Almost Just Friends
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 ...more
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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 ...more
TITLE: ALMOST JUST FRIENDS
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
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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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
BUT 10 DAYS STUCK ON A BOATBLOODY HELL, THAT WAS HARD WORK!
I love them but, geez, I dont like them sometimes. ...more
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.
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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 ...more
Title: Almost Just Friends
Series: Wildstone #4
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: January 21, 2020
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
When Piper runs into a man during a big storm, named Camden Reid, sparks fly right off. However, she certainly has ...more
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)
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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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more