Oct 14, 2015

Release Blitz & Review--- More Than A Friend by Amber Nation



Title: More Than A Friend
Series: A Cottage Grove Novel
Author: Amber Nation
Genre: Romantic Comedy Stand Alone
Release Date: October 13, 2015





Bentley Jenkins has lived in his older brother, Baylor’s shadow since the day he was born. Never feeling like he could live up to the high standards that was expected of him, he set out to make his own name for himself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a well-respected one.

Playboy, smooth talker, ladies man; these were just a few of the names that he was directly associated with. He took pride in the fact that he never had to seduce a woman to get her to fall at his feet. Normally, a look, a wink, and a flash of his sexy grin was all it took. 

Any woman would jump at the chance to be with him, so much that he’s never heard the word, no.

Until her.

Until the woman who claimed to be infatuated with him for years.
Until the woman he now couldn’t seem to get out of his head no matter how hard he tried…

Placed him in the Friend Zone.

Miriam Armstrong changed his entire perspective on women and for the first time in his life, he found himself wanting to settle down, to be a one woman man. But first, he needed to prove to Miri that the chemistry between them was worth being pursued, and that he wanted to be…More Than a Friend.


Other titles in the Cottage Grove Series include:

More Than A Memory
More Than A Fling

The third and final installment in the Cottage Grove Series. More Than A Friend can be read as a complete standalone with a HEA.


















Making my way into the kitchen I saw Eden leaning against the bar boring holes into her phone. “Baylor miss a check-in?” I teased her as I placed a brief kiss on her temple as a greeting. Something I began doing just to rile Baylor up. It was always amusing to see his eyes flare with jealousy.

That guy was fucking pussy whipped.

“No, I just got off the phone with Julia. She said that she wasn’t feeling well. I’m just worried about her, she has no one in Nashville since I moved away.”

Julia is Eden’s partner-in-crime and her right-hand woman. Jules had a snarkiness to her that I would’ve been completely balls deep in if it wasn’t for the fact that she was trying to cover up her blatant attraction to Baylor’s best friend, Dean. I may have been called a lot of things in my life and I wasn’t exactly high on Dean’s list, but I’m not, nor will I ever be a cock blocker.

“Eden, you know you’re worrying will all be in vain. You’re a newlywed, let loose a little. You worry way too much.” I perched onto one of the barstools across from Eden and leaned onto my forearms.

“I take it that I’m actually early for once since my punctual older brother isn’t here?” It wasn’t all too often that I didn’t get scolded for being the tiniest bit late.

“Bentley…You are far too hard on Baylor and not to mention yourself.”

This is what always happens when I’m around family. Maybe this was the way most families were, but I was a bit tired of the same old song and dance, constantly trying to stick up for myself. I leaned back in my seat, “No, Baylor is too hard on me. I’ve done well with the business for the past six months, he needs to cut me some slack and quit breathing down my neck.”

Eden released a long sigh, “He’s just stressed.”

“And again that all falls on me, right? Make a few mistakes in your life and you’re forever making up for it.” My voice was now to the point of rising. I noticed her grimace and then frown making me feel even guiltier. The weight was just continuing to stack on my shoulders.

Even the strongest of mountains crumbled when pushed too far.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t come here to argue.” It seemed it was always me left apologizing.

Same shit, different day.

“Moving on. You brought up the topic of being a newlywed…” My heart immediately sank in my chest. I didn’t need Eden on my ass about settling down too. I liked my sister-in-law, but there was only so much pressure I could withstand. I didn’t want to have to take her out.

Mob style. The messier, the better.

“Have you used your groomsman gift?”

I gave her a sideways glance as I rubbed the back of my neck and tried to suppress my chuckle. She completely caught me off-guard. In all honesty, I had forgotten about the present. I originally thought it was a stupid gift, but then an idea suddenly hit me…

I was back to leaning forward on the countertop, and I looked her dead in the eye, no sign of amusement in my voice, “Do they give happy endings at this place?”

“Bentley!” She gasped as she quickly retrieved a dishtowel and snapped it against the bare skin of my forearm. She really shouldn’t be appalled, this was me we were talking about.

“What?!” I rubbed my arm with the slightest bit of pressure trying to get the sting of the cloth material to subside. “It’s a legitimate question. I’m going for a massage, it’s for relaxation, sometimes they may help relieve tension in other areas. You know, go the extra mile in the name of great customer service.” I ended with waggling my eyebrows, which just earned me a childish eye roll.

Rude much…

“This isn’t a shady place, Bentley. Maybe for that particular service you’d need to find a whorehouse.”

“You kiss my brother with that mouth?” I couldn’t believe that I actually heard her correctly. Suggesting a whorehouse. As if I needed to go to that much trouble to find a woman.

Pfft.

She smirked, “I relieve your brother’s tension with this mouth,” and countered with a bright flash of her pearly whites.

I stood from my chair, a shell-shocked expression plastered on my face. Covering my hands over my ears, I yelled, “AH! Abort! I can’t unhear that shit! I’ll talk to you later.” I decided I would take my chances getting choked out by my preteen niece than deal with this shit.

























"I came to the conclusion that there may not be much to me now, but one day I would be worthy enough for Bentley Jenkins."

Oh. My. Gee!!!

This book could not be more perfectly done! I had been *patiently* waiting for Bentley's story. I knew he was going to have a great one! But what I didn't expect was to completely fall in love with Miri!!

She was so relatable to me! She was the awkward outcast that seemed to fade into the crowd, but she slowly blossomed into this amazing woman-A woman that even Bentley couldn't ignore. Even if they were only supposed to be "Just friends".

"What I did know was that I always got what I wanted and I wanted Miri Armstrong in my bed something fierce. I would show her just friends."

I'm a huge supporter of "friends to lovers" stories, but this one is somewhat different. It's almost like it's combined with a second chance love story. These two characters met by chance ten years prior and Miri fell completely in love at first sight. Fast forward to present day, and the feelings intensified...for both of them!

I can honestly say that as I was reading this book I couldn't help but to have major FEELS!! Oh, the feels! Those mostly came from Bentley because there is nothing like reading about a man who is so against falling in love doing just that...falling in love.

"I can without a doubt call her my best friend and there is nothing I wouldn't do for her. All she has to do is say the word."

Not only was it great to finally read Bentley and Miri's story, but I enjoyed catching up with the other characters from the series, as well.  These books are some of my favories!

Thank you, Amber!! Miri and Bentley's story wowed me! I loved every moment...and I might have teared up a time or two...ok, fine more that two! I couldn't help it!! Bentley and his sweetness about killed me!!! :)

Wonderful ending to a great series!!!

"Sorry, not everyone is as perfect as you."
"I happen to think you're pretty perfect."
"Are you trying to get into my pants again?"
"No, Miri. I'm trying to get into your heart."

Freakin' SWOON!!!









Amber Nation is a stay-at-home mom and wife currently residing in Southern Indiana with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Amber writes Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Romance Comedy novels. She loves hoarding paperback books, shopping, concerts, road trips, and watching her daughters sport it up on the field or in the court. Her personal motto is to always believe in yourself and above all else, be you! 




































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