Title: Crossing the Friend Zone
From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she'll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend--and total manwhore--Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she's determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?
Author: Kelly Eadon
Series: Belmont Beach Brides
Published by Forever Source: Publisher
Published: March 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This is a fun romp that’ll have you smiling. The banter between Ainsley and Ryan is fast, fun, and full of energy – both sexual and spirited. These two love to get under each other’s skin, and watching them fall for each other was a a good time.
Ainsley is a wedding planner. She’s very much an uptight, live-life-by-the-rules woman. When her fiancé leaves her and the dreams she’d built her life on in the dust, she’s adrift and hates the feeling. She decides to change herself – starting with how to loosen up and have a little fun. Watching her change her core self was wonderful. It seemed very authentic.
Ryan is a self-admitted manwhore. He loves women and he’s one of the smoothest male leads I’ve read in awhile. He charms with humor and I loved that about him. He has some issues from when his dad left him as a young child, which makes him think that he’s cut from the same cloth. I bought the story for the sake of suspending belief, but I regretted that when Ryan decided he wasn’t like his bio dad. There was a moment between him and his mom that left me scratching my head. I absolutely did not understand what sort of revelation he came to, and I read the scene three times. Eventually I just let it go…I wanted to get back to him and Ainsley.
I liked the ending a lot, but then the author threw in an epilogue that I felt was 100% unnecessary. In my opinion, it didn’t add anything to the story. I was left with a feeling of hope and happiness, then, when the epilogue hit, I thought the author felt that maybe I didn’t see that Ainsley and Ryan were going to make it. It fell flat.
Overall, I give the story 3.5 stars. If the author had spent a little more time on Ryan’s character changes (and more than a couple of lines that miraculously “fix” his issues) and axed the epilogue, I’d be more interested in reading the other two books in the series.