The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Paperback 384 pages
Published June 14th 2022 by William Morrow
Taken from Goodreads: 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.
My Thoughts: Tae is an amazing character. Her spunk for life, her love for her mom, and her hard work making her company a success made her a character that I was rooting for. I need her to find her soul mate, her true love, the one that would understand, support, and love her forever. Enter Riggs. He is tough, gruff, and closed off. He is the perfect match for Tae. If only the two of them would figure it out, soon.
Tae also finds out that her mom is keeping a secret. A secret concerning her father. Riggs jumps in, being the hero, and helps her when she does not even know she wants or needs the help. It was great to see Riggs open his heart and help Tae, even she really did not want his help. I like that he took the risk of helping knowing that it could push Tae away or hurt her. He did it for their own good.
With each Jill Shalvis book I know that I will get my HEA. The good part is how the characters manage to get there. There are ups and down, a lot of times they go sideways but somehow, someway Jill Shalvis writes the story to get the characters to open their hearts and find their HEA.
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Meet Jill Shalvis (taken from her website): Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her most recent book, The Friendship Pact, was just recently published and her next book, The Backup Plan, comes out in June.