Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blog Tour: More Than Friends by Monica Murphy


More than Friends

Series: Friends #2
Pages:Paperback, 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Release Date: November 14th, 2016


He's not perfect, but he's all I want...
I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.
But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.
So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.
And I’m going to let him.


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About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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I am not quite sure how or why, but I totally loved the second installment of th Friends series.
Let me warn you. It's another rollercoaster of emotions and confusions and huge bitch fest. The absolute killer however? It ends on a cliffhanger!
Yep. And there is no indication when the next book will be published... I was totally going to rave about that. BUT Murphy did apologize for it first thing in the acknowledgments. Acknowledgments that made me love this book even more.

I am left pondering why on earth I enjoy the never ending drama so much. I usually can't stand bitchy characters. And yet I love this series...
Honestly I think this is all awed to Murphy's brilliant writing. It's uncanny how I wasn't sure if I am going to like this book after chapter one.. and then I got sucked in, and suddenly boom. It was finished. It's largely due to the fact that this is well written. Murphy manages to amp things up but doesn't become ridiculous. And while at first glance there is a lot of cliche, somehow there is more to each and every situation and character. I find myself interested in side stories and support cast. Murphy is always just on point. Masterfully done!

The storyline is a lot of back and forth, some swoony moments, a ton of drama, way too much high school politics and all kinds of relationships- you know teenage life all amped up to the max. But just like in the first book, not that much happens. It's a lot of back and forth and dramas... I totally have to admit, I gleefully gobble it all up, totally a guilty pleasure!

More Than Friends just like the previous novel Just Friends is totally character driven. This time however the story is told mostly from Amanda and sometimes from Jordan's POV. Amanda still is my favorite character in the series. She seems the only "normal"girl in a sea of ugly characters. I was initially a bit worried she might be too goodie for my taste. But as the story went on, different sides unfolded and the sweet girl became a kind, loyal, at times insecure, sometimes silly girl, that I can totally relate to, but more than that, I totally root for her. I want her to have her happy ending!! I love her inner dialogue btw. I like the fact that she is genuinely making new friends and more than that, I love how she put Livvy in her place at times
Tuttle, while totally a hot, tortured, brooding hero- I wanna just smack! I kept going between swooning over him to wanting to hit him. Hard. And I wasn't sure I would fall for the hype around him, but alas I did. As we get to hear his side of things, I can't help but feel for him. And while I think he needs to be hit. And very hard, while we at it. (He seems to bring out a violent streak in me just like in Amanda) I also totally hope he will be able to stand up for himself and make his own choices.
The support cast is just as dramatic and bitchy as in the first book. But somehow seeing them through Amanda's eyes showed different sides to them. Everything is less black and white, more grey. And somehow all the characters are getting more and more interesting, more complex and more likable.
Amazingly enough, I grew to really like Livvy this time around. It's amazing to see her from Amanda's POV. Mostly I was surprised by her loyalty and sweetness towards her new friend. I even quite like Ryan. And Em! A masterstroke by Murphy.

An eye opener when it comes to cast. Frustrating, infuriating, swoony and captivating sequel that makes me wanna beg for more!
When is the next book coming out?! (I really don't mind begging...)


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