Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
My Copy: Net Galley
From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she’ll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend–and total manwhore–Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she’s determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?
I started reading Kelly Eadon’s books with book #2 in the series, The Family Man, which I absolutely loved. It was a little confusing as I did not read book #1 prior to #2. Even though each can be read as a stand-alone, I would highly suggest reading all of the books in order.
Ryan is a lady’s man who was very funny and a total charmer. He has a number of different women and is not one to be tied down. Living life, family and friends is what is important right now, not a girlfriend nor a long-term commitment. However, Ryan seemed bound and determined from the start to get Ainsley to live a little after her recent breakup has her down despite his attraction to her.
Ainsley, recently dumped and very uptight makes a connection with the free-spirited Ryan. She decides to take Ryan up on the offer of living life his way even when she knows she has sparks with this man like no other before him. I honestly had trouble at the beginning liking Ainsley as she seemed a little too uptight and I didn’t see how the two main characters would connect.
The chemistry between Ryan and Ainsley was good, as was their banter. Two people so unlike each other really brought out the fun in each other.
Bringing Ryan and Ainsley together had me a little weary but it all came together in the end. Crossing the Friend Zone was a romance low on drama and the characters are very relatable. However, I did just not feel any certain way about this book. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It really did not keep my attention and I found myself briefly skimming pages to get to the ending.
I give Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon 3 stars.