Cover Reveal: Just Friends by Saxon James
Just Friends | Saxon James
A Never Just Friends Novel #1
Release Date: August 27th, 2020
Cover Designer: Story Styling Cover Designs
Universal Link: https://getbook.at/justfriends
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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.
Something in his tone makes me sit up, suddenly on edge. “Wait, are you … Roo, are you coming home?” My voice breaks, and the excitement that fills my stomach is near sickening. If I’m wrong, this will be the most disappointing part of my day, and it’s barely seven a.m.
His laugh is so soft, I almost miss it. “I love that you still call it home.”
“Because it is home.” My heart is smashing against my ribs. “Are you?”
He doesn’t answer.
“Yeah, yeah, I’m here.” He takes a deep breath. “I think … Well, why not?”
“What does that mean?”
“That I might. The surgery’s well and truly done, uni’s over, and I’m back from my trip around Europe. I … I always imagined I’d be back to visit one day.”
Holy shit. I feel light-headed. “This better not be one of your jokes.”
“Promise.” His voice goes scratchy. “I’ve missed you too.”
Missed you doesn’t even cover it, though. All through middle school and high school, Roo and I were inseparable. Classes through the day, sleepovers almost every night. He’d force himself out of bed early to come and time my swim practices, and when he got a part-time job at the only fast-food place in town, I went and signed up as well.
We had other friends, but nothing came close to our friendship.
And then his seizures ramped up senior year, and suddenly his parents were talking about moving back to Australia for surgery, and in the space of two weeks I went from seeing him every day to not at all. It killed me. And for his sake, I had to pretend it didn’t.
“When?” I finally ask.
“Soon,” he promises.
I feel completely wrong-footed. It’s been five long years of jumping between knowing everything about each other, to months of no communication. I can’t even imagine him being here, slotting back into my life like he never left.
And then there’s a worse option: what if he doesn’t fit into my life at all?
I’m nervous as hell.
Because as much as I want Roo back here, I don’t know what to expect.
About the 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.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/thesaxonjames/
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