Tuesday, March 7, 2017

REVIEW: "Crossing the Friend Zone" by Kelly Eadon (Contemporary Romance)

by Kelly Eadon

Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 7th 2017

Series: Belmont Beach Brides, #3
Standalone: Yes

Friends to Lovers, Opposites Attract
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Description from Publisher:
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?

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This was my first book from this series, so I can attest to the fact that this is enjoyable as a standalone. I do think I would have enjoyed it more if I were already familiar with the characters.

In this story, we have Ainsley, who is an event organizer for a hotel and also a socialite who was relatively recently dumped by the man everyone figured she would marry. She is uptight, particular, and a serial monogamist, which contrasts with Ryan, our hero. Ryan works in the music industry, managing bands, and is a one-night stand kind of guy who lives to have fun.

I liked both of these characters and thought they worked well as a couple.There was definite chemistry between them, and I always enjoy a couple who banters and bickers. My favorite scene is about 60% in, when they visit a mountain.

This did feel a bit rushed though, and left me wanting more, in particular with the more complex development of Ryan and Ainsley as individuals. Ryan's problems were nothing new but they worked... but were then rushed to where he acknowledged them and fixed himself in the last 4%. Ainsley felt a little unfinished, as well. I expected her to start her own event planning business. And stand up more to her parents. I was amused by how uptight she was at first and expected some big changes. And she did grow some, but I just really wanted to see her really bloom.

I did also get the impression that this was written mostly with the intent to wrap up the series and to tie up the Ryan and Ainsley loose ends. It makes for a fun, lighthearted read, and is perfect for someone looking for exactly that.
My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Kelly Eadon
Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full of rescue animals, aka "the kraken". She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes.
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