Just a Boyfriend (End of the Line #2)
The rules of love and second chances are due for a major-league shake-up in a warm, witty, and unpredictable romance by the bestselling author of The Friend Zone. Ian “Bash” Sebastian and Ember Carlson were high school sweethearts…until their single parents got married. With one thorny twist of fate, a secret young crush went from on fire to off-limits. What could a new stepbrother do but bail? Now, after almost four years, Bash has returned to Seattle, and he’s back in Ember’s orbit at End of the Line. EOL is the go-to college for second-chance scholarships. But what about love?Sure, the old hurts are there. So is the attraction—and it’s more magnetic than ever. Still, they’re adults now, levelheaded and just fine with the friend thing. If only to make family dinners less awkward. But when they agree to start dating other people, moving on threatens to bring them closer together than ever.Is it time to admit their past to their parents? Even trickier, their hope for the future? Because Ember and Bash deserve a love story of their own. With all their defenses down, can they make it a happy ever after?

Just a Boyfriend (End of the Line #2) Details

TitleJust a Boyfriend (End of the Line #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreRomance, Sports, Contemporary, Academic, College

Just a Boyfriend (End of the Line #2) Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars Just a Boyfriendis the second book in Sariah Wilson's NA series 'End of the Line'. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to get to this one. I didn't love it quite as much as the first, but it was still really enjoyable read.Ember and Bash fell in love in high school and were getting ready to go to prom together. That is, until their parents had a whirl wind romance and married only months after meeting. Neither parent knew Bash and Ember were dating, and Bash 4 stars Just a Boyfriendis the second book in Sariah Wilson's NA series 'End of the Line'. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to get to this one. I didn't love it quite as much as the first, but it was still really enjoyable read.Ember and Bash fell in love in high school and were getting ready to go to prom together. That is, until their parents had a whirl wind romance and married only months after meeting. Neither parent knew Bash and Ember were dating, and Bash thought it would be easier to leave. Now, after years apart, they're at the same college. Ember and Bash are totally off limits, but they have so much chemistry and truly care for one another. It's quite the conundrum. They struggle with their feelings, that won't go away even though both of them know being together would be complicated. This is not your typical step brother romance. It's a sweet, easy read that I would call a clean romance, much like the first. I liked Bash and Ember both and I'm hoping there are more books in this series to come.
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  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    You’re like an addiction to me. Only it’s not just physical, it’s in my soul. On my heart. I want you constantly. I want you in my bed, in my life, all the time. It feels like there’s never a point in time where I don’t think about you. Want to kiss you. Hold you. Wake up next to you. I want to tell you every stupid thing that happens in my day. When something makes me laugh, the first thing I think is “I can’t wait to tell Ember.” That was actually the cutest moment ever.Story This was a You’re like an addiction to me. Only it’s not just physical, it’s in my soul. On my heart. I want you constantly. I want you in my bed, in my life, all the time. It feels like there’s never a point in time where I don’t think about you. Want to kiss you. Hold you. Wake up next to you. I want to tell you every stupid thing that happens in my day. When something makes me laugh, the first thing I think is “I can’t wait to tell Ember.” That was actually the cutest moment ever.Story 🌟🌟🌟This was a really dramatic love story with a lot of misunderstandings, crazy things happening and teenage angst. It was like boy loves girl and girl loves boy but both think that the other doesn’t want them so they act totally crazy. I enjoyed the story in the beginning but the more unrealistic things happened the more it became boring. I thought it would get better but in the end it was too cute and too perfect for my own liking. Character 🌟🌟🌟Ember was a strong, loyal girl with talents in Sports and the biggest love for her family. Bash was literally the same person but as a male. I liked them, but in the end I wasn’t 100% into the story and lost interest into the future of the characters, which was super sad, because the story had a nice premise. But in the end the characters seemed too perfect, their action too weird and unrealistic. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟Like I said I liked the story in the beginning. It was so cute and there was a lot of teenage angst in it. But then there were so many unrealistic things happening, like jumping out of a plane, joining a dancing competition, being trapped in a snow storm in a perfect cabin. Like after a while it felt too much. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟The writing was entertaining and fast paced and was written in two POVs- Bash and Embers. We get to see all the emotions, all things happening in two points of views which I really liked. All in all it was a good book, but nothing special.
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  • Ambriehl Khalil
    January 1, 1970
    [3/5 Stars] I really really wanted to like this more than the first one because the first one bored me half to death, but unfortunately this was basically the same. There’s nothing wrong with it, like the plot is fine, the characters were fine. Everything was fine. It was just so boring for me. Nothing had me hooked, everything felt kinda flat and I didn’t care much about it. Decent but not incredible or memorable, ya know? ⭐️ [3/5 Stars] ⭐️I really really wanted to like this more than the first one because the first one bored me half to death, but unfortunately this was basically the same. There’s nothing wrong with it, like the plot is fine, the characters were fine. Everything was fine. It was just so boring for me. Nothing had me hooked, everything felt kinda flat and I didn’t care much about it. Decent but not incredible or memorable, ya know?
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  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I jumped at the chance to read this when I saw it up on Netgalley. Ms. Wilson is a favorite author of mine, the kind of author where I drop everything when she has a new book out! Once again, I was sucked into her world and couldn't put it down. Bash and Ember have a unique relationship and unique obstacles keeping them apart. Since this doesn't release for a couple more months I'll keep my review short for now, but you'll want to mark your calendars for January 7, 2020!Content: Pretty clean, I jumped at the chance to read this when I saw it up on Netgalley. Ms. Wilson is a favorite author of mine, the kind of author where I drop everything when she has a new book out! Once again, I was sucked into her world and couldn't put it down. Bash and Ember have a unique relationship and unique obstacles keeping them apart. Since this doesn't release for a couple more months I'll keep my review short for now, but you'll want to mark your calendars for January 7, 2020!Content: Pretty clean, mild innuendo and some steamy kissing scenes. No language (that I remember) and no violence. Some talk of drug addiction.Rating: PG13-Yellow
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    It's always a happy day with a happy dance when I get to read a new Sariah Wilson book! And that's what this book made me- happy, happy, happy. It was flirty and fun but not without it's more serious issues. The characters do struggle a bit with outside issues and they also struggle between themselves but it never became greater or more oppressive than the love and attractions swirling around them from the very beginning. Have I ever mentioned how much I love swirling love and attractions? Yum. It's always a happy day with a happy dance when I get to read a new Sariah Wilson book! And that's what this book made me- happy, happy, happy. It was flirty and fun but not without it's more serious issues. The characters do struggle a bit with outside issues and they also struggle between themselves but it never became greater or more oppressive than the love and attractions swirling around them from the very beginning. Have I ever mentioned how much I love swirling love and attractions? Yum. Sariah Wilson does this sort of thing very well.I first met Bash in the previous book in this series. I knew he was going to be a fun character to delve into. Ember and Bash have a very interesting relationship and history. It makes for some equally awkward and heart warming situations. I really enjoyed reading this one- it was just what I needed. I smiled and I swooned. See? Happy.This is the second book in this series but can stand alone. You might be happier if you read the first book (The Friend Zone) though. The characters from that book do appear in this book. Content: kissing, making out. Some light innuendo.- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    It’s always a good day when a new Sariah Wilson book comes out. I absolutely love her writing style, her intense (yet still clean) romances, the depth she puts into her characterization, and the fun comedic relief that many of her characters contribute to the story (so many times I caught myself literally laughing out loud). This book was no different and kept me reading way late into the night. I loved Ember and Bash as protagonists. They both had some really great qualities in them- loyalty, It’s always a good day when a new Sariah Wilson book comes out. I absolutely love her writing style, her intense (yet still clean) romances, the depth she puts into her characterization, and the fun comedic relief that many of her characters contribute to the story (so many times I caught myself literally laughing out loud). This book was no different and kept me reading way late into the night. I loved Ember and Bash as protagonists. They both had some really great qualities in them- loyalty, protectiveness, lovers of food, outgoing, to name a few- that made them both likable and relatable. Their story was unique and had so much romantic tension throughout it. I loved that both Ember and Bash had things about themselves to work on- neither of them were perfect. There were lots of supporting characters and situations that also added depth to the story. Each chapter began with either Ember or Bash’s perspective, written in first person, which I loved. It helped you to really get inside each of their heads and understand them as characters and what they were dealing with. There was a really good balance to their voices too, not too much of one or the other’s perspective. This book is second in the “End Of the Line” (EOL) series, and although I definitely recommend reading them in order you don’t have to. I think you enjoy this book a lot more after reading the first. I loved seeing previous characters from the first book in this one, and some side characters as well. I hope there are more to come!** I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    It’s always a good day when a new Sariah Wilson book comes out. I absolutely love her writing style, her intense (yet still clean) romances, the depth she puts into her characterization, and the fun comedic relief that many of her characters contribute to the story (so many times I caught myself literally laughing out loud). This book was no different and kept me reading way late into the night. I loved Ember and Bash as protagonists. They both had some really great qualities in them- loyalty, It’s always a good day when a new Sariah Wilson book comes out. I absolutely love her writing style, her intense (yet still clean) romances, the depth she puts into her characterization, and the fun comedic relief that many of her characters contribute to the story (so many times I caught myself literally laughing out loud). This book was no different and kept me reading way late into the night. I loved Ember and Bash as protagonists. They both had some really great qualities in them- loyalty, protectiveness, lovers of food, outgoing, to name a few- that made them both likable and relatable. Their story was unique and had so much romantic tension throughout it. I loved that both Ember and Bash had things about themselves to work on- neither of them were perfect. There were lots of supporting characters and situations that also added depth to the story. Each chapter began with either Ember or Bash’s perspective, written in first person, which I loved. It helped you to really get inside each of their heads and understand them as characters and what they were dealing with. There was a really good balance to their voices too, not too much of one or the other’s perspective. This book is second in the “End Of the Line” (EOL) series, and although I definitely recommend reading them in order you don’t have to. I think you enjoy this book a lot more after reading the first. I loved seeing previous characters from the first book in this one, and some side characters as well. I hope there are more to come!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Well this one was interesting. I have loved her new series and this one was fun to read but not a favorite of mine in this new group of books. The Struck series were all like eating chocolate cake for me and the last one of this series was great. We get a peek at how that couple is doing in this book because Bash and he are roommates. Bash and Ember have some serious chemistry. From the first pages they emitted heat from my kindle. I was wondering where the love was but it does show up and I was Well this one was interesting. I have loved her new series and this one was fun to read but not a favorite of mine in this new group of books. The Struck series were all like eating chocolate cake for me and the last one of this series was great. We get a peek at how that couple is doing in this book because Bash and he are roommates. Bash and Ember have some serious chemistry. From the first pages they emitted heat from my kindle. I was wondering where the love was but it does show up and I was relived. This ended up being a deeper book then I thought it would be, it just took a while to get there. This was a pretty immature book for me. Lots of sarcasm, pettiness, not talking about the giant, huge elephant that is on fire in the room. This also had more making out, more talk of making out, more kissing scenes and more immature talk then any of her other books I have read. They are pretty open about the fact that they want to have sex with each other but unlike the other books there reason is trying to take time and move slow. So it was a much more in the world kind of book from a author who keeps it chaste and has a pattern of writing books with awesome chemistry. Just so you know that going in. I enjoyed it and found myself fanning myself in a couple places, but it was all kept pg13:} Actually they show a lot more in pg13 movies now then what was described in this book. A fun one but I like my characters a little more on the mature side so that is just my preference and not a bash on the book or the writing.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    This one was so good!What an impossible situation for Bash and Ember, to be dating already and then their parents (her mom, his dad) get married to each other. The family dynamics change and expectations change as well.Thinking he's doing the best for everyone involved, Bash leaves. It's now been 5 (or 6) years and Bash and Ember as back in each other's lives. They try to go on with just a friendship, but they soon find out they can't.I didn't think it was fair of Bash's father to ask what he This one was so good!What an impossible situation for Bash and Ember, to be dating already and then their parents (her mom, his dad) get married to each other. The family dynamics change and expectations change as well.Thinking he's doing the best for everyone involved, Bash leaves. It's now been 5 (or 6) years and Bash and Ember as back in each other's lives. They try to go on with just a friendship, but they soon find out they can't.I didn't think it was fair of Bash's father to ask what he did, but he didn't have all the information as well. I liked the secondary characters who made up a well-rounded cast and made the story have more depth. I'm excited for the next story about Ford and Keilani. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 50%.Bash and Ember were passionately in love, until their single parents also fell in love and got married. Now four years later they have done everything in their power to stay far far away from each other until circumstances conspire to bring Bash back to Seattle and EOL college with Ember.There's angst up the wazoo, step-sibling love, mother with cancer, other mother with drug addiction issues, Bash getting kicked off the football squad for recreational drug use, depression, and more. DNF at 50%.Bash and Ember were passionately in love, until their single parents also fell in love and got married. Now four years later they have done everything in their power to stay far far away from each other until circumstances conspire to bring Bash back to Seattle and EOL college with Ember.There's angst up the wazoo, step-sibling love, mother with cancer, other mother with drug addiction issues, Bash getting kicked off the football squad for recreational drug use, depression, and more.And yet ... it just didn't grab hold of me, I didn't feel anything for Bash or Ember (and stupid names!), their love felt vaguely icky and at half-way through the book I didn't care to continue.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy reading Sariah Wilson. Its a nice departure to have a good, clean romance. Bash and Ember wound up in quite a predicament. I kind of got why they did not disclose their past, but at the same time, it would have alleviated some drama. Also, I felt like Bash was missing that spark of humor he had in Logan and Jesse's book. He was my favorite part and this felt like a different character. All in all thought, a nice read.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Just a Boyfriend is part second chance romance, part step sibling love, and a dash of college athlete lust! I loved book 1 in the series, The Friend Zone, so I was super excited for Bash's story.Bash and Ember had a sweet high school romance that was spoiled by her mother falling in love with Bash's father and running off to elope. Their shot at romance dies and Bash moves to PA to get away from the torture of having to live in the same house with the girl he loves. Fast forward a few years Just a Boyfriend is part second chance romance, part step sibling love, and a dash of college athlete lust! I loved book 1 in the series, The Friend Zone, so I was super excited for Bash's story.Bash and Ember had a sweet high school romance that was spoiled by her mother falling in love with Bash's father and running off to elope. Their shot at romance dies and Bash moves to PA to get away from the torture of having to live in the same house with the girl he loves. Fast forward a few years and now Bash is back and enrolling at Ember's college. They can't avoid each other any longer but they are determined to hide their feelings and just be friends.Bash is a great guy. He is not the typical whorish jock and he cares a great deal about being the best football player he can be. Ember's teenage heart was broken when Bash literally RAN from her and she tries to put up a brave face and pretend she is over it. These two have tremendous sexual tension. Everyone around them feels it, but they just won't talk to each other and clear everything up. Both of them feel (and I get why) that the circumstances haven't changed regarding why they can't be together. I just wanted to force them both to open up though because it was making me crazy!Just a Boyfriend was another delightful college romance from Sariah Wilson. I love the characters she creates! If you like the building of sexual tension, the slightly taboo vibe, and college kids being college kids, then Just a Boyfriend is marvelous!    POV: dual 1st   Tears: no   Trope: second chance, step siblings   Triggers: none   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] All Played Out by Cora Carmack, The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan, Jockblocked by Jen Frederick...then you will probably like Just a Boyfriend!  Just a Boyfriend See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up.When I saw this latest book by Sariah Wilson was available on NetGalley I immediately requested to read it, as I loved the previous book in this series. If you read The Friend Zone you may remember Logan's roommate Bash. Well this is his story. Bash and Ember have so much chemistry, even when they're trying to avoid to being around each other people think they're a couple. One way Bash and Ember try to deal with not dating each other is to find dates for each other, then go 4.5 stars rounded up.When I saw this latest book by Sariah Wilson was available on NetGalley I immediately requested to read it, as I loved the previous book in this series. If you read The Friend Zone you may remember Logan's roommate Bash. Well this is his story. Bash and Ember have so much chemistry, even when they're trying to avoid to being around each other people think they're a couple. One way Bash and Ember try to deal with not dating each other is to find dates for each other, then go a double date together. I don't know why they thought that was a good idea, but the experiment was a giant crash and burn with their respective dates hitting it off and becoming a couple, which lead to a hilarious idea from Bash "Maybe we can hire ourselves out as reverse matchmakers. Can't find Love? Come on a double date with us and find the man of your dreams? Hint, it won't be me."The hurts and doubts caused when Bash left home to live with his grandparents are still there and need to be dealt with. It's one of several discussions Ember and Bash would probably rather not have, but can't avoid if they want to be together. Bash didn't hurt Ember on purpose, he was only 16 or 17 at the time and thought he was doing the right thing. I had a feeling Bash and Ember's parents and siblings would find out about their relationship before they had a chance to tell them. In a weird way it was a good thing because it forced Ember to talk with her mother. Speaking of Ember and her mother--Ember was definitely a mom pleaser, but there's no way I would've gone skydiving just because it was on my mom's bucket-list. The talk Ember and her mother had after her family discovered she and Bash were dating was much needed, and Ember and her mom's relationship will be more balanced in the future.I loved Ember and Bash. They were so alike--both played sports and loved food, and had a great sense of humor. I liked that we got to see Logan and Jess in this book and they had great advice for Bash and Ember. I love the humor the author puts in her books and I had several laugh a loud moments while reading this one.Thanks to Montlake Romance and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Victoria Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    **NOT SUITABLE FOR VEGANS**(This book should come with this warning imho)I'm pretty sure I gave the first book in this series five stars. It was such a great read, not what I'd usually pick up, but I got majorly hooked! I actually pre-ordered this second book right after as I loved the first one so much!And this book certainly had potential and I was really enjoying it... until Woodsey the vegetarian shows up and our protagonists start giving him a huge amount of sh** for it. Like majorly, not **NOT SUITABLE FOR VEGANS**(This book should come with this warning imho)I'm pretty sure I gave the first book in this series five stars. It was such a great read, not what I'd usually pick up, but I got majorly hooked! I actually pre-ordered this second book right after as I loved the first one so much!And this book certainly had potential and I was really enjoying it... until Woodsey the vegetarian shows up and our protagonists start giving him a huge amount of sh** for it. Like majorly, not just a bit of friendly banter, it's full on anti-vegetarian sentiment in this book. There are comments about an annoying ex-boyfriend who was vegan and then the two main characters basically eat a rack of ribs in front of this veggie guy just to annoy him.It was kind of like if you invited a Hindu over for dinner, and he was a little bit annoying, so you waved your steak in his face. I mean, that's not cool, OK?I thought maybe I could get past it. Maybe I could forgive them for their appalling behaviour at dinner and just move on. But the next night they mention Woodsey's views on not eating meat to save the planet and they joke that they don't want a planet if they can't eat meat.That's where I stopped reading.As an ethical vegan I totally get that most books are full of descriptions of people eating meat. I have come to accept this is just life in the literary (and regular!) world. I mean, I see people eat meat all the time, so when it happens in a book, whatever. I wrote my first novel before I was vegan, it's full of bacon references. But no one acts like a jerk about it.Here in the UK veganism now qualifies as a philosophical belief protected under UK law. We are a real group of people with real values and honestly, we get a lot of sh** in our daily lives from all directions, so it would be nice to just read a book in bed at night without dealing with it too. :/ I certainly don't want to censor anyone, and characters act how they act, but as a vegan reader, I honestly just found this so offensive.We talk a lot about cultural, religious, sexual identity/orientation sensitivity and inclusion in our writing, and we go out of our way to make sure we are not offending anyone in those areas, but when it comes to making fun of vegetarians and vegans it's like open season.I wished Woodsey would have sat the gang down and made them watch the Game Changers and see how eating plant based is actually having incredibly positive effects on athletes including the Miami Dolphins! Maybe this happens later in the book, or maybe something happens and they see the error of their ways and all go out for a nice salad with Woodsey and respect his choices in the end and everyone has learned something. If you read this book and this is the case, please comment on this review and I shall amend!But either way, it was too late for me. :/I wanted to love this, I reaaaaally wanted to! And I probably would have if it wasn't for that.
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  • P
    January 1, 1970
    2.5Kind of disappointed in this one, I liked the actual story but cannot stand that the author went the “safe” route instead of giving us information about her characters. The background in a “second chance” romance is really important to show how sincere the characters are about each other. The characters he hawed so much about whether they had been with anyone else during the break. It kind of became and obsession for me and frustrated from the plot. The heroine was obviously a virgin in High 2.5Kind of disappointed in this one, I liked the actual story but cannot stand that the author went the “safe” route instead of giving us information about her characters. The background in a “second chance” romance is really important to show how sincere the characters are about each other. The characters he hawed so much about whether they had been with anyone else during the break. It kind of became and obsession for me and frustrated from the plot. The heroine was obviously a virgin in High school, she specified that he was the first guy she did anything with. But in college all we get is that she had “dated” during the split. When she and the hero get together she is very determined to take it slow, so the implication is that she would have been that way before? He makes random comments about girls etc, but then makes other references like it has been forever since he asked a girl out. When they get together and she calls him her “boyfriend” he says “I’ve been your boyfriend since the first time I talked to you” I may have the wording a little off but that’s basically what he is saying. So I try to make that jump and wonder “ok so that would mean he hadn’t been with anyone else, right?”. With their huge love story and his reason for leaving, you would think something would be mentioned when they start to get intimate? But no not even a hint like “it’s been so long”. they are bothering still so young and it’s only been 3 years. It seems weird that they would jump into bed with someone else. Anyway the long story short is that I am disappointed in the author. My impression is that being a “clean” romance she didn’t want seem to squeaky clean and specific that they are celibate or possibly virgins. That sucks for the rest of us that enjoy reading her books because the characters aren’t the type to slut it up while implying the are madly in love. You can’t please everyone, stick up for your characters. Don’t write a story and leave out important backstory/information to try to please people that probably won’t like your book anyway. I am an avid reader. I will read almost anything and can respect a book for what it is inside of the genre. But when I read inside a certain genre, I can’t stand when this kind of things happen. This could have been a MUCH better read, if I felt like I actually knew and understood the characters. What a waste...
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    Deliciously Swoony!It truly takes talent to weave an unforgettable swoony romance filled with humor and mix it with an impossible family situation, that could be icky, but definitely isn't in this case, and this author has it. Bash and Ember have some very tricky hurdles to tackle, especially as they each realize that the sizzle and fire is still alive and well after several years apart, which makes it impossible to be friends, let alone stay apart any longer. I loved watching the characters Deliciously Swoony!It truly takes talent to weave an unforgettable swoony romance filled with humor and mix it with an impossible family situation, that could be icky, but definitely isn't in this case, and this author has it. Bash and Ember have some very tricky hurdles to tackle, especially as they each realize that the sizzle and fire is still alive and well after several years apart, which makes it impossible to be friends, let alone stay apart any longer. I loved watching the characters struggle through their growing attraction, while attempted to appease their families. A lot of growth occurs, mainly as both Bash and Ember recognize that they're both adults and can jump after their respective hopes and dreams.There were so many things that I loved about this book--from skydiving to math lessons to rekindling a fading ember--and getting caught! Sariah Wilson's books are amazing and entertaining, and I can always count on her to supply an amusing story, with lots of butterfly-inducing romance, that manages to stay on the clean side of the line. I can't wait for more of this deliciously swoony series!Content: mild+ romance (steamy clean, some innuendo)*I received a complimentary copy from Montake Publishing, through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    book 2 in the series. i have read book 1 ... i did win this in a giveaway ... great characters ... love the name Bash ... well written .. will hold your interest. check it out. i see another one in this series is coming soon.
  • Princess
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Another sweet book by Sariah! Ember and Bash were in love in high school. Their parents meet and also fall in love and get married. Bash leaves so his father can be happy with his new wife but he never gets over Ember. This is a story of two very hurt and damaged people working their way back to each other.
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  •  The Flipped Page (Susan K)
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean although PG-13 for some intense kissing and situations; Second in a series but stand alone read.Another fun romantic sports novel with a perfect romance for two step siblings. EOL, End of the Line brings back 'Bash' into his family home that includes step parent and siblings, including Ember, a high school crush who became off limits as a new step sibling 4 years prior. As these two both fight their feelings, disappointments, worries, and combustible attraction for each other and Romance, clean although PG-13 for some intense kissing and situations; Second in a series but stand alone read.Another fun romantic sports novel with a perfect romance for two step siblings. EOL, End of the Line brings back 'Bash' into his family home that includes step parent and siblings, including Ember, a high school crush who became off limits as a new step sibling 4 years prior. As these two both fight their feelings, disappointments, worries, and combustible attraction for each other and Bash trying to succeed in college and football, the story is told from alternating points of view. S.W. does a beautiful job creating tension, getting the feelings, wants, hurts, heartaches, and of course attraction from both points of view. Cute continuation of the EOL football team setting and revisiting one of the characters mentioned in the first book of this series. Another fun, clean romantic read from S.W.I received an ARC of the novel from the publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner! Once more, the author has created a wonderful young love romance. In this book, Ember and Bash are ripped apart suddenly when their parents elope and their budding romance becomes illicit. There is significant angst throughout the book as Ember and Bash struggle with their own issues as they try to fit into their new reality.Their romance is very sweet and full of promise, until it can't exist. As they struggle through this, clinical depression, drug abuse, and broken families Another winner! Once more, the author has created a wonderful young love romance. In this book, Ember and Bash are ripped apart suddenly when their parents elope and their budding romance becomes illicit. There is significant angst throughout the book as Ember and Bash struggle with their own issues as they try to fit into their new reality.Their romance is very sweet and full of promise, until it can't exist. As they struggle through this, clinical depression, drug abuse, and broken families play a significant role. While these are difficult issues, the author handles them with a gentle touch, respect, and compassion. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list and has, once more, delivered a compelling and clean romance with depth. Put this one at the top of your TBR list.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    The witty banter in Just a Boyfriend is a signature move of Ms. Wilson. In fact, it's one reason I continue to read her books. I love the rapid dialogue between the hero and heroine. And there are some great secondary characters that add to the humor.Plus, I was happy to see my faves from book 1 in the series.A great, quick romantic read.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Charissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun romance by Sariah Wilson. Bash (Ian Sebastian) returns to town and everyone is excited. Everyone except for Ember, his once-upon-a-time secret girlfriend in high school who thought Bash was her forever right up until she told him she loved him, their parents eloped and made her his step-sister, and he moved out of her life without reciprocating those words, never speaking to her or seeing her again for 3 long years. Now he’s at her same college, since he got kicked off the team of a Another fun romance by Sariah Wilson. Bash (Ian Sebastian) returns to town and everyone is excited. Everyone except for Ember, his once-upon-a-time secret girlfriend in high school who thought Bash was her forever right up until she told him she loved him, their parents eloped and made her his step-sister, and he moved out of her life without reciprocating those words, never speaking to her or seeing her again for 3 long years. Now he’s at her same college, since he got kicked off the team of a Division 1 school for failing his drug test. He’s on a last-chance team, trying to get his life together, but seeing Ember again throws all his plans to the wind. He’s never stopped loving her, but his dad asked him to leave her alone and he had no other choice but to remove himself from her life to keep his father and his new family happy. This story had lots of twisty-twists and deep-seeded demons to overcome, a forbidden romance that drives the heart crazy, and awesome characters. Super fun read.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Just a Boyfriend is Book 2 in the End of the Line series by Sariah Wilson. Characters from Book 1 do make small appearances throughout but it is not necessary to have read the first story in order to follow along here. Bash and Ember are dating in high school when they learn that their parents eloped. An unfair comment by Bash's father leads to their break up and he moves away. Fast forward a few years and they are now adults and attending the same college. They start to become reacquainted and Just a Boyfriend is Book 2 in the End of the Line series by Sariah Wilson. Characters from Book 1 do make small appearances throughout but it is not necessary to have read the first story in order to follow along here. Bash and Ember are dating in high school when they learn that their parents eloped. An unfair comment by Bash's father leads to their break up and he moves away. Fast forward a few years and they are now adults and attending the same college. They start to become reacquainted and the feelings they once had for another resurface. There was good chemistry between both characters and it was nice to see a storyline from Ms. Wilson that was a tad bit spicier, although certainly far from being too racey. The disappointing part of the story was their parents, especially Ember's mother, who seemed to like to railroad Ember. I felt that Ember and Bash should have firmly stood up for themselves earlier on in the story.
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in the End of the Line series, this book can be read independently, but why would your really want to miss The Friend Zone? There are a few cameo appearances from Logan and Jess. I especially love Jess and how she reams Bash about what he did wrong with Ember. I love seeing friends who have each other's backs!So, Ember and Bash were dating in high school, when their single parents met and eloped in a short number of weeks. All of a sudden they're step-brother and sister and The second book in the End of the Line series, this book can be read independently, but why would your really want to miss The Friend Zone? There are a few cameo appearances from Logan and Jess. I especially love Jess and how she reams Bash about what he did wrong with Ember. I love seeing friends who have each other's backs!So, Ember and Bash were dating in high school, when their single parents met and eloped in a short number of weeks. All of a sudden they're step-brother and sister and Bash's dad is warning him away. He moves out without explaining anything to Ember and they have little contact for four years. Flash forward four years, they're now at the same college in Seattle. Can their relationship move past misunderstandings, insecurities, and family dynamics?I loved Ember and Bash together. I was rooting for them all the way! The chemistry was almost too hot for me, but I knew I could trust Sariah Wilson not to cross that line. She also did a great job forging a emotional connection along with the strong physical one.I can't wait for more in this series!Content: steamy clean (lots of making out, innuendo, no language)
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  • April ♥
    January 1, 1970
    This is not a typical college romance. Bash and Ember were high school sweethearts ready to declare their love for each other. That is until Bash’s dad announces that he married Ember’s mom and they are all moving in together. Doing what he thinks is the “right thing” Bash leaves home to live with a relative and hopefully forget about his time with Ember. But things are never that easy and your first love is hard to forget.
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  • Rochelle
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5 starsFirst book that I have read from this author and I liked it. Bash and Ember fell in love when they were in high school until their parents met and eloped. They were a cute couple and believable. This is a low heat story so if that is what you like, then this will be the story for you. I like my stories with a little more heat to it but it was still a good read. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Samantha Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Ember and Bash's story is another great book in Sariah Wilson's new End of the Line sports romance series. The two's sweet high school romance comes to a screeching halt when their parents marry and Bash's dad tells him he needs to keep his distance from his new step sister. Bash does what he thinks is best and moves away, leaving Ember heart broken and feeling abandoned.As our story picks up at the beginning of the book, Bash comes crashing back into her life when he finds himself at her Ember and Bash's story is another great book in Sariah Wilson's new End of the Line sports romance series. The two's sweet high school romance comes to a screeching halt when their parents marry and Bash's dad tells him he needs to keep his distance from his new step sister. Bash does what he thinks is best and moves away, leaving Ember heart broken and feeling abandoned.As our story picks up at the beginning of the book, Bash comes crashing back into her life when he finds himself at her college as a last ditch effort to rescue his football career. Not only does he seem to be lurking around campus, but he's also at family dinners. How can the two survive in the same space and deal with the flames of attraction that are now blazing again? This book is definitely worth the read! You'll enjoy the chemistry between the main characters as they overcome their past and their obstacles to discover their love is meant to last the test of time.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that Just a Boyfriend was so much fun. I read The Friend Zone earlier this year and I really love Sariah's writing style.We follow Bash and Ember who fell in love in high school but stopped dating when their parents got married. Now they're both at the same college and are both denying the feelings that they still have for each other.This book had an interesting family dynamic, even though they were high schoolers when their parents married and then Bash moved in with his grandparents. I thought that Just a Boyfriend was so much fun. I read The Friend Zone earlier this year and I really love Sariah's writing style.We follow Bash and Ember who fell in love in high school but stopped dating when their parents got married. Now they're both at the same college and are both denying the feelings that they still have for each other.This book had an interesting family dynamic, even though they were high schoolers when their parents married and then Bash moved in with his grandparents. It wasn't weird or uncomfortable, because even though their parents were married they hadn't ever been siblings.So many times I kept thinking "please just say how you feel! They could have had so much closure so much sooner if they had just talked to each other (instead of only other people). But it was cute and it had quite a few cute moments.3.5 stars.I received an eARC from Netgalley. all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Treena
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the Montlake Romance for the ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion.While the step-sibling trope is not my normal cup-of-tea, I clicked on this when I saw it available on NetGalley because I just really like the way Sariah Wilson tells a story. Something about the way she writes pulls me right in. This book deals with more than just Bash and Ember's complex relationship. It touches on topics like depression and substance abuse with sensitivity, Thank you to NetGalley and the Montlake Romance for the ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion.While the step-sibling trope is not my normal cup-of-tea, I clicked on this when I saw it available on NetGalley because I just really like the way Sariah Wilson tells a story. Something about the way she writes pulls me right in. This book deals with more than just Bash and Ember's complex relationship. It touches on topics like depression and substance abuse with sensitivity, compassion, and respect. I loved that.There's also enough humor and sweet/swoony moments to satisfy my HEA-loving heart. Plus, some of my favorite characters from book 1 make an appearance too! This a well-written, balanced story that I think fans of Ms Wilson's previous books will be pleased. I certainly really liked it!
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  • Queen B
    January 1, 1970
    Just a Boyfriend is a sweet and funny story. Ember and Bash secretly are dating, until their single parents surprisingly elope. Bash moves to the other side of the country and they don’t see each other for nearly four years until Bash ends up playing football at Ember’s college.Bash and Ember were great protagonists to read about. They both were loyal, funny, and showed greater depth than I had expected from the blurb. Both wereIt was a little obvious how the story would flow, but I can’t Just a Boyfriend is a sweet and funny story. Ember and Bash secretly are dating, until their single parents surprisingly elope. Bash moves to the other side of the country and they don’t see each other for nearly four years until Bash ends up playing football at Ember’s college.Bash and Ember were great protagonists to read about. They both were loyal, funny, and showed greater depth than I had expected from the blurb. Both wereIt was a little obvious how the story would flow, but I can’t complain because I wanted it to end the way it did. I did get frustrated with the characters a couple times – why does no one communicate? That would solve most of the world’s problems!Just a Boyfriend was an adorable and easy read; perfect for a cold winter’s afternoon.
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