Book Reviews - Stacia

The Friend Zone (eARC) (Spoilers)

I am a SUCKER for a soft romance and this one surely delivered. I’ll have some sass and trash, and a general spoiler free review at the end.


Our MC Kristen is an entrepreneur who makes furniture and stairs for owners of little doggos! Super cute. We love a women who owns and runs her own business! Her boyfriend is a Marine (HOO-RAH), currently deployed.

Joshua is a retired Marine turned fireman. He’s just moved to town and is now the new guy at his buddy’s firehouse.

Kristen’s best friend is getting married to Brandon. Brandon’s best friend is Josh. Uh oh.



Reproductive struggles.

Trust your dogs. They can tell who good/bad people are.


The storyline is a bit predictable, but honestly, isn’t that like 93% of the reason we read romance novels?



This was such a wonderful story! It’s a bit predictable (as romance novels can be) but I loved it. Ms. Jimenez did such a good job with representing an under-discussed topic of infertility/women’s fertility issues. There was also a good show of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). OCD is not just being a “neat freak” or not wanting your food to touch. It is a real thing that those who suffer with it deal with.

TW: Death of a character, infertility/reproductive struggle, character sinks into deep depression

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the lovely people over at Forever Romance. Thank you all so much, special thanks to Estelle Hallick!

The Friend Zone is the upcoming release from Abby Jimenez. The Friend Zone released June 11th on the Forever Romance imprint of Hachette Publishing.

7 thoughts on “The Friend Zone (eARC) (Spoilers)”

  1. This sounds like such a fun read. I totally feel you when you talk about romance books having such a predictable storyline – but that sometimes can be the best thing especially if you’re in a slump!

    Brill review xo

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      1. Yes completely. I think that’s why they’re the hidden gems of the book world! Xo


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