Release date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Forever Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
MUST READ BOOK ALERT! You guys, I’m so excited about this one, it’s way up at the top of my favorite books of the year list and I want everybody to read it! Don’t be fooled by the cutesy cover and assume that it’s just another silly and fun rom com because it is SO much more than that. Yes, it has all the charm and laughs of a traditional rom com but it also has depth and tackles some serious subject matter as well. This isn’t just a fluffy book y’all and it’s way different than everything else currently available right now.
When I pick up a romance I know that if I don’t immediately connect to at least one of the main characters then the book probably won’t work for me. Well, I connected to Kristin almost instantly, she is just a cool chick and her sarcasm and wit made me wish she was my BFF instead of Sloane’s. She’s also just a badass, tough woman who I found myself both admiring and relating to. Then there’s Josh, who sigh may be my new favorite book boyfriend because not only is he hot and charming, he’s also sensitive, values his family and he he’s an amazing sense of humor. SWOON 😍 Put these two together and you have magic, their chemistry is off the charts and when the story took an unexpected emotional turn you get to see that deep down they’re also both kind and just honest to goodness human beings. I couldn’t ask for more in terms of characterization, seriously perfect.
One last thing, this is a debut and I can’t tell you the last time that I was this blown away by a debut author. Abby Jimenez writes like a seasoned pro, I don’t know how she will ever top this gem but I have a feeling we will find out when we get a new book from her next year! Until then, I’ll be over here planning my reread of this one and pushing this book on anyone who will listen.
The Friend Zone in three words: Witty, Relatable and Emotional
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.