I couldn’t help but think we were well matched in more ways than one. And mismatched in the worst way possible.
Published: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Forever Romance
Pages: 384 (Kindle)
Series: N/A – Standalone
Glare. Smirk. Repeat. It was the most fun I’d had in weeks.
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.
Guys. I LOVED this book! I literally cannot express how much I enjoyed this! I feel so lucky to be partnered with Forever and to get the chance to have read this early, and it was probably the highlight of my Summer so far! Thank you thank you thank you to Estelle at Forever for hooking me up with one of the best books of the year!
Friends to lovers isn’t one of my top tropes, I have to admit. I enjoy a little more angst and tension in my romances and so enemies to lovers is more my style, but this packed all the drama I wanted and then some. And at first I was a little iffy about the romance here because Kristen had a boyfriend, a Military boyfriend to be exact, and as a Military wife I wouldn’t have liked her if she cheated on her man overseas, but thankfully this book avoided that. It was basically a love triangle but was very tastefully done, really. So if you’re worried about that and not into love triangles, don’t let that deter you!
This book is so fresh and fun; the characters are witty and sassy and so so so realistic. Most contemporaries seem overly sweet and mushy, but this one had the perfect amount of sass and drama. While it was a fairy tale ending, it was a fairy tale that came with a lot of heartbreak and frustration and tears, which is how it should be. This novel tackles a lot of things that are touchy and hard to talk about with such class and realism that does justice to the characters and those in real life who live with infertility and health problems like it.
I loved the characters instantly, too. This novel is so well plotted and fast paced, it’s almost impossible to put down once you start it. You’re instantly connected to everyone and everything going on because it feels so realistic and true to who the characters were supposed to be. For a debut novel this was an absolute knockout! The writing was spectacular and the characters were so fleshed out and had a great arc throughout. The ending? Tear inducing.
Overall this novel was one of the best I’ve read this year and probably going to take the medal for novel of the Summer. I’ll be recommending this to everyone and anyone who asks me for Summer reads or a good book in general.
P.S. be sure to read the author’s note, more specifically that last paragraph, because it literally made me sob and also love Amy Jimenez. She’s an angel, I’m convinced.