- Series: Friend Zone Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: EverAfter Romance (April 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635762421
- ISBN-13: 978-1635762426
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,750,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat. Keep up-to-date on her new releases by subscribing to her newsletter: authornicoleblanchard.com/newsletter/
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Liam has always considered Charlie a friend, much to Charlie's dismay, as she has always had to hide her true feelings from him. This is now made even harder since they have decided to live together. Can Charlie keep her feelings under wraps or will she slip and let them show? Will Liam begin to realise that there is more to their relationship than just friendship? Can they take that next step and change the balance of their friendship?
I really loved this story Both Liam and Charlie were really strong characters, just making their way through life and trying to plan for their future. Charlie was really brave to put herself "out there" considering what she had been through. I loved the fact that once Liam realised his feelings for Charlie had altered, he was determined to proved to her that they were worth fighting for.
This book was more than I expected it to be. The way the author describes friendships and how they can develop into more, was simply beautiful. She shows, realistically, how people can move from having a close friendship to becoming lovers without losing what they originally had. I look forward to reading the next two books in this series.
Definitely a recommended read.
Liam Walsh grew up on a farm where hard work and loyalty was ingrained in him and it’s still a part of him today. From the moment he met neighbor girl Charlie she became just one of the guys, the kid who became an honorary member of his family, and she’s still a vital part of his life. When it looks like Charlie’s going to receive a marriage proposal though, Liam gets a glimpse of life without her and makes an unexpected decision that will change everything between them. When a single kiss awakens his long-ignored feelings it sets them on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that has them deciding “will they or won’t they” as they engage in a sensual tug of war that felt more like foreplay. With each turn of the page not only does Liam have to admit to his burgeoning feelings for Charlie but there’s also his grandmother’s illness and father’s disappointments to deal with in a narrative that rings true and pulls at the heartstrings. Through it all Liam remained a drool-worthy hero with a heart of gold. He’s a good guy, a good son, who tries to do right even though he might not always say the right thing. Despite the ups and downs of his relationship with Charlie, he’s always there when she needs him most in a romance that had me cheering.
Charlie St. James has been unlucky when it comes to matters of the heart. From a young age she was taught that love is fleeting after the death of her father and her mother walking out never to return. The only solid and true thing in her life is Liam and his family. She’s a part of his family and their struggles are hers which has her leery of becoming something more than a friend to Liam. She doesn’t want to lose his unconditional love and support but she can’t forget his kiss and being roommates makes the temptations he offers even harder to ignore. Just as their romance heats up though Charlie will have many more issues she’ll have to deal with that made my heart ache. Alongside her and Liam’s sensual tug of war comes heavy life issues that had her needing Liam more than ever as they both moved on to the next phase in their lives. Charlie’s a likable heroine who doesn’t put much faith in love, assumes the end before it’s just begun, but still puts herself out there. She’s got a big heart as seen in her interactions with friends and with her elderly patients, with each interaction bringing a smile to my face. Throughout this story Charlie also had a lot of emotional baggage to deal with, baggage having to do with her past which comes knocking to affect her future. Luckily these tearful moments were nicely balanced with sensual interludes with Liam which gave her a respite from having to deal with such serious issues in a romance both heartfelt and sensual.
From the first page to the last this friends to lovers tale kept me thoroughly entertained. It gave me moments of charm and joy along with moments of tears that put me through the wringer alongside its strong-willed heroine and loyal and supportive hero. Told in alternating POVs I felt a kinship to this dynamic duo that had me rooting for them every step of the way as they balanced being friends and lovers. Though the ending felt a bit rushed this was still an engaging story that kept me glued to the page courtesy of its appealing main couple and compelling cast of secondary characters that have me counting down the days until the next installment in this series!
"There was only her. It had taken me most of my life to really see her. And now it was like I only had eyes for her."
Charlie and Liam have been best friends for ten years and it's always been purely platonic. However, one impulsive kiss has them both reeling out of the friend zone. It's as if a curtain has lifted and they are seeing each other in a new light. But, Charlie is a commitment-phobe. And, Liam barely has time for a relationship with his job and heavy study load. Is a love affair worth risking their solid friendship?
"Whatever was between us wasn't just chemical, it was destiny. Like I'd been searching for the piece to complete me and I'd found it in the last place I'd ever expected.
When a disastrous incident leaves Charlie homeless, Liam insists she moves in with him. However, the close proximity absolutely tests their restraint.
I really enjoyed Charlie and Liam's journey. Charlie has a big wall around her heart due to circumstances surrounding her family. She and Liam were childhood friends and always have each other backs. However, a realisation that Charlie might one day belong to someone else has Liam waking up to the fact that he never wants her out his life.
"It was as though I'd discovered another side of him, one that fit all my jagged edges like the perfect matching puzzle piece."
Their first kiss was a revelation and starts a sizzling attraction between them. I loved how they both started fantasising and seeing each other as a sexual being rather than a platonic pal. I admired Charlie's bravery to put herself out there and really give their relationship a go because of her trust and faith in Liam and the friendship they shared before. I adored Liam's conviction that they could be something much more - that they could build on the foundation of their friendship to have something wonderful. His somewhat alpha ways were super sexy!
This story also introduces us to characters for the other books in this series, and I'm so looking forward to reading them.
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it was amazing
Absolutely lived this friends to lovers story.Read more
Friends to lovers is always an angsty read for me because you never know what the other person is thinking even though you think they are on...Read more
It's like a 3.5 for me.Read more
Nicole does an outstanding job with tre storyline.Read more