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Crossing the Friend Zone
     

Crossing the Friend Zone

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by Kelly Eadon
 

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From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series.

SHE PLANNED FOR EVERYTHING--EXCEPT HIM.

Fresh off a painful break-up, wedding planner Ainsley Slone is suffering from an acute case of "always the planner, never the bride." And she's over it. It's time for a

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From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series.

SHE PLANNED FOR EVERYTHING--EXCEPT HIM.

Fresh off a painful break-up, wedding planner Ainsley Slone 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 have a little sexy fun. And she knows the perfect person to teach her how: irresistible manwhore Ryan Lawhill.

Their deal? No sex, just fun. It's the perfect plan--until the chemistry between them starts sparking like crazy. Ryan 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 player is the one playing for keeps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455594023
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Series:
Belmont Beach Brides
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
145,147
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full of rescue animals, aka "the kraken". She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes.

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Crossing the Friend Zone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele 6 months ago
Ryan is the self-professed “Minister of Fun”, convinced that life is to be grabbed and enjoyed, and relationships are not possible. He’s bold, funny, caring and most definitely someone you’d want to hang out with. Fortunately for him, Ainsley the wedding planner and friend, perhaps even bestie, enjoys his antics and their relationship is easy –because they are friends. Sure, there’s an attraction between them – but that might ruin their friendship, and what would they do then? Ainsley’s last relationship just dissolved, and she’s decided that a series of rules and guidelines will be her best option. But, Ryan has the next three weeks to convince her to go for the gusto and just enjoy life – if a relationship happens, it won’t survive with rules an guidelines – and if you are him, it won’t even get a chance to start. But, then the “we’re just friends’ moments start to weigh on them both. The banter, attraction and personalities of these two are perfectly suited, and the giant neon sign that flashes “perfect for each other” can be seen a mile off. But, knowing that you have a friendship that you rely on, and could lose that in crossing that line leaves the two completely conflicted, until the temptations are too great to resist. Adorable together and fairly low angst, this story was light and engaging: perfect in tone to wrap up the series and leave readers with a smile. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 17 days ago
Ryan and Ainsley has something special simmering below the surface it just took some time to rise to the top. Ryan had that fun loving guy attraction that drew women to him. He was not over bearing but sweet and endearing. Ainsley felt she knew what was best for her. Keeping Ryan as a friend was what she thought was best for her but life has a way of showing you otherwise. Ainsley and Ryan had a connection that was beyond that of friends. It just took a few well place incidents to open both of their eyes to the possibility. This was a welcomed addition to the series that gave a friends-to-lovers aspect to their romance. Kelly Eadon has done a great job mixing the characters and bringing them together to make a couple that shows a different side of their relationship and how it could be deeper and more lasting when they both are in it for keeps. A beautiful contemporary romance series that builds with each new book that is added to the series.
BookSnuggle 7 months ago
Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon is book number three in the Belmont Beach Brides series. This is Ainsley Slone and Ryan Lawhill's story. Ainsley is a successful events planner but is going through a bad breakup. Ryan is one of their friends and the group have asked him to help Ainsley forget her breakup. Ainsley is a planner by nature and always has to have everything in place. Ryan is the party guy, the fun guy. They are always doing and saying things to get the other one going. As they spend time together the lines between friend and more start to blur. Ainsley wants marriage and babies. Ryan doesn't think he is made for marriage and babies. Will Ryan figure it out in time? FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
JensReadingObsession 7 months ago
This was a cute friends to lovers story. Ryan and Ainsley's chemistry was obvious from previous books in the series, but now that Ainsley is single, they seem to finally realize it themselves. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn't think he's built for commitment and Ainsley got dumped by her boyfriend. She's always cared what people think about her and the break up has tongues wagging, while Ryan doesn't seem to care what people think about him. As Ryan helps her loosen up and not worry too much about what people think, Ainsley discovers that underneath his careless ways, lies a heart of gold. I loved it from beginning to end! 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Xkoqueen 7 months ago
Kelly Eadon’s Crossing the Friend Zone is the final book in her Belmont Beach Brides series. Each book can be read as a standalone novel. The books intersect via common secondary characters. Ms. Eadon’s series is fun, fun, fun! The three stories are light-hearted and easy to read. While each leads to a HEA ending, the premise, character situations and journey in each story is unique. Ainsley Sloan is a mess. She is a successful event planner whose life was basically laid out by her demanding parents and their social expectations. When her boyfriend takes a job overseas instead of proposing, it is a blessing in disguise. Cue Ryan Lawhill, who is committed only to staying single, to take the role of friend/escort. Ryan passes himself off as a man-child whose main goal in life is having fun, and that allows him to hide his baggage. Fans of the series will recognize these characters from their roles in the prior books, and new readers are sure to fall in love with them. Ryan is funny and charming; even though his friends consider him a player, he really is a stand-up friend. While in the same circle of friends, Ainsley and Ryan are virtual opposites. Ryan is go-with-the-flow, and Ainsley is a detail-oriented, planner who leaves nothing to chance. Her own and her parents’ expectations have made her so high-strung that deviations from plans can push her over the edge emotionally. Although it is obvious that Ryan’s role as last-minute event escort is going to lead to a friends to lovers relationship, every bit of the journey is entertaining. The banter between the two is great. It gives authenticity to Ainsley and Ryan’s roles as friends of different halves of various couples in their social circle. I appreciated that even though the two characters acknowledged the other as attractive, the author didn’t push them into an insta-love. Ms. Eadon set up her story with an interesting premise that gave her characters ample opportunity to get to know one another. Along the way, both Ryan and Ainsley get to know themselves better as well. It is through that self-knowledge and growth that both characters become more likable and eventually find their happily-ever-after. Crossing the Friend Zone is a friends-to-lovers story with plenty of sweet moments, a dollop of humor, and a smidgeon of angst. A lovely read that left a smile on my face.
2kasmom 7 months ago
This is book #3 in the Belmont Beach Brides series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Ainsley and Ryan are already friends. Or are they frenemies? They already rub each other wrong. All the time. What will happen when they rub the right way? Ryan knows he will have hell to pay with their close group of friends if he pushes her too far. What no one else knows, is the chemistry between them is about to become flammable. All he knows is she is hot, and he is hot for her. This was a sweet and lovely read. Has characters we are happy to revisit. The sexy times and character development makes for a great story. Excellent add for the series. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
etoile1996 7 months ago
the belmont beach brides series ends with crossing the friend zone, with wedding planner ainsley sloan taking a bet from her playboy friend, ryan lawhill. ryan thinks ainsley is too serious and studied when it comes to relationships, and this is why she's had no luck. ainsley thinks ryan is full of it, but since breaking up with her long-term boyfriend instead of getting the proposal she expected, she figures why not? and so for three weeks she agrees to approach relationships the ryan way. except since ainsley is the first woman in a long time that ryan hasn't just picked up in a bar, it's hard to stay casual. and before he realizes it they are doing serious couple-type things. when he tries to pull back on a camping trip because he knows he's getting too deep, things backfire. he's so terrified of being in a committed relationship because he's so afraid of being a deadbeat like his dad. and while ainsley didn't expect to enjoy spending this much time with ryan, but she's gotten to see another side of him. one she believes is worth knowing. maybe being serious isn't necessary all the time, but being casual all the time isn't the answer either. ainsley gives up on her long-held beliefs more quickly than ryan does. though finally having an honest conversation with his mom gets his head on straight. she reminds him that while he is his father's son, he's also her son. and the fact that he loves and adores the people closest to him already makes him a different person. he's not the type to abandon his friends or his family. so he should have a little more faith in himself. and he should let ainsley have some faith in him. because from the moment he came to her rescue at their friends' engagement party, he's had her back. most of the time actions speak louder than words. ainsley and ryan just need to learn to listen to the things that remain unsaid. mainly, that they are perfect for each other even if they appear to be opposites in every way. **crossing the friend zone will publish on march 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.
Lashea677 7 months ago
Kelly Eadon is a new discovery for me, but I'm enjoying her work. The biggest lure for me is that she can lighten the mood just as quickly as she can break your heart. All while tempting your soul. Her stories are great way to sit back, relax and get away from the daily grind. Crossing the Friend Zone is a perfect expect novel. Short enough to flirt but just the right length to leave a reader craving more. Ryan and Ainsley blur the line between friendship and seduction in almost as short a time as it takes Ms. Eadon to capture the heart. Lock, stock and barrel. I'm an Eadonite for life.