Crossing the Friend Zone
Book 3, Belmont Beach Brides
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From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series.
SHE PLANNED FOR EVERYTHING--EXCEPT HIM.
Fresh off a painful break-up, wedding planner Ainsley Slone is suffering from an acute case of "always the planner, never the bride." And she's over it. It's time for a break-to figure out how to let everything go and just have a little sexy fun. And she knows the perfect person to teach her how: irresistible manwhore Ryan Lawhill.
Their deal? No sex, just fun. It's the perfect plan--until the chemistry between them starts sparking like crazy. Ryan knows all too well that Ainsley's looking for a happily-ever-after, but he's always been keep-it-fun-or-it's-done. Yet the moment they cross The Friend Zone, all bets are off-and soon the ultimate player is the one playing for keeps.
giant neon sign that flashes “perfect for each other"
Ryan is the self-professed “Minister of Fun”, convinced that life is to be grabbed and enjoyed, and relationships are not possible. He’s bold, funny, caring and most definitely someone you’d want to hang out with. Fortunately for him, Ainsley the wedding planner and friend, perhaps even bestie, enjoys his antics and their relationship is easy –because they are friends. Sure, there’s an attraction between them – but that might ruin their friendship, and what would they do then?
Ainsley’s last relationship just dissolved, and she’s decided that a series of rules and guidelines will be her best option. But, Ryan has the next three weeks to convince her to go for the gusto and just enjoy life – if a relationship happens, it won’t survive with rules an guidelines – and if you are him, it won’t even get a chance to start. But, then the “we’re just friends’ moments start to weigh on them both.
The banter, attraction and personalities of these two are perfectly suited, and the giant neon sign that flashes “perfect for each other” can be seen a mile off. But, knowing that you have a friendship that you rely on, and could lose that in crossing that line leaves the two completely conflicted, until the temptations are too great to resist. Adorable together and fairly low angst, this story was light and engaging: perfect in tone to wrap up the series and leave readers with a smile.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cute friends to lovers story
This was a cute friends to lovers story. Ryan and Ainsley's chemistry was obvious from previous books in the series, but now that Ainsley is single, they seem to finally realize it themselves. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn't think he's built for commitment and Ainsley got dumped by her boyfriend. She's always cared what people think about her and the break up has tongues wagging, while Ryan doesn't seem to care what people think about him. As Ryan helps her loosen up and not worry too much about what people think, Ainsley discovers that underneath his careless ways, lies a heart of gold. I loved it from beginning to end!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
This is book #3 in the Belmont Beach Brides series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.
Ainsley and Ryan are already friends. Or are they frenemies? They already rub each other wrong. All the time. What will happen when they rub the right way?
Ryan knows he will have hell to pay with their close group of friends if he pushes her too far. What no one else knows, is the chemistry between them is about to become flammable. All he knows is she is hot, and he is hot for her.
This was a sweet and lovely read. Has characters we are happy to revisit. The sexy times and character development makes for a great story. Excellent add for the series.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.