Title: The Friend Zone
Author: Abby Jimenez
Publisher: Forever Romance
Date Published: June 11, 2019
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.
Be ready to have a tissue box and chocolate by your side before you start reading this book! Within the first few pages, you are captured by the character and her humor, from that moment on, I could not put the book down for the life of me (it took me three days to read it, would’ve finished earlier if it wasn’t for work). Now, I am not a big contemporary romance reader mostly because I feel like a lot of them are the same, but this book changed my perspective on it! Why is that? This book has the emotional aspect of it and a topic that is not spoken about much until now. This book was relatable in a way that many women suffer from severe uterine fibroids and other infertility issues and this book definitely touched upon that and highlighted the struggles of having this medical condition.
In the book, Kristen suffers from this condition and she touches upon the struggle of possibly never being able to have a child and trying to give her significant other what he always dreamed of. Then there is Josh, the firefighter who just moved to California and is excited to be part of his best friend’s wedding along with working by his side. I seriously love the banter between both characters along with their wit and humor- this made the book even more fun to read and laugh. There were certain points where I was so mad at the book and I threw it down on my couch, but 5 seconds later picked it up to continue reading.
There were times that I was getting annoyed with Kristen, but it was understandable on why she was being doubtful, but I seriously was just over her at that point. Another thing that I enjoyed is that Kristin is an independent woman who owns her own business and does not take crap from no one. Overall, this book has all the great aspects of a romance novel that you would want!