The Friend Zone

The Friend Zone

Kristen Petersen 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 Copel...

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The Friend Zone Reviews

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    5 STARS

    This is one of the best books I have read so far!I devour it, it was fast paced and mostly I have a smile in my face!I fall in love with the characters and their relationship through the story.It has everything I wanted and even more!It was fun,sweet,emotional,intense and romantic.

    I find it addictive and in the end I wanted more.It has great dialogues and the relationship between Kristen and Josh was unique.I fall hard for both of them.Kristen is the best, I loved her, she was sassy and I

    5 STARS

    This is one of the best books I have read so far!I devour it, it was fast paced and mostly I have a smile in my face!I fall in love with the characters and their relationship through the story.It has everything I wanted and even more!It was fun,sweet,emotional,intense and romantic.

    I find it addictive and in the end I wanted more.It has great dialogues and the relationship between Kristen and Josh was unique.I fall hard for both of them.Kristen is the best, I loved her, she was sassy and I could relate with her.

    This is a friends-to-lovers romance, it was full of emotions!I highly recommend it!Abby Jimenez did an amazing job and I can't wait to read more books from her in the future!

     

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    Have you ever started a book and knew, you just knew, from the first few pages that it's THE book. One of those books that you'll never want to end. A book that you'll be thinking about all year. A book that you'll want to be shouting about from the rooftops. Well, my friends, this was THAT book for me. This was everything. It was romcom perfection unlike any I've read. And it is an absolute must read. It's

    Have you ever started a book and knew, you just knew, from the first few pages that it's THE book. One of those books that you'll never want to end. A book that you'll be thinking about all year. A book that you'll want to be shouting about from the rooftops. Well, my friends, this was THAT book for me. This was everything. It was romcom perfection unlike any I've read. And it is an absolute must read. It's a book that I can't recommend enough, whether romcom is your thing or not. It's simply not to be missed and a story that will stay in my heart for a long while. I loved it from beginning to finish!

    Let's talk about the heroine for a hot second here, shall we? Kristen Petersen is quite seriously my spirit animal. This is a girl that you'll want for your best friend the near second you meet her on the pages. She's blunt, honest, sarcastic and with a sharp wit and a type of hangry that you can't help but relate you. What you see is what you get with her. She's simple but complex. She's honest, she's loyal, and she's so relatable that you can't help but just love her.

    In between her successful business of adorable boutique pet products, her sassy dog, Stuntman Mike, and planning her best friend's wedding, Kristen is dealing with an upcoming surgery that will forever change the landscape of her life. She has a loving boyfriend currently serving oversees, so when she meets Josh the best man in the wedding, he's the worst kind of unexpected; the kind that tempts her beyond reason but she knows she can never be what he needs.

    Before you think this is a love triangle, let me say that it is, yet it isn't. Without giving anything away, let's just say that if you avoid triangles like a bad case of the clap, you'll want to read this book. Kay? Great. But I digress.

    Josh is sheer perfection. He is quite possibly one of the absolute best heroes I've read to date. He's the quintessential nice guy who's incredibly endearing and even more lovable. You won't be able to help but fall head over heels for this man. He is just EVERYTHING. He's sweet, understanding, patient, and just GAH. GAH!!!

    Kristen and Josh form an adorably awkward friendship that soon begins to turn into something so much more. And then things

    get complicated.

    I don't have enough words to tell you just how much I loved this book. It had everything; humor, emotion, and a romance that will warm your heart. It's full of depth and flawlessly written. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished and it's a book that I recommend everyone check out. If there's one book that hits your radar this year, make it this one. Trust me. I only hope there's more to come for some of the secondary characters we get introduced to in this story and I simply cannot wait from this incredibly talented author. I'm still reeling knowing this was Abby Jimenez's debut novel.

  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)

    How do I like my romantic comedies? I like them to be laugh out loud funny, heart-warming and ultimately realistic. This book is that and then some.

    Kristen is planning her best friends wedding and

    How do I like my romantic comedies? I like them to be laugh out loud funny, heart-warming and ultimately realistic. This book is that and then some.

    Kristen is planning her best friends wedding and is in a relationship with a man in the military. He's off on deployment and she's been focusing on her bff's upcoming nuptials. She doesn't do drama and will tell you how she's

    feeling. She gets into a little fender bender one day and thinks nothing of it. The next thing she knows, she's met her bff's future husband's best friend since he's the one who tapped her bumper. From there, a sassy friendship forms and after awhile maybe she realizes Josh isn't all

    But Kirsten has a bit of a dilemma - she always seems to fall for guys who want big families and she cannot have one due to some serious medical issues. She has been told all her life how she's not good enough and tries to save the men from her. Insert Josh who would do anything for Kristen at the drop of a dime. Kristen knows he's perfect - he always has food for her when she's hangry, he thinks shes beautiful with curlers in her hair and he will go to a sketchy taco truck with her at all times of the night. She just knows that her medical condition will cause Josh to never be hers but she can't seem to stay away...

    This book is easily in my top 5 of 2019 so far. It was so realistic and I love when I feel like books have characters and story lines that I can relate to. I definitely have friends like Kristen in my life and honestly I'm probably more of a Sloan. The relationships in this book felt like real friendships and real romantic partnerships. There wasn't so much "fluff" that sometimes come with these stories. One other thing about this book was it easily made me feel the emotions the characters were feeling at any given time. I attest that to the real and easy going dialogue.

    I'm lucky, as of now, that I've never personally experienced any fertility issues but I'm also not in the stage of life of having children of my own. I know other's have stated they've gotten emotional and cried during these parts but I was more empathetic towards Kristen rather than brought to tears. I think this is just because I have not experienced this or have gone through any fertility steps at this point in my life. However, the devastation that Sloan endures, that is where my heart broke. I could never imagine going through what she did but we see her true love shine through at the end.

    Overall, this is a great laugh out loud romantic comedy. I cannot believe this is a debut by Abby Jimenez. I read this book in a day and only two sittings. I only stopped because I had to sleep at some point! This book publishes tomorrow, June 11th and you definitely need to have this one on your summer TBR list. Also, I can't wait for Abby's next novel coming March 2020!!!

    Thank you to Forever Romance for my copy of this book!

  • Larry H

    You might be tempted to write Abby Jimenez's new book

    off as fluffy "chick-lit," assuming it's not much different than the countless other books like it out there.

    You'd be wrong. Sure, there is romance, humor, talk of soulmates and futures, but there is also an extra layer of emotional complexity in this book. It made me want to devour the book even quicker than I did, and now that I'm done, I can't believe I have to wait until 2020 for Jimenez's next book!!

    Josh and Kristen's m

    You might be tempted to write Abby Jimenez's new book

    off as fluffy "chick-lit," assuming it's not much different than the countless other books like it out there.

    You'd be wrong. Sure, there is romance, humor, talk of soulmates and futures, but there is also an extra layer of emotional complexity in this book. It made me want to devour the book even quicker than I did, and now that I'm done, I can't believe I have to wait until 2020 for Jimenez's next book!!

    Josh and Kristen's meet-cute doesn't quite follow the traditional pattern: Josh, a recent transplant from South Dakota to Los Angeles, actually rear-ends Kristen when she has to stop suddenly in traffic. Kristen isn't any damsel-in-distress either—she's covered in coffee from the fender-bender and isn't afraid to let Josh know what a crappy driver he is, using every bit of flowery language she has at her disposal.

    When they realize a little while later that Josh will be the best man at Kristen's best friend's wedding, both reluctantly admit they'll enjoy the prospect of spending time together. There's no doubt they're attracted to one another, and Kristen is awaiting the return of her Marine boyfriend, who will be moving in with her anyway, so there's no risk to their friendship.

    The problem is, Kristen can't get enough of Josh, and the feeling is definitely mutual. Having been raised with six older sisters, Josh is more sensitive to what a woman wants—he knows that she needs to eat before she gets "hangry," they have the same sense of humor, and he even loves her little dog, Stuntman Mike. And the truth is, Kristen isn't even sure that her boyfriend Tyler is what she wants anyway, and the closer it draws to his discharge from the military, the more she starts to panic.

    For his part, Josh has fallen in love with everything about Kristen. He can tell she doesn't seem into her boyfriend's return, and he knows they have serious chemistry? So why does she continue to keep him at arm's length?

    Kristen has a debilitating medical condition, and it appears the only answer is a procedure which will make having children impossible. Josh has said more than once how he can't imagine not having a huge family of kids. How could Kristen deprive him of that, force him to choose her and give up his dreams? She wants him to have the life he so desperately desires, but she won't tell him why she keeps pushing him away, even when it's obvious how strongly she feels for him.

    What I loved so much about

    is the complexity of its characters and their relationships. Even when the book took a surprisingly emotional turn, the characters remained utterly true to themselves and the story, and I became even more invested. Sure, Kristen's reluctance to share the truth with Josh gets really frustrating, but the way he handles it, and the way the other characters in the book do as well, felt realistic and not part of some glossy romantic fantasy.

    This is definitely a book I'd love to see adapted for a movie or television series, because I loved this story. (Plus, I wouldn't mind seeing how some casting director envisions firemen/ex-Marines Josh and Brandon, as well as Kristen and Sloane. Especially the firemen, but whatever.) Jimenez's writing is funny and charming and hooked me from the get-go.

    I've really been enjoying my forays into this genre over the last year. There are some really talented writers out there and while it's easy just to think "chick lit" is fluffy and meaningless, you might want to adjust that belief. And

    might be one that can help convince you.

    Forever provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

    This book will be published June 11, 2019.

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  • Whitney Atkinson

    I've been crying for the last hour, everything hurts, and I'm SO glad I chose to pick up this book. It's in my top three favorites of the year.

    I don't even know where to start but this is the exact brand of romance that I'm obsessed with. The two main characters are snarky and sarcastic and headstrong, but it never comes off as cheesy or unrealistic. Their romance is fraught with tension and angst, but I was invested in their story. Their relationship was SOFT!!!! SO SOFT!!!!!!

    This book follows

    I've been crying for the last hour, everything hurts, and I'm SO glad I chose to pick up this book. It's in my top three favorites of the year.

    I don't even know where to start but this is the exact brand of romance that I'm obsessed with. The two main characters are snarky and sarcastic and headstrong, but it never comes off as cheesy or unrealistic. Their romance is fraught with tension and angst, but I was invested in their story. Their relationship was SOFT!!!! SO SOFT!!!!!!

    This book follows a woman with uterine fibroids, and that representation and seeing how that both affected her having chronic pain and the way that Josh supported her was so, so beautifully done. I was laughing out loud for most of this book, and I cried my entire way through the end. There were some spotty lines every now and then with some distasteful possessiveness or jokes, but the characters and the angst in this really shone through.

    If you are a fan of The Hating Game or Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or anything similar, you HAVE to pick this book up. I think it's my new favorite romance book, and it's getting a full five stars from me.

  • Hollis

    Phew.

    I had been prepared (warned?) by mutuals that this story was a funny bit of fun but that it would be as equally heartbreaking as it was joyful. And I'm here to confirm that for you.

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    THE FRIEND ZONE starts off fairly lighthearted. A snarky first-meeting between our protagonists sets the tone for their association; Kristen is in a long-distance relationship with a deployed boyfriend and Josh is recently single, and recently relocated, and, despite

    Phew.

    I had been prepared (warned?) by mutuals that this story was a funny bit of fun but that it would be as equally heartbreaking as it was joyful. And I'm here to confirm that for you.

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    THE FRIEND ZONE starts off fairly lighthearted. A snarky first-meeting between our protagonists sets the tone for their association; Kristen is in a long-distance relationship with a deployed boyfriend and Josh is recently single, and recently relocated, and, despite his attraction, not all that bothered by her unavailable status as a result.

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    Their friendship, as it can only be friendship, was a delight. Kristen is unapologetically herself. She's not to be messed with when it comes to food, she's witty, she's honest, she's out to impress no one. And Josh was just game for everything. He was sweet, understanding, gave as good as he got, and they were just so fun together. And, having not read the blurb, I didn't really know where things would go beyond what it seemed at first glance.

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    But this story is a lot more than snarky, sassy, when-will-they-can-they-ever times. This is hard hitting, emotional, devastating. It deals with loss, tragedy, and Jimenez's story even skirts a certain line I am not usually on board for but, thankfully, never crosses it. Additionally, the emphasis on Kristen's issues with fertility -- which is of course emphasized as it's a major point of conflict -- was something I thought unique to the romance (women's fiction?) world. Talk of periods, discomfort, tampons, fibrosis, IUDs.. nothing was off limits. This is not only a great bit of fun and sweetness, alongside some heartbreak, but also a book I think a lot of women will see themselves in. Feel represented by. I think that's so fabulous.

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    What stops this from getting full marks is that.. I felt some things got dragged out. Same conversations, same hot and cold, same back and forth. It was a bit exhausting, too repetitive, and honestly I was pulled out of the story a bit because I just felt so bad for these fictional people. Both of them, really. It was kind of miserable for them for a while. And then of course a whole other kind of misery started but that was easier to lose myself in. No spoilers.

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    The ending was a bit of a surprise for me and I so loved it. I really did. Additionally the author's note was an extra bit of wonderfulness and I definitely hope readers take a moment to experience that, too.

    Overall, though, I'm blown away that this was a debut. It's funny as all get out, it broke my heart, and I definitely want Jimenez to do it again. Lots of times. Will absolutely read whatever this author serves up next.

    ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    So you see that gif above? Yup!

    , understand what I mean. As you can see, the gentleman who is walking through the FRIEND ZONE door, is demonstrating an expression of hesitation. That was me when I first read th

    So you see that gif above? Yup!

    , understand what I mean. As you can see, the gentleman who is walking through the FRIEND ZONE door, is demonstrating an expression of hesitation. That was me when I first read the synopsis of this novel. Very, VERY hesitant about it because of multiple reasons, the main reasons being are because Abby is a new author to me and when it comes down to

    I have never been disappointed with any of the novels that Forever has published so that's an upside to everything they promote or publish, so my hesitation did diminish a tiny bit when I saw who the publisher was. That fact for me makes a big difference. Don't ask why, because I don't even know that answer.

    Following up that analysis of the gif, we proceed on over to seeing the "nurse" or "surgeon" entering the FRIEND ZONE, and he stumbles upon many different peeps. That to me

    The difficulties are there, and there was a problem for me to get past 18% of the novel. Hence why it took me a tiny bit longer than usual to read this novel. This being the debut novel of Abby's I want to give her full credit for being part of the author world now and also creating such a comedic novel. Because that is for sure the one thing that she did not fail on.

    At the end to finalize this analysis of the above gif, the peeps inside are all happy with smiles when seeing the "nurse"/ "surgeon". That is how I feel because

    Thank you to the wonderful Estelle at Forever Romance for recommending this novel, I am looking forward to more books by Abby!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Originally rated this 3 stars, but lowered it to a 2 upon further reflection. I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters, but I really and truly hated the way this book ended. I can't really talk about why without going into spoilers, so:

    Originally rated this 3 stars, but lowered it to a 2 upon further reflection. I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters, but I really and truly hated the way this book ended. I can't really talk about why without going into spoilers, so:

    . And for some other less spoilery things I disliked: Kristen VERY MUCH had an ~*i'M nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs*~ thing going on, and Josh was WAY too eager to put other women down to raise her up. I'm gonna stop writing this review now because I honestly dislike this the more I think about it. Ugh. UGHHHHH.

    TW: infertility, motorcycle accidents, hospitals, death of a loved one

  • Emer

    Just what the world needs. Another problematic book masquerading as a cute read... *sigh* Admittedly in the early parts of this read I was really enjoying this book for what it was; a contemporary romance with a bittersweet core. So I laughed, I cried. I had a lot of feels. Yes I ignored the blatant stereotyping and negative portrayal of *the other woman* that the leading man dated who wasn't our sassy heroine because...

    Well I liked the hunky leading man.

    And I liked the sassy heroine! (Even th

    Just what the world needs. Another problematic book masquerading as a cute read... *sigh* Admittedly in the early parts of this read I was really enjoying this book for what it was; a contemporary romance with a bittersweet core. So I laughed, I cried. I had a lot of feels. Yes I ignored the blatant stereotyping and negative portrayal of *the other woman* that the leading man dated who wasn't our sassy heroine because...

    Well I liked the hunky leading man.

    And I liked the sassy heroine! (Even though she was 100% a not like other girls stereotype which is of itself problematic)

    Everyone in this book was so likeable really. I cared about the characters, I was rooting for them to get together and was very touched by the storyline...

    But then that ill advised ending happened. And I'm unimpressed.

    My review is going to be spoiler filled. I do apologise but it's the only way I can discuss this book honestly and to be able to openly draw attention to its problematic nature.

    So the content warnings for this book are illnesses and difficulties surrounding female reproductivity.

    Our leading female character is Kristin. One day she has a minor fender-bender with hunky fireman Josh and sparks fly! Their chemistry is off the charts and much sassy banter and flirting ensues. But Kristin has a boyfriend called Tyler. He's deployed overseas with the military but she loves him... Right? Wrong... She's settling for him. And we quickly learn why. Because Kristin suffers with fibroids and extremely heavy menstrual bleeding. She has been told that she is infertile and within weeks is planning to have a hysterectomy at age 26. So she can't have children, and Tyler doesn't want kids so he seems like a logical choice for a partner....

    But she has all this chemistry with Josh and despite her best efforts she finds herself falling for him.

    And it's likewise for Josh. He's getting over a breakup with his girlfriend Celeste because....she doesn't want to have children and that's a deal breaker for him because apparently he wants a baseball team's worth of kids!

    So understandably Kristin feels that she is not the ideal woman for Josh but she won't reveal to him her reasons, much to Josh's disagreement...

    Anyway the story evolves into a friends with benefit style relationship until we know that both characters are painfully in love with each other but Kristin resists until finally she believes that she is worthy of love. That her infertility should not deny her true happiness because to the right person (in this case Josh) it's not a sacrifice for him to not have kids because of her, because to him his life is incomplete without her.

    This was great. Ah I loved this. Struggling with issues about your own fertility and the knowledge that you are possibly responsible for your future partner not becoming a fully genetic father to children is a theme that needs to be explored in books. And I was so touched by the storyline. I related to it. It's difficult to open yourself up to a relationship when you know you are infertile or have fertility struggles.

    However, one of the reasons that Kristin finally accepted that she should be married to Josh and live happily ever after with him is because one of their best friends tragically dies......... CAN WE NOT HAVE THE PEOPLE DYING SO OTHERS CAN LEARN A LIFE LESSON TROPE???????????????

    Honestly!!! *eye roll*

    BUT IT GETS WORSE!!!!!!

    Remember. This is a book that is about infertility and the acceptance of such... SO THE LAST THING YOU'D WANT IS FOR KRISTIN TO GET PREGNANT RIGHT??????

    Well guess who gets pregnant miraculously at the end because apparently her IUD device was pushed out of her system with a heavy flow and the one time they don't use condoms his oh-so-virile sperm just says screw you (literally and figuratively) to her tumour-infested uterus and boom it's a boy.....

    No.

    No.

    No.

    No.

    No.

    Look I read the author's note at the end of the book where she proclaimed the following (taken from the eARC copy) and I get what she was trying to say.... But I think when you have to spell this out for people in the hopes that your book won't be interpreted a certain way...well then you're on to a losing streak and no author's note is going to make up for your egregious storytelling.

    I can't seriously be the only one bothered by this right???? If discovering true happiness is when Kristin learns to... I guess it's almost learns to forgive herself for how her body is, then why would you utterly defeat the purpose of this character arc of growth, self love and happiness by having her fall pregnant in such an unrealistic manner?? Because therefore you are implying that the happy ever after is only when she has her own child born from her uterus!?!?!?!?! Go away. That's insulting. This message is problematic because of how it still places that happy emphasis on one method of having children. Could our cute couple not have gone through with surrogacy as planned? Fostered? Adopted??? I mean it's just such a ridiculous cop out that she gets pregnant at the end. Yes I know that these pregnancies can happen and that this is but one interpretation of a woman's struggles with fibroids BUT this is not the commonplace experience. Therefore, I think it would be very upsetting to someone who is reading this book who themselves are struggling to conceive and was hoping to find a happy ever after of a more realistic sort.

    I know, as a person who was and still is hesitant in relationships due to my own fertility status, I was personally very upset when I read the ending as it felt disingenuous to what I believed was the main theme of the book, that of the overall character arc of happiness through self acceptance and improving one's sense of self worth in the light of fertility problems. The ending simply cheapens the whole message of the book and is a slap in the face to the myriad of women for whom this is not possible no matter how much they hope and dream it to be.

    It also is poor in that it tells women with horrific menstruation problems that cause them untoward amounts of pain, possibly damaging levels of anaemia and causes them to live lives 100% dictated by their menstrual cycles that if you hold off and continue putting your body and health at risk by not opting for a surgical option (ie hysterectomy in Kristin's case) then you'll be rewarded with your bundle of joy and not a life of pain and recurrent hospitalisations...

    I am baffled by this book's unhealthily romanticised logic.

    I had thought this would be a four star read half way through the book... Then it went to three stars with the dead friend but that ending hammered the proverbial nail in the coffin and it's one fat shiny star.

    *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    So plus points first, before I get carried away in incandescent rage.

    1) This was mostly well written, and the writing seemed to flow quite well throughout the book.

    2) The start wasn't bad. I liked Josh, Kristin was funny, and the book spoke about periods and infertility, which isn't really ever addressed in other contemporary romances.

    Now...Firstly Kristen..OMG when will authors realise that we do

    So plus points first, before I get carried away in incandescent rage.

    1) This was mostly well written, and the writing seemed to flow quite well throughout the book.

    2) The start wasn't bad. I liked Josh, Kristin was funny, and the book spoke about periods and infertility, which isn't really ever addressed in other contemporary romances.

    Now...Firstly Kristen..OMG when will authors realise that we don't want to read about 'the cool girl?' Kristen was described as an amazing girl who doesn't like drama, doesn't wear make up, ate cheeseburgers, drank beer, and was actually labelled a unicorn four times in the book.

    Lets just address that first because OMFG I'm sick of reading about these so called perfect women, and then seeing the author compare them to other women who are "exhausting" or "crazy." Why do we need to put down other women in order to boost the heroine?!

    Next she wasn't honest, and she did indeed care about what people think about her. She lied to her boyfriend, and to Josh repeatedly. She was selfish, self absorbed and manipulative! She was such a bitch to the men in her life.

    Which leads me to Tyler. Kristen's long term boyfriend in the military. The author looked down on him because he was intelligent, highly educated, career driven, liked nice clothes and fancy restaurants. I mean how dare he?!🤣 Kristen did not technically cheat on Tyler,

    she was constantly thinking about another man instead of him, she didn't answer his calls so that she could hang out with another man, and within minutes of their relationship ending, she jumped into bed with that other man...Even after all of that, he was nice to her, and he ended up getting hurt. He deserved better.

    Then there was Joshua (why are so many love interests called Josh btw?!) Kristen lead him on repeatedly. Yes she had medical issues, yes he wanted kids, but she was dishonest with him, didn't communicate with him, ran hot and cold with him and was just basically a bitch. She would have sex with him but then say no kissing, hand holding or hugging, but then want to be friends with him and hang out. She kept stringing him along. He was seriously some kind of saint! Kristen should have just been honest with him, and then let him make his own decision. He was an adult and he deserved better. The lack of communication between the two main characters really wound me up!

    Ok now to the unnecessary death of Josh's best friend and Kristen's best friend Sloan's fiancé.

    I was reading, and thought I saw it coming, but thought no surely not, she wouldn't...She did. Brandon was killed off to bring the two main characters together, but also, the next book is about Sloan getting over his death *stares into the distance* It also really triggered me, as I lost a relative at the end of last year after they were placed in a medically induced coma. I shed many tears, and felt the whole scenario could have been avoided.

    Next, the fucking surprise pregnancy. A pretty much infertile woman, with an IUD has unprotected sex once with a man, after 8 years of having unprotected sex, and boom she's preggo! And it's just explained that he has some super fucking strong sperm.

    What a slap in the face for all of the women reading who have struggled with infertility. Honestly fuck the author's note at the end! The fact that she has written that to try to justify the ending tells me that she was probably aware of what she was doing. This book has already upset women who are struggling with their fertility, I can see that in the reviews. It isn't how most cases end up, and most people won't be able to relate to that fairy-tale ending. Why couldn't they have used a surrogate, or fostered/adopted a child?

    I feel like the ending of the book undermined everything that happened before it. What was the point of all of that conflict? Why did we see a character suffer, but grow to accept her situation, and to start to think she was worthy, to then cancel out that arc, and undermine the important message?!

    Other issues I had was the gushing about the man buying the tampons, I mean really? In this day and age, surely most men would? IDK I know my husband wouldn't be bothered, its not like the cashier would think he's on his period...🙄

    The book felt like it was judging women who didn't want to have kids, and women who wore make-up. This goes back to the author trying to make the heroine look good a the expense of other women.

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