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The Friend Zone

(Game On #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  35,609 ratings  ·  2,419 reviews
Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Bef
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Published May 5th 2015
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Stars

You are the happiness I never realized I needed.

Have you ever started a book and from just the first few pages known that you have a 5 star on your hands? You know what feeling I'm talking about. The permanent goofy smile, the warm and fuzzies in your stomach, the I'll-just-read-one-more-page-and-before-you-know-it-you're-done, book butterflies kind of feeling. That's exactly what happened to me. Now I loved The Hook Up and I was equal parts dying and dreading this book. Why?
• Lisa •
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.


What can I say about this book without sounding like a complete loony. I fell in love with this book like most girls fall in love with chocolate; delighted, with a feeling of finding a new best friend. Ok, so maybe not everybody feels that way about chocolate, but I'm sure you get where I'm going with that? I was so delighted with this diamond of a book. I wanted to squeeze this author after every
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
{BR with Mel, Dee, and Sharon}

"The fact is, Ivy, for me, there is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you."

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Well, I was literally blown away by how much I ended up loving this book. I had my doubts that this could top the first one. This was mainly because I didn't really warm up to Gray until the last 25% of "The Hook Up". I thought he was a shallow manwhore for the most part. But, hell if I wasn't 100% WRONG !!! I fell head o
Geri Reads
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unknown: Mr. Grayson, my father tells me he lent you my car. I don’t really care if he’s going to sign you or not. As said agent’s daughter, I know football players and their ways. So let me be clear. There will be no shenanigans taking place in it or you’ll answer to me. You want to hook up with one of your women, do it in a bed and not in my car. Sincerely, Ivy Mackenzie.

This book had me from that very first text exchange between Gray and Ivy. I knew it was going to be good when the bante
5 "I Devoured This Book" Stars


The Friend Zone is the best "friends to lovers" trope I've read to date. It encompasses everything I want and love in a romance book. It had a solid and credible plot, excellent writing, engaging dialogue, multilayered characterizations, intense chemistry, steamy love scenes and a couple I could root for and fall in love with.

The two main characters, Gray and Ivy, are why I fell in love with this story. Both were so richly developed and relatable that they breathed
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-boyfriends
4.5 “Every Inch” Stars


This story has one hot as hell football player who becomes texting friends (the texts were hilarious, sexy and very cute) with Ivy, his soon to be agent’s oldest daughter.

“Truth? Had we met before the texts, I’d have tried something. She’s funny and smart and hot. Who wouldn’t want her? Shit, I don’t know, man. I just like her. I really like her. She’s the first person I want to talk to. Every day.”

This story was friends to lovers trope that was extremely well done, b
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read

I floved this book!

I adored Glamour Gray. I mean come on, this guy looked like freaking Thor, who wouldn't? He was confident and strong, yet tender and vulnerable. I was scared that he will be in his MO as in The Hook Up, but no, yay! he wasn't whoring around:)))) That's what I like in Kristen Callihan's heros, they are good people - good friends, good boyfriends, simply good.

Ivy was not bad herself either. She was sweet, funny and caring and she was a wonderful friend to Gray. I liked how str
5 Pink Stars.


Gray and Ivy started an unlikely friendship when Ivy texts Gray about his using her car, that was lent to him by her father, since she is away. They start talking every day, about everything and soon become pretty close. It’s all good when she’s living far way, but when Ivy returns everything changes between them.
Now they are best-friends attracted to each other and the feelings between them grow even faster. Neither of them wants to do anything about if afraid it’ll ruin their
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Re-read 11/5/15 - My favorite of the series

Awwwww man, so sad it's over! And so impressed I'm 2/2 today with 5 star reads! LOVED this. Review to come...

Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

** 4,5-5 “The sum of my existence = U” STARS **

GrayG: I feel like I can tell you anything.

IvyMac: You can. That's what friends do.

GrayG: I've never been friends with a girl before.

IvyMac: I'm honored to be your first.


How could Gray Grayson have known that borrowing his agent's daughter's bubblegum pink car would have such a domino effect on his life? That the car which ended up being the reason for his ridiculous nickname "Glamour Gray" would also be how he meets his best fri
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Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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GIVEAWAY: a kindle set of both books in this series.
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✻DISCLAIMER: My pre-review is a little misleading. Prior to reading this book I assumed it would be about wild college days. While it is about a college football player it isn't filled with partying.

Since my pre-review makes me laugh...I'm leaving it up. Now, that I'm done with the book I don't want to give the wrong impression about what to expect from this one. :)


That’s it. It’s official. Kristen Callihan has now joined the ranks among Christina Lauren for one of my favorite authors of NA/Contemporary reads.



If you know me, you know one of my favorite things to read is friends to lovers, and this book has joined Beautiful Player as one of my all-time favorite friends to lovers reads. I mentioned this in my review for The Hook Up, but as of late, 'light' reads have held zero interest from me. I was beginning to give up hope on
Sophie's Reading Corner
5 **EVERY INCH** stars

Grey Grayson is a football player and his soon to be agent gives him his daughter's car, a bright pink Fiat to use temporarily, since he has given his own car to his best friend.

Ivy Mackenzie texts Grey because of the car and they become text buddies, since she's helping her mom with her bakeries, back in England. But Ivy is coming back at States and it's about time these buddies to meet each other.

"I have the reflexes of a cat."
I snort, totally enjoying myself n
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

Title: The Friend Zone
Series: Game On #2 Can be read as a standalone
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release Date: 5 May, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I love friend to lovers themed stories when they are done just right. I adore the slow built up, characters discovering their true feelings, the push and pull between them, the unbelievable sexual tension. The sparks, the drama, the banter. I am very happy I can say I found it and more in the newest Kristen
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5 ***** Cupcake and Special Sauce stars

Oh My Gawdddd how I love this genre!! I have to say this is hands down my Favourite lordy be this was all finds of good fun times mixed with sexy moments and then the Feels oh the Feels.

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I would say to me this book was what a call a special treat made me dive in with both feet and quell the plot, the friendship the gradual love they shared, the sex but mostly the writing and how abundantly clear to how much these two characters were falling for each oth

Title: The Friend Zone
Series: Game On #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release date: May 5, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

To say that I was excited to get my hands on this book would be a monumental understatement. But I was also a little unnerved about the follow up book to The Hook Up. We all know the danger of how much more cutting the disappointment can be when high expectations aren't met. I was ready for that magic that I felt before, the excitement and the butterflies
S.M. West
4.5 Shenanigans STARS

Lately,I’ve been in a whirlwind of wickedly wonderful NA reads and this has totally taken me by surprise!!

This second book in the Game On series is just as brilliant as the first. The prologue sucked me in… I don’t know how Ms. Callihan does it…even though Ivy and Gray were just friends at the onset; from Ivy’s first text to Gray, the chemistry, the “click” between these two was so evident and so natural, perfect and beautiful.

I’d fallen for Gray, the insanely gorgeous
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kristen Callihan Fans, Friends to Lovers,Football, NA Romance
4.25 Every Inch Stars
* * * * 1/4 Spoiler Free-Warning, Long Ass Review
I am fascinated by an author's ability to create people from scratch. To think about a person... give them the physical characteristics and then, more importantly, the inner makings of who they are. That to me is an art form.

There are authors who give us these people; they are there...We see them in our mind...yet when push comes to shove... could we be there in their heads...deep down and see how they feel about the little th
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

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"You've owned me from 'Shenanigans,' Ivy Mac."

Gray, Gray, Gray, Gray, Gray. Loveable and affable, he is both a heart and panty melter that's for sure.

In book 1 The Hook Up, we learnt that Gray Grayson is not only a football player on the field but a bit of a player off the field. However, from the minute he texts Ivy Mackenzie he's smitten. Ivy is the daughter of his soon to be sports agent, and whe
Stacey is Sassy
Cupcake pushed his Ivy Mac out of her Zone and it was Game On...

I am again burdened with guilt that I have maligned the genre of NA when books like The Friend Zone are out there. I now admit I'm a fan of NA...well Kristen Callihan NA. So far this series has filled me with emotions. I have laughed out loud at the characters shenanigans, teared up at the pain the characters felt, impressed with the hot and sexy scenes and content that we see this couple connect and communicate in and out of the be
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ivy has been living in the United Kingdom with her mother and helping in her bakery, she is scheduled to come home soon when she receives a text from Gray Grayson. Gray is a college football player who will hopefully be playing professionally soon.

It’s simple, really. I party because it’s fun. Enjoy women because I love them. Love their sweet scent, their musical laughter, and their soft curves. Play football because it’s the greatest fucking game on earth.

That is how he enters Ivy’s
Hulya Kara Yuksel
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!

This book was smoking hot and now I'm just as wet as Niagara Falls because of the amazing Gray Grayson. :D Ahhh I loved him a lot... <3

Ps. I’m officially addicted this series, so I’m moving onto the next book! Dex, wait for me babe! I’m “coming”….Literally! :D


Title: The Friend Zone
Series: Game On, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release date: 5th May, 2015
Rating: 4.5 "Cheerios will never be the same" stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Reading The Hook Up was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. I believe I said “Kristen Callihan gives good NA!!” After completing The Friend Zone, I can safely say this was not only a repeat performance but in fact worthy of a standing ovation.

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The Friend Zone focuses on Grey Grayson, best frien
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
➳ How can one ever get tired of this series when they have such an appetizing cover... Plus G is such a puppy that I want to snuggle with...

➳Follow Me On:
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars

I enjoyed this but I lost interest after a while. I hate what happened at the end. It rates as one of my top pet peeves. Also the amount of lusting over Gray's body was mentioned a tad too many times. Granted I was the same throughout the book!

Despite my nitpicking, sometimes these are the type of books you need to escape. Loads of banter, great sexual tension, a good amount of sexy time, fun characters, and a friends to lovers feel good romance that felt believable.

ARC provided by the
Kristen Callihan sneaked this onto me! After reading The Hook Up, I had decided Drew Baylor was going to be the ultimate book boyfriend, but dear God I absolutely love Gray and the main reason? He is a maths and engineering major. While I don't judge on the basis of your favorite subject(ha, I totally do) but I, being one of the math nerds, really almost cried reading that. Gray Grayson: A man after my own heart.
I loved him and I loved Ivy too. Their friendship and relationship felt easy yet so
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5 Gray and Ivy STARS

This is my first book from Kristen Callihan and I read it in one day so you can understand how much I loved it!! It had exactly what I needed! It's funny,sweet and hot!I didn't want to finish it, I wish it has more!I'm a fan of books that start with the characters as friends and then become lovers!And did you see the cover??? Wow..


This story begins with Ivy and Gray

RATING: 5 "Every Inch" Hearts!! <3 :)

"The fact is, Ivy, for me, there is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you."

Friends-to-lovers is one of my all time favourite tropes, and The Friend Zone is one of the best I have read to date. Gray and Ivy are two of the most genuine and realistic characters; they make mistakes, they atone for them, and learn in the process. That, coupled with their easy-going personalities is what made this read so enjoyable. Not only are they ea
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

I'm sorry I don't have time for a proper review, I'm too busy

(A) Swooning over Gray

(B) Laughing my ass off


(C) Praying Londo gets a book and (view spoiler)

This book was sweet, steamy, funny, and low drama! Just the kind of book for me! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

By just picturing Gray driving around in Ivy's pink Fiat, I knew that this was going to be a good story. However, it still took me by surprise!

Ivy is pretty livid when she finds out her Dad loaned Gray her car and she texts Gray to let him know that in no uncertain terms. Instead of Gray getting upset over the text, he responds to her sarcasm with sarcasm and so began the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Seriously, they both realize how important their friendship is and will not do a
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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo ...more

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