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More Than A Friend Request Paperback – June 23, 2012
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Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she's not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football.
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And sure, Hannah gets her happily ever after, but at what expense?! She & Adam lost so much time together in between; she never really moved on while he went on to medical school, open his own practice and oh, by the way, he had & raised a son as well!! And now, that he wants her back in his life, because it's a package deal, she has to raise someone else's child because he was too selfish to stay with her while he attempted to build a life for himself without her in it. But does this HUGE topic get discussed at all?! Nope, the heroine doesn't even discuss her feelings about his absence. (But that probably just means that Hannah might just be a bigger person because she's able to accept that and move on without question, whereas I would feel too hurt to be able to accept such a huge responsibility without even a discussion into how I felt about the whole matter!)
I'm not saying the book was horrible, but I could've done with a little more character development, which probably would've allowed me to build an emotional connection with them.
*spoiler alert *
FIFTEEN YEARS you stay celibate waiting for him to come back...I expect some anger. Some resentment. Hell, you could at least freakin' hold out past the first date. Or you know what? At least hold out on the booty call until AFTER the conclusion of the date. Seriously. Instead, Hannah walks into the bar they're meeting at and immediately drags him home to do the nasty. Which you know, I don't have a problem with...if it wasn't with the guy who destroyed her life. She NEVER makes him grovel. He never really apologizes...especially since he knocks up some chick his second year in medical school. And this frustrated me too. Sure, I didn't want her to take out any anger on the kid - but she's totally cool with the fact this guy, who is claiming she's the love of his life - knocks up some woman in med school when he dumps HER so he could focus on school. I'm a big proponent of groveling - when it's well deserved and I was left totally unsatisfied in this book. I also can't stand doormat heroines who sacrifice themselves on the altar of love. Hannah hasn't seen or heard from this guy who broke her heart in 15 years, and within minutes of seeing him again SHE drags him off to bed and declares that she's never stopped loving him. Where's the pride woman? And she accepts his son into her life without even wondering what the hell he was doing knocking up some random chick if he was suppose to be focused on school. WTH? Instead she says something cheesy like "I knew you'd make your way back to me." Really?
When I say I love second chance romances - it means I expect, no, I WANT the HEA. But I want the HEA to be believable. Second chance romances come inherent with a lot of issues that both parties have to work through. I want a heroine I can admire. Someone who knows her worth and will give hell to anyone who treats her like crap. While groveling by the hero is good for the soul, I also don't like it when the heroine overdoes it and screws around with them just because they're consumed by bitterness. But I think there needs to be a good balance. I just wished Hannah had 1) demanded an apology 2) had some pride and made him sweat a bit instead of falling into bed immediately with him and 3) tried to get to know the guy she hasn't seen in 15 years BEFORE she declares her undying love and falls into bed with him. I mean, it's common sense - people change. People change A LOT in 15 years, particularly when the last time you saw them was college.
Anyway, the book IS well written, the characters are well drawn, and yes, there's an HEA. But for those of us who love/need groveling when a man has done you wrong - yeah, this is NOT the book for you. This will just make you swear fiery vengeance in your heart. However, if you want a sweet, sweet love story with no conflict whatsoever with the nicest most accepting heroine ever, then this is the book that will make you happy.
I though it was a super sweet, delightful read. It was a bit too short for my liking & definitely left me wanting more. I loved that it touched on a topic that most books in this genre never touch - which was one of the main characters having a child. I also loved that the main characters were older, since so many of these types of stories contain main characters in their early 20's.
I highly recommend this book for a short, pleasant read. It was definitely a feel good book that actually brought tears to my eyes. I LOVE Danny! :) I would love to see a sequel taking place several years later when Danny is grown up. :)
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