Title: The Friend Zone
Series: Game On #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Genre: New Adult Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.
The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.
Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…
Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.
Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on.
Book two of this new series for Kristen Callihan features Gray, the best friend of the hero in the first book, Drew. Gray is also a star college football player and the current reigning champion of man sluts. He has the world by its tail. His team is kicking ass, his professional career looks to be a sure thing, his best friend is in love with a great girl for which he’s thrilled. Thrilled for his best friend, not that he wants that for himself. No. He likes variety in all its flavors. He’s not ashamed of that.
When Ivy finds out that while she’s in London, some guy named Gray is driving her car, she’s less than impressed. She’s working her ass off with school and helping her mom out with her bakery, while some guy she doesn’t know is tooling around in her car in the U.S.. She decides to get his number and send him a text threatening his life if he hurts her car.
These text conversation start a back and forth between the two that is hilarious and relationship building. When Gray has to pick her up at the airport, they finally meet, face to face, and realize that they each care deeply for the other on a friendship level, of course. Right. As things start to change in their relationship, they’re confronted by things in their pasts.
I enjoyed this book better than the first. Gray was absolutely swoon worthy for me. His humor and caring won me over despite his whoring. Ivy was a great, sassy mouthed heroine to root for. It was also great to catch up with some characters from the first book as well. Kristen Callihan is on to something here and I can’t wait for the next book!