What Are Friends For? - Patricia McLinn

What Are Friends For?

By Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2017-03-09
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 765 Ratings


Seasons in a Small Town – Spring
"Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time"

In small-town Drago, Illinois, Zeke came by his “the Geek” nickname honestly, more comfortable with algebra and algorithms than high school’s social hallways. Though that didn’t keep him from longing for the unattainable prom queen, Jennifer.
The one person who understood his out-of-the-box brain was Darcie, his best friend. For one night, Zeke and Darcie jolt from friends to lovers. Then he leaves town. Darcie knew her Zeke. He’d never look back, wouldn’t ever see her feelings for him.
Now, 17 years later, Zeke’s a self-made tech billionaire, Darcie’s a local cop, Jennifer’s divorced and Darcie’s best friend.
Their town is flagging, but Darcie has a plan. It starts with luring Zeke back to Drago for its annual Lilac Festival, then persuading him to boost the town’s economy. Even if that means matchmaking him with the beautiful Jennifer he’s always longed for. She’ll do it for him, for Jennifer, for Drago.
Zeke swore he’d never come back to where he was miserable, other than his connection with Darcie. But maybe being back won’t be so bad. Especially spending time with Jennifer … and Darcie.
Now why did he think of Darcie when things were going so well with Jennifer?
Darcie’s plan doesn’t get off to the best start when she puts Zeke in handcuffs, but they can get past that. For Drago’s sake, they have to.
Just like she’ll get past wondering what if…

What Are Friends For?, Book 1 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, will captivate readers who love passionate contemporary romance with a spark of humor.

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two … and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because - unlike teenage Zeke - you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.” – 5-star review

Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series
“The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”
“Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.” 
“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”
 “Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series today!
What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Spring)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter)

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding 
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

About the Author
Patricia McLinn is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 60 published novels cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
She has spoken about writing from London, to Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian.
McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website PatriciaMcLinn.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.


  • Sweet and entertaining

    By Julia Kent fan
    Lots of little twists along the way
  • Very interesting

    By Skiplayer1
    The story flows and keeps the reader interested. A teenager leaving home for a better future comes back to find his sweetheart working as a police officer. He doesn’t want to stay there but his love is bigger. He relocated his business, saves the town and married the love of his life.
  • Another hit

    By family47
    Have enjoyed many books by this author and never disappointed. Loved exploring the background of the characters to see what led them to their choices. Even our closest friends don’t know why we make our decisions.
  • Excellent Written Story

    By llbmb
    Definitely a book to add to your reading list. Positive reinforcement miracles can happen no matter what the circumstances re. Excellent written story. Very easy reading which had you turning the pages due to the twist & turns.
  • What Are Friends For

    By egganer
    Cute story with a sweet HEA.
  • Unusual characters and plot

    By mtr694
    Motivation and underlying issues make for a good story. Fun introduction to two of the main characters. Flaws make characters really interesting
  • What are friends for

    By rjbor
    Good reading TY
  • What are Friends For

    By Tiggy/Cookie
    First time reading this author. A clean book. A story about a small town and it’s inhabitants. The feature players were Zeke and Darcie, who grew up together. Darcie had a crush on him in high school even though he was a geek, he had a crush on the prettiest girl in school, Jennifer. But Zeke and Darcie are each other’s first sexual experience after graduation. Then he immediately leaves town and makes it big in the tech world. She stays and becomes a police officer. She and Jennifer cook up a plan to get him to come back with hopes of him reviving the dieing small town. I wish I could say the story kept me interested, but it didn’t. But once I start a book, I always try to finish. It was just an ok read for me.