Book Review: A Guide to Being Just Friends

Author: Sophie Sullivan

Rating: 3 stars

Publication Date: January 17th, 2023

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb:

Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.

Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.

When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike up a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.

This was a cute read. Predictable, yes, but cute.

I did not know this book was the third in the series when I requested it but you don’t have to read the previous books to enjoy this one. However, you will be spoiled as to the outcomes of the couples in the previous books. But really, is there any doubt as to whether the couples work out when you read romance?

The two main characters become friends and have sworn off dating being disenchanted from bad previous relationships and family trauma. The banter was pretty good! The romance was saccharine at points, and I admit I rolled my eyes a bit BUT I know a lot of romance readers like that so I wanted to put that out there. Also, I had a gripe that the author mentioned the male character didn’t want to be in a relationship due to his parents broken marriage like every other page. Just in case you forgot. That grated on my nerves a bit. But, that doesn’t put me off from recommending the book.

If you are in the mood for a light, quick romance read – this will do.

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