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Once Friends

Book 1, LOVE in the USA, The Hesters - A Hollywood Love Story (Sonja & Jay, #1)

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LOVE in the USA is back! Meet the Hesters—sisters Sonja and Elaine and their cousins, sisters Robin and Theresa. It’s their time to fall in love and Fate has the right partner in mind for each—soulmates these women never saw coming.

I never thought I’d see Jay West outside my TV screen ever again. We first met when he was eleven and I was ten. Our older sisters forced us to play together while they ran upstairs to make unsolicited phone calls to boys they thought were cute. Finally, Jay asked me what the name of the puppet I was holding in my hands was.

I hung my head, embarrassed by what my sister called my perpetual state of geekdom and said, “Skinny Pig.”

He said, “cool!” And from that moment on we became best friends forever—or at least I thought.

Years later I developed boobs and he became a teenage heartthrob. Then came that night.

Something happened between us—something unexpected and confusing. That was fifteen years ago. We hadn’t spoken since then. Now here I am, staring into his deep blue eyes. He’s no longer a boy and I’m not a girl. I’m a woman and he’s a sexy man, who’s just offered me the position of a lifetime.

Should I take it?

If I say no, my mundane life will go on as is. If I say yes, I’ll have to trust Jay West won’t eventually leave me high and dry like he’d done so many years ago.

The next book in A Hollywood Love Story (LOVE in the USA) is Now Lovers.

Customer Reviews

Sonja & Jay

I enjoyed this book and was drawn into it from the beginning. I love to read about old friends who fate brings together and gives them a second chance.
I recommend you read this book to find out what fate has in store for these two.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Once Friends!

This is a sweet friends to lovers story! It does have a cliffhanger so make sure to pick up the second story. I did like the mystery and characters in this story. It definitely a story that keeps you hooked until the end.

Pretty bad

Jay and Sonja grew up together as best friends. And they stayed best friends until an incident that stepped over the line of friendship. After that, Jay withdrew from Sonja and her sisters' lives, and she never saw him again. He's now an A-list actor who's extremely unhappy, so unhappy that he's about to quit his career until a chance meeting with Sonja's sister, Elaine. Suddenly he's energized, running around getting his new project off the ground. Now if only Sonja will be as excited about that project, a project that directly involves her and her long ago written screenplay.

I liked the mystery aspect of Once Friends, but I have to say the romance/second chance aspect is pretty bad. There's little to no strength to their connection, and the bedroom scenes were awkward and rushed. I didn't feel the heat between the two, and I definitely didn't feel the love that was supposedly building. If not for the interesting side plot of Sonja's grandmother's story, I would be 2 starring this. But, because that mystery was really compelling, and I liked her grandmother, a lot, I can honestly feel fine with rating this 3 stars. However, I doubt I'll be reading the second part of Sonja and Jay's story because frankly, the first part isn't that interesting aside from her grandmother, whose story is mostly finished by the end of this first installment.

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Once Friends
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Mar 27, 2018
  • Publisher: Z.L. Arkadie Books
  • Seller: Zuleika Arkadie
  • Print Length: 274 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, LOVE in the USA, The Hesters
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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