Thursday, September 14, 2023

Just Friends Forever


The lines around the friend zone are blurrier than ever

Stephanie “Stevie” Jacobs

Marriage to an A-list actor has its perks, but no one ever tells you about the drawbacks—paparazzi infesting your life like cockroaches after the divorce, for one. So when my longtime friend Troy offers me the empty side of his duplex while I get back on my feet again, the only possible answer is, “How soon can I come?”

I’ve never seen Troy as anything but a friend, but when the gossip columns pin down my location, they’re determined to make more of things between us, despite my assurances he’s dating someone. The media are a tenacious bunch. Heck, they almost have me convinced, which is totally crazy. Right?

Troy Sheppard

My friendship with Stevie has survived a lot, including the day I caught the crazy bug and told her I wanted to be more than friends. Thankfully, that’s far behind us. I’m here for Stevie—as a friend—now that she needs a soft place to land away from the gossip-hungry tabloids.

There's just one problem: I may have seriously underestimated the power of the paparazzi—and possibly my feelings. Both seem bent on bringing the past into the present, but there's no way I'm going down the road to rejection a second time.

My thoughts: I have read just about everything that Martha Keyes has written, so it has been fun to go from her Regency and Scottish fiction to more modern day tales. I enjoyed this one, since I love best friends to something more. It was interesting to have the addition of Stevie having been married to an actor, and going from having a very public life to trying to acclimate to being both single and trying to escape from the paparazzi's attention. The book was quite unique. I appreciated how Stevie works through the unexpected changes in her life. 

This is a delightful story, filled with fun characters and interesting escapades! 

I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review.

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