The Friend Zone Series by: Abby Jimenez

THE FRIEND ZONE

” Kristen Peterson 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. “

BOOKSHOP.ORG

POTENTIAL TRIGGERS…

  • Infertility
  • Death of a friend
  • Grief and loss of a loved one
  • Surprise pregnancy

The meet cute in this book is *chef’s kiss* While driving, her bffs fiancé’s brand new truck, Kristen spills coffee all over herself. This causes her to slam on her breaks and get rear ended by the handsome Josh… who, unbeknownst to her, just happens to be best friends with the owner of the truck… she just covered in coffee. Neither of them realizing their connection, they continue on their day, only to meet at the firehouse where Josh and Brandon (the bff’s fiancé) work.

There is a strong mutual attraction, from the start, but since Kristen has a boyfriend, Tyler who’s a Marine, neither one voices their thoughts on the matter. No matter how hard Kristen tries to avoid Josh, fate seems to have other plans for them, and continues to throw them together. This book is full of humor, heartache, friendship, and love.

Whether you pick this book up because it’s a contemporary romance, due to it covering infertility, or just because you thought it sounded humorous, you will not be disappointed.

Going into this book, just based off the summary, I knew I was going to get a bit emotional during this book…I did not anticipate how emotionally devastated this book would have me.


I felt such a connection to Kristen that only continued to grow as I progressed through the book.

Being able to see both Kristen and Josh’s inner dialogue and emotions through this book was critical, I don’t think the story would have felt as powerful if it had only come from one of their perspectives.


DO NOT READ SUMMARY/DESCRIPTION OF “THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST” IF YOU HAVE NOT READ “THE FRIEND ZONE”

THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST

” Two years after losing her fiancé , Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back. Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak? “

BOOKSHOP.ORG

POTENTIAL TRIGGERS…

  • Grief and loss
  • Self harm
  • Crippling depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

When this book begins it’s been 2 years since a drunk driver hit Sloan’s fiancé, Brandon, as he was riding a motorcycle…which landed him in a coma. Almost two years since Brandon suffered a stroke during that coma which rendered him brain dead. Two years since the thought of a “happily ever after” was torn from Sloan.

In two year’s Sloan hasn’t managed to move on from her loss. She no longer cooks, because it reminds her of too many meals she happily cooked for Brandon. The once happy and free artist is no longer inspired to create art and instead picks up random commissions that she can do that don’t challenge her. Her best friend and her husband, who was Brandon’s best friend, seem to be living the life she thought she’d have. No matter what her friend’s do she can’t seem to get herself to really care about anything. She doesn’t want her friends to continue to worry, though, so she tries to limit the time they spend around her, and she attempts to start doing small thing’s, that will lead them to believe she’s getting better.

On her annual trip to Brandon’s grave, to spend time with him on the anniversary of his accident, she ends up thinking she may have hit a dog. As she stops, intending to get out of her car and check on the dog, said dog jumps onto to her car and through her sunroof. She can’t stand the idea of this dog going to the shelter, so she decides to take him, “Tucker”, home until she can find his owner.


After 2 weeks of calling his owner daily, hanging posters, and posting online about Tucker…and still no response from his owner, she makes the decision to keep Tucker. Since Tucker jumped through her sunroof she’s started to feel happiness again. Tucker’s constant need for walks has gotten her out of her house and exercising…she’s starting to see and feel glimpses of the Sloan she was before fate took Brandon from her.

Jason, Tucker’s owner, has been blissfully unaware that Tucker wasn’t safe and sound. Jason has been across the globe for 2 weeks attempting to work on new music and just finally is able to power up his phone and see all those missed messages from Sloan. Jason is horrified to know that Tucker was wandering around and not safe until Sloan took him in…now that he knows, he wants his dog back, but he won’t be back in L.A. for two more weeks.

Sloan doesn’t want to give Tucker back but if Jason really does love and want Tucker…who is she to deny him his dog? But in order to get Tucker back…Jason must prove to Sloan that he loves Tucker. This challenge leads to the two, Sloan and Jason, texting and calling each other daily. By the time the two weeks are up and Jason is finally back in L.A. they’ve both developed feelings for each other, even though they don’t know much about each other.

Sloan and Jason face a lot of hurdles, both emotionally and situationally, that challenge this budding romance. Both Sloan and Jason have to really think about what being together would mean…and decide if they’re willing to face all the challenges that will come with being together.

I’m not going to lie…after reading “The Friend Zone” I didn’t know if I would ever be prepared, emotionally, to read this book. The trauma Sloan faces in “The Friend Zone” messed me up for days…but once again Abby has found a way to tell us a story based around tough subjects that is both beautiful and educational. I love that Abby uses real like experiences she’s witnessed, and been a part of, to tell these stories.

If you don’t mind a romance that will yank your heart out multiple times before putting it back in…grab a box of tissues and dive in!

Another awesome find when reading this book, is each chapter is titled with a song, and someone on Spotify was kind enough to compile those songs for us. I’m honestly hoping this book someday hit’s the big screen…so we can complete the playlist with the 2 songs written by Jason…I want to hear those lyrics!


LIFE’S TOO SHORT

A brilliant and touching romantic comedy about two polar opposites, one adorable dog, and living every day to its fullest. When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn’t expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn’t just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn’t want to take anything for granted. But after her half sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her baby daughter, life goes from “daily adventure” to “next-level bad” (now with bonus baby vomit in hair). The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she’d be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua. Now she’s feeling things she’s vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see. “

BOOKSHOP.ORG

MORE COMING SOON!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: