Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen CallihanThe Friend Zone
by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #2
Release Date: 05/05/15
Published by Self Published
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC received for review purposes

Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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The Hook Up was one of my favorite books last year and I’ve been looking forward to this book since I finished reading The Hook Up last year and even more when I re-read it again earlier this year.  Gray Grayson (yup, that’s his name) was just a characters that really stood out for me and I wanted more.  No lie, this was one of my most anticipated books of the year.  It was probably in the top 5 books that I was the most excited for this year.  I literally said ‘fuck everything’ when I got my copy and started reading it almost right away.

Friends to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes in books and this one did it so well.  When Gray has to lend his truck to Drew, he has to borrow a bubblegum pink Fiat from his future agent’s daughter, it starts a text conversation between Gray and Ivy that soon turns into a full-blown friendship.  Guys, these text interactions were so funny and adorable.  I normally hate reading text conversations in books, but I was so looking forward to their texting.  When Ivy finally meets Gray in person, they realize they have more than just a great friendship in common.  They are also very attracted to each other.  But Gray has never had a female friend like Ivy before and he is determined not to fuck up his friendship with her.  I loved how their friendship was a major part of the book and each interaction with them left me with a huge smile on my face.  I loved the first kiss in The Hook Up and the first kiss in The Friend Zone was also fantastic!  I have no words to say how much I loved Gray and Ivy and their friendship and their flirting and the secondary characters.

This book and I… I don’t know how I feel about it yet.  I loved most parts of it, thought other parts were completely unnecessary and HATED one thing in particular.  Well, two things actually.  BUT, the thing I hated was one of my weird Nereyda pet-peeves that most other people wouldn’t even probably mind.  View Spoiler »  I don’t think this would bother as many people, not as much as it bothered me anyway, but this was a big no-no for me.  I do still think that people will enjoy this book and I still liked this book.  In fact, I fucking loved the first 80% of it so much… the rest just let me down.

I do not like this cover at all!  Sorry, but half-naked oiled up guy on cover just does nothing for me.  Do yourself a favor and don’t judge this book on the cover, it’s not one of those sexed-up books that usually have these types of covers.  I loved The Hook Up and although I had my issues with this one, I still loved Gray and Ivy and the rest of the gang.  I’ve been really looking forward to Dex’s story since book one and I can’t wait to read it.  I love that Logan from Elle Kennedy’s The Mistake was mentioned in this book, just like Drew (from The Hook Up) was mentioned in The Mistake.  It’s such a small thing, but it made me all sorts of happy.

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from The Friend Zone:

– GrayG: My name? Honey, if you’re going to think about me, concentrate on my gigantic …hands. Magic hands, baby. The things I can do with these hands are mind-boggling.
IvyMac: Like palm balls all day long?
GrayG: >:-(

– “Truth? Had we met before the texts, I’d have tried something. She’s funny and smart and hot. Who wouldn’t want her? Shit, I don’t know, man. I just like her. I really like her. She’s the first person I want to talk to. Every day.”

– The little shit… I bark out a laugh. Whatever has happened between us, she’s still my best friend. The one person I want to be with most in the world. And I adore her. I’m so gone on her, I don’t know my left from my right anymore. She’s my center line. All thoughts run through Ivy Mackenzie.

– “I’ve just officially met Ivy Mackenzie, and I realize I’ve missed her for what seems like years.”

– “All I wanted to do was kiss her, explore the gentle curve of her lower lip before sucking on it. And Ivy would have flipped out. Because friends do not maul other friend’s mouths.”

– “Gray…” I suckle his plump lower lip. “I need you.” He shudders, his hands in my hair, on my cheeks. “You have me,” he says against my lips. “I don’t think you understand how much you have me.”

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