Just Friends – ARC Book Review

Just Friends: A heart-warming, feel-good and funny romantic comedy by [Jo Lovett]

Title:- Just Friends

Author:- Jo Lovett

Date published:- will be published on 14th March 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Romance


Lily took a deep breath. She wasn’t going to pass out from her now-galloping heart. She was thirty-three years old and way beyond having issues seeing an ex. Even the ex. She was going to just ignore Matt and enjoy her best friend’s wedding…

Lily is fine. Really, truly, she’s ok. She might have to attend her best friend’s wedding with the ex-boyfriend she never got over, on a gorgeous Greek island that’s so small it’s impossible to avoid him, but she is determined to be friendly.

And Matt, too, is completely and utterly fine. Lily may have broken his heart, but he moved on. And surely they can be amicable, as this week is about his best friend’s wedding too? So he will be civil, stay out of her way as much as he can, and get on with the celebrations.

But then the wedding comes under threat, and Matt and Lily are thrown together in the efforts to save the day and – yet again – sparks fly. What happens when you try to repeat the past though? Can a holiday romance turn into a lasting love, for the second time? Or are Lily and Matt destined to remain just friends, forever?

A totally gorgeous, escapist holiday will-they-won’t-they romantic comedy for fans of One Day in DecemberThis Time Next Year and Paige Toon.

OK, so if you like really, really cheesy romantic novels that are best made for Hallmark movies, then this book will be the one for you.

Lily and Matt used to date each other until they broke up eight years ago. Now, they are both reunited once again at their mutual friends’ wedding. The two try in vain to avoid each other but it seems that destiny has other plans…

To be fairly honest, I did enjoy the first half of the story. The story is told from both Lily’s and Matt’s perspectives, sharing their own version of the event. I also like the backdrop of the past, when Lily and Matt used to be the couple and what led them to the break up. There were actually some funny parts in the book that made me crack down.

But those were the good things. The second half of the book was so boring, completely unreliastic and predictable–we do know that Lily and Matt will get back together. So my rating to this story dropped from the four and a half star rating to a three star unfortunately.

But, this is actually an enjoyable and funny romance books–good if you are into cheesy Hallmark movie type books. Worth three stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Jo Lovett is the author of three rom coms published by Bookouture: The First Time We Met, The House Swap and The Mistletoe Pact. Her fourth book will be published in March 2022.

Jo was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping/ Orion First Novel Competition 2018 and shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award 2019.

She lives in London with her family. She started writing romantic comedy when she realised that she was regularly begging her oldest son to let her do his English homework but she wasn’t actually that interested in haunted houses or Macbeth. When she can escape her laundry mountain, she enjoys reading, tennis and wine.

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