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They're Strictly Friends

(Tough Love Spinoff #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Outright enmity between France and England might be long past, but merry war betwixt two people from bookends of the English Channel comes easily to Lucas and Elodie. Verbal sparring, witty jabs, and a feverish dance of mutual interest, their friendship is a model uneasy détente.

Lucas Edwards is the consummate English gentleman…most of the time. He might get a bi

Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published December 9th 2019 (first published December 4th 2019)
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Erin It's not necessary. The characters in the first book are present but that's it. This one has different main characters and is truly a spinoff from the…moreIt's not necessary. The characters in the first book are present but that's it. This one has different main characters and is truly a spinoff from the first one. (less)
Chloe Liese This is a standalone, so it can be read without having read the original Tough Love Trilogy! You'll meet Lucas and Elodie in those stories but you by …moreThis is a standalone, so it can be read without having read the original Tough Love Trilogy! You'll meet Lucas and Elodie in those stories but you by no means have to read those books to enjoy Strictly Friends :-).(less)
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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They're Strictly Friends was an absolutely dreamy followup to the Tough Love trilogy! I fell in love with Zed and Nairne's hard-fought happily ever after and found myself quite smitten with a bloke by the name of Lucas. I knew he and Elodie shared a strong connection, but for some strange reason they were fighting it. I wanted to know what was preventing them from pursuing their own happiness. Chloe Liese wrote a beautiful story that answ
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
3.5 Star Review

A genre-bending exploration of love amidst the chaos of grief and anxiety. Chloe Liese transcends the fluffy (and more times than not, shallow) rom-com archetype to delivery a story with wisdom and gravitas. Our main characters bear heavy burdens - Lucas has been diagnosed with a chronic disease that will leave him completely blind in a matter of years, while Elodie has been shunned emotionally and financially by her parents for not accepting an arranged marriage proposal. These f
Laura • lauralovestoread
Friends to Lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and this story of Lucas and Elodie drew me in right away! I loved how relatable the characters felt, and it’s such a heartwarming, emotional story with plenty of sexual tension and steam.

There’s even a Spotify playlist that Chloe created to nurture the reading experience.

*Thank you to Chloe Liese for providing an advanced copy for review! All opinions are my own.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, 2010-s, arcs
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Spoilers ahead.
TW: Miscarriage, pregnancy loss, PCOS

I'm going to start by saying that I have not read the other books in this series. If I had, maybe I would have a different opinion of this book. Overall, I did not enjoy it. I find it very hard to suspend my disbelief while reading stories that are billed as contemporaries. The circumstance of Elodie's pregnancy and miscarriage were too much and, honestly, a bit
Marianne | Petite.BumbleBeeBooks
ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ They’re Strictly Friends by Chloe Liese
Lucas and Elodie could have it all, but a grim diagnosis makes Lucas unable to cope with dragging the only women he has eyes for down with him. Elodie has wanted Lucas for as long as she has known him, but a few months back it became clear their only future was to remain strictly friends. While navigating her new world far from her French homeland, she accepts Lucas generous offer of staying at his apartment. As circumstance keep bringing
Kelsey Bollinger
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I am going to start out this review by saying that I know a lot of other people who have read this book and loved it. I am in the minority so please go and read other reviews before you decide to read this book or not. Reading is a subjective thing so some books work for some people while the same book does not work for others. That is the case for me and They're Strictly Friends. Do not continue reading if you do not want minor spoilers. Nothing that will ruin the plot but still. Trigger Warnin ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-favorites
[Thank you Chloe Liese for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review]

Sometimes I read a book that doesn’t entirely work for me, and I opt not to read anymore of that authors work. This was not one of those times. I read He’s a Brute a few months ago, and it wasn’t one that I loved (I’m very much in the minority, most people I know adored it). I learned I don’t know if mafia storylines (or BDSM) are really my thing. But when Chloe announced her new book They’re Strictly Friends, you
Carol | tilthelastpage
Smart, sexy, and heartwarming. Chloe is a new author to me, but I am in love with her writing. It’s authentic, alluring, and completely romantic! This book is a delight to read. Elodie and Lucas is an amazing dynamic. They have intense chemistry together and well-matched in a very proportionate way. I am beyond curious about their history and can’t think of any other way to phrase how I felt about this book, but a job well done. If you’re looking to read something to warm up your Christmas days, ...more
Pinki Jana
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥☄

What's not to love about an inclusive book that talks about disability accurately and also has more Harry Potter references than you can count? I loved everything about this book and I found so many quotes resonated deep in my soul. Of course Chloe Liese is a literary genius and I neeeeed her next book asap. She has quickly moved onto my top author list and has also found herself on my auto buy author list. If you haven't read one of her books, what are you waiting for?

Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Chloe for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

*PLEASE NOTE: I put a trigger warning at the end of my review that contains spoilers!

If you're a fan of The Flatshare, you'd totally love this book - it just addresses (in my opinion) more sensitive topics.

LOVE(s): the fact that Elodie is a sexy, full figured woman - who deals with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome...which MANY women are affected by) - who is ALSO A BADASS BUSINESS WOMAN WHO TAKES NO SHIT. Sign me up please!
I felt misled by the blurb for this book (and the title) which made it seem as though the book would all be about the dance between an uptight Englishman and a fiery Frenchwoman as they flirted but never quite got together. Instead, Elodie and Lucas get together quite early on in the novel.

Lucas is about to take over his family business when he receives some bad news from his doctor, news which puts his career and his life plans in jeopardy. Irritatingly, we don't know exactly what this news is
Don't think I've ever complained about a romance novel with too many erotic scenes, but there's a first for everything... This book is so overrun with sex and no build up and I literally just did not care. I don't know why this author was so keen to make these characters have sex 24/7. Literally a day after the main character gives vaginal birth they have sex... calm down please... ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance, ebooks
Elodie and Lucas... I think you broke me!

How do I even start this? What I went in knowing about this book was that it's a spinoff of a series of Liese's. I had not read the series but knew that this could be read as a standalone. What I didnt know was how emotionally invested I would become. I have read quite a few books this year and frequently confuse those stories with others. I feel that this one will not have the same effect.

Lucas and Elodie are just magnificent. Liese uses perfect descri
Lacy (nerdoutwithmybookout) Allaire
Gahhhh I loved this book. Enjoyed Elodie and Lucas’ love. I was trying to wait to read the tough love series before this one but glad I didn’t. Excited to go back and read the trilogy. Chloe can do no wrong for me.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Thank you to Netgalley for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

First off I want to say I loved the representation that happened in this book. Lucas going blind is something we don't ever see happening in most books. The way he denied it and avoided it for so long is a very real thing for a lot of people in the disabled community because like it was mentioned in the book your angry and grieving all at the same time that it's progressively getting worse. It's hard to explain that to the pe
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
“You said you’d rather be a fool for my love than a wise man without me.”
“Because, that’s love for you, Though I amend my statement. Love works both ways, not exclusively. It humbles and elevates us. It makes both fools and wise men of us, doesn’t it?”
my first book by Chloe Liese and I loved it 😍, this spinoff book about Lucas and elodie was a well written Heartwarming, sweet, emotional and sexy story. ✨I need to read the first series by this author because I was in love with the Characters of
Mikaela (Booklover1974)
I really like when a romance book isn't just fluffy but also contains more serious issues, like disability in this story. The author did a good job writing about the anxiety and the hurdles that comes with a disability.
If it weren't for all the repetitive description about Lucas and Elodies physical appearance and how everybody just fell in love with them for their good looks, the rating would have been much higher.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an hones
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
I love a romance that can tackle tough subjects and still keep me interested and rooting for the couple. However, this book really got bogged down in internal musings and conversations that went nowhere or took place during really inappropriate times.
Neither of the characters caught my attention and I felt like I was peering into their story instead Of being in their story.
Pooja (Penningtales)
3.5 stars
Elodie Bertrand likes Lucas Edwards and she feels he likes her back. So when he suddenly stops pursuing her and ignores all her attempts at flirtation, she’s left confused and slightly hurt. Lucas sees what his actions are doing to Elodie, but after a grim diagnosis, he’s determined to not draw her into his life only to condemn with him. They must remain ‘strictly friends’. But when fate throws them together and Lucas finds his resolve slipping, will he able to protect Elodie? Or can El
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably a 3.5 stars book, but I bumped it to 4 because I really loved the first half.

This is my first book in the Tough Love Series, so I wasn't too aware of the other characters and their stories. However, I don't think this was an issue when reading this book.

We start with Lucas receiving some bad news, he has a threatening condition that purposely stays hidden at the beginning of the book, and because of it, he has sworn off love. But Lucas has been having strong feelings for his fr
Laura In  Literary Land
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Chloe Liese's writing. I read her first three books, the Tough Love series, last year and loved Zed, Nairne, and the whole cast of characters that Chloe created. Chloe's books are smart, witty, and intellectual and even when you're tempted to fly through the text because you're just dying to find out what happens next, the depth of her writing makes you want to slow down and take in the little details.

I savored the relationship between Lucas and Elodie in this spinoff book. We
Mollie's Bookshelf
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC generously provided by the author, all thoughts are my own.

Where do I start? Firstly, I have been anticipating reading Lucas & Elodie's story since finishing the Tough Love series where I first met them. I fell so hard for Lucas nearly immediately and Elodie barged right in easily. Elodie is one of the strongest heroines I have read, highly intelligent and headstrong but also vulnerable and caring.

As the story begins, Lucas has learned of a life altering diagnosis. He already cares deeply f
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first met Elodie and Lucas by reading the Tough Love series from this author. Elodie and Lucas flirted then and you could definitely sense there was real chemistry. Fast forward to this book and wow! Elodie moves to London after a fall out with her parents over the future of her life. She immediately wants to fall into Lucas's arms but he's dealing with some health issues that he's not quite ready to share. Once the issue is revealed, Lucas struggles with his health and trying to be the perfec ...more
Calista Andrechek
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Chloe Liese and NetGalley Connect for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel was pleasantly surprising in that there was a fair amount of romance, sex scenes that could make you blush and an actual real life problem that needed real life solution that causes relationship problems that I feel like we can all sort of relate too. I adored the characters in this novel and the problems that they had throughout their lives were things that we could all conn
Brook Obsessed
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful and endearing read! I loved the diversity of the characters and how Liese portrayed people, their problems , and love in such a realistic and dynamic fashion. Very cool!

Blurb: Lucas and Elodie have been friends for awhile, but when things start to heat up Lucas backs off big time. He’s hiding a big secret that will soon affect the rest of his life.

Lucas doesn’t want to complicate anyone else’s life, so he tries to push Elodie away, even though life has other plans.

Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chloe Liese is a new to me author and I really enjoyed reading this book. If you’re looking for a friends to lovers rom com this is definitely one to check out. I’m adding the previous books to my TBR. That being said this is a spin off of a previous series, but can easily be read without prior knowledge of the other books.

I loved the chemistry between Elodie and Lucas. They are friends, but there is no denying the tension between them. Of course, they can only deny it for so long before they f
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Chloe writes romances reflecting her belief that everyone deserves a love story. Her stories bring humor, heart, and heat, and often feature neurodiverse characters. She's an avid reader, lover of leggings, and can't eat enough mint chocolate ice cream. Diagnosed as an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome), she supports #OwnVoices writing to represent neurodiversity an ...more

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