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Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Gabby Michaelson. So when his mom pressures him to come home for the holidays, he tells a little white lie…that he’s spending the holidays with his new girlfriend. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, Owen pulls the best friend card and asks Gabby to play his fake girlfriend.
Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with her best friend Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his “fake” girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. The more she tries to deny the attraction between them, the more obvious their chemistry becomes. But even though she’s not the only one feeling it, putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take.
Each title in the Kendrick series is a standalone story that can be read out of order.
Book one: More than Friends
Book two: The Bad Boy Next Door
3.5 Pretend real love Stars
More Than Friends was a pretty good read for me. For all my friends that are always asking for clean romance recommendations this book is clean. This book was a sweet lighthearted holiday read. Owen was a cute geek, that loved order, peacefulness, and neatness. Gabby w... ...more
Just in time to ring in the holidays with heart, family and friendship, More Than Friends was a cute and endearing contemporary romance that will put a smile on your face and a warm glow in your soul.
Owen and Gabby are best friends and co-residents in an apartment complex. When Owen lies to his f... ...more
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre: Friends to Lovers. Holiday Romance
More Than Friends is an exceptional and fun, holiday romance novel. What happens when your parents are coming over for the holidays and expect to meet your girlfriend, even though you don't actually have one? A super fake... ...more
I don't pick up books like this very often, but almost every time I do, I keep telling myself I should do it more often. I am obsessed with romantic Hallmark movies, and while I read this, I kept thinking that this story is like a Hallmark movie, just in a literary form.
While Hallmark movies mig... ...more
More Than Friends by Jody Holford was a sweet and enjoyable contemporary friends to more romance.
Owen and Gabby were endearing characters that entertained me with their love story. The relationship was sweet, believable, the drama was well done and the storyline held my interest from th... ...more
Owen doesn't like big Christmas parties, he doesn't feel comfortable in a large group of people and he doesn't want to spend the holidays with people he doesn't know. He prefers the company of just a few loved ones, but he doesn't dare to tell his family. That's why he lets his mother know that h... ...more
I'm a sucker for a fake-relationship story, especially if it's two best friends and one has been in love with the other forever. Add in the holidays and overbearing family and by golly I might just squee from the excitement.
Owen Burnett has lied to his mother, it's got out of control and now he n... ...more
Spoiler Alert !!
Just finished bawling my eyes out Jody! Omg Owen and Gabby are amazing! I loved them both more then words.
I just finished More Than Friends. Wow just wow. I cried my flipping face off. Good lord, I am amazed how strongly the characters emotions for one another just pour off the p... ...more
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, so here goes:
I found this to be an absolutely adorable book! The characters are realistic and likeable--the kind of people I'd want to be friends with. The story is not the predictable friend-to-lover cookie-cutter narrative; it tak... ...more
Love friends to lovers books! Owen and Gabby are sweet together and for them to struggle to figure out they were meant to be together was wanting me to scream JUST SPEAK, AND BE HONEST!! However, the thoughts of losing your best friend, and really the only family Gabby has, is a scary risk to tak... ...more
Best friends to lovers romance for these neighbours via a fake romance at Christmas
More Than Friends is my first read by Jody Holford so I had no idea what to expect. Overall, I really enjoyed this light hearted Christmas friends to lovers fake romance that shows all the trials and tribulations t... ...more
Owen and Gabby are neighbors and have been best friends for over a year. Opposites in character but somehow totally compatable. When Owen gets stuck in a lie to his family, he asks Gabby to be his pretend girlfriend when his family will visit him for Christmas. But Gabby has been secretly in love... ...more
Owen knows his best friend, Gabriella (Gabby), very well, which means when he needs a favor, he has a back up plan just in case...pizza. As he's working up the courage to ask, and they're enjoying pizza and beer, he can't stop noticing things about her, her lips, long legs, how natural it felt to... ...more
Owen’s best friend was Gabby, Gabby worked as an administrative assistant at a local community college but she was also an artist. Gabby had the apartment next to Owen. Owen worked at home in a tech job. Gabby had an easy going personality and was usually happy. Gabby had been asked to do a five... ...more
May be some spoilers!
Gabby is a secretary for a college, but is really a struggling artist. She lost both parents at sixteen, one set of grandparents died when she was little and she lost the other set by the time she was 21. She has no family left. Her best friend for the last year has been Owe... ...more
“There isn’t anything about you I would change.”
…and isn't that exactly as it should be in love and friendship?
The answer you're looking for is a resounding YES, and that makes up one of themes of this sweet read from Jody Holford. It’s a cute premise—friends-to-lovers (when done well) is favo... ...more
"More Than Friends" by Jody Holford. This is sweet contemporary romance that is, simply put, a feel good for the day treat. I adored both main characters, Owen and Gabby. They are a bit opposite, Owen being quite organized and Gabby a free spirit, both add to the likability of each and as a coupl... ...more
Pretending to be the fake girlfriend to your best friend, who you are secretly in love with for days at Christmas when his family comes to visit, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a bit.
This is a sweet story of geeky Owen, (who I fell a little bit in love with) and sweet Gabby wh... ...more
This was a super cute read.
We have Owen and Gabby, neighbors that turned best friends. And because they are such great friends, Owen asks Gabby to be his pretend girlfriend, in order to trick his family.
I loved, loved Gabby. She was such a lovely and happy person, I truly wanted to b... ...more
This was such a sweet read! Jody shows us what every SINGLE person goes through during the holidays. Owen has finally decided that he wants a peaceful and quiet Christmas alone in his apartment. He told his family that he is spending time with the love of his life. But his family decides they wan... ...more
3.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
So I'm the kind of reader that loves to get absorbed into a book, and read in a pretty short time period. And thus this read kind of suffered for me... ...more
A sweet, friends-to-lovers (holiday) romance!
Owen and Gabby have been best friends for two years, since a few months after they both moved into Kendrick Place, when Owen got the apartment that Gabby, an amateur artist, coveted for its views, windows, and wood floors. When Owen comes up with the s... ...more
I love a good friends-to-lovers romance, and this one is definitely in the good category. Owen and Gabby have been friends and neighbours for a couple of years, they know each other better than anyone else, but while Owen sees Gabby as his best friend, Gabby secretly wishes for a little... ...more
I'm stealing this first part from a friend that typed this in a facebook message. ;)
Jody Holford is an author who knows how to write beautiful, heartfelt romance without describing every hip thrust or throaty moan. She doesn't need to add in raunchy sex scenes to relay the attraction and love tha... ...more