Book Review of ‘Let’s Be Just Friends’ by Camilla Isley

Let’s Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley.
Released: 4th April 2016 on e-book.
Available to buy on Amazon UK & Amazon US.

‘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 since she was twelve years old. The only problem is, he’s the biggest player to have ever landed on Earth. Rose has waited forever for Tyler to grow up, all the while keeping her feelings under wraps for fear of getting hurt. But after watching Tyler go through girl after girl, Rose has lost hope he’ll ever change. Being Tyler’s best friend is becoming more difficult with every passing year and every new woman in his life—especially when the girlfriend du jour is Georgiana, a snotty, beautiful girl who’s in Law School with them and who never leaves Tyler’s side.
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?’

Have you ever been in the position of wanting someone you can’t have? Many of you I’m sure. Have you ever tried your luck with someone despite worrying that it was going to end in tears? Nodding your head again I bet. With the previous question in mind, have you taken things even further after brushing those niggling feelings aside just….because? Well, Rose would be nodding her head to all three of those questions. Rose and Tyler have been best friends since they were young. Boyfriends and girlfriends have come and gone, or in Tyler case, girlfriend + girlfriends best friend + girlfriends neighbours sisters mother in law…..catch my drift?
Rose and Tyler get jealous every time the other one is in a relationship, but why? Is it because they want what they can’t have?
As soon as I started reading this book, I had a feeling I knew where it was going in terms of the storyline. Usually that would have bothered me, but seeing as I had just finished a very deep and dark book, I wanted something more fun to read. This certainly ticked the box for fun. Part of me felt sorry for Rose, but then part of me thought ‘oh come on!’. She had an inkling what Tyler was going to be like in the future based on his past, yet she still dipped her toes! I did take an instant dislike to Tyler. I’m being brutally honest. Of course it isn’t because of Camilla’s writing, it’s because she has written a character in such a descriptive way that I felt like I knew him. Fortunately I don’t know him, but unfortunately I do know guys like him. ‘I’m still with my girlfriend, but I’m free tonight, I’ll break up with her later if that is what you want.’. Those types of guys. Tyler’s personality did make for excellent reading because boy did I laugh when Rose started talking to his nemesis.
Let’s Be Just Friends is a fun and romantic read, one that you can sink your teeth into without thinking too much because the author has everything there. Does that make sense? Don’t get me wrong, it had several jaw dropping moments as well as ‘oh no he didn’t!!!’ (said like the lady in the shoe advert on TV…) moments, but I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to think too much. It flowed nicely, it was an enjoyable read, and most importantly, I giggled. My favourite moment of the book was when the storyline turned to ‘independence’. See how I can write my favourite part without giving a spoiler! I found that part to emphasise power and confidence. I’m sure many females/males could even take a leaf out of the character’s book for that bold move.
I do have one little niggle with the book though. I didn’t like the way it finished at 85% on the Kindle, I found that to be a bit abrupt, especially in terms of percentage. That isn’t a negative against the contents of the book in any way.
If you’re after a light-hearted, romantic novel with hilarious parts; one that you can lay in bed with and just sink into the book, then this one is for you. An enjoyable read for definite. I already have another of Camilla’s books waiting to be read too, cannot wait!

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