Title: More Than Friends
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.
Author: Jody Holford
Series: Kendrick Place #1
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: December 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 166 pages
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More Than Friends is a sweet, easy going Christmas romance. Gabby and Owen are best friends. When Owen’s mother presses him about coming home for Christmas, he begs off saying he can not leave the love of his life alone at Christmas. Only there is no love of his life, as Owen isn’t even dating anyone. Low and behold, his family decides to bring the holiday to him this Christmas and wants to meet Owen’s new girlfriend! With no one on his radar, Owen begs Gabby to take on the role of his fake girlfriend.
Gabby reluctantly agrees to go along with Owen’s charade. It will be extremely hard for her because she has harbored feelings for Owen for quite some time, but has kept them buried. She doesn’t want to lose her best friend, so she has never told him of her feelings. When Owen’s family arrives, it’s sheer chaos and she LOVES it! Not having any family, Gabby is overwhelmed when Owen’s family easily accepts her as one of their own! Only now, it is getting harder and harder to fake her attraction to Owen. Owen is feeling the chemistry too! His nerdy self can not understand why he never noticed Gabby before now-gosh was he really that stupid?? But there is so much more at stake than his growing feelings. He knows he cannot ever live without Gabby and if his feelings aren’t reciprocated, then he would be devastated! He’s in a quandary that’s for sure!
I enjoyed reading More Than Friends! If you are one that enjoys the friends to lovers troupe or a sweet, clean read, than I can recommend this book! I liked Gabby and Owen together. Being best friends, they understood each others quirks and loved them all the more. Owen was really struggling with his feelings! Gosh his lightbulb should have went off much earlier than it did! Owen’s family is exactly how I expected a big, boisterous family to be! They definitely were funny! The only thing that sidelined this story is the mystery at the apartment complex. After the lead up, that just fizzled out. I wanted a big smackdown, but what we got wasn’t even close. That made that whole thing, to me, unnecessary, and seemed to be just filler. All and all, this was a nice, entertaining holiday read!