Series: Game On, Book 2
Also in this series: The Hook Up, The Game Plan
Published by Self-Published on 05 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Game Plan
Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, Georgia // New Orleans, Louisiana // San Francisco, California
First Line(s): Mr Grayson, my father tells me he lent you my car.
Regular readers may recall that I did not like Kristen Callihan’s first book in the Game On series and so you might wonder why I picked up book 2. Well, friends, let’s just say that I am a glutton for punishment sometimes and I couldn’t help but being curious about Gray’s story after meeting him in THE HOOK UP (my review). I walked into THE FRIEND ZONE with pretty low expectations and fully expecting to mark it as a DNF. For if this book annoyed me even half as much as THE HOOK UP there was no way that I was going to torture myself by finishing it. However, instead of another frustrating read I found myself really invested in this story. I adored Gray’s character and loved the chemistry that he had with Ivy. I liked that they started as friends first and had a good solid foundation with which to build on before becoming something more.
These two totally made my heart ache and made me feel all the feels. THE FRIEND ZONE totally slayed me at times with all the push and pull between Gray and Ivy. While they were good friends these two certainly had their ups and downs as they struggled between remaining friends or maybe pushing things into something more. Of course, it didn’t help that Gray was a bit of a manwhore before he met Ivy and so that gave her some added insecurities. Fortunately, despite some miscommunications along the way these two were able to find their way to a happily ever after.
Another thing that I enjoyed about THE FRIEND ZONE was that Gray wasn’t your typical dumb jock. He was in fact very smart and loved math and played football mostly for the love of the game. I loved how he loved numbers and how Callihan worked that love into the story. I loved that Gray and Ivy dealt with some serious issues and managed to come out on top. Their story was one that totally sucked me in and refused to let me go until I reached the final page. Its amazing just how different that I felt with THE FRIEND ZONE from the THE HOOK UP. Its almost as if they were written by two different people even though I know that is not the case.
I fell hard for THE FRIEND ZONE and think that there is much in it for others to love as well. I liked the secondary characters, even the brief appearances by Drew and Anna from THE HOOK UP. THE FRIEND ZONE has totally redeemed Callihan as an author for me and now I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, THE GAME PLAN (Goodreads). Even though a part of me keeps telling myself that I should keep my expectations low in case the magic of THE FRIEND ZONE can’t be duplicated again. But even if it isn’t than I will always have Gray and Ivy’s story and I know that this is one in which I’ll re-read again in the future.