Published by Forever on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that USA Today bestselling author LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat." SheReads' "Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2019
Kristen 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.
"Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking.... Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
My Rating: 3 stars
The Friend Zone had me laughing out loud one moment then reaching for the tissues in the next! Abby Jimenez delivers a solid debut novel! This book is equal parts fun and heartbreaking.
I liked the concept for The Friend Zone. I read the synopsis, heard the rave reviews, felt adequately warned of the triggering subject matter, and this sounded like a contemporary romance that I’d enjoy. And I did truly enjoy it! But at the same time, it left some to be desired.
I’d like to give two thumbs way up to the wit and banter, especially in the first half of the book! Kristen is spunky and tells it like it is! She is a fierce friend and a hard worker, all while dealing with a debilitating medical condition. I really enjoyed her character for the most part! But I LOVED Josh! The man is sexy, compassionate, and head over heals for Kristen!
For fear of giving away spoilers, I’ll simply say that lack of communication and a “miraculous” ending to a story-long plot point are what took away from this book for me.
Overall, I’d still recommend The Friend Zone. I know that a lot of readers will absolutely adore this book (after all, it does have some great reviews), and to those readers I say “go for it!”
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today best selling author, Abby Jimenez, is a Food Network champion, motivational speaker, and contemporary romance novelist living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby’s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode™ cake.
Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.
Her debut novel, The Friend Zone, was released in June 2019 and is a USA Today best seller.