The Friendship Pact (Sunrise Cove #2) by Jill Shalvis: this could be your next comfort read

Note: Thank you to Lori Edelman from Get Red PR for providing me with an ARC via BookFunnel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

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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.

REVIEW

He couldn’t resist her. He’d tried. And even though he was up a river without a paddle, he didn’t care, because when it came to how he felt about her, reason and logic were in low supply.

I’ve heard of Jill Shalvis and I’ve seen her books several times but this is the first time I actually read something written by her and I need to fix that ASAP.

The Friendship Pact is the second book in Jill Shalvis’ Sunrise Cove series. I haven’t read the first book but each book can be treated as a standalone.

Tae and Riggs had a short but spicy past together and I immediately felt the chemistry as soon as they met again. Riggs is only planning to stay in Sunrise Cove during the summer so he tells Tae that they should just be friends; but a unicorn onesie (and a shocking discovery) changed all of that.

There’s a lot of hurt going around in this book but it’s not a depressing read. There’s a lightheartedness to it that balances it all out. In fact, I think I can actually say that this book is a comfort read.

I loved all the characters in this book. I really got invested in their lives and when the big dramatic moment came near the end, I actually got teary-eyed. The writing is great and easily digestible so it’s perfect for bingeing. Heat level is perfect (imo)🔥🔥.

Overall, this was a fantastic read and I’m definitely gonna be looking into Jill Shalvis’ other books! (my tbr is crying)

“Oh, I have plenty of fears,” [Tae] said.
“Name one.”
“Falling for you.”
This stunned [Riggs] into silence.

Category/Genre(s): Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Avon Books

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Rating: ★★★★

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