When you are super excited for the next book in a series, you know that a new author has done a damn good job! And this girl (points at self with both thumbs) cannot WAIT for the second installation of the Friend-Zoned series by an Australian indie author who goes by the name of Belle Aurora.
Let's just talk about the author herself for a sec... This chick is the sweetest, funniest, most down to earth gal you will ever come into contact with. Like me, she's a self-proclaimed "over-sharer" which makes you feel like you've known her for years! Turns out, our husbands could be twins (not EVEN exaggerating) and she has an amazing sense of humor. We also love our cats to an obsessive degree. ;-)
Ok, so Friend-Zoned.
Take a super-duper hotty club owner (Nik). Stick an awesome boutique women's clothing store across the street from his club, that is owned by a rediculously sweet chick (sorta thinking the author based Tina on herself...jus sayin...). Throw in some fantastic secondary characters that you fall in love with (who get their own books YAY!!). Sounds like a good concoction to make a great romance novel, right? But WAIT!
Tina has no desire to be in a relationship. Like truly. She's very happy with her life at the moment, finally in a good place after a tragic accident a few years earlier, and she doesn't want to do anything that would throw it off course.
Nik is a very busy man running his club, being the man of his family (he had to help his mom raise his younger brother and sister after their father dies), so he is only interested in quick flings with women.
But then one day, out of no where, he recieves a little package that puts the first smile on his face in a very long time. After a little bit of detective work he discovers that its from the tiny little woman who owns the boutique across the street. Their first face-to-face encounter will leave you in stitches! It is so hilarious! From his brother dragging her in to Nik's office, to him thinking she's flirting and trying to figure out in his head a way to let her down easily, then him being shocked when she tells him she just wants to be friends. You will seriously die laughing.
He's never had a female friend before, never had a woman not want him for his money or in his bed. They end up having lunches together, poker night, hanging out as a group with all of their friends. And from there, unexpected to both of them, a wonderful romance blooms. This is much more realistic than whirlwind romances based on hot steamy sex. It becomes a great relationship based on a solid friendship that no one thought would work.
There's lots of action, conflict (from a super-bitch that you want to claw her eyes out, for one...ggrrrrrr!) a horribly sad part (damn you chapter 20!!!!) that will bring on the tears. But the rest of the time you will be grinning from ear to ear and laughing out loud, waking up everyone in the house because you'll be up at all hours of the night because you can't put this darn book down!!!! (drags in a deep breath after that excited run-on sentence...)
I'm so glad I gave this indie author a chance because now I will be a loyal fan and read ALL her books. Can't wait for the next book...sexy, strong, silent type Ghost, who works for Nik, and Tina's bestie Nat <3