CROSSING THE FRIEND ZONE is the third and final book in
Kelly Eadon's Belmont
Beach series. CROSSING THE FRIEND
ZONE is a sizzling romantic comedy, but also a little bit
like the film THE ODD COUPLE. Being a planner is who
Ainsley Sloane is at her core, as well as what she does
for a career. Ryan Lawhill is a charming modern-day rake
in the best sense, and with no plans to change his
lifestyle. Ainsley and Ryan might not be besties, but
after Ainsley's boyfriend unceremoniously ditches her,
it's Ryan who provides a sympathetic ear, a distraction,
and an offer to be her new life coach.
Even though they're opposites in some ways -- she's a
wedding planner, and he's allergic to the word marriage --
I like how the teasing between Ryan and Ainsley never
gets nasty or mean-mean-spirited. I dislike stories in
which the hero and heroine get intimate when they
actively dislike, and have no respect for, each other. By
throwing them together and spending lots of quality time
having fun, Ryan and Ainsley grow to like each other
more, so that the romance develops very organically and
the chemistry seems very real. It's interesting to me how
Ainsley craves a committed relationship when the
relationship with her family is so dysfunctional, and
Ryan goes out of his way to flee from commitment when he
has such a close relationship with his mom and sister.
This attention to detail and such character-driven story
is exactly why I love CROSSING THE FRIEND ZONE so much.
CROSSING THE FRIEND ZONE is one of the best opposites-
turned-lovers stories out there. Ryan is a dynamite hero
with hidden depths, and definitely worth taking a chance
on. With Ryan, Kelly Eadon brilliantly captures the
devil-may-care sexy player, with a hidden heart of gold,
who is even sexier when he develops some self-awareness.
The sparks between Ainsley and Ryan are electric and
amazing, making for some torrid trysts. Since each book
just keeps getting better, I anxiously await Kelly
Eadon's next book!
From the author of The Wedding Date and The
Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont
SHE PLANNED FOR EVERYTHING-EXCEPT HIM.
Fresh off a painful break-up, wedding planner Ainsley
is suffering from an acute case of "always the planner,
never the bride." And she's over it. It's time for a
break-to figure out how to let everything go and just
little sexy fun. And she knows the perfect person to
her how: irresistible manwhore Ryan Lawhill.
Their deal? No sex, just fun. It's the perfect plan--
the chemistry between them starts sparking like crazy.
knows all too well that Ainsley's looking for a
happily-ever-after, but he's always been
keep-it-fun-or-it's-done. Yet the moment they cross The
Friend Zone, all bets are off-and soon the ultimate
is the one playing for keeps.