Synopsis and Details:
Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.
The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.
Series: The Friend Zone #1 | Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Chick-Lit | Release Date: June 11, 2019 | Publisher: Forever | Pages: 384 | ISBN: 978-1538715604 | ASIN: B07K6G7QBR | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
The Friend Zone started off as a light-hearted comedy with two characters who could hardly stand each other as their first interaction was not a positive one. Kristen and Josh were forced to tolerate each other because their best friends were getting married and as part of the wedding party, they would be spending time together. Josh hadn’t been in town long, relocating after his divorce, and the last thing he needed was company of the female persuasion but after he was asked to do a side-job as a carpenter, building doggie stairs for Kristen’s company, he figured that he would take her money even if he didn’t really care that much for her. Despite their initial distaste for each other they found that being in each other’s company was quite easy and comfortable. It wasn’t long before they found that they were looking forward to seeing each other which didn’t sit well with either of them because Kristen was involved with someone and Josh wasn’t looking for a relationship.
With each other clearly friend zoned, Kristen and Josh started a tenuous friendship that, despite their best intentions, developed into something more—nothing that crossed any boundaries but that was not for lack of attraction. Kristen knew for both personal and medical reasons that nothing could ever happen with Josh but her traitorous heart just wouldn’t listen. Josh for his part would welcome a relationship with Kristen but with her boyfriend returning soon, he knew it was not likely to occur. Though, he still had hope. Just when it looked like there might a chance for these two characters, tragedy struck, a kind that I would have never expected, and Kristen and Josh’s every day normal spiraled out of control. Not only were their lives re-written but Kristen bulldoggedly refused to allow Josh a say in her decision on what a relationship between the two of them could look like if she’d only give it a chance. It was going to take the equivalent of divine intervention to take these two characters out of the friend zone but, for Kristen, Josh would do whatever it took.
I knew from the synopsis that I was going to enjoy reading The Friend Zone what I did not expect was for this fun and light hearted rom-com to tackle some very real and very emotional topics. I truly appreciated how, even though the topics were weighty and they were given their due, the story still kept a light feel with smattering of humor, sarcasm, and emotional sensitivity sprinkled throughout. Time and again the Author surprised me with where the story went and my heart was entirely invested in the characters and I even wept for them at times. There was just so much to unpack in this story but at the same time many moments where I was laughing out loud. Kristen was a genuine character and the way that her and Josh were together was hilarious and endearing. Josh was nothing short of swoony. He was a good friend and his commitment to Kristen was just wonderful. There was also another character, Stuntman Mike, who added much without saying anything at all 😆. Overall, The Friend Zone is a book that I would highly recommend as a beach read, summer read, or anytime read!! I loved this novel and know that you will too!
*Thank you to Forever & NetGalley for this eARC of The Friend Zone*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.