Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Launch Day Blitz : Review And Giveaway - Crossing The Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: CROSSING THE FRIEND ZONE
Author: Kelly Eadon
Series: Belmont Beach Brides
On Sale: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
eBook: $3.99 USD

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.
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THE BELMONT BEACH BRIDES SERIES


THE WEDDING DATE, #1
THE FAMILY MAN, #2
CROSSING THE FRIEND ZONE, #3





REVIEW

Another great read from Kelly Eadon!The third book in the Belmont Beach Brides series focuses on Ainsley and Ryan!All the books in the series can be read as standalones,but I urge you to read all of them as I'm pretty sure you'd love it!

Ainsley has just come out of a relationship.Her boyfriend left for a job overseas without even telling her, when she was expecting him to propose to her.Poor girl!Not only does she have to deal with the questions, but on top of that her snobby,elite parents are disappointed that she remains unmarried.
She is a little bit of a control freak and has always been in serious relationships only.

Ryan is her polar opposite.He is a band manager and is not one for commitment.He knows that though he finds Ainsley incredibly attractive, their friends would have his head if he hurt her in any manner.And he would definitely hurt her since she's always looking for a serious relationship.As a favor to her and their friends, he escorts her.But, even though both try to put each other in the friend-zone, certain lines always end up being crossed.
Ainsley wants to learn to let go and have fun and she thinks Ryan is the best person to help her with it.So they go for a no strings attached relationship, but as always, emotions end up getting tangled!

Ryan and Ainsley were really great together!I loved how Ryan brought out the carefree side of Ainsley and how Ainsley helped Ryan with many other things.It was fun seeing the slow development of their relationship and it didn't feel rushed at all!
Watching Ainsley unwind and learn to have fun was so cute!In the beginning she was a little tensed and the start between her and Ryan felt awkward.So it was quite realistic!
And then it slowly transformed into a sweet friendship and a beautiful relationship!
Loved seeing all my favorite characters from the previous books back again!The friendship between the girls is one thing that I admire a lot!Kate,Beth and Ainsley are all so different from each other, but have each others backs!
And I think this is the last book in the series?If it is, then I am quite sad.But I will be eagerly waiting for more books from Kelly!
You can also find my review of Family Man here.

EXCERPT

She strode toward him and cupped his strong jaw between her two hands. “Thank you, Ryan. Thank you for coming to get me and not judging me and not making fun of me.”
She’d given him the perfect fodder, of course, by trekking up a mountain in the rain just to prove to herself she didn’t need him. It had been an attempt to convince herself she didn’t care, that his regret for the kiss hadn’t penetrated. All she’d done was prove how much she did need him after all.
“It was my fault.” His voice was thick, his eyebrows knit in contrition. It was a look she’d never seen on him before: real, genuine remorse.
“No.” It would be unfair to let him take the blame for this. “It was my decision, and it was a bad one. I don’t want to think about it anymore though. You and I? We need to learn to let the past go.”
There had to be a way forward for them. They couldn’t go back and change things, but they could learn to make better decisions in the future. She was willing to try to change, for Ryan. Hell, she had changed for him, hadn’t she? Old Ainsley would never have gone hiking in the rain. Much as she was loath to admit it, he’d gotten to her core.
She closed her eyes and inhaled the spicy scent of him, then closed the distance. This time she would be the one to kiss him. It would be an affirmation of the other night at the concert. She’d make him understand that it wasn’t a mistake. Nothing that had happened between them so far had been a mistake, there had been a purpose behind all of it. To her relief, his lips met hers hungrily and her grip around his neck tightened. She kissed him hard, their tongues tangling together.
She nearly sagged with relief. As he kissed her back, she could almost feel his walls and his reserve, his sarcasm and his jokes, melting between them. He was opening up to her, showing her parts of himself he normally kept closed off.
He let out a low growl, then pulled back to stare at her. Her heart pounded in her ears as she met his gaze. There was a vulnerability there she’d never seen before. She almost smiled. Griffin was right, she’d had a thing or two to teach Ryan about relationships after all. It had just taken him a bit to catch on.
Keep kissing me.
As if he could read her mind, as if kicking down the last of the emotional walls that divided them, he lifted her, cupping her butt in his hands. She wrapped her legs around his waist as he tilted his head toward her and kissed her again. This time his tongue stroked hers, massaging and caressing.
A shiver ran through her and she moaned into his mouth. It was a shiver of desire, of expectation. The cold and the wet had melted completely away, as if kissing Ryan had cocooned her in a protective bubble. She didn’t care about anything other than him and the fact that they were suspended in this moment together. It was real. He was real. And, for the first time, she was pretty sure they were real together.
He pressed her against the van and his mouth trailed down to her throat. Her head fell backward and sensation throbbed inside of her as he found the hollow of her throat. He sucked gently, sending a tsunami of need through her body. For the first time she was sure that he saw her, all of her. They’d let go of their pride and ego to be in this moment together.
She eased away from his mouth and held his gaze. He looked at her longingly and gave a small, crinkled smile. It was more boyish, more filled with hope than she’d ever seen him.
Suddenly she was filled with resolve. They should get out of here. Go somewhere more...private. Comfortable. Because she knew exactly what they both wanted to come next.
Impulsively, she reached out and placed her thumb on his bottom lip. “You have a great mouth.”
He used his teeth to graze her thumb.
She gasped, her hips arching against him. He lowered his head, burying it in her neck. He nipped and licked at her neck, creating shocks of pleasure pain. After the past twenty four hours, the certainty in his touch meant more than words could.
“You smell amazing. And you have the softest skin,” he murmured.
Not that she minded those words. “I...um.” She swallowed hard. “It’s a special lotion.”
He pulled his head back and grinned at her. “Oh yeah? Let me guess, from Paris. Or handmade by oompah-loompahs.”
She slanted him a look. “I like you so much more when you’re not talking. I can think of much better things you could be doing with your mouth.”


ABOUT 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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