Just Friends by Lucy Keeling
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Just Friends

Published Date: May 26, 2020

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Book 2 in series

220 pages


A fun follow-on from Make It Up To You. This is Polly’s story.

Friends do nice things for each other, right?

That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar.

But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

Book 2 in Friends Series. Book 1: Just a Boy Friend Book 3: Just Friends in Vegas

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Lucy Keeling

Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a contemporary romance series, the first of which was runner-up in Choc Lit’s ‘Search for a Star’ competition which was sponsored by Your Cat magazine.

Lucy lives in Greater Manchester with her family.



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Customer Reviews


  1. Samantha M-E
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    Absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t put this down. This is the second book in the series about a group of friends, but can easily be read separately. The characters are totally relatable and it is so easy to feel like part of the story ! It was great to read about the same characters again and I loved this story. Polly and Bailey – even as friends are brilliant, the chemistry is there, but neither will make the first move. Paige is running the bar with her fur babies, and Mya is still as elusive about her job …. can’t wait for the next installment – there just has to be one. Lucy left this on such a cliffhanger 🙂 I did not want this to end.

  2. Debbie Southwell
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    Firstly I would like to say this book is unputdownable as it has humour, family relationships, work troubles, friendships and a hot man called Bailey!
    This is a follow on book from Make It Up To You and although I haven’t read the first book I didn’t feel that I needed to, to understand what was going on and what had happened previously (that’s not to say I won’t be now reading it though!).
    Polly and Bailey, her Brother’s best friend, have known each other for years and have shared a kiss in the first book, which was to get Polly out of a bad date situation. Bailey however has feelings for Polly, feelings that he feels he must act on but then Polly has a new boyfriend so how can he tell her? Bailey’s Mum then becomes unwell and they decide to fake date to stop his Mum worrying about him being lonely.
    Friendships are explored in this book and I really felt I knew all the characters, described perfectly throughout the book, learning a bit more about them as the book went along.
    There is one pretty raunchy part in the book but it wasn’t just thrown in for the sake of it, it showed a relationship coming together for two people who loved each other.
    I loved this book and all the characters in it including the clever way it involved parents of some of the characters too which brought an added dimension, super organised social influencer Sophie, her Husband to Be Marcus who adores her, Mya (I laughed out loud when she said ‘he’ll be safe for people with nut allergies, he’ll be nut free!’) who has a secret job, Paige the bar owner who has a sixth sense for stuff, Polly, Marcus’ Sister who works in HR but secretly sings and writes songs and Bailey, who I fell a little in love with myself, handsome, sensitive, kind, hard-working – we could all do with a Bailey in our life!!
    I would recommend this book very highly, a real pager that I found myself staying up half the night to finish and hope there will be more in the series.
    Thank you to Choc-Lit for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review, which is completely my own.

  3. Barbara p
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    This follow on book stands alone. Sophie and Marcus are getting married, Sophie needs a chief bridesmaid and Marcus a best man. To get their friends together a plot is hatched. To everyone else Polly and Bailey are an ideal match, but they are fighting against it. This sweet romance is the plot of the book but there are twists and turns aplenty to keep you interested. I enjoyed it, finding it an easy, comfortable read whilst I was in lock down, but it will be equally good just as a happy holiday book.

  4. Anne
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    Lucy has done it again, Just Friends is another cracking read. A great book that I can’t recommend highly enough. I loved Bailey when we met in in Making it Up, so I was so excited to read his story. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book The characters and story, both written with a beautifully light contemporary touch. It felt like spending time in the company of old friends that I so didn’t want to end. Thank you Lucy and I look forward to catching up with them all again soon.

  5. Donna Morgan
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    Loved this book which is the follow up to Make It Up To You. Sophie is getting married to Marcus. Marcus’ sister Polly has a new boyfriend called Darren but she is still attracted to Bailey. Paige is still running Barbarella bar. Mya is as elusive as ever about what she does for a living.
    I found it hard to put this book down & I especially liked the interaction between Polly and Bailey.

  6. Yvonne Greene
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    Loved this story. Such a happy read. Bailey and Polly are friends who might perhaps fancy each other, but there are many issues separately them. Will they or won’t they overcome those issues? Will one tell the other how they feel? They are such lovely people with great friends and family that you are really rooting for them! Didn’t want the story to end as I enjoyed it so much. So just had to buy the first book in this series next!

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