What if the man you've always loved isn't the right one for you?
Rose Atwood has been in love with her best friend for years, and she's tired of keeping her feelings under wraps for fear of getting hurt. Being Tyler's best friend is becoming more difficult with every passing year and every new woman in his life - especially Georgiana Smithson, a snotty, beautiful girl who's in Law School with them.
When Rose, dumped by her long-term boyfriend, moves temporarily into Tyler's apartment, tension spikes. Georgiana wants Rose out of the house. Rose wants Georgiana out of Tyler's life. And Tyler...well, he doesn't really know what he wants.
As an unexpected argument brings Rose and Tyler closer than they've ever been, they must decide if there's more to their relationship than being just friends. And they must do it quickly, as Georgiana is determined to do everything in her power to keep Tyler and Rose apart. After all, all is fair in love and war.
Will Rose make a leap of faith and trust Tyler with her heart? Will Tyler make the right choice, or will he be too late?
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Can Best Friends Remain So After Intimacy Ends?
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars.
Let's Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley is an admirable attempt in the "new adult" market with a believable plot and realistic characters. The title gives you a major hint where the story is headed before it even begins. It is basically a classic love triangle between two law school students and one of their childhood (and long-term) best friends. The story begins after Rose is dumped by her live-in boyfriend and after being displaced by the break-up, she moves into her best friend Tyler's apartment on a temporary basis. This doesn't make Tyler's girlfriend Georgiana very happy who demands that Rose move out of the apartment. Of course, Tyler is conflicted and while he adamantly denies any love interest with Rose, his actions speak louder than words.
While I love Camilla Isley's writing style, I found myself disliking Tyler and Georgiana immensely. I couldn't help but imagine Georgiana's character was a characterization of horrible girlfriend Monique from the She's the Man movie with Amanda Bynes. And Tyler was too much a womanizer who is sleeping with two women, telling the second girlfriend (Rose) that he'll breakup with the first one any day now. [I knew too many college friends who succumbed to the charms of sweet-talking playboys and waited 2-3 years for the breakup that never happened. Unfortunately, I see the same behavior in too many adult women who get involved in affairs with married men and the majority of these men do not divorce their wives.] Thankfully Rose sees reason after only a few months, and she puts an end to the sexual trysts with Tyler. One thing that I really admired in the story is how it ended - with Rose and Tyler back to being just friends.
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A summed up ending but the still a cliffhanger
My overall rating is based on the fact that the story has a to be continued ending. I didn't want to listen to this audiobook if the story continued on. Before listening I checked the summary for the next book and it looked as though it was about other characters. I will admit that the cliffhanger is not a suspenseful one, however, she did leave it so you want to know more about what's going to happen with these characters.
I like the storyline even though it's not a very literary writing style. It's a simple and easy listen. I see people give bad reviews because the reader wanted "likable characters". In most books characters aren't realistic in real life people are messy and confusing and they often do self serving things. I'm glad someone took a chance to write a book about how it usually is, not the insta-love reformed bad boy/girl fairytale. This book is full of imperfect characters doing imperfect things and having imperfect reactions. Not every book has to be a story of morality. If you're bothered by books that have main characters that cheat you should pass on this one.