A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan
Narrated by Stephanie Willing and Timothy Andres Pabon
When I requested this audiobook from NetGalley, I didn’t realize that A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan was third in a series. It’s not classified as a series on Amazon, but it is, and I did feel like I missed out on some important background information about the hero Wes, since the previous two books were about his siblings.
That being said, it was still a cute listen. Hailey is new to town, starting her own business, By The Cup, which features some delicious, unique sounding salads in a cup. Much of the story is about her business which I enjoyed, but I think it may have been to the detriment of the romance.
After a disastrous meet-cute, Wes and Hailey became friends, in fact, she became friends with his entire friend group and I really liked that for her. Friends became something more, but I never really felt it. I felt like they never fully connected, or maybe it was me never fully connecting to any of the characters.
- I love her salad shop. Some of the salads sound yummy!
- I liked the concept for the book. It had a good storyline.
- I enjoyed reading about the struggles of starting a business (been there, done that).
- Some good side characters, especially the ones who worked in her shop.
- I enjoyed the relationship between the brothers.
- I never FELT in this book. Perhaps it was a lack of connection to the characters.
- The “Guide” mentioned in the title was mentioned like once or twice and then never fully fleshed out.
- She was ridiculously stubborn about accepting help. A good businessman knows to take what you can.
- Amazon should clearly label this as book 3, because I felt like I missed some important background information.
- This is a clean romance with some suggestive moments, but perhaps I needed passion to feel the connection more.
Stephanie Willing and Timothy Andrés Pabon are both new to me, and though they narrated just fine, I felt like there was something missing. The delivery was a bit dry, but that could have been because the story was as well. I think I would read this one instead of listen.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 Stars, 3.5 narration, 0 Heat