A Guide To Just Being Friends by Sophie Sullivan
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: Jan 17, 2023
Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.
Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.
When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike up a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.
What could possibly go wrong?
The life that Hailey had in NY wasn’t making her happy so she has recently moved to town and is focused on the friendships she has made and making her salad business a success. After her last relationship she isn’t looking for love so when Wes suggests a friendship after their less than ideal first meeting she agrees.
Wes has seen and experienced the negative side of love and knows what he doesn’t want. The friendship he forges with Hailey is exactly what he needs especially since she isn’t who he would expect to be his life partner until he starts to wonder if she is exactly who he has been looking for.
A heartwarming romance with a mix of turmoil and humor as Hailey and Wes realize where true happiness lies. Not only are they relatable characters but the secondary characters only make the story better.