back in touch with one another. It has a li ...more
Sadrina
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The summary really got me interested and I'm glad it doesn't betray my expectation. I admit when it comes to expectations based on summaries, mine are always set too high. While this one isn't exactly what I pictured I'd get, it isn't a disappointment either.

The story is addicting and I really like the author's writing style. It's has a nice mix of suspense and romance. I actually prefer the mysteries over the romance bits. Not because the romance aren't good enough -- far from it actually -- bu
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Mark Morris
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Friends and Lovers by Tara Mills

Lauren McKay is a woman in a rut. She's an intelligent, responsible woman with a fulfilling job that gives her personal satisfaction and helps others. What more could she want?

Enter Wes Dunlop, her teen heart-throb. He was a good-looking guy that most other high-school guys would have wanted to hang with and be like. And very popular with the girls. And someone that Lauren had briefly run into in the past. A cool guy that gave her a little consideration and who
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Kerry
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I had the chance to read this wonderful story a few weeks ago. What a great book...it has romance, humor, lost loves, old friendships renewed, & of course a rescue of the heroine by the hero!
I think most of us can relate in some way to Lauren. She severed her relationship with her best friend because she was in love with her brother. Later in life, she has the chance to renew that friendship and she is so unsure of herself and that friendship, that you can feel her trepidation while reading.
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Traci
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was The concept of "Friends and Lovers that interested me in this book in the first place. I was expecting a story about long time friends taking their relationship to a higher plane and falling in-love. Tara Mills took the concept of friends to that level and beyond. It wasn't about a long time friendship turning to love. It was about a long time love deepening because of great friendships. The relationships between her main characters as well as those of the friends of these characters are ...more
axola
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't too sure about this book, because the story takes some time to take off. However, I kept on reading because I really liked Wes and Lauren. Both are sweet, sensible characters to whom ordinary people can relate to.

Their love story is believable and charming. Even though the premise of both being halfway in love when they were teenagers seemed to be quite typical then the author took us in a trip of discovering who are them as adults, which I really liked.

Lauren works in a woman
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Lucy Oliver
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is an engrossing and dark tale about domestic abuse. The author skillfully weaves between a delightful romance between Wes and Lauren, and the blacker side of abuse. Wes is an alpha male, but due to the skill of the writer, is well-crafted and believable. Lauren, I really liked. A strong woman who chose to react to a terrible tragedy by trying to ensure it did not happen again. I found her both sympathetic and true to her character. The ending is a nailing-biting standoff, that will se ...more
Cary Frates
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A hard subject to cover, Tara Mills handles spousal abuse with a tenderness and strength that should bring everyone hope. It is obvious that this topic is no mere plot device, but something that touches her deeply, and so, touches the reader as well. There are moments of terror and psychological darkness which leave a haunting shadow, so be forewarned, but the overall feeling one is left with is joy, hope and tenderness, and perhaps a desire to reach out in support in one’s own community. Well d ...more
Deborah Cordes
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good things come to those who wait. The old adage gets new life in Tara Mills's wonderful novel, FRIEND AND LOVERS. A seamless tale of rekindled desire and love's destiny, this contemporary romance has it all: passion, suspense, warmth, fun, edge-of-your-seat drama, and a 'happily ever after' that will give you goosebumps of delight. I highly recommend the story of Lauren, Wes, and their family and friends. Kudos to Ms. Mills for creating such a lovely read!

I was provided an ARC by the author, w
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Rogetwhi
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!!!
Renee
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
you know I loved it @TaraMills16 great read
Laura
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it

Overall Rating 3.00 out of 5 Stars

Summary

Back in high school, Lauren fell hard and fast for the resident bad boy and brother of her best friend when she realized that the dangerous exterior hid a truly noble and nice heart. Her love and crush for Wes Dunlop stayed hidden in her heart. After all, you don’t go after your best friend’s brother, right?

Fast forward a few decades, and Lauren is working at a battered women’s shelter to help her exercise her own family demons, and in walks Wes, now a c
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Jenny
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
****This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****

Wes was the guy everyone wanted in high school, Lauren was best friends with his sister . They both had feelings for each other but didn't act on it, fifteen years later the two of them find themselves together again and Wes has to not only keep her safe but find a way to fight the demons of her past. This was a really good book, Laurens past was heart breaking and I felt for the woman. Wes was a good man and protec
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Elliebit
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
1.5 Writing is not great. But story is ok. Steamy scenes are somewhat glossed over, but still enjoyable.

ETA: Writing, dialogue, and story got better in the second half of the book. Seriously better. I ended up really liking Lauren and Wes, they were totally unrecognizable from the L&W of Act I. Unrecognizable to the point that they felt like different characters entirely. So I guess while I liked them, I'm going to have to fault the author on the loss of continuity.

I feel that the second ha
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Silvia
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 SWEET STAR

it was a sweet love story between lauren and we..theyve been separated but met again and their chemistry were platonic he he he..the story were sweet and thrilling ..so much for my taste and the hot scene were perfect
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Pretty darn good! Just a few weird characterization things that threw me off...
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