I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis
Series: Sunrise Cove #2
Published by Headline Eternal on June 14, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Children's, Contemporary, Romance
Format: E-Arc, Paperback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a powerful, moving story about a young woman on a quest to find the truth about her father who learns the meaning of true love along the way.
Alone in the world, Tae Holmes and her mother April pretty much raised each other, but as Tae starts asking questions about the father she’s never met, April, for the first time in her life, goes silent. To make matters worse, Tae is dangerously close to broke and just manages to avoid financial meltdown when she lands a shiny new contract with an adventure company for athletes with disabilities and wounded warriors.
Her first big fundraiser event falls flat, but what starts out as a terrible, horrible, no-good night turns into something else entirely when Tae finds herself face-to-face with Riggs Copeland. She hasn’t seen the former Marine since their brief fling in high school, and while still intensely drawn to him, she likes her past burned and buried, thank you very much. Hence their friendship pact.
But when April oddly refuses to help Tae track down her father, it’s Riggs who unexpectedly comes to her aid. On a hunt to unlock the past, the two of them find themselves on a wild ride and learn a shocking truth, while also reluctantly bonding in a way neither had seen coming. Now Tae must decide whether she’s going to choose love … or walk away from her own happiness.
Having read The Family You Make I was ready to read Jill’s new book The Friendship Pact. I had loved being in back Lake Tahoe previously and could not wait to get back.
This time we get to know more about Tae and Riggs. Both who had their issues growing up. Both who are drawn to one another, but are both reluctant to make that commitment. The will they, won’t they question will be hanging around your head for a while! And then we have the secondary characters – Jake, Caroline and April – who to be honest could have been the stars of the book. I did wish that I could have a whole separate book. Here’s hoping!
While the book is part of a series, you do not have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. Especially as the only link between the two books is the location. Although I have to be honest I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of Jane and Levi or Charlotte and Matteo. Even it was just a brief visit. Something…
However, I did really enjoy this book. I loved the setting. I loved the Lake and I really loved getting to know new characters. from the start I was fully invested in their story and could not wait to get to the end. Of course, when I got to the end I was gutted. Mainly because I wanted to know more.
I also enjoyed Tae’s relationship with her mum April. However it was not the perfect mother-daughter relationship as shown by the secrets April had kept. But we will be fair, April did have her reasons.
The Friendship Pact was a hit with me and one of my favourite Summer 2022 reads.
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