Once Friends By Z.L. Arkadie

Once Friends

By Z.L. Arkadie

  • Release Date: 2018-03-27
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 111 Ratings


As kids, Sonja and Jay were the best of friends, and then he broke her heart. Years later he's back with an offer she can't refuse. However, they're no longer teenagers. He's a gorgeous man and a famous actor desired by all. She's still trying to figure out her next steps. Will they able to make this second chance at being in each other's life stick?

The next book in A Hollywood Love Story (LOVE in the USA) is Now Lovers.


  • Once Friends!

    By macmurphie
    This is a sweet friends to lovers story! It does have a cliffhanger so make sure to pick up the second story. I did like the mystery and characters in this story. It definitely a story that keeps you hooked until the end.
  • Pretty bad

    By DJGonzo69
    Jay and Sonja grew up together as best friends. And they stayed best friends until an incident that stepped over the line of friendship. After that, Jay withdrew from Sonja and her sisters' lives, and she never saw him again. He's now an A-list actor who's extremely unhappy, so unhappy that he's about to quit his career until a chance meeting with Sonja's sister, Elaine. Suddenly he's energized, running around getting his new project off the ground. Now if only Sonja will be as excited about that project, a project that directly involves her and her long ago written screenplay. I liked the mystery aspect of Once Friends, but I have to say the romance/second chance aspect is pretty bad. There's little to no strength to their connection, and the bedroom scenes were awkward and rushed. I didn't feel the heat between the two, and I definitely didn't feel the love that was supposedly building. If not for the interesting side plot of Sonja's grandmother's story, I would be 2 starring this. But, because that mystery was really compelling, and I liked her grandmother, a lot, I can honestly feel fine with rating this 3 stars. However, I doubt I'll be reading the second part of Sonja and Jay's story because frankly, the first part isn't that interesting aside from her grandmother, whose story is mostly finished by the end of this first installment.
  • Once Friends

    By ClearH
    Many heartfelt and achy bits in this story as Sonja looks back at her history with Jay, and his bitter rejection of her. Now many years later, they have a second chance at Love, and Jay has finally wised up enough to get back into Sonja’s life. For Sonja, there’s a lot she’s been keeping inside. As she grows more confident in Jay’s love for her, she starts to appreciate the family that loves and supports her, no matter how pushy and overbearing they can be. A well written contemporary romance that was rich and full of emotion. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Childhood friends

    By pico1acores
    That is the perfect title for the Story of Sonya and Jay. Best friends as kids to just have it all fall apart. Then they meet again. I found the story to be alittle slow in the beginning. For some reason I had a hard time getting into it originally but then it does improve and the plot thickens as they navigate through their friendship. This story seems to be a prelude to other stories as you meet all of the Women in Sonya’s family and find out why they are the way they are. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Inaccurate

    By @jordanyork101
    Story line was okay kind of boring at times. Also the description of midland was inaccurate. I live in midland Texas and we don’t have five Starbucks and a “ gym sized” Macdonalds playground. Do your research
  • Needs more editing

    By Horse lovin' momma
    The point of view keeps switching on the main character which make it hard to follow.
  • And then more

    By Imabookaddict16
    I an ARC copy for an honest review. This book is part of a series and leaves you eager for the next book. I enjoyed how Z.L. Arkadie wove some of the characters from the “Love in the USA” series. This story is a little slow at times since it is laying the ground work for rest of series. Of course there’s friendship, mystery, and deceit. Sonja and Jay are likable characters that have you rooting for an HEA. All the makings of a good book. I look forward to reading the rest of the Hester women’s stories.