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Title: Friend is a Four Letter Word
Author: Steph Campbell
Author: Steph Campbell
Age Group/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: January 15th 2014
Shayna Gillan is on a mission: start fresh in a new state without the small town gossip that has haunted her since her bad girl days of high school.
Carter MacPherson has long been the most together member of his crazy family–until now. With a secret threatening to crumble everything he’s worked for, he wishes he could forget the recent past, too.
The last thing Shayna and Carter are looking for is a relationship. It’s best to be alone while they sort out their issues.
Friends. That’s all they can ever be.
But even the best laid plans always have a flaw, and once Shayna and Carter cross the line between friendship and more, there’s no turning back…
The only question left is–whose past will catch up to them first?
I want to ask if there’s a girl who he takes surfing with him, but, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter to me one way or another. He’s here with me now, and I doubt either one of us is looking for anything more than whatever sexy fun tonight may bring.
I feel like we’re both using this small talk to hold back any real answers. I hardly know Carter—I’d only run into him a few times before he moved away for college.
He and I definitely aren’t close enough to share our real selves, even if it is Christmas Eve and there’s magic in the air and all of that other bullshit. There will be no unwrapping of pretty layers to reveal what’s under the surface—unless he’s game for stripping layers of clothing.
Otherwise, we’ll stay tied up in our neat little bows tonight.
Because that is the type of girl I am.
To drive that point home, I reach across the seat and trace a line up his arm, across his collarbone, and flash a playful grin when he sucks in a quick breath through his teeth.
He clears his throat, and I watch the way his mouth works from side to side before he gets the next words out. “So, there’s this place over off of Tenth. We could just pull in there and hang if you want?”
“Sure,” I say, dragging my fingertip along the rough stubble on his jaw.
We drive a bit more and then pull off to a small lookout point. It’s nothing but dirt and rocks—it’s pretty much bare—but it’s a quiet, private place, so the lack of ambiance is okay.
Besides, its bareness means I don’t have to pretend to be anything that I’m not in order to fit in, and that’s all I’m looking for right now.
“Is this alright?” he asks, unbuckling his seat belt and turning to face me. The scenery may not be very inspiring, but that’s not exactly a problem when I have Carter’s serious, sexy eyes to focus on. Especially when they’re dark with a want I’ve been hoping to see all night.
“This is perfect.” I flash him a quick smile before I reach inside the glove box and pull out the small silver flask I always keep with me.
“Aren’t you a little young for that?” Carter jokes as I take a fiery hot sip and let that first buzz work through my veins.
“Maybe,” I say with a shrug.
“I could turn the car back on if you’re cold,” he offers.
“I’m not exactly drinking to stay warm.” That’s not entirely true. Now that he mentions it, it is pretty frosty in here.
I love Steph Campbell’s books, and after reading (and loving) Grounding Quinn, Delicate, Beautiful Things Never Last) Friend is a Four Letter Word is another one to add to the books by Steph I love list.
In Beautiful Things Never Last we learned Carter and Shayna were together and in FiaFLW we learn how that came to be. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Shayna to be honest; I didn’t really like her in any of the previous books she was in. She was always just such a mean B to Quinn (Carter’s sister) and everyone else BUT by getting to know her, I actually found my entire opinion of her changed. Two thumbs up there Steph because I never thought I’d like her! Carter on the other hand I always loved; I loved the protective big brother in him. While we were led to believe he was the sibling that always had his stuff together, we learn that isn’t true. Carter has a secret not even his Quinnlette knows; Shayna discovers it and encourages him to tell Quinn. That part I loved, I always loved how fiercely supportive Quinn and Carter are of each other no matter what the circumstances. The only thing I wish is that there were more details into what Carter was hiding; maybe while he was confiding to Quinn he could’ve been more detailed and gave her a more in depth run down of how bad the problem was (I know I’m being vague but I don’t want to ruin anything) none the less, FiaFLW was still a highly enjoyable read for me. I polished it off in a sitting and it reminded me why Steph Campbell is one of my must read authors, she satisfies my need for sweet love stories with HEA’s while handling sensitive subjects in a delicate manner.
I give it 4 stars
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls the Northeast home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. She’s repped by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Steph’s works include Delicate, Grounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never Last; My Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adult LENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt.
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