Saturday, June 13, 2020

Random Things Tour - Just Friends

TITLE: Just Friends
AUTHOR: Holly McCulloch
PUBLISHER: Transworld Digital
PUBLISHING DATE: June 11, 2020


It’s easy to put someone in the friend zone. But what happens if you change your mind? 

Bea isn’t happy. Desperate for a change, she looks to her friends for inspiration. Every single one of them is paired off, perhaps that’s what she needs too. 

So, she starts dating again. But everywhere she goes – amid the hilarious and scarring dates – there’s Peter. Good old, oddball Peter, her closest friend from university. He’s always been firmly in the friend zone but something’s happened lately – he seems taller, more handsome and suddenly making him smile is Bea’s favourite thing. 

But how can Bea possibly risk their friendship? And how do you even go about taking someone out of the friend zone? What if Bea and Peter were only ever meant to be just friends… 

I really don't read a lot of romance but I do find myself gravitating toward it more during the summer and around the Christmas holidays.  And let me tell you, Just Friends was a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon.

Bea has sworn off dating but when she sees all her friends around her starting to get married or pair off, she decides to give it another try.  Bea has always had a close-knit group of friends and at the center is Peter, the nerd/oddball with whom she attended college.  Peter has always been there for her and she considers him her closest friend.  However, is Bea refusing to see what is directly in front of her?

I really had fun with Bea.  She is smart and snarky and actually showed a lot of growth during the novel.  She decides to take some chances and start a new career - something she has always dabbled with but never completely committed to.  I also enjoyed the friend dynamic in the book and it was nice to see a book where a group of college friends weren't busy trying to back stab or murder each other (maybe I've read too many thrillers lately).  My only issue was at times I wanted to smack Bea because she was having such difficulty seeing things that were so obvious.

McCulloch's writing is easy to get lost in and I can honestly describe this read as sweet and fun. Since this is her debut work, I am really looking forward to what she writes in the future as well.  If you are looking to lose yourself in a light summer romance, this is the book for you!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Holly McCulloch lives in Oxfordshire and bakes beautiful (and delicious) cakes for a living. Just Friends is her debut novel.


  1. I don't read romance very often either, well hardly ever! But this sounds cute, and I'm encouraged by your 5 star rating😁

  2. I'm always looking for a good summer romance...and this one sounds like a lot of fun. :)

  3. I took someone out of the friend zone and it backfired in a big way. 😆

  4. I am ready for cuteness and delight like this gem -- lovely review, Barb!

  5. Huge thanks for the blog tour support xx