The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan | Review

July 15, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 9 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan | ReviewThe Friend Zone
by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: May 5, 2015 by Self-Published
Format: eBook
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

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 win Ivy’s heart. Game on.

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“You are the happiness I never realized I needed.”

I’m so glad I gave this one a chance since I didn’t really like the first book. This one, though, was great! Right from the start I was hooked with the text conversations that were going on. Those were definitely fun to read about—I had a huge grin on my face while reading their witty banter. The chemistry between Gray and Ivy is palpable as soon as they meet. You would think that since they haven’t met face to face things would be awkward. Well, let me put your worries aside and let you know that these two characters have a very strong bond as soon as they meet for the first time. Their friendship is what any girl would look like to have with a guy. The reason being that Gray is always there for Ivy, even when she is sick. He was always there during her time of need, helping her with everything and anything. Ivy is a stubborn woman so Gray had his hands full but he didn’t care. He just loved being there for her and loved her company.

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

Gray has been a player for a long time. Apparently, it had been for so long that it started to bother Ivy a lot because Gray couldn’t see himself as a one woman kind of guy… That is, until he met Ivy. On this book, you get to see the vulnerable side of Gray that we hadn’t seen before and it will make you fall for him, if you haven’t already. I mean, the guy cooks! Anyways, I believe that Gray made Ivy a better person and made her realize what she really wanted out of life. He showed her the way to self-discovery and Ivy learned to own it.

Make me stop, Ivy. Be the one who makes it all stop.

The plot was interesting and kept me going until the very end. The Friend Zone focuses on friendship, family and the past—one that Gray isn’t ready to deal with yet. Sometimes people forget, me included, that these stories have these powerful messages or just powerful stories that one doesn’t forget easily. While a story can be fun, like this one, it will also have real life feelings and real life situations that will have it’s readers seeing themselves in these characters. These characters were real and got to be fully developed, in my opinion.

The romance was spectacular. It wasn’t insta-love! You hear that, guys? It wasn’t insta-love!! Let’s celebrate! *throws confetti* Anyway, there was an attraction that was built quickly but it was instantaneous. The romance was built very slowly and developed at a very realistic pace that readers will enjoy. When everything clicks into place, you will be so far gone into it [the romance] that will swoon at every detail.

“I’m crazy about you, Ivy. You have to know that. I’m so lost in you, I don’t ever want to find my way back.”

There were so many funny, laugh-out-loud moments in this story. There are comments that the characters make that will have you bursting with laughter. There’s a specific story that is told that will have you full on laughing, rolling on the floor, too. In case you’re interested, it is the Cheerio story! I honestly couldn’t stop laughing. This book put me in such a good mood while reading. If you are looking for a very funny and romantic story, then you have to read The Friend Zone!

“Seriously, Iv… You could climb him like Everest, make base camp at his cock, and tackle the rest in the morning.”

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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  • I’m glad you gave this series a second shot! I wasn’t a big fan of the 1st book either, but I re-read it and wound up enjoying it more. But this one is definitely my favorite so far. I loved the chemistry between Ivy and Gray and their banter and friendship were so adorable! And I agree! Wohoo for no insta-love!
    Great review, Genesis!
    I can’t wait for the next book!

    • I definitely agree on the banter and friendship!! And the chemistry *fans face* It was great.

  • Better than first book you say? Hmm, I had mixed feelings about first one and never even thought of reading this one to be honest. But maybe I hsould reconsider my decision. And yay for no insta-love 🙂 Great review, Gen!

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    • Yeah, the first one and I didn’t click. But this second one is much better for sure.

  • I’m totally not a fan of covers like that. AT ALL. But I have to say, opening this page up and seeing it was a happy surprise. LOL! I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. I know Nick really liked this series, so I’m glad to see you did too. Maybe I should give it a try as well. I surprised to hear you didn’t really like the first book. I’ve had The Hook Up on my TBR for quite a while now, just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I just may need to get a copy of both of these and give them a try. Can’t turn down a book with such intense chemistry! 🙂

    • The first book felt too…insta-lovey for me and I don’t like that. But this one was amazing. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Love this review, Genesis! I know you weren’t a fan of The Hook Up but I really enjoyed it and this review makes me even more excited for The Friend Zone. After reading about Gray in the first book and what he had to say about relationships, it’s going to be so fun to watch as he falls in love himself. And those quotes you used… makes me want to grab this one and start reading NOW.

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    • You should! I really enjoyed it more than the first book. I can’t wait for The Game Plan! I need it now.

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