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Peek Inside More Than Friends

Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, and tells a little white lie to keep it that way. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, he pulls the best friend card to ask Gabby to play his fake girlfriend. Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his "fake" girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. Their chemistry might be obvious, but putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take

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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
Book three: Hate to Love Him


"More Than Friends is an absolutely heartwarming, easy and entertaining romance." - Tome Tender
"More Than Friends is a delightful read with lovable characters. That has us cheering for a Happily Ever After, while the narrative of the storyline is entertaining and witty." - Shelley B., Reviewer
"Totally adorable and christmassy friends-to-lovers story. [...]. Great for a cozy night on the couch with hot cocoa." - HEA Novel Thoughts
"the connection between geeky (*swoon* I love a geek!) Owen and artsy Gabby simple and genuine. I found myself deeply invested in this couple, and enjoyed seeing the development of their friendship into a blissful, feel good romance. It was steady, believable and most definitely adorable." - Give Me Books
"The story is not the predictable friend-to-lover cookie-cutter narrative; it takes a bit different approach, making it a refreshing and fun read. The author's writing style pulled me in right away, and there was never a dull moment throughout." - Always Write

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758049
Series: Kendrick Place, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 5, 2016
Page Count: 216
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: friends to lovers, opposites attract

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By Jessica's May 24, 2017

3.5 Pretend real love Stars

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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

By Beth November 28, 2016

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 fami ...more

By Irene December 06, 2016

3.5 stars

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 the f ...more

By Danielle's October 22, 2017

More than friends is the second book I've read by Jody Holford, and I really enjoyed this one. It was funny and sweet. Gabby and Owen are great characters. The storyline had me giggling all the way through.

Gabby has always had more than platonic feelings for Owen but, has never told him. They are gr ...more

By KAS November 15, 2016

An absolute sweet and romantic little gem of Christmas cheer!

I can totally see the Hallmark Channel making this one into a movie.

Owen is "Scrooge" when Christmas comes rolling around, but Gabby loves every aspect of it. They live in the same building and are the best of friends, like brother and sis ...more

By Milka December 04, 2016

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 might ...more

By Tanya from Get Your Book On November 21, 2016

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 that h ...more

By Amanda May 11, 2017

“He didn’t like change and she’d never known anything but. She’d learned to face demons and move forward. There were some things in life you couldn’t plan, couldn’t predict or prepare for. Gabby had used the pain of that lesson to fuel her art and her life. Because she know it only took one secon

By Suze December 20, 2016

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 he's ...more

By Book Lover October 28, 2016

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 Owen, ...more

By Alison January 01, 2017

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 need ...more

By Carolyn's October 21, 2016

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 take w ...more

By Angie Elle February 04, 2017

3.5 stars. Review to come. ...more

By Deborah November 15, 2017

More Than Friends is a sweet, easy going Christmas romance.  Gabby and Owen are best friends.  When Owen's mother presses him about coming home for Christmas, he begs off saying he can not leave the love of his life alone at Christmas. Only there is no love of his life, as Owen isn't even dating any ...more

By Sarah June 29, 2017

Such a lovely, sweet romance to cozy up with. I read this book in just over a day because it was so difficult to put it down. ...more

By Elizabeth December 12, 2016

Owen knows his best friend, Gabriella (Gabby), very well, which means when he needs a favor, he has a back up plan just in 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 hu ...more

By Angel December 07, 2016

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 pie ...more

By Lucia December 03, 2016

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 that ...more

By Book Gannet December 02, 2016

3.5 stars.

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 bi ...more

By Beth November 24, 2016

“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 favorit ...more

By Cara Ross November 30, 2016

When Owen Burnett asked his best friend Gabby Michaelson to resend to be his girlfriend, to fool his family over Christmas, he didn't think too much past getting Gabby to actually agree to this mad cap scheme. All he wanted was to survive this holiday season, in a quiet manner, which is exactly the ...more

By Reviews from the Heart December 04, 2016

More Than Friends is a perfectly sweet and light hearted read for the holiday season.

You know that warm and cozy feeling you get from watching those Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel? That is exactly the kind of feeling that More Than Friends delivers. This was a clean sweet romance that sta ...more

By Caro December 05, 2016

3.5-4 stars.

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 be h ...more

By Paula December 06, 2016

Jody Holford is another new author for me. I found More Than Friends to be a great introduction to her style of writing. It seems to be the first in a series since there is much background information given concerning other people who were not one of the two main characters. I felt that the stage wa ...more

By Cathy December 07, 2016

"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 couple. ...more

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Jody Holford

About the author

Jody Holford

Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.

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