Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

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!

5 Friendly Stars!
Review by Natasha Gentile 

So I think I was one of the millions when we all fell in love with the Hook Up last year.  It was so good and it just made us want more. When I first read the blurb I was like oh my, no one absolutely no one,  wants to be friend zoned.  I was so excited to get my greedy little hands on this gem.  

Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy. 

I have to say that this book has the best beginning of a book I have ever read.  I loved loved loved the text messages between the two.  What started off as a "you’re a douche" and "don’t have sex in my car" turned into a cute a funny friendship.  

Gray had to borrow Ivy's pink Fiat.  That’s right pink.  Not just regular pink it was a bubble gum pink.  Ivy doesn’t need it because she is in London, becoming a baker or trying to at least. So what starts off with little texts here and there become every day texts, which then turn into a friendship they both rely on. 

Until she comes back..

He gathers me in his arms and swings me around like its effortless.   For the first time in a year I feel delicate and small.  He smells of sunlight and sweat and strangely of home.  I press my nose into the warm crook of his neck as he laughs and squeezes m tight.
We’ve never touched before now, never even seen each other in person.  Yet there is nothing awkward about wrapping myself around him.  It feels perfect, makes my heart melt and my entire body strain towards his.

So they are finally face to face after months of texts and Gray is so much more than what she thought.  He not only became her best friend and a necessary part of her day he turns out to be smoking hot in person.  This should be fun.  

Not only does Gray drive Ivy crazy and is super hot but he is also one of her father's clients so he is so off limits he isn’t even in the same zone as her. 

From early on, I’d put him firmly in the friend zone, not wanting to develop deeper feelings for a guy I know is a player and treats me like his best pal.  And that was okay, because I want Gray's friendship.  I cherish it.

Oh, are we going to have fun watching these two do the tango around their friendship and the sexual tension that is the biggest elephant in the room.  

Mac has a natural sexiness that I’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to notice.  But I’m not going to even entertain thoughts of sex and Mac. No. Way. That would make me a dirty, low bastard, and I don’t want to be that with Mac.

Gray, just you trying not to think about it means that you're thinking about it.  But what happens when push comes to shove, what happens when all you think about is her?  What happens when you see her with someone else?  You snap,  you snap and you fight, you fight for your friend but you also fight for your girl.

His fist clench.  “I can’t do this.  Staying away. I can’t…” A full body shiver wracks him.  “I n-need you…I’m through being…-considerate…”

Okay now everyone...all together now... AWWWWW.  He’s going to do it,  he’s going to admit that he wants out of that friend zone,  he wants in the zone where he is her friend and her man.  And you just know that when that happens it's going to be electrifying 

For a moment we stare at each other.   His soft mouth parts and his arms slowly lower.  Recognition clears the haziness from his blue eyes, and a flush of color rises up his neck. 
A current crackles between us, lifting the tiny hairs along my arms.  My breath catches then turns swift.  It’s hot, unfiltered and pure.   And so heady I almost don’t know how to handle it.

I love when friends become lovers, especially best friends, but it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.  It's hard enough making a relationship work without knowing exactly how the other one really feels.  Being best friends sometimes has its downfalls, you can’t lie and pretend everything is okay because they will know, but isn’t that the best part?  Knowing that he knows everything about you and knowing that in the end there is no pretending with him?

Love.  I’ve been surrounded by it my whole life.  I know how lucky I am to have that.  And yet it’s always been a comfortable kind of love, expected in the way of family.  What I feel for Gray?  It isn’t comfortable. It’s so intense and so enormous, sometimes I fear my soul can’t contain it.

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