Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis is the fourth book of the Wildstone series. This contemporary romance series is told from multiple points of view. As with most romance series each book has changed the main characters so each can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so.
This fourth book of the series introduces Piper Manning who now at thirty is really just getting to a point she can begin her own life. As a child Piper and her two siblings lost their parents at an early age and with Piper being the oldest she ended up responsible for her younger brother and sister. Once Piper finished fixing up the lake house she and her siblings had inherited she plans to sell and go off to school.
When out with a friend Piper meets Camden Reid and while the sexy stranger interests her she isn't the type for a one night stand. After heading home though Piper decides to check on her elderly neighbor with a storm in the area and Piper finds Camden is actually his son. Just as Piper and Camden begin to get to know one another though Piper's siblings come crashing home with problems of their own.
Almost Just Friends was such a lovely tale that not only focuses on romance but encompassed the families surrounding the main couple and all of the issues within. Piper and her siblings only had one another in life and while their lives weren't perfect they showed that with the strength of their family they could overcome their issues. And the slow burning romance between Piper and Cam was one that was worth the wait. Great story overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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