Book Review: Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee

Posted August 20, 2017 by soaringu in best friends, five star, young adult / 0 Comments

35683226.jpgTitle: Love in the Friend Zone
Source: iBooks
Rating: five-stars
Date Published: 8/14/17


The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the 

most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

My Thoughts:

What a sweet friends to lovers romance! This book had everything a swoony hero, hot make out scenes, and a great amount of drama.

This is my first Molly E. Lee book and boy did it set the bar high. Although this is a short read, I love that the length was enough for the characters to develop.

Flynn is the main hero in this book. He is sweet, caring, and just the right amount of perfect. However, he is completely oblivious when it comes to love. I love how he dotes on Braylen, the heroine. He so mindful and kind to his friends. Also, what tops it all is that he is a nerd. I always have a soft spot for nerd heroes because they are rarely represented in YA. His journaling and photography skills are very well incorporated into the book. I love that he shares the same interest with Braylen. On the other hand, there were times I wanted to hit Flynn in the head. He enlists the help of Braylen to be his wing woman because he wants to hook up with Katy Evans. And I’m like “Dude do you realize that Braylen is in love with you?” Nope. However, Flynn redeems himself in the end. I won’t tell you what he does but it is amazing.

Bralylen is an amazing heroine. I love that she is caring and loves her best friend. Usually, in the usual friend-to-lovers trope the girl is in love with the boy and it is blaringly obvious. Takes the hero a while to get around. But what I love is that Braylen is not whiny. She is strong and determined. She has ambitions that do not revolve around her best friend and she has her dreams. Her journaling dream is her own and despite Flynn being a factor that girl has some balls to do it. Another thing I love is that she does not tolerate the crap of Flynn. She is straight to the point. Braylen is fun and sassy.

The romance between Braylen and Flynn is off the charts hot. There is so much tension between the two. I love that they don’t act on it at the end. Takes quiet a few rounds of heat to get there. However, there is deep emotion in their love. They care for each other appreciate each other as people. In many friends-to-lovers, I see too much between the sheets. Not the emotional stuff. This book at times reminded me of Kissing Max Holden. Katy Upperman does a great job making the characters have a great love story. See my review here for this book.

Overall, this book is a great friends to lovers plot. I love the pacing and it had a nice perfect speed. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a sweet friends-to-lovers romance. I can’t wait for Zoey’s and Gordon’s story (hint hint).