Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned #1) – Belle Aurora

Friend-ZonedI never heard the term “friend zone” before 2005 when I watched the hilarious movie Just Friends starring the delicious Ryan Reynolds and though I am sure it is a construct of the 2000s how I wish my teenaged self could have read Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora. Tina owns a high end clothing shop, each day she sees a very attractive but dour looking man smoking outside the bar across the street. On a whim she sends a bag of candy and a note. Nik, the owner of the White Rabbit isn’t used to to dealing with people who don’t have ulterior motives. The gift of a bag waxed candy lips is highly suspect and before he has a chance to even think “thanks but no thanks”, to another what he thinks is a thinly veiled come on, Tina has neatly placed him in the “friend zone”.

Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended. Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal. When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man. Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.
Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.
A story of friendship, humor and love.

Despite her attraction to Nik, Tina’s declaration of friendship is not the brilliant strategy to seduce him that it may seem initially, instead it is an evasion. After a devastating betrayal Tina has sworn to avoid romantic entanglements at all costs. Nik also has his reasons why he is avoiding romantic entanglements, in short they are perfect for each other and as is typical everyone knows it but them.

Belle Aurora has penned a nice story, instead of the all too common heavy handed angst ridden approach, she has deftly and subtly touches on weighty subjects like death and disability. Perhaps Tina’s character is at times overly sweet and a touch naive but again this is a pleasant change from the over wrought melodramatic themes that have dominated a number of novels available recently. She reinforces the strength of the bonds of friendship and family in a fairly realistic if not slightly idealized manner. Reading this story made me want to of all things revisit my kitchen and see if I could brush up on my baking skills because as Tina says really who doesn’t want a cupcake?

AUTHOR: Belle Aurora

RATING: 3 1/2  Stars

GENRE: Romance

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