Release Date: 3/7/2017
Blurb from Goodreads: From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she’ll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend–and total manwhore–Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she’s determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?
This is the third book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. And, because it’s me, upholding a fine tradition acquired over nearly a year of book blogging, I have not read the preceding two.
As such, I came to Crossing the Friend Zone knowing nothing about Eadon’s style or the characters. When the female main character of Ainsley made her appearance, I suffered one of those instant judgy things because I so don’t like to read books about women whose main goal in life is “the wedding.” I may have pouted because up to then I was enjoying Ryan’s character.
Thankfully, Eadon is a smart writer because Ainsley’s obsession with “wedding” and marriage does not show the complete Ainsley who does, in fact, change over the course of the novel.
Ryan, while he doesn’t fundamentally change, comes to realizations about himself and why he’s been keeping women away from his heart.
I came away liking both characters immensely. Ainsley can be tough and kind and Ryan is funny with a gooey center.
Crossing the Friend Zone felt like a fresh take and a fresh voice, enough so that I’ll probably seek out the previous two novels in the series.
I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: Crossing the Friend Zone
ps I have not listed this under music novels despite the fact that Ryan manages a band, there is a guitar, and an actual band. But I thought I’d mention those assets just in case it affects your reading. 😉
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)