304 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Released today Just Friends is the debut novel from Holly McCulloh. Bea spends New Year’s Eve trying to make sure that as Mia’s maid of honour everything is going to plan, as midnight approaches she begins to feel less happy with her own currently single situations and following a conversation with Peter, a friend from uni makes a New Year’s resolution to start dating again.
What follows for Bea is a year of ups and downs both in world the dating and at work as she tries to accelerate the growth of her small but stagnant greeting card business. Over time she starts to realise through all of her endeavors the one person she keeps turning to is Peter and maybe its time she reconsiders his place in the friendzone.
As a character I really warmed to Bea and thought she was completely believable and relatable and while its a slightly predicable story line I found myself enjoying it because I really did want her to succeed so I didn’t mind so much. While this didn’t wow me particularly it was still a really good, enjoyable, light-hearted read that would be perfect for reading on holiday, or as is more likely at the moment in the garden.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.