Book Review: A Guide to Being Just Friends

A Guide to Being Just Friends (Jansen Brothers, #3) by Sophie Sullivan ~ 336 pages ~ to be published on January 17, 2023 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.

Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.

When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.

What could possibly go wrong?

What I Thought:

*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for this ARC!*

I read the second book in this series when it came out last year, and it was super cute. (You can check out my review here!) I was very excited to dive back into this world with these lovable brothers!

I really liked the main couple in this book. Hailey was a fun character, tackling a new venture and starting her life over after a bad breakup. That takes courage and drive, both of which she had in spades. Wes was a lovable control freak with some trust issues. But, he was also willing to do whatever it takes to make sure those he cares about are well taken care of.

The side characters, as always in this series, were fantastic. I loved Hailey’s cousin, Piper, and her new friend, Fiona. Getting to see Wes’ brothers, Noah and Chris, again in this book was a delight, as well as their ladies, Grace and Everly. I love a good found family, which was exactly what Hailey gained in this story.

The romantic hurdles in this friends to lovers romance were all mental, which I enjoyed. I thought the trust issues, control issues, and pride issues were all very well handled. I could see where everyone was coming from, which made for delicious tension.

All in all, this was a lovely little romance with some hard-hitting mental health themes. It also made me incredibly hungry!

My Rating:


I gave A Guide to Being Just Friends 4 Stars!

Are you interested in learning more about this book/series? Check out the links below!

Sophie Sullivan’s Website

Sophie Sullivan’s Instagram

A Guide to Being Just Friends on Goodreads

Order A Guide to Being Just Friends on Amazon

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Have you read any books in the Jansen Brothers series? Are you a fan of friends to lovers romances? Let’s chat in the comments!

Love and happy reading,


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