Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Just Friends by Saxon James Blog Tour

Just Friends by Saxon James Blog Tour


Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind.
The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list.

Life changing epilepsy surgery. Check.
See the world. Check
Get over my straight best friend… Not exactly.

No matter where I go or who I meet, I can’t let Tanner go.
I’m back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need once and for all.
Only now I’m here and falling for him all over again, it’s getting harder to say the words.
Because once I have my closure, I’ll be gone.
And this time it will be for good.


When my best friend, Roo, left for Australia, it was the worst day of my life.
I thought we’d have each other always.
But Roo needed the surgery so I let him go, thinking he’d come straight back.

Five years is a long time.

Now he’s here, all I want is to hold on tight.
I need to show him what he means to me.
The problem is, I’m not exactly sure what that is.
My draw to him has always been confusing and different—everyone in town says so. But I struggle to understand it.

All I know is I won’t survive him leaving again.
And I’ll do anything to make him stay.

Just Friends is a best friends-to-lovers romance with an oblivious MC, only one bed, and terrible kangaroo jokes.



Just Friends by Saxon James

Book 1
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“Tell me something I don’t know about you,” Roo blurts out.

My eyebrows jump up. “Ah, like what?”

I don’t know. That’s the point of the question.”

Huh, I guess it is. I frown at the ripples in the water as I try to think of something—anything—Roo might not know about me. “I…” What? Where the hell was I going with that? “I don’t think there’s anything you don’t know.”


“Not off the top of my head. What about you?”

He bites his freckled lip as he thinks. “I’m sure there’s probably a lot. Out of curiosity, is there anything I could tell you that would make you hate me?”

I scoff. “Never.”

“What about if I hurt animals for fun?”

The hypothetical takes me a second. “Yeah, okay, that would be a deal breaker.”

“Or if I was an arsonist?”

I shake my head. “But you’re not those things.”

“I’m not. But like you said, things are different. Maybe there are things about me you wouldn’t like.”

And out of all the hypotheticals in the world, those are a steaming pile of stupid. “Nah, because no matter how much you’ve changed, you’re still a good person. So I don’t think anything would make me walk away.”

His expression is full of skepticism. “Remember you said that.”

“Should I be worried?”

“I don’t think so.” But he doesn’t look happy.

And Roo being unhappy is unacceptable. Deciding the conversation is over, I grab the hand resting on my shoulder and tug him until he’s behind me, before grabbing his other hand and locking his arms around my neck.

“Tanner, what are you—”

Holding his wrists with one hand, I dive, submerging us again, but this time I don’t let him go. If swimming gets him out of breath, then I’ll make things easy for him, because that’s what I do.

We spend another hour there, Roo holding on as I swim up and down the pool. We toss remember whens back and forth, and his voice in my ear reminds me of old times. Of falling asleep listening to his fierce rants about the world. Or his jokes. Or his plans for the future.





Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Just Friends is a friends-to-lovers read.

Tanner and Roo have been friends since high school. Roo is an epileptic and Tanner was always his safe place, whether he was taking care of him during and after a seizure or defending him when kids saw side effects of his seizures. Tanner was devastated when Roo had to return to Australia for surgery, but he never knew how much it destroyed him. Roo took time to find himself and travel the world. After five years, Roo needs to see Tanner to know if those feelings he's always had still exist.

Tanner and Roo's relationship was sugary sweet and normally I'm not drawn to these type books, but it works. I was so invested in these characters and couldn't put it down. I love that Tanner was completely oblivious to his feelings for Roo, and the moment it all clicked.

This is a new-to-me author and after this read, I will definitely be reading more!

This was a super fun, super sexy, super sweet book. Roo and Tanner were just what I needed to get out of my funk. These two were meant to be together, they just worked. I loved every second of this book. I think I'll be putting this in my pile to read when I need a pick me up!




Author Bio

Saxon James M/M Author

SAXON JAMES is an author from Australia who's obsessed with writing queer characters. She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.

When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Just Friends (Never Just Friends #1) by Saxon James to read and review for this tour.

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