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Just Friends

(Never Just Friends #1)

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ROO

Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind.

The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list.

Life changing epilepsy surgery. Check.

See the world. Check

Get over my straight best friend … Not exactly.

No matter where I go or who I meet, I can’t let Tanner go.

I’m back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 303 pages
Published August 27th 2020 by May Books (first published August 21st 2020)
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☆ Todd
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it

Ehhh, I "liked", but didn't completely fall in love with this one.

Also, I didn't find Roo nearly as likeable as Tanner, who actually was serious book boyfriend material.

[Would-be Firefighter Tanner]


And the story read more like they were in their very late 20's, instead of only 5 years out of high school and 23.

I especially liked the parts with them reconnecting after a 5 year separation, and how openly-affectionate Tanner was with Roo.

[Royce, aka Roo]


But whenever there was any type of conflict b
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Saswati
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
“I realized I want everything we’ve ever had, and everything we currently have, and everything we could have … I don’t actually give a shit.” I laugh as I take a breath. “I just want you to be mine.”
Roo’s smile is small and uncertain, but I promise myself to make it bigger and more sure with every chance I get. “I always have been.”

Roo and Tanner have been best friends since they were eleven, but Roo has always been in love with Tanner. It's just a question of if and when Tanner catches up a
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Lau Novas
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lau by: Catherine Russell
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
*4.25 stars

Just Friends is a light, adorable romance between two childhood best friends. I picked up this book with zero expectations, I just wanted something easy to relax. By page 26, I was already in love. It’s simple, but full of feelings, love and a bit of angst because they are oblivious of how much they mean to each other.


“Every good thing comes back to Roo. He makes me feel invincible.”


Five years ago, Royce had to leave Oregon and his best friend Tanner to get brain surgery. Neither
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Catherine Russell


BOOK: Just Friends
AUTHOR: Saxon James
GENRE: MM Romance
POV: First Person - Dual
TYPE: Standalone | #1 in Just Friends
RATING: 4 Stars!

NAME/AGE: Royce Williams : 23 | Tanner Everett : 23
SETTING: Sunbury, Oregon.
PUBLISHED: August 21, 2020.


I came across this book when one of my dear friends Sas read and reviewed it. One of the quotes in her review mentioned a joke about kangbang (for those of you unfamiliar with this term, it's when four kangaroos have coitus together) and I then proceeded to enterta
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Shile
3.5 stars

I liked this one.

It was sweet and the characters were adorable.
Leslie
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars. Rounding up for now.

This was a very sweet, light, low angst and sexy read. It was truly what I needed after a series of heavy reads.

It’s a book filled with tropes that I’ve read a thousand times before. I’m not saying that as a negative. They are tropes that I devour fast as I do ice cream in this hot California summer. Best friends to lovers, bisexual awakening, forced proximity. Those are catnip for me when I want something frothy and fun. Just that it wasn’t anything super
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Papie
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was sugary sweet and adorable. BFF to lovers, bi awakening, hot sex. Roo and Tanner became best friends at 11. They are always together, cute and adorable. But Roo is in love with Tanner, and he feels it is hopeless since Tanner is straight. When Roo’s family moves to Australia so that he can get epilepsy surgery, he stays away to get over his best friend. Five years later, he is back. Tanner can’t believe he finally has his Roo back and they pick up where they left off.

They only h
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Eugenia
The one where not much happens and is 100 pages too long...

What happens when not much happens in a book?

You just want to get to the end. In this case, the end should have come sooner.

The conflict was one of non-communication, but not really. It was flat. I wasn’t invested.

Sure, I wanted the two to get together, but they could have wrapped it up sooner due to all the nothing that happened in this book.

This story—crushing after straight friend, friend now wants to experiment & realizes he’s bi—
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Susan
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, series, low-angst, sweet
3.5 stars

While this was nice, I did get a little annoyed with Roo and his doubts near the end.

Tanner and Roo have been close friends ever since Roo moved to America from Australia. When Roo is 18 he has to move back to Australia with his parents to undergo surgery for his epilepsy.

Tanner is completely heartbroken but expected Roo to come back after he recovered from the surgery. He never expected him to stay away for 5 years.

But Roo stayed away on purpose. Tanner doesn’t know Roo is gay and tha
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Pam
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
2.5 stars, but I got exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up -- something that played by the rules and gave the comfort of a Paint By Numbers friends-to-lovers romantic progression. I didn't love the endings of the last two books I read, and I wanted something with NO SURPRISES DAMMIT!!! And that's what I got, with a sweet friendship and some nice chemistry.

It was exactly one step above generic, but that was just enough to keep my interest. The writing is pretty simplistic, but it sto
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Ed Davis
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok I had a hard time rating this. I liked the story ok. I wanted Roo and Tanner to get together. And that was the problem. There was no communication. I mean even after they finally and I mean finally admitted they loved each other, they still didn’t communicate. It was so frustrating and irritating that I wasn’t surprised how many people walked away at 80%.

Anyway, I did finish. This was my first book by Saxon James. The prose was excellent and the story was engaging. I’ll certainly try another
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Layla
It was cute.
I wanted to see more of them after they both pulled their heads out of their asses.
The noncommunication got a bit tedious as well.
Kirt handled this better than Alexander in terms of narration. Alexanders timing was a bit off.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!
Renée
Loved it. This author is on my radar.
Yarie ☆
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
+ 18-M / M

I really liked this book.
Roo and Tanner have been friends for many years, roo has epilepsy and he has to have surgery to improve, which leads parents to return to their country of origin (Australia) because there they have a better support system.
Tanner thinks his friend is going to have the surgery and come back to him, but Roo has other ideas, since he was a child he is in love with his best friend but he knows he has no chance of anything happening, Tanner likes girls.
So 5 years hav
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Mariam reading Romance
Honestly, this was a fun slowwwww-burn book.

I enjoyed reading it and swooned at some of the scenes and will definently continue this series.

That being said, I didn't love it.

There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with this book, I loved Tanner. He deserves to be cherished, loved and adored. Such a sweet, caring and REALIST character who isn't always perfect, who sometimes makes mistake past and present, who at times wasn't proud at his past actions but the best part of that was how resilie
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W.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fluffy and Sweet Tale

I had a fine time reading this uncomplicated, easy to read , friends-to-lovers, GFY, small town, low angst, low drama story with it's spun sugar HEA.

Re-read: No
Recommend: Yes
Rating: 3.5 stars
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Kaity B
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars

This was..aight haha

Roo at times got a bit annoying and Tanner acted a bit too dumb to be believable...

But in the end it was a cute read/listen and Kirt graves made Roos chapters bearable. I will say Alexander Cendese didn’t have very different voices for Roo or Tanner so sometimes it was hard to determine who was talking when.

Overall cute read but forgettable.
Quirks
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, m-m
The story follows two friends—Tanner and Roo. They've been friends since they were preteens but, at the end of high school, Roo moved back to Australia. It was for a surgery that he needed to get for his epilepsy, but also because Roo's been in love with Tanner for years. He hoped that some time apart would help him get over his straight best friend. That was five years ago, and they have kept in contact since then. And no, the time apart didn't help. Roo still loves Tanner, and he's returned to ...more
Elisa Glendenning
3.5 Stars

A quick light read with minimal angst and ultimately, left me warm and fuzzy!!! I have a particular weakness for friends to lovers/bi awakenings and this didn’t disappoint. The only downside was the lack of communication between the MC’s, but they got there in the end.
r e i n a ✧
Little Mr. Roo
Reaching up
For the moon
So many things
You've got to do
And no time
For dreaming


i was not listening to this when i read the book.



“I’ve managed to last five years without you. I doubt I’m going to fall apart in a night.” He sighs and shakes his head, golden hair catching the living-room light.
“Famous last words.”


THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE, it was one of my best reads this year. Roo and Tanner are the cutest couple out there.


“You’re still my Roo. That’s all that matters to me.”
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Lori¸¸¸.•*❀Ɍɛɑɗs̱LɪƙɛIʈs̱H̱ɛɍJɔɓ  유❤유
I don't think I am going to rate the contemporary books I read for a while because I don't feel like I can give a fair rating since I seem to still be a bit bored by most. And honestly, it's definitely a more "it's me, not the book" situation because they are not necessarily bad but unless they are different than the standard fare, I just don't love them. If you are wondering why I keep reading them, I guess it's because they seem to make up a large percentage of genre and sometimes I don't want ...more
Rin
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, 2020
3.5

Overall, it's cute, fluffy, very low angst and barely any drama. The best friends to lovers trope, albeit very common, is executed pretty well here. But that's also pretty much it. It's nothing spectacular. Definitely not a must-read, but still a great comfort read.

Roo's and Tanner's relationship is adorable and very caring, although maybe slightly too codependent.

I have to admit though that it was pretty hard to believe that it took Tanner so long to actually figure out his feelings. One
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Mariah
The embarrassing way I grinned the whole way through this jeez
ML
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ALL the ⭐️s got this one!


Dual POV

This book made my heart SO full and schmoopy. AND that’s a very tough thing to do since I basically have The Grinch’s heart ♥️🤔😆😆

Tanner and Roo have been best friends for a long time. Roo moves away and then comes back. Tanner gives him a place to stay. They have always been close. BUT when does friendship turn into more.

This book had me smile so much. Roo is the perfect grump to Tanner’s rosy outlook persona.
I LOVED them both!

This book was the perfect level
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Ash
Second read, 21 Aug 2021: Still totally loved this. I forgot how much I love some good pining.


First read, 28 Oct 2020:

4.5 stars
Oh wow I really enjoyed this read. Best friends to lovers with a ton of pining is totally my new thing. I loved the characters, I just wanted to wrap Roo up in a blanket and protect him from the world, and Tanner was such a loveable oblivious idiot (not an idiot for being dyslexic like how he thinks of himself, but for how goddamn obvious he was to his own feelings).

A
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Shannon
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok


cute, i love childhood friends-to-lovers
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