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Just Friends

(Emerald Mountain #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Taya Monroe is trying to pick up the pieces of her failed writing career and broken life after walking out on her cheating fiancé. The last thing she needs is a serious relationship. The last thing she wants is a fling. Then she runs into an old friend and ski partner—the one man she always wanted who never wanted her.

Ski Patroller Jordan Wiley is a single dad with zero
Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published March 3rd 2017 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Taya is going through a rough patch and is staying with her sister’s family. They’re enjoying some fun on the slopes when her brother-in-law gets hurt. The last person she expected to run into is her old friend and high school crush, Jordan. Looking hot enough to melt the snow beneath his feet, Taya’s desire for him resurfaces. He invites her to come skiing tomorrow and she reluctantly accepts. It’s not like he’s interested in her, right?

Jordan can’t believe his good luck when he runs into Taya

I wasn't aware that this is a very very short story when I first started it. Normally I am not a big fan of them but I can definitely say that I enjoyed Just friends but still would have prefered to read a full story.

I did like the skiing setting in the Washington mountains and the atmosphere was really cosy.

Taya and Jordan are lovable characters but even though they knew each other from high school, their connection felt very rushed to me and everything went a little bit too fast. A full sto
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I didn't excpect to enjoy this story so much.
I thought it was too short to entertain me and fulfill my romantic needs but the writing was so good it caught my attention since the first page and the characters were so well depicted that I felt close to them right away.

I really hope there will be a sequel to this novella because I'm hooked and I want to read more about Taya and Jordan's relationship that just started.

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At forty-one pages this was even shorter than a novella and was a super quick read. This is Jordan and Taya’s story and we learn of their friendship from eight years ago when they were in Jackson Hole together. When their paths randomly cross at the mountain it seems like the years just floated away but they needed to catch up on each other’s lives. Unfortunately, both seemed to want to give the abridged version and
Char (1RadReader59)
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was quick in more ways than one. Two friends who were back in the day were skiing buddies. They happened to share. A kiss during a time when Jordon Wiley had just broken up with his on again off again girlfriend. He had had always been attracted to Taya Monroe yet, when the kiss happened he couldn’t lose and good thing like a best friend if he messed it up by having a romantic relationship.
So, he said it meant nothing to him and that he felt nothing other than friendship for her. To thro
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Just friends is a quick novella about once close friends, Taya and Jordan. They shared a love of being on the mountains and being near each other unfortunately Jordan was taken and when he finally was free, he wasn't in a great place to pursue anything with his friend who he was wildly attracted to.

Years later and some mistakes made and a lot of growing, these two reunite and things are electric between them. Of course they can't keep their hands off each other, but can they overcome both of th
C.L. Ogilvie
An short and sweet (and steamy) read with well-rounded characters and a vibrant setting. (Sidebar: I really liked how Gold used the ski mountain setting and incoming storm to mirror the characters growing tension.) The story is highly engaging and the main characters, Taya and Jordan, extremely likable/relatable. The ending was a little abrupt, but only because I would have loved to read more about these two. Gold does an excellent job of establishing the characters' physical and emotional chemi ...more
Jennifer Goins
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got a free kindle book called Just Friends from the author Stacy Gold. I love the book just didn't realize how short the story was but I just couldn't put it down by the time I got to the end of the book it just left you hanging can't wait for the next book to continue this book . Thank you Stacy Gold for the awesome book giving a 5 star rating I definitely would recommend this book to everyone ...more
Kate Arsenault
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute but wanted more

So super hot and cute but it felt more like the first half of a novella or the beginning of a novel then a complete story. I don't know, it just left me feeling like there was more to explore to be really satisfying. Also if heroine had not touched her skis for 5 years there's no way she could do all day in crazy powder conditions.
Pamela Karacostas
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sizzling Attraction

Good reading from the beginning! The story grabs you and keeps you engrossed til the end. The Characters magnetic attraction to each other keeps you reading and cheering the relationship on!
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a long term unrequited love. When circumstances bring Taya back to her family, and when some fun on the slopes turn into an injury for her brother in law, the last person Taya expects to see is Jordan. Jordan has always been in love with Taya, but never acted on it. Now he's a single dad who has responsibilities. He soon realizes that responsibilities or not, he just control and contain his feelings for Taya, and when they get trapped in a snow storm together, things start to ...more
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Taya Monroe is trying hard to put her life back together. After walking out on a cheating fiancé and admitting that her writing career is far from what she wants, she needs some time to regroup. Reconnecting with her once best friend and crush does her a wonder of good. That's while she can keep them both in the Just Friends zone. She still remembers the sting of his rejection after the one kiss she's never been able to forget. Not ready for a new relationship and certainly not ready for a fling ...more
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and spicy story!

Such a fun, hot and sexy short story that is sure to get some chair lift daydreams started.
I look forward to more - hopefully soon!!
Amy Cooper Cubbedge
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Short, sweet, sexy and fun. A quick read of two friends that meet years later
And get a chance to be more.
Fast paced, passionate read that leaves you smiling.
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Stacy Gold
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Just Friends is short and sexy, but not developed enough for my tastes. It's a sexy friends to lovers, second chance romance set on the ski slopes of Washington. Taya is having a bad day, or more accurately, a bad life. Her plan of becoming the next great novelist has bit the dust along with her relationship with her cheating bastard of an ex. So she's grateful to be out on the ski slopes with her sister and her sister's family, but her brother in law falls and injures himself and she has to tak ...more
Laurel Greer
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Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

very quick good read.
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Compulsive tea drinker. Outdoor sports junkie. Lover of good (and bad) puns.

Stacy Gold gave up her day job as Communications Director of a nonprofit mountain biking organization to write sassy, steamy, contemporary romance novels. Her stories are packed with strong, independent women finding love and adventure in the great outdoors (Think Sarina Bowen or Elle Kennedy, but with skiing, mountain bi

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