Monday, February 6, 2023

#MacmillanAudio Review of A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan


Today I'm reviewing the #Macmillan Audio edition of A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan, narrated by Stephanie Willing and Timothy Andres Pabon.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 01-17-2023
Length: 9 hours/ 54 minutes
Jansen Brothers #3
Source: Publisher for Review
Buy It: Audible/ Chirpbooks



Most Anticipated Romance by Goodreads, Buzzfeed, PopSugar, and more!

When Harry Met Sally meets 500 Days of Summer in A Guide to Being Just Friends, a playful and emotional romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It.

"Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” ―Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk

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?

"A joyful, swoony romance full of heart and humor!" ―Sarah Adams, author of The Cheat Sheet

Listen to a sample:

My Macmillan Audio Review:

A Guide to Being Just Friends
Jansen Brothers #3
Sophie Sullivan



Sophie Sullivan’s third in her Jansen brothers trilogy is a hoot, a laugh-out loud one minute emotionally draining the next minute rom-com that will keep listeners interest from page one until the very last word. Not only does the audience get catch-ups on the two younger sibs Noah and Chris and their love interests but get Wes and Hailey’s journey to find their own HEAs. Wes is an enigma, he’s so smart but is too cerebral to understand emotions. Hailey on the other hand wears her heart on her sleeve and even though she’s lost at love before has the courage to at least acknowledge the chance that love may make another appearance. It’s a sweet storyline with a flowing narrative, great California settings and wonderful costarring characters. If you like rom-coms the writing of Kristan Higgins or Susan Elizabeth Phillips you will love this fantastic novel.

The voices of Stephanie Willing and Timothy Andres Pabon were great choices for Wes and Hailey and all the other characters too. They did an exceptional job of executing Wes’s cluelessness and Hailey’s unsinkable attitude giving listeners an advantage over readers.


After a disastrous breakup Hailey Sharp needed to get out of LA and make a new start and thought what better place than where her beloved cousin Piper lives in San Verde CA and courageously follows her dream of opening her own salad shop. Her vow of no men is easy to follow since she’s busy making new friends and earning customers. That is until she meets a Hollywood gorgeous numbers guy who turns her head, but who is luckily on the same page as her and decide that being just friends is the way to go. She’ll just have to ignore the way he makes her blood heat up.

Wes is the oldest of the three Jansen brothers and spent his early years protecting his brothers from the toxicity of their parent’s marriage and subsequent divorce. Now the three brothers are all grown up, have a successful investment company and the two younger brothers Noah and Chris are in love. Now Wes doesn’t believe in Happy Ever After but does wish he had some female companionship but after his disastrous dating app failure deicides to call it quits. Then he meets a spunky, beautiful, cake loving, salad shop owner that makes his heart beat faster and decides being besties is the way to have his cake and eat it too. What could go wrong?



“Sullivan writes love stories of characters who feel like friends―this wonderfully sweet romance is no exception. This is the perfect friends-to-lovers story, instantly relatable and completely charming.” - Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft

"Sullivan charms...a fun, breezy romp." - Publishers Weekly

"Sullivan creates warm and likable leads...A fun, enjoyably light read for fans of the friends-to-lovers trope." - Kirkus

"A cute AF rom-com...playful and surprisingly emotional." - E! News

"A grumpy/sunshine, friends to lovers romance with all the warm and fuzzies of a journey of two friends bringing out the best in each other―this book was simply delightful." - Natasha is a Book Junkie

About the Author:
SOPHIE SULLIVAN (she/her) is a Canadian author as well as a cookie-eating, Diet Pepsi-drinking, Disney enthusiast who loves reading and writing romance in almost equal measure. She writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. She has written Ten Rules for Faking it and How to Love Your Neighbor, and hashad plenty of practice writing happily ever after as her alter ego, Jody Holford.