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Lost on the Way (West Side #4) by Isabel Jolie



They were friends—just friends. Now they’re something else entirely…

Maggie was my best friend’s girl. When he died… I don’t have the words. Indescribable pain.
But we healed. Together. She got me through my illness and became my friend, my confidant, my family. She’s everything to me.
And I ruined it all last night.
One drunken night. That’s all it took. Now I’m lost.
I want her with everything I am, everything I have, but she can’t be mine. She deserves someone with better odds than the doctors gave me.
Now, if I can’t figure out how to go back to the way things were, I’ll lose the most important relationship I have. The only one that truly matters.

Last night was the best—and worst—night of my life.
He’s made it clear, more than once, that he only wants a friendship.
Then last night happened.
And now he knows how I feel.
He’s my best friend. I love him —mind, body, and soul. We have a visceral connection others can’t understand.
The problem? He’ll always see me as his best friend’s girlfriend, no matter how many years pass.
I can’t lose him. If he wants to stay in the friend zone, I’ll need to somehow accept that and move on. I know it’s true.
But convincing my heart…well, that’s another story entirely.

One night of excess tequila changes everything for two codependent best friends. Will they lose all they had, or can they find their way to something even better?


Welcome to my spot on the blog tour of Lost on the Way hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  What a lovely and heart-wrenching romance with a friends-to-lovers theme. 

Maggie is totally in love with her best friend, Jason, but he’s insistent on keeping them just friends even after a drunken night of sex. After 10 years, she has given him every indication that she is ready for more, but he isn’t. He seems to want friends with benefits. It’s time to listen to her conscience and all of her friends and family and start a new life without Jason.

Jason loves Maggie with all of his heart. There are no guarantees in this world and she deserves so much more than what he can give her. But when she decides to move away and asks for her space, he is devastated. 

Maggie and Jason’s story is tragic and beautiful at the same time. They love each other so much. Maggie is an amazing friend and a wonderful human being with her charity work and her volunteer work with hospice.  No wonder everyone loves her. Though it seems naive that it took her ten years to finally break away from Jason, it’s understandable she didn’t want to lose her best friend who shares so many precious and meaningful memories with her.  However, I understood her decision to move on. 

As for Jason, at first, he acts like a total jackass with his mixed messages and broody and anti-social behavior, and I was ready to give up on him, but then his painful story slowly unfolds. It gave me a whole new perspective on how much emotion he was hiding away from everyone. His behavior is finally explained and the final act that won me over was his journal entry about Maggie.  It gutted me to read what this quiet and standoffish man had to say about the love of his life.  I was sobbing!

Overall, I highly recommend you read this beautiful and touching contemporary romance dealing with grief, friendship, guilt, and everlasting love.  

Thank you to Ms. Jolie for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Isabel JolieIsabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.

When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood

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