Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Molly E. Lee’s Love in the Friend Zone! I love her adult romances and certainly enjoyed this YA book.
Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Format: eARC, 188 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.
Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.
Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Love in the Friend Zone is one of those books I knew I was going to read from the first moment I saw the cover. I love Molly’s older contemporary romances, so I was excited to see she was writing in another genre, even if I don’t tend to pick up a lot of YA these days. Molly is one of my auto-read/auto-buy authors so I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do with romance set in the YA age group. It was a relatively short, quick and sweet book and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes this series, because there’s absolutely more stories to tell there. I need details! But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
One of the biggest struggles for me, a thirty-something year old lady, reading YA is to not get agitated when the characters act like teenagers. This might sound silly, but it’s the truth. I literally have to take a moment and remind myself these are not adults and I can’t frustrated with them for acting their age. It’s part of the reason why I don’t read that much YA these days, to be honest. I did have a couple of those moments with Braylen and Fynn during this book, but I was good once I checked myself. 😉
I’m a sucker for the “crush on a best friend” “will they or won’t they” kind of books. Add in the fact that this book takes place entirely in one epic night and I was even more excited about it. I knew it would be fairly quick and to the point and couldn’t be THAT dramatic. (But yeah, it kinda was. Because teenagers.) Regardless, it was a quick read. Even with the couple times I wanted to shake Braylen and Fynn for various reasons, I liked the two of them. I was ready for them to realize there was more than friendship there, so obviously I was shipping them pretty hard.
Love in the Friend Zone was a sweet friends to lovers book. Though the book was set in just one night, there was plenty going on and lots of characters coming and going. While I was happy with how things went for Braylen and Fynn, I still have several questions about some of the other events of the night. I’m definitely hoping for more books so I can get the full story.
Fynn had been my best friend since… forever. Admitting I was totally in love with him would send him running—he’d put me permanently in the friend zone a million years ago.
“I’m the photographer who sees every angle, but I didn’t see you, Braylen. Not like I should have.”
Have you read any of Molly’s books?