The Friendship Pact

  • Author Jill Shalvis
  • Release Date June 14, 2022
  • Publisher Avon
  • ISBN/ASIN 9780063095465/B09G6SYYG4
  • Our Rating
  • Reviewed by Michele Rioli

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Our Review

THE FRIENDSHIP PACT is a smart, sexy story that’s simply divine. It is the second book in the Sunrise Cove series and stars a gorgeous gal, Tae Holmes, and her mother April, who have a special bond. Her mother raised her on her own, so it’s just the two of them. Tae is curious about her dad and her mom refuses to talk. Then, Tae is nearly out of money, but fortunately is awarded a job with an adventure company for disabled warriors, children and athletes. However, she meets her high school crush, Riggs Copeland, and her feelings for him come rushing back. Where can she hide?

Riggs, a devastatingly handsome man with scars inside and out, is a retired marine. He is in town to help his brother with their business for the disabled. It’s a fantastic place designed to deliver adventure in the traditional sense. Riggs isn’t that interested in helping to be truthful, but duty calls. Then, his heart stops when he spies lovely Tae Holmes. Tae is smart, sassy and sexy, a heady combination in Riggs’ mind. Since they have history, Riggs reconsiders staying for the summer and hopes they can rekindle that elusive spark.

Only fate throws a curve ball, revealing startling surprises that would be best if left buried. Tae and Riggs both had tough childhoods and grew up fast. Tae discovers her real heritage along with other unpleasant news. Riggs helps her out and their attraction sizzles even hotter, while spending time together. Tae isn’t happy, but Riggs is determined to change her mind. Will their friendship deal, flame into full-fledged love?

Family problems, commitment issues, and a provocative plot smartly combine in Ms. Shalvis’ sensational new novel, THE FRIENDSHIP PACT. The author delivers a compelling story of a lady, Tae Holmes, who is determined to uncover her real father, and is friends with a rugged marine, Riggs Copeland. They just might take a chance on real love along the way too. The story is filled with many real, likeable characters, that captured my heart. I shed some tears along the way too. Tae and Riggs are meant to be together. However, the plot is so complex, that I wondered if they would overcome all the obstacles that came their way. This is an intense, feel good, romantic story filled with a lot of heart. THE FRIENDSHIP PACT is romance writing gold!

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