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Overall Rating: 3.5 stars.
Let's Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley is an admirable attempt in the "new adult" market with a believable plot and realistic characters. The title gives you a major hint where the story is headed before it even begins. It is basically a classic love triangle between two law school students and one of their childhood (and long-term) best friends. The story begins after Rose is dumped by her live-in boyfriend and after being displaced by the break-up, she moves into her best friend Tyler's apartment on a temporary basis. This doesn't make Tyler's girlfriend Georgiana very happy who demands that Rose move out of the apartment. Of course, Tyler is conflicted and while he adamantly denies any love interest with Rose, his actions speak louder than words.
While I love Camilla Isley's writing style, I found myself disliking Tyler and Georgiana immensely. I couldn't help but imagine Georgiana's character was a characterization of horrible girlfriend Monique from the She's the Man movie with Amanda Bynes. And Tyler was too much a womanizer who is sleeping with two women, telling the second girlfriend (Rose) that he'll breakup with the first one any day now. [I knew too many college friends who succumbed to the charms of sweet-talking playboys and waited 2-3 years for the breakup that never happened. Unfortunately, I see the same behavior in too many adult women who get involved in affairs with married men and the majority of these men do not divorce their wives.] Thankfully Rose sees reason after only a few months, and she puts an end to the sexual trysts with Tyler. One thing that I really admired in the story is how it ended - with Rose and Tyler back to being just friends.
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