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The friend zone
2019
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Characters
Kristen Peterson (Female), Independent, Loyal, Sarcastic, Witty, Loyal friend; planning her best friend's wedding; keeping a big secret
Josh Copeland (Male), Funny; sexy; best man at her best friend's wedding
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Romance
Topics
Friendship
Weddings
Secrets
Falling in love
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  Library Journal Review

DEBUT There's nothing like a fender bender to get a relationship off to a smashing start, but discovering that the guy who rear-ended your borrowed truck (gently, to be honest), firefighter Josh Copeland, is the best man to your maid of honor at your best friend's wedding makes it worse. Snark flies, but the attraction can't be denied--an attraction that Kristen Petersen is determined to keep at bay for a number of reasons. "Friends only" is the order of the day--until it isn't. A hero who wants a big family and a heroine who probably can't have children struggle to understand what love really means and what they both want in a realistic story that cuts to the quick. VERDICT Zingy dialog, laugh-out-loud humor, and plenty of sass temper the heartbreak of infertility in this modern, well-grounded debut that is sure to satisfy readers. Jimenez is a baking expert and former Food Network champion; she lives in Minnesota.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Harnessing sass, heartfelt struggle, and unapologetic sexuality, Jimenez's debut is as hysterical as it is tear-jerking. Kristen Peterson is a woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to speak her mind. She meets every situation with sarcastic humor-except the devastating news that she'll never be able to get pregnant. While Kristen is planning her friend Sloan's wedding, she meets the groom's best friend, Josh Copeland. He's sexy, funny, and always on board for her shenanigans, but he is hoping for a large family. Despite her best efforts to keep Josh at arm's length, Kristen can only fight their attraction (and her unresolved feelings around her infertility) for so long, but questions about their future loom large. Jimenez manages to fulfill all expectations for a romantic comedy while refusing to sacrifice nuance. Biting wit and laugh-out-loud moments take priority, but the novel remains subtle in its sentimentality and sneaks up on the reader with unanticipated depth. Readers who have wrestled with infertility will find Kristen's anxieties and sorrows deeply relatable. Agent: Stacey Graham, Red Sofa Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Fall in love with this hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that USA Today bestselling author LJ Shen calls "an absolute treat." <br> Instant USA Today bestseller! <br> Kristen Peterson 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. <br> Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen -- especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length. <br> The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass. <br> "Your next favorite romantic comedy... The Friend Zone is that rare beach read with tons of heart that will make you laugh and cry in equal parts." ---PopSugar <br> Good Housekeeping Best New Books for Summer 2019 O, The Oprah Magazine Best Romance Novels of 2019 PopSugar Best Books of Summer 2019 Women's Health Best Romance Novels of 2019 Bookish Must Read Romance Summer 2019 SheReads Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2019 Women.com Most Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Bookstr Ultimate Summer 2019 Reading Guide Publishers Weekly Starred Review Booklist Starred Review Booklist Top 10 Romance Debuts of 2019
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