by Abby Jimenez
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Source: PublisherKristen 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.
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew that I had to read this book. I couldn't wait to read a sweet rom-com that tackled some serious issues.
Kristen Peterson has accepted her future, which means making sacrifices when it comes to her life. Planning her best friend's wedding, Kristen doesn't like how she feels around the groom's best man, Josh. Josh is cute and fun. Josh likes Kristen. But Josh wants a big family. And Kristen can't give him that. So Kristen pushes Josh away until Josh won't take no for an answer.
Since this is called The Friend Zone, you all know that Josh and Kristen become really good friends as Kristen refuses to go to the "something more" stage with Josh. Their friendship was EVERYTHING to me and I think that's what made them fall that hard for one another. I loved how much they hung out and just got to know each other while Kristen made it clear they couldn't be anything more. Their chemistry was through the roof and I was just ddyyying for them to give into that chemistry already.
While the romance was fun, it was also definitely on the serious side dealing with Kristen's infertility. I loved reading a story about a woman who was dealing with infertility and how broken she felt. I personally know a few women who have dealt with infertility, so I'm happy a romance came out that dealt with that topic to show women they shouldn't feel alone if they go through that. That being said, I was slightly disappointed in the ending the author chose for this book, but the rest of the book was too amazing not to rate five stars.
Overall, I enjoyed this book so much and couldn't put it down! While I typically would be annoyed with a character like Kristen, her experiences made her so relatable and her insecurities made me just want to hug her! And can we talk about Josh? What a perfect man! Ugh. If you want a super sweet friends to lovers romaine that will definitely bring a tear to your eye at the end, you need to pick up The Friend Zone!