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Anybody But Justin (Chances Are #1), by Shelli Stevens

Anybody But Justin____________________________________________

The line between friends and lovers can get a little blurry…especially when you add tequila.

A Chances Are story.

Gabby is serious about her search for Mr. Right, but no one can say she hasn’t had a good time looking. She enjoys her numerous dates and the sex that comes with them. Until she finds herself falling for the one man she vows to never love. Her best friend and roommate, Justin. A player in every sense of the word–and a reminder of her awful past.

One night, with the help of a bottle of tequila, things get a little too hot for comfort. She moves out, intent on removing him from the line of temptation.

Justin has different plans. The tequila did more than just change how he sees his good friend. It made him realize he doesn’t want to be just friends any more. He’s ready for something more intimate, and he’ll do whatever it takes to find out why she’s running. And convince her to stay. ____________________________________________

Well that was short but promising….until the last page.

It’s probably a known fact by now that I am a sucker for a love story between two friends. So when the bottle of tequila showed up and the lines between friends and lovers started to get blurry, I really started to get excited.

I liked the growing sexual tension between Gabby and Justin and how they finally stumbled into bed. Nothing seemed rushed in this story to me, which is rarely the case when I read short stories.

Although, I think that Gabby’s past could’ve been more mentioned in the story, I really felt the story was well paced and I gradually grew to like the characters.

But what annoyed me was that when you get at the end of the book, nothing is “concluded”. I don’t mean with the main characters but with the other characters. Gabby talks a good deal about her work and co-workers and I was a little bit frustrated at the end because the surrounding stories in this book are not at all mentioned when you get to the end. I really wondered what happened to some of the characters we meet in this book, because once Gabby and Justin have figured out their issues, everything just stops. And I get it, there are other books in the series where the other characters are developed, but it really bothered me that the book ended so abruptly. What happens to Gabby’ mother? Is Phoebe in danger? Of who or what? These questions didn’t get answers.

So if you focus on Gabby and Justin’s story there are no problems. But when it comes to the side story, well there is still work to do.

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