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Almost Just Friends

(Wildstone #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,249 ratings  ·  586 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the worldand the people who make it home.

Piper Mannings about as tough as they come, shes had to be. She raised her siblings and theyve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and
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    Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis is a 2020 William Morrow publication.

    A wonderful feel good story full of inspiration, hope and laughter!

    Piper is an oak. She had to grow up fast and put her own hopes and dreams aside to raise her two siblings. Not only did she put her life on hold until everyone else was taken care of, she also tucked away her feelings and never gave herself time to grieve her parent's deaths.

    However, now that her siblings are living their own lives, Piper is finally able
    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    AUTHOR: Jill Shalvis
    SERIES: Wildstone #4
    RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2020
    GENRE: Women's Fiction, strong romance focus
    THEMES & TROPES: Small Town Romance, Family, Addiction, Grief
    RATING: 5 Stars


    The WILDSTONE series by Jill Shalvis is the highlight of my reading time. These stories just warm my heart. In ALMOST JUST FRIENDS Piper meets Camden, who is pretty badass working for the DEA and the coast guard reserve. Piper and her
    DJ Sakata
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    Look, Id have gotten to it eventually. But youve got to understand, my ability to remember to tell you things is far outweighed by my ability to remember every song lyric from the eighties.

    Yes. I had my patience tested. Im negative.

    Take your time. He gave Cam a meaningful look. And I mean that. Women like when you take your time. Cams grimace said hed maybe finally found the end of his patience. Emmitt held up a hand. I know, who wants to take advice from your dad, right? But,
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis is the fourth book of the Wildstone series. This contemporary romance series is told from multiple points of view. As with most romance series each book has changed the main characters so each can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so.

    This fourth book of the series introduces Piper Manning who now at thirty is really just getting to a point she can begin her own life. As a child Piper and her two siblings lost their parents at an early
    RaeAnne Thayne
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Anything by Jill Shalvis is amazing and this book is no different. Wonderful characters and a compelling story. Loved it
    Stacey is Sassy
    I love my family, but I dont like them sometimes

    Ive just come back from a 10-day cruise with my family. Not just my little family, my whole bloody family. There were 15 of us in total, setting sail to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Mum and Dad on surviving and conquering 50 years of wedded bliss. Love you both so much and Im proud to be your daughter.


    I love them but, geez, I dont like them sometimes.
    Claire Robinson
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: shit-hot-series
    4 - "We're family..." Stars!

    Almost Just Friends takes up back to Wildstonefor another story set around a dysfunctional family, trying to make the best of everything. Well its actually two families; the Mannings and the Hayes. But as the book progresses you come to see that they may not be blood related but through all of the secrets and omissions of the truth they are tied together in more ways than each individual initially thinks. Each character is part of a sum, that adds up to the whole.

    Amazon US * Amazon UK

    Jill Shalvis writes realistic characters almost flawlessly and her books never fail to draw me in. Almost Just Friends was no different and I was captivated from the beginning. Piper was trying to be the strong sibling for her brother and sister, the one that took care of them when there was no one else. But that meant putting her own life on hold and now she's stuck with only her plans for something more. That is until Cam comes to Wildstone for his father and her

    Title: Almost Just Friends
    Series: Wildstone #4
    Author: Jill Shalvis
    Release date: January 21, 2020
    Cliffhanger: no
    Genre: women's fiction

    Even when she was an unlovable mess, he looked at her in a way that stole her breath every time. He was her person.

    This is the story of two families and how they learn to overcome tragedies and challenges together. Piper is the oldest sibling of the Mannings, and soon after their parents' untimely death, she quickly stepped into the role of raising her brother and
    Melissa Foster
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Jill Shalvis knows how to write, sexy, emotional, stories with unexpected surprises and heart-tugging moments!
    Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
    Almost Just Friends is the fourth book in the Wildstone series, however, it can be read on its own. In this latest offering from Jill Shalvis, we meet Piper Manning an EMT. Piper is completing her plans to go to college. Now that her siblings have all grown up, and she is no longer responsible for them, she can now live her life on her own terms. However, things rarely go as planned as Piper would discover, when her siblings returned home with secrets, which had the potential to turn her world ...more
    Books Just 4 Me
    I struggled with this one. Im definitely a fan of Shalvis and Ive really enjoyed her books in this series. This one did not have the humor the first couple in the series had. They had some of the best one liners and really creative writing. The siblings in this book were ridiculously immature. Granted they were maturing but they were too old to act so whinny and immature. The family was huge on secret keeping, which can get irritating. Just spill it already! Cam and Piper had a pretty quick ...more
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: shalvis-jill
    This is such a terrific book on so many levels. Is is an emotional, funny, complex and thought provoking, family drama. The romantic elements had just the right touch in what could have been a heavy book. All the characters were well drawn out and added to the compelling story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    This is the fourth Wildstone book, but dont worry it works as a standalone. Piper Manning is finally making plan to go to college after raising her siblings. Shes been fixing up the lake house they called home that their grandparents left them. She plans to give her siblings their share and use hers for tuitionand then they come home.

    Then there is Camden Reid the distraction next door. Suddenly life is complicated and all of Pipers lists and plans are complicated! 😍

    Gads Shalvis delivered all the
    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

    I just loved this book! Jill Shalvis is an author that I tend to turn to when I am looking for a fun, romantic read. Her books are reliably good and this book was no exception. Once I started reading this book, I found it hard to put down. This is the fourth book in the Wildstone series but each of the books in the series read as stand-alone novels so don't hesitate to jump into the series anywhere! I had a great time with this story
    Carlene Inspired
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    Piper Manning has always been the grownup, of her friends and of her family; she's the mom of the group, she's even embraced the nickname of Grandma. She lives by her lists, they keep her life neat and organized and her in control. Celebrating her birthday out sounds like the worst idea ever, especially with a storm blowing in, but her friend has left her with a mysterious stranger and for once she's embracing the lack of control. The storm turns
    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020
    I read this book right though to the very end in one sitting. Family and all that entails is the heart of this book. The good the bad and the ugly. Secrets and all. The romance was so good Cam was swoon worthy. Cam is every women's dream man. I HIGHLY recommend this 4.5 star book.
    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
    Perfectly imperfect people finding their HEA in a world that had a lot against them. But in the end family is everything.

    Almost Just Friends was a heartfelt read from the get-go, gluing me to the cast's plight to find happiness and acceptance. All the while they are working through the scars life has left on them and still keeping a sense of humor during the journey.

    Relateable, heart-felt and with the perfect amount of humor, Shalvis out did herself in this fantastic read.

    I received this ARC
    A pretty nice JS to start the year. I liked reading about all three siblings and their dynamics. Loved the H.
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: physical-arcs
    This is the fourth book in the Wildstone series and I jumped in here and was totally fine, but I did immediately order the first three books in the series because I absolutely loved this one! It was the perfect mixture of humor and heart, romance and family drama, it had a little bit of everything for me and I just adored it.

    The characters in this were everything for me, they were authentic and relatable and really felt like real people, JS brought them to life. Piper was my favorite with office
    Robin Loves Reading
    Piper Manning has put her life and dreams aside to raise her brother and sister after the loss of their parents. She has one last thing to do until her life is her own - and that includes getting the coveted college degree as a physicians assistant. She needs to do a lot of work on the lake house left to her by her grandparents. Once she is able to sell it, she can go back to school.

    When Piper runs into a man during a big storm, named Camden Reid, sparks fly right off. However, she certainly has
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a love story between Piper and Cam, but you have to add Piper's brother and sister and Cam's father and recently deceased brother. Piper has raised her siblings since her parents died years ago. Piper is an EMT and takes care of everyone, but has no time for herself. A quick easy read.
    Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

    Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
    Every book in this Wildstone series , has some seriously funny parts (which I always love) and some honestly real, personal issues for the characters to handle. There doesn't seem to be a strong connection between the books other than the town. (This means you don't really have to read the series in order)

    Almost Just Friends
    Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Upon turning 30, Piper decided her "job" raising her siblings was complete. Her brother was off in Arizona with a career, and her sister had almost earned her college degree. Now, Piper would be able to sell her grandparents' property, and begin her own life. However, her siblings' return to Wildstone, and Piper's attraction to the neighbor's son, may force her to alter her plans.

    I say this every time, but I am saying it again! I will never NOT want to read a Jill Shalvis book,
    Chris Conley
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Jill Shalvis creates characters who worm their ways into my heart so strongly that I am sure I have known them all my life. This Wildstone series just keeps getting better and better.
    My Thoughts:

    Almost Just friends was a wonderful story about friendship, family, love, and life. Piper Manning lost her parents at the tender age of thirteen, and came with her younger siblings, Gavin and Winnie, to live with her grandparents in Wildstone. She took on the burdens and responsibilities of raising them and was more like a mother than a sibling. Piper is looking forward to selling the house and cottages on Rainbow Lake; that her family inherited from her grandparents, so that she can
    Cyndi Becker
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "Chin up, Princess, or the crown slips."

    I shouldn't be surprised (and I'm not), but I fell hard and fast for the characters in Almost Just Friends. Each and every book in the Wildstone series, no, make that each and every book I've read by Ms. Shalvis solidifies her position as a top favorite author. No two books are alike, and every character she creates is unique, with clear and distinctive voices. With Almost Just Friends she gives us members of two families whose union seems like destiny.

    Bookgasms Book Blog
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: missy
    #5stars for this endearing, sweet, sexy, emotional story about family and all the ways you love them, even when they drive you crazy!

    Well, I thought I knew what to expect in Jill Shalviss latest Wildstone series releaseAlmost Just Friends, but I should know better by now. Know that one of Ms. Shalviss stories is going to be so much moredeeper, sweeter, sexier, thought provokingthan anything I could imagine.

    I connected with Piper Manning from the start. The oldest sibling, the responsible one.
    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
    "Ah, Piper. It's okay to be broken. Broken can be fixed." I have loved every moment of reading the Wildstone series and Almost Just Friends is not an exception. It is quite possible that this is my favorite of the series thus far - something about Piper, Gavin, Winnie, Cam, Emmitt, and even Rowan just gripped my heart and would not let go. I loved the exploration of all the relationships, the way that trauma affected them all, and the way that they relied on each other to cope. There have been ...more
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