The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Forever Romance on 6/11/19
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Kristen Peterson 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.
This book was far better than anything I was expecting. I was knocked right on my ass by this author’s sharp wit and stellar comedic timing. I was SWEPT AWAY by the character development and the captivating storyline. I was impressed and overjoyed to find that Abby Jimenez is the REAL DEAL and The Friend Zone is 100% LEGIT. Believe the buzz… this book is a MUST READ.
Going into a debut novel as highly anticipated and buzzed about as The Friend Zone had me a bit nervous, I admit. I feel like this book is being talked about basically EVERYWHERE right now and I’ve been BEYOND anxious to read it. But you never really know what you’ll get with a new author until you jump in, amiright? Will it live up to the hype? Will the writing feel unpolished or inexperienced? Well I’m THRILLED to share that this book was far better than anything I was expecting. I was knocked right on my ass by this author’s sharp wit and stellar comedic timing. I was SWEPT AWAY completely by the character development and the wholly captivating storyline. I was impressed and overjoyed to find that Abby Jimenez is the REAL DEAL and The Friend Zone is 100% LEGIT. Believe the buzz… this book is a MUST READ.
The Friend Zone is smart and wildly entertaining, sexy and deliciously angsty but rich with heartache and depth all at once. Abby Jimenez really committed to delivering a story that’s both romantic and relevant in this book and IT SHOWS. With layer upon layer of emotional tumult and authentic drama, The Friend Zone was a relentless barrage of heart pangs, but it remained funny and fresh and tender the whole way through. Just when you think this story is headed in one direction, another obstacle zings at you unexpectedly, changing the trajectory of the story once more. The romance between Kristen and Josh feels perfectly inevitable yet achingly impossible on every single page. There is so much stacked against this duo, so much insecurity and doubt, so much fear and selfless adoration… it makes for an intense love story full of hope and sexual tension and drama and devastation. I just loved it.
Even when things are at the absolute worst… and it does get SUPER HEAVY on these pages… Josh and Kristen’s hilarious banter and unwavering attraction held me ensnared. This is a wickedly smart rom com, a sweet friends to lovers romance that is JAM PACKED with push and pull and angsty complications. It’s both light and heavy, both maddening and satisfying, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.
About the Author
Abby Jimenez is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to open multiple locations in two states, won numerous Food Network competitions and amassed an international cult following. Abby has since turned her talents to penning novels. She loves a good book, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.