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.
The Friend Zone was seriously adorable and heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time. I listened to this one on audiobook, and though the female narrator had the WORST way of enunciating, it was still so enjoyable!
The story centers around the POVs of Josh and Kristen as they both clearly fall in love with each other but continue to have a reason not to be together. It was incredibly frustrating. Josh is the best man for his best friend who happens to be marrying Kristen’s best friend (and is the maid of honor). Soon Josh becomes an even bigger part of Kristen’s life when he unexpectedly becomes her new carpenter for her small business as well. Unfortunately, Kristen is about to undergo a surgery that will make her unable to have children, but she has no way of breaking the news to Josh.
Experiencing both their POVs honestly made the story. I hadn’t read a contemporary like that in a while where you get to hear how the guy feels about the girl from the very beginning. It’s alway so sweet, and oh boy, was Josh sweet. Also fun fact, my boyfriend’s name is Josh, and I’ve never read a book where my boyfriend’s name is the same as the main guy, so that was fun! The romance was honestly quite the ride. I found myself getting so mad and having such strong feelings throughout, that I remember yelling out loud at the audiobook while driving.
The Friend Zone brings with it the harsh realities that come with love and life, and blends them all together into one beautiful story. If you’re looking for a book like that to take you on a journey that is devastating, but wonderful at the same time, then I highly recommend!