Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned, #1)” as Want to Read:
Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Friend-Zoned #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  25,632 ratings  ·  2,148 reviews
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 Tin
Nook, Second, 315 pages
Published April 12th 2013
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Wallbanger by Alice ClaytonPlaying for Keeps by R.L. MathewsonSeduction and Snacks by Tara SivecTangled by Emma ChasePerfection by R.L. Mathewson
Funny as Hell!
2,235 books — 6,192 voters
Wallbanger by Alice ClaytonPlaying for Keeps by R.L. MathewsonTangled by Emma ChaseBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireBeautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Best Banter in Romance
878 books — 2,020 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.96  · 
Rating details
 ·  25,632 ratings  ·  2,148 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Friend-Zoned (Friend-Zoned, #1)
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I GIVE! I SURRENDER! I can't take it anymore!

UGH! Okay here's a list:

1. The writing is juvenile. Seriously.

2. The MC cries over everything, slut shames, and acts ridiculous. She feels like a teenager and is supposed to be 28. Also, she's supposed to have lost her daughter, and I just don't feel that at all. It feels like a plot device, which is all it is.

3. Nik is a woman with a penis. Enough said.

4. This quote: "When Mimi told me she was bi-sexual I was shocked. She didn't look the type. Don't
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Lets Be Friends stars!!!!
 photo cad5d151-a524-415b-bffe-d33d7eeed505_zpsc557c664.jpg

After all the intense, emotional books I’ve read lately, I needed a pick me up- a feel good read... this had some touching and emotional moments, but overall it was hilarious, charming, sweet, sexy and EXACTLY what I needed!

Tina is a store owner in NYC. After a heartbreaking few years in California, she wanted a fresh start. Tina is funny, sweet, loving and kind. A fabulous heroine.

Nik owns the club across the street from Tina’s store. He is oh so sexy! Tina no
Belle Aurora
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey there,
I won't be reviewing my own work but ask that you take a minute after you read Friend-zoned to leave an honest review.
Thanks so much for your support.

Belle x
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Jen

3.5 stars

"So we can be friends, right?"
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I...? Did I just get Friend-zoned?


Funny, cute, well-written.

Here's my friend, Jen's wonderful review with actual words, and she says everything that I think of this one.

Thanks Jen!
• Lisa •



"Did I ... ? Did I just get friend - zoned?"

There was plenty to love about 'Friend zoned' in fact for the first 55% I had that feeling of 'best book of 2013', but unfortunately this went a little south around the 60% mark and I felt a little conflicted about my initial love for the book, I think my main issue was the differing story lines, was I reading a light weight romance, or action suspense story? Nevertheless I would definitely recommend 'Friend -Zoned' to those that love chick
Pearl Angeli
(Buddyread with Allie. Check out her full review. :))

Friend-Zoned is one of those books you would gladly read for pleasure. It's hilarious and practically delightful. Belle Aurora laced this book with humor and pure entertainment that readers will surely laugh out loud.

This book is actually a decent NA read. But while I didn't hate it or anything, it left quite me unsatisfied because I was expecting something different. I loved the story. The plot was simple and interesting but I wasn't convince
I tend to love friends to lovers stories. They're so honest and relatable if ever you found yourself in a similar situation from times past.

But, I didn't love this one.

To be honest, I actually contemplated shelving it about 65% in. Why?

Tina. It was all Tina's fault, hehe!

The plot was cool. The secondary characters were cool, especially Ghost. There was just something about him. I found myself wanting to know his story and luckily book #2 will be about him and Natalie--if I decide to read it-- Bu
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Yes I did finish this, because clearly miracles actually happen!


What the fuck did I just read, someone please explain to me how the fuck so many people gave this book 5 stars. The only reasoning I can come to is that they were drunk and on some really trippy drugs because this was just a whole load of stupid.

This heroine is supposed to be 28?! Really? I mean REALLY? I thought she was 12 because this bitch was the most immature character I have ever read about. I wanted to slap her so hard her w
5 Friend-Zoned Stars!

Tina is a broken girl who tries to see the good in everything. So when trough the glass of her store she can see her handsome but broody neighbor that never smiles, she knows that she has to do something. So she sends him candy and a note. Eventually he finds out who she is and they form some kind of friendship. Being a broken girl who refused to give her heart again she only wants friendship with him. But one his past gets in the way and they get closer, maybe friendship i
The amount of great reviews for this book is mind-boggling. Is this the first book all these 4 and 5-star reviewers have ever read and, thus, they don't know any better? Are all of these 4 and 5-star reviewers naive 11-year olds?

DNF at page 61 and here are the reasons why:
1. Simplistic and juvenile writing (and that's me being kind because it was pretty crappy) that read like bad fanfiction. The constant switching between POVs didn't help with this either and I usually love dual POVs;
2. Horribl
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Clap your hands, plastic lips and penis Tetris...

None of which will make sense until you read Friend-Zoned, but I'm giddy. Slap your ass giddy! Hallelujah, amen a book that finally killed insta-love with sexual tension. A book that knows how to make us wait, tease us, draw it out, tickle our fancy. By the way "Fancy" is the name of my....never mind.

Sexual tension is the elixir of life, the nectar of the gods...a smooth shot of tequila!! My thirst has been quenched. Nik and Tina's sexually charg
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
How ridiculous I am to think Friend-Zoned is a mafia book? I picked it up without reading the blurb just to set my mood for a romantic suspense and after several chapters, I was laughing out loud. Never would I've thought it's a romantic comedy and I actually had a good time reading this.

Valentina Tomic is the owner of a clothing boutique called Safira. She's sassy, bold, bubbly and hilarious. Despite being immature, I can't help laughing on her shenanigans. I think it's her way of coping after
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"

A funny, not to mention SEXY, friends to lovers story gets me every damned time. Tina and Nik were so perfect together, from the moment she meets him by sending him candy wax lips in the hopes she'd finally see him smile until their eventual HEA. Luckily there's a large and entertaining set of supporting characters that managed to add to the story rather than convoluting it.

"Ceecee, we are ladies and princesses, and we do not say b i t c
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Friend Zoned brought out so many emotions in me. This book was quirky and funny, sad and tragic, action packed and exciting.

Tina Tomic is the owner of Safira clothing store. She left her life in California for a new start two years ago. While looking out her store window, she notices the gorgeous owner of The White Rabbit night club across the street Nikolai Leokov taking smoke breaks.

Tina works with two great girls, Lola and Meems. Her best friend, Nan is expected to move in with her and st
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4 Stars ♥♥♥

●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●

“So we can be friends, right?”

Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I…? Did I just get Friend-zoned?
I look over again to see Tina nodding vigorously and smiling brightly.
Wow, this has never happened to me before.

●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●

This book was so awesome! It had a little bit of everything. I think it's the perfect book if you don't want a read that has over the top angst.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I think I may have encephalitis, because I can't think of any other reason for reading this and not DNF-ing it. It sucked Donkey Kong's pixelated balls.

Let's go over how this sucked:
1. The writing style.
A)It is one of the most annoying and disjointed. Instead of the usual block paragraphs, it's a collection of one or two sentence paragraphs. It's written like a text message conversation most of the time.
B) Beyond overly descriptive and not in a purple prose way. It tells step by step what the
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*
3.5-4 stars


This book started off totally awesome!
I was ecstatic! It reminded me so much of Wallbanger because it was just so funny.

Valentina (Tina) and Nikolai (Nik) are neighbours.
Not literally but Tina their businesses are opposite each other.

Tina owns a clothing store and Nik owns a club across the road.
Tina sees Nik outside smoking but never smiling or happy so she sends him candy with a note saying he should smile though.
When Tina does something sweet and selfless for Nik he is shocked
EDIT[4/2/15] well I didn't like this as much as my first time. It was too too suger coated!! But I am not going to change my main review, just the rating..

4.5 Stars!
Ahh, the power of candy. Who knew it could be the beginning of something this beautiful?
I actually find this really surprising, I have been reading NA books one after another and each of them ended up disappointing me more and more, but this book! Oh sweet Jesus this book! Its done something to me! It twisted my heart , playe gam
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5 Stars

I want to protect her from everything that’s bad in the world. I want her to need me. But we’re friends. And friends don’t do shit like that.

I love, Love, LOVE friends to lover type stories, and this story is as awesome as it gets. This was so freaking cute! I had such a toothache from smiling so much. OMG, this story has everything: Strong Alpha Hero, a loveable-non-annoying heroine, a wonderful cast of supporting characters (whom I can easily see myself being friends with, too), t
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow!!! What A Sexy Sweet Story! LOVED IT

I got exactly what I was looking for with this book.. a sweet steamy romance with very little angst, a whole lot of chemistry and steam, a little suspense, and an HEA!! The chemistry between Nik and Tina was amazing and I loved how they started out as friends--even though they were both extreamly attracted to each other from the beginning. Throw in his friends and family and her friends and this book was so much fun! I started this book late Thursday
4 Stars (Originally Read with just a star rating 10/22/2013)

3 Stars (Re-Read with review 10/17/2020)

Overall Opinion: This was great for the first half! I loved the whole development of friendship that develops into something more aspects! I just wasn’t a fan of having a gang relation to the family and stalker type situation. It felt corny and OTT. They also got a little too mushy too quickly for my tastes. I rated this 4 stars the first time I read it, but I (sadly) think I’m going to have to lo
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-read-again
First, I don't think I've ever disagreed more strongly with my book friends than I do about this book!! I also feel that if anyone gives a 1 or 2 star rating, it deserves an explanation. Especially since I've read some of Belle's other work and really loved it!! And I will continue to read her books, I just really didn't like this one and there are several reasons.

1. Too many grammatical errors. This reads like unedited fan fiction. ("date rate drug", "we're" instead of "were", there were others
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Friend-Zoned is the very cute story of Tina and Nik. Tina has been in been in New York for the past couple of years. She's moved there to have a fresh start after having gone through some very painful experiences. While there she has opened her own clothing store and it is while working that she first sees a very sullen Nik take his smoke breaks. Since she hates to see anyone sad, one day she writes him an anonymous note with a piece of candy and that is where our story begins.

Tina and Nik alon
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars

The Good:
I loved the author's voice. She has that casual writing style (a la Kristen Ashley) that makes you feel like you're a part of the action, best friends with the girls, and either lusting after the men or wanting them to just be in your vicinity to protect you. The women are quirky as hell, each of them with their own set of wacky one liners and silly idiosyncrasies. It's easy to relate to them, because they actually seem like real people.

Tina owns a clothing boutique and lo
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I don't even know how to explain this to u all !!

No !!! It made me feel GREAT !!!

This book had EVERYTHING I needed right now :)

It was soooooo freaking cute that I wanted to pinch it's cheeks & blow raspberry's on its tummy !!!!

The cast of characters were refreshing & wonderful !!! Each were unique & individual . The girls were funny & sassy .... They were like a mix between watching a friends tv show & kristen Ashley's rock chicks !!!
Awww. This was just the light-hearted, fun, feel good read I wanted. It's entirely unrealistic and a little juvenile, but it was just such a joy to read!
Friend-Zoned, much as the title suggests, follows two people who have defined each other as friends. Tina is the manager of a clothing store and has a tragic past. Nik owns a successful nightclub across the street from Tina's clothing store and has his own baggage to carry. This was one of the cutest romances I've read for a long time and I just
I love a good friends-to-lovers story, but I suspect I may be too cynical for such a sweet book. While I really liked the premise, and the way that the story played out, I found the heroine irritatingly sweet and thought parts of it were really corny.

Tina sees the best in everybody, she wants to help everybody, she’s affectionate, and loving, and sees the bright side of every situation. Yeah, these are good qualities to have, but it was just a bit much for me. She was so annoyingly perfect, and
Zakirrah BookBlogger
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 Amazing Stars!!

"Oh. My. God.
Angels must have broken out in song when this man was born. I feel like breaking out in song.
He is so handsome"

This book had a little bit of everything in it.I was hooked on it the moment i started reading and yes i stayed up late to finish this book and it was soooo worth it!

It is a story about Tina who has moved from California to New York a few years back to get away from the past that still haunts her she owns a boutique opposite a club called The White Rabbit
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Review @ Under the Covers

Valentina Tomic, Tina to her friends, has watched the unbelievably hunky man who works across the street from her shop come out for his break three times a day, not once has he cracked a smile. She decides to try and brighten up his day. She never knew that some sweets and a note would lead to her actually becoming friends with him, even if what she starts to feel for him does starts to bat him out the friend zone.

I got this book on the off chance, I felt like taking a
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Help me find this book pls? [s] 4 42 Nov 10, 2019 09:16PM  
YA Buddy Readers'...: Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora -- Starting July 2nd 2018 49 23 Jul 19, 2018 11:21PM  
Music in books. 4 80 Dec 08, 2014 03:55PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Comedian Gone Wrong
  • Hollywood Girlfriend
  • Double Trouble
  • Battersea Parker
  • I Am Stalker
  • Battersea Parker 2
  • Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)
  • Until November (Until, #1)
  • Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1)
  • Checkmate (Neighbor from Hell, #3)
  • Tangled (Tangled, #1)
  • Uck It List
  • Perfection (Neighbor from Hell, #2)
  • The Cure Hotel
  • Until Trevor (Until, #2)
  • Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1)
  • Truce (Neighbor from Hell, #4)
  • Sudden Response (EMS, #1)
See similar books…
Belle Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under.
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and laughte

Other books in the series

Friend-Zoned (4 books)
  • Love Thy Neighbour (Friend-Zoned, #2)
  • Sugar Rush (Friend-Zoned, #3)
  • How to Marry an Idiot (Friend-Zoned, #4)

News & Interviews

  Let your voice be heard! We need your help selecting the best books of the year during the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards, our 12th annual...
48 likes · 19 comments
“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”
“Some days are just hard and you want to go asleep and wake up a week from now knowing the problem is gone. Everyone feels like that once in a while.
Life can be overwhelming.”
More quotes…