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.
A Perfect Beach Read!
I love an enemies-to-lovers romance but Kae and Riggs are perfect for each other, even though they’re both afraid to admit it. And neither thinks they want anything longer than the few months before Riggs leaves for DC. But man, are they so very wrong—and it’s so fun watching as they try to figure it all out.
Throw in a bit of family drama along with the romance and The Friendship Pact is a perfect summer beach read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Tae’s is tough as nails, her mother April was a teenager of 15 when she had Tae. The mother/ daughter basically raised each other. Disowned by her parents April had gone through plenty of tough times raising a child, but they had each other and lots of love. Now 28 years later, Tae wonders about her deceased father and her mother isn’t saying much. April is frantic that the secret she has kept will cost her Tae’s love.
Riggs has come home after serving in the Marines to help his brother with their adventure company, Adrenaline HQ for the disabled. He isn’t to happy to be back home where memories of his abusive father still haunts him. At a AHQ fundraiser Riggs bumps into Tae, his 1st love that disappeared in high school. Tae is still that edgy girl, but now a beautiful women.
Love the way the author intertwines the characters, so that there are several storylines going on. This is the 2nd in the series, but definitely ok as a standalone since it’s only Sunrise Cove as the common thread. #TheFriendshipPact #JillShalvis #HarperCollinsPublisher
4 1/2 stars
Tae and her mother April have been a team since Tae was born when April was just a teenager and Tae raised April just as much as April raised Tae. April had always told Tae that her father had died overseas while serving in the military. The story opens on an event that Tae is running for her company and a gentleman attending the event tells Tae that he ran into her father a few years ago and Tae is sure this just can't be. Riggs is back in town after serving in the military and before taking a position in DC. Riggs and Tae have a history from high school and the run into each other on Riggs first night back in Tahoe. This is their story. You can always count on a good read from Jill Shalvis