Title: More Than Friends (Kendrick Place, #1)
Author: Jody Holford
Publisher: Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Expected Publishing Date: December 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 216
Rating: 2.75 Stars
Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Gabby Michaelson. So when his mom pressures him to come home for the holidays, he tells a little white lie…that he’s spending the holidays with his new girlfriend. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, Owen pulls the best friend card and asks Gabby to play his fake girlfriend.
Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with her best friend Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his “fake” girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. The more she tries to deny the attraction between them, the more obvious their chemistry becomes. But even though she’s not the only one feeling it, putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
An oblivious geek and an artist. Friends to lovers. A holiday story. What’s not to love, right? Well, let’s see.
More Than Friends is my first read of Jody Holford‘s works and it is a start of a new series. This is a predictable story because, DUH, see what the title said! The characters are quite adorable and – while I tsked with Owen’s whole fake girlfriend idea – I didn’t mind it as much. But yes, I wanted to wallop him once or twice because of his obliviousness and later on for his slow reaction which I personally felt just to stretch the pages a bit more.
On Gabby’s part, I like her cheerfulness when her personal story was rather sad, what’s with the guilt she harboured and her non existing family. With that said, that her crush on Owen made her so fragile and quick to jump to conclusion really got me miffed.
To confuse matter was the neighbourhood disturbance and perplexing secondary characters. Honestly, for me it failed to give off mystery vibes to spice up the story. But I assume one of the purpose is to – sort of – introduce names to star on the next book. At this point though, I shall just put on my wait and see option.
To conclude, as a cute friends to lovers holidays story this book is okay. But it doesn’t offer anything new on this kind of rom com.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.