The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Format: eARC, 309 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.
The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.
Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…
Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.
Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on.
Friends to lovers stories will always be among my favorites and Kristen Callihan’s latest, The Friend Zone, is no exception. I had pretty high expectations for this book after I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Hook Up, as much as I did. All expectations were exceeded. When it comes to NA sports romance, this series is near the top of my favorites list.
This was just a FUN book. I loved how Ivy and Gray began to get to know each other via text message. It was such a cute setup. Their banter – even via text – had me grinning like a fool while reading this book. They clicked right from the start, sight unseen. Once face-to-face, they tried to stay just friends, but the pull between them was too strong… and I’m glad. As much as I enjoyed them as friends, I adored them in a relationship.
I loved both of the characters in The Friend Zone. I know Gray has a bit of a past with women, but it didn’t matter during this book. Once he and Ivy became friends, she was all he could see. Other women became irrelevant. He really was a sweet guy. He was also vulnerable, something you definitely wouldn’t see on the outside. Ivy was great right from the start. She was spunky and unafraid to call Gray on his BS when it was needed. She was at a bit of a crossroads, trying to decide who she really wanted to be and what she wanted to do with her future. I loved how Gray supported her and helped her realize her dreams.
The Friend Zone gets a resounding five stars from me. It was sweet, sexy and real. I loved the romance. It had me swooning all over the place. Near the end of the book, there was one thing that kinda bothered me, but I can’t get into details because of spoilers. Even if I didn’t love that part, I respected the way it was handled and it didn’t color my thoughts on the rest of the book. It was amazing and I loved it so freaking hard.
I can’t wait to see what Kristen gives us next!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.