Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

The Friend Zone - Kristen CallihanPublisher: Plain Jane Books (May 5th 2015)
eBook: 309 pages
Series: Game On #2
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 win Ivy’s heart. Game on.


The Friend Zone is book 2 in Callihan’s New Adult series Game On, and it’s a winner. I’m not a biggest fan of NA, but this one with it’s lack of excessive drama and angst and its abundance of freakn’ adorableness  and  hilarity easily had me falling in love with Gray and Ivy (aka. Mac). Also, friends to lover romance, ’nuff said.

Gray and Ivy met via texts when Ivy’s dad loans her bubblegum Fiat 500 to Gray (lets take a second to image this hulking football player in a pink Fiat) and instantly they connect. Right away, their adorable friendship left me with a goofy grin on my face. Not even 10 pages in and they were already making bad puns with each other – I love bad puns more than what’s probably appropriate, hence, book won me over 10 pages in. (Also they reference Princess Bride. Any book that references Princess Bride is a’okay in my books.)

It was so easy to fall head over heels for Gray. He’s handsome, charming, tells bad puns, really knows how to care for a girl and be a great friend. And Ivy is strong, sassy, knows how to give as good as she gets and owns her terrible dance like a boss. I seriously love the two of them together. There’s just so many adorable moments. They even have adorable pet names for each other. And all the banter! Makes me happy. Maybe it’s because they started off as friends, but you can see how comfortable they are with each other. Their relationship seemed real. Oh, and since it’s the friends-to-lover trope, we get lots of  slow burn sexual tension, too.

Like I mentioned, there was minimal angst. Because yay to people acting like reasonable adults! That was a big selling point for me in this book because Callihan could have easily dragged out the drama (like many other books I’ve read before).

Overall, a cute and fluffy (and sometimes very steamy) read that left a big grin on my face. Oh and we get lots of cameos from Drew, Anna, and the rest of the football buddies! I will be keeping my eyes out for more of this series.

“The funny thing is, Ivy, falling in love with you was as easy as breathing. The best time of my life.”

PS. Here’s MY REVIEW for book 1, The Hook Up!

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