Review of THE FRIENDSHIP LIST by Susan Mallery

I did a little happy dance when I was chosen by the publisher and Netgalley to read and review this book. Susan Mallery’s books are always fun trips into the minds of her quirky characters, and this book was no exception. Unity and Ellen have been friends forever and both are single and not seeking anyone in their lives. Unity is a young widow and Ellen is about to be an empty nester when her only son Connor heads to college. Both need change in their lives and their discovery of their need for change is part of the fun of reading the book. Together, the two friends come up with a list, kind of like dares to each other, to complete. Things like sky dive and get a tattoo were more than a little daring for these two homebodies! I really enjoyed getting to know both women and their romantic interests that end up being so much more. Unity meets Thaddeus at the most unlikely place of the retirement village where she hangs out with a friend named Dagmar, who happens to be his aunt. Ellen has known “”Coach” for years, teaching with him and enjoying the camaraderie of having a good friend of the opposite sex. Thrown together on a bus trip to visit colleges, Ellen and Coach discover that maybe friendship isn’t enough for them. The sparks fly, the relationships develop, there is the usual and expected conflict and the happily ever after that Mallery’s readers crave. This book has everything that I needed to forget the reality of life and get caught up in the hilarious romp through the ladies’s attempts to be the first to complete the “friendship list.” I really enjoyed reading the book, but I must admit that the sexual scenes were described with too much detail to keep me comfortable during those parts, so I skimmed them and didn’t feel like I was missing anything other that graphic details that I didn’t want to read. Fans of light romance with many laughs will enjoy this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

I based my rating on entertainment value and the fact that a lot of what was going to happen could be guessed, but it was a very funny book that made me reflect on what my friendship list would be. Rating: PG-13
I was blessed to be chosen to be part of this blog tour. Happy Dance!
Information about the author can be found on her website at Susan Mallery
Step into this inviting cover on August 4th!

Available on August 4th, but you can pre-order today! Here are the buy links:


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