Circle of Friends, Book 1: Only Tyler

Author: Jess Dee

Publisher: Samhain

Release Date: January 20, 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: EBOOK

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It’s been two years since Tyler Bonnard left Australia and thus left Katelyn and his best friend Steve behind.  He never thought he’d return but the engagement between Steve and Katelyn has him questioning the wisdom of leaving in the first place.  Tyler has returned for one purpose to make sure that Katelyn is marrying the man she loves.  If he even senses any trouble in paradise then he’ll know he still has a chance to salvage the loving relationship he once shared with Katelyn.

Katelyn Rosewood was devastated when Tyler chose to leave her to go to England.  She’d loved him so much and he just walked away without any real explanation.  Over time she’s recovered and gone on with life.  Now engaged to Steve Sommers who shares her passion for the medical field it looks like they’re a perfect couple.  Only their romantic life is short of passion.  They’re more friends than lovers but is that enough on which to base the rest of their lives?


Tyler’s return is causing Katelyn a great deal of stress. Tyler, Steve and she were a tight-knit circle of friends and that friendship is something she never wanted to destroy or endanger in any way but things are very different now.  Steve doesn’t know about the romantic relationship Tyler and Katelyn once shared.  They kept it secret and that makes interactions between the three of them uncomfortable.  Katelyn knows that she must make a heart wrenching decision but how does one choose between the man who holds her heart and the one whom she’s committed to marry?  Tyler hurt her in ways that she never recovered from when he left two years ago.  Steve’s been her best friend and ‘rock’ through all the grief, anger and rebuilding of her life despite him never knowing who the man was who broke her heart.  If she chooses one then she loses the other and it will destroy the CIRCLE OF FRIENDS that she’s always treasured. 


Better break out the tissues before you start reading ONLY TYLER because I can tell you once I started reading I couldn’t put it down and at points holding back tears was impossible.  Jess Dee delves into the emotional dynamics of a close-knit group of friends and demonstrates the impact keeping vital secrets has on them all.  All three of these characters will touch your heart in one way or another and have you wishing you really knew them so that you could love and cry along with them.  I was pretty sure I knew who Katelyn would wind up with but what I questioned while I read this story was what would happen to the friendship between the three of them and there’s the mention of another character, Tyler’s sister Pen, so I’m really looking forward to reading the next story in the CIRCLE OF FRIENDS series and finding out what happens.  Jess Dee has thoroughly impressed me with her ability to capture her characters honest reactions so that they take on a life of their own.  ONLY TYLER is absolutely beautiful and a ‘must read’ story.


The next CIRCLE OF FRIENDS book, STEVE’S STORY, is due to be released April 28, 2009.  I can hardly wait to revisit all these characters and find out what happens next!


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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