Blog Tour: More Than a Friend (Cottage Grove #3) by Amber Nation

 Hey all!! So today is our stop on the blog tour for MORE THAN A FRIEND by Amber Nation. I got the chance to meet Amber earlier this year at a signing in Little Rock, so I was thrilled to get a chance to read and review one of her books! Besides my review there are also buy links for all the Cottage Grove Books, an excerpt and some teasers to enjoy! Hope life finds you all happy and healthy! Happy reading and living! ~ Amber

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.

 PicsArt_1418399153906   4.5 STARS
This was my first book by Amber Nation, but it won’t be my last! More Than a Friend is more than a second chance romance. More than a friends into lovers story. It’s sweet, funny, sexy and most of all heartfelt. In a sea of romances about alpha male, rich and uber sexy men meets girl, Amber Nation brings a story that to me was real and believable from start to finish. I loved both Miri and Bentley!

For two people that seemed so different, they find something so similar in the other that surprises them both and fills the empty they both feel. I loved that Miri is this equally independent and feisty woman that is also clumsy and awkward. She has lived most of her life just wanting to be loved and to find her way after losing her parents and her whole life as a teen. She has her somewhat crazy grandmother Tillie and her best friend Oliver, but after finding out her long-time boyfriend was an a%% she’s been on the outside looking in as others find there happily ever afters. Bentley Jenkins, however is never without a warm body but he doesn’t have an interest in anything more. Not that is until he sees Miri at his brother’s wedding, feels an attraction and she promptly shuts him down and locks him into the dreaded ‘friend zone’. As Bentley goes about actually becoming Miri’s friend, they both find that staying friends may be the hardest thing ever. And just when Bentley realizes that he is in fact falling in love with this crazy, wonderful woman her ex comes crawling back. Travass, as Bentley so decides to dub him, throws both Bentley and Miri for a loop. So what’s a girl to do when she has two men vying for her attention? Well if you’re Miri you freak out. If you’re Bentley you need your mom and brother to knock some sense into you!

Overall, this was a fun and enjoyable read! While all the books in the Cottage Grove series can be read standalone, I totally want to go back and read the others! I enjoy Amber Nation’s writing style and her character development is really good as well. Hope that you will give her books a shot! 


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.


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.

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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