May 05

The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan Review


5 Smooches!

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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 


The Friend Zone is the second book in the Game On series by Kristen Callihan.  I absolutely fell in love with the The Hook Up and it was one of my top reads of 2014.  To say that I have been impatiently waiting on The Friend Zone is a complete understatement and if I ever meet Kristen lets hope she knows what is good for her and runs like hell.  Because I am seriously going to kidnap this woman and make her write for me all day long forever and ever because I am completely obsessed with her witty, intelligent, and sexy as all freaking get out writing.

Did I sexy?  Because the sexy as shit o’meter was off the damn charts in The Friend Zone.  I have read a lot of ridiculously sexy books but the way Kristen writes, man I just dunno.  She is a gosh darn sexy writing time virtuoso because Gray and Ivy are literally just kissing and my face feels like it is on fire and I find myself damn near panting.  Just smoking hot!

“I’ve want this..  Wanted to taste you for so long.  It’s all I think about.  Fuck, that’s good.  One more, honey.  One more.”

But let us talk a little about the plot of this seriously amazing book.  I do love me a good friends to lovers romance and this one takes the cake.  Ivy and Gray meet through a series of funny, snarky, and sweet texts that blooms into a really beautiful and meaningful friendship.  When they finally get to meet face to face I found myself smiling so hard because these two sweet people had me rooting for them from “shenanigans”.

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

But you gotta have some angst and you just know that sexy football player Gray is a big time player and has never “best friended” a girl before and Ivy is a good girl and Gray only wants to do right by her but their attraction is off the charts and he cannot seem to stay away.  Will he risk their amazing friendship to pursue a relationship with his bestie?

“Best buds.  Which is both a gift and a curse.”

Sigh.  Kristen Callihan can also write the heck out of a book boyfriend.  Somehow they manage to come off alpha and incredibly kind and sweet.  Her men are all kinds of swoon worthy and Gray was the best of the best.  This sweet man brought me to tears with his kindness more than once.  He is just the type of book boyfriend you want to hug.

“Every inch, Ivy.”

And Ivy, well she is just as amazing.  Ivy is one of the heroines you envy because she won’t settle for less than she deserves and she also knows how to take care of her man and I am not talking about in the sexual way;  in a beautiful meaningful way that Gray needs.

“That’s my job now, Gray.  I’m always going to be the one there for you.”

So, basically what I am saying is that this book is damn near perfect.  The writing is smart.  The characters are so lovable.  The plot is angsty in that special kind of NA way.  And the humor was hilarious and took this book to a whole other level for me.

“I’m pretty sure his butt should be cast in bronze and immortalized for posterity.”

I loved this one just as much as the first book in this series.  So what are you waiting for?  Seriously, that cover should have you running to one-click right away anyways!