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Crossing the Friend Zone

(Belmont Beach Brides #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  30 reviews
From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she'll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend--and total manwhore--Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her hea ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Forever Yours
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3.5 “No Friend Zone” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Forever Yours!

Crossing the Friend Zone is the third title in Kelly Eadon’s debut series, and I had the pleasure of reading all three of them. Lucky me!

For now (not sure if this is supposed to be the last book in the series or not), The Family Man is still my favorite, but once again Kelly Eadon did a great job creating a sweet romance with likable characters.

In this book, we get to see more of Ainsley and Ryan, characters we met back in boo
Isha Coleman
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC Review: Crossing the Friend Zone (Belmont Beach Brides) by Kelly Eadon

Kelly Eadon is a new discovery for me, but I'm enjoying her work. The biggest lure for me is that she can lighten the mood just as quickly as she can break your heart. All while tempting your soul. Her stories are great way to sit back, relax and get away from the daily grind. Crossing the Friend Zone is a perfect expect novel. Short enough to flirt but just the right length to leave a reader craving more. Ryan and Ainsley
Tales Of A Bookbug
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Another great read from Kelly Eadon!The third book in the Belmont Beach Brides series focuses on Ainsley and Ryan!All the books in the series can be read as standalones,but I urge you to read all of them as I'm pretty sure you'd love it!

Ainsley has just come out of a relationship.Her boyfriend left for a job overseas without even telling her, when she was expecting him to propose to her.Poor girl!Not only does she have to deal with the questions, but on top of that her snobby,elite parents are d
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
This was an enjoyable book. I loved the friends to lovers story. I also loved that there wasn't a lot of drama and angst. Ryan was so lovable and Ainsley was adorable. I loved them these two together, they made perfect sense and I also loved that they really brought out the best in each other. When the feelings become real, can they commit to them? I really look forward to read more from this author. ...more
Zoey Zane
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hit by Kelly Eadon!

I adored this one from start to finish. It was cute, fluffy, and full of sass. The chemistry is sizzling, and scorching the pages! Crossing the Friend Zone was a lovely, quick read. Any readers of romance would be happy to read this one!

Ainsley is the only one who could tame Ryan, and personally, I wouldn’t want it any other way. They were super cute together and fit even more perfectly than I imagined. An exquisite tale of friends to lovers.

Eadon ties up the final cou
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
A copy was generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

What an enjoyable read! This is the first time I have read Kelly Eadon, but it won't be the last!! It took me a bit to get into the character development but once the author had set the pace, I couldn't put it down. Ainsley and Ryan were perfect for each other!! They shared the same friends, had known each other for a while, and were friends to each other as well. Quite honestly they balanced each other perfectly (maybe th
Heather andrews
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ainsley knows how to put Ryan in his place, “since I carted your drunk *** home last night and tipped the doorman to help carry you into my apartment, I think you’ll eat what I tell you and be grateful for the food.” I loved Ryan he knew how to make his woman feel special, "Ainsley practically skipped up the walkway. Anticipation and satisfaction coursed through him. He’d done this. He’d made her this happy. And it had been so d*** easy too." I really enjoyed this book, I loved the characters.
C bond
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A pretty good read. I really liked this book.l
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Ryan and Ainsley has something special simmering below the surface it just took some time to rise to the top. Ryan had that fun loving guy attraction that drew women to him. He was not over bearing but sweet and endearing. Ainsley felt she knew what was best for her. Keeping Ryan as a friend was what she thought was best for her but life has a way of showing you otherwise. Ainsley and Ryan had a connection that was beyond that of friends. It just took a few well place incidents to open both of t ...more
Cyndi Becker
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Belmont Beach Brides series is a standout in the contemporary romance. Kelly Eadon has managed to take what are some standard tropes and make them feel fresh; a fake wedding date and a second chance, a single father and an unrequited crush, and friends becoming lovers, all feel decidedly unique by her hand. In this case, Ainsley and Ryan of the seem to find themselves in each others company more often then not, and a challenge is born. Can Ryan make Ainsley take dating without the intent to ...more
books are love
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
received in exchange for a honest review.

You cannot help but love Ryan. He was like a puppy and a kid in a candy store. So full of vibrant energy and always enjoying life. Inside though he was a little broken. After what happened with his dad as a kid he closed off the idea of love. He feared the person wouldn’t find him worth it and run from him. He feared he would hurt those that would love him and leave him. So instead he kept life lighthearted.

Ainsley was the serious friend. She didn’t real
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ainsley is dealing with a broken heart and now she needs to face her friends and family at her best friends engagement party and she's glad to face it with her good friends. When Ryan challenges her she takes in on in hopes to also change him a little too and they both set the same rules not falling in love and no sex, just plain fun. Ryan is not a family or relationship kind of guys he likes to have fun and no connections at all to any women. He is set to show Ainsley how to have fun, relax and ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have loved every book in Eadon's Belmont Beach Bride series, but I have to say I think Crossing the Friend Zone has to be my favorite to date. I hoped Ryan would get his own HEA from the minute he entered this series and this book was everything I hoped it would be.

Ryan was funny and charming but a total ladies man. I wasn't sure how Eadon was going to transform his ways but as the story progressed I was happy how it was all coming together. His character grew and I loved seeing a different s
This is book #3 in the Belmont Beach Brides series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

Ainsley and Ryan are already friends. Or are they frenemies? They already rub each other wrong. All the time. What will happen when they rub the right way?

Ryan knows he will have hell to pay with their close group of friends if he pushes her too far. What no one else knows, is the chemistry between them is about to becom
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have discovered Kelly's book a while back when the opportunity to review her first book The Wedding Date was made available. I am not going to explain why, but that book really touched me in ways I did not expect.

From that moment on, I became a huge fan and religiously awaited the next book in the series and to finally to get to this one.

The Belmont Beach Brides series follows the lives and mostly the loves of a group of friends as they meet and fall in love with their significant other. Kate
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-favorite
Kelly Eadon’s Crossing the Friend Zone is the final book in her Belmont Beach Brides series. Each book can be read as a standalone novel. The books intersect via common secondary characters. Ms. Eadon’s series is fun, fun, fun! The three stories are light-hearted and easy to read. While each leads to a HEA ending, the premise, character situations and journey in each story is unique.

Ainsley Sloan is a mess. She is a successful event planner whose life was basically laid out by her demanding par
Rae Sontheyon
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When A Planner Falls For A Player . . .

This is the third novel in the Belmont Beach Brides Series and each novel can be read as a standalone. However, having read only the first novel prior to this release, I did feel a little left out in not knowing all the connections of friends and places mentioned. The main characters are the last two in a group of friends who unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other when they should be nothing but friends and friends only.

In a town like Belmont
Ryan Lawhill is determined to do all he can to help his good friend Ainsley Slone after her recent break-up. His plan is to help her forget her ex by getting her to let her hair down and have some fun. But what starts out as a way to help Ainsley soon turns into so much more. Who knew they had such strong chemistry? Certainly, not him. Except Ryan isn't looking for happy ever after and he's certain Ainsley still is, even after her painful break-up. Will he let the one woman that has managed to w ...more
Ryan is the self-professed “Minister of Fun”, convinced that life is to be grabbed and enjoyed, and relationships are not possible. He’s bold, funny, caring and most definitely someone you’d want to hang out with. Fortunately for him, Ainsley the wedding planner and friend, perhaps even bestie, enjoys his antics and their relationship is easy –because they are friends. Sure, there’s an attraction between them – but that might ruin their friendship, and what would they do then?

Ainsley’s last rel
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon is book number three in the Belmont Beach Brides series. This is Ainsley Slone and Ryan Lawhill's story.

Ainsley is a successful events planner but is going through a bad breakup. Ryan is one of their friends and the group have asked him to help Ainsley forget her breakup.

Ainsley is a planner by nature and always has to have everything in place. Ryan is the party guy, the fun guy. They are always doing and saying things to get the other one going. As they
Char (1RadReader59)
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute story of frenemies. So, here’s the playbook now pay close attention Ainsley Sloan and James have grown up together at the Points community the finer area of town. They’re best friends.
Then, you have Kate and Ryan Lawhill who grew up together and who are also best friends. Somewhere along the way Kate and Ainsley become friends and she introduces her to James and now they are engaged.
The four of them are friends with Griffin and Beth who are a couple and Griffin has a little gir
Eva Scalzo
the belmont beach brides series ends with crossing the friend zone, with wedding planner ainsley sloan taking a bet from her playboy friend, ryan lawhill. ryan thinks ainsley is too serious and studied when it comes to relationships, and this is why she's had no luck. ainsley thinks ryan is full of it, but since breaking up with her long-term boyfriend instead of getting the proposal she expected, she figures why not?

and so for three weeks she agrees to approach relationships the ryan way. excep
Joan Clemente
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another sweet romance (I enjoy romances) that was an easy read. Saw continuing growth in Kelly's writing. Romance lovers should enjoy this book. ...more
Samantha Bilodeau
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from this series, so I can attest to the fact that this is enjoyable as a standalone. I do think I would have enjoyed it more if I were already familiar with the characters.

In this story, we have Ainsley, who is an event organizer for a hotel and also a socialite who was relatively recently dumped by the man everyone figured she would marry. She is uptight, particular, and a serial monogamist, which contrasts with Ryan, our hero. Ryan works in the music industry, managing
Renae McKenzie
Originally Posted on: Rolling with the Moments

I have loved Ryan since The Wedding Date when he Kate cursing his name for changing her ringtone - and we hadn't even met him yet! So a whole book about Ryan? When I found out, it made my bookish heart sing.

At the start if this book, i would've said it's about the classic case of opposites attract. but that's not what I finished the thinking and feeling. I mean, sure, it's a little bit about that, but it more about becoming your best self when wi
This was a cute friends to lovers story. Ryan and Ainsley's chemistry was obvious from previous books in the series, but now that Ainsley is single, they seem to finally realize it themselves. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn't think he's built for commitment and Ainsley got dumped by her boyfriend. She's always cared what people think about her and the break up has tongues wagging, while Ryan doesn't seem to care what people think about him. As Ryan helps her loosen up and not worry too much about wha ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. And, because it’s me, upholding a fine tradition acquired over nearly a year of book blogging, I have not read the preceding two.

As such, I came to Crossing the Friend Zone knowing nothing about Eadon’s style or the characters. When the female main character of Ainsley made her appearance, I suffered one of those instant judgy things because I so don’t like to read books about women whose main goal in life is “the wedding.” I m
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I started reading Kelly Eadon’s books with book #2 in the series, The Family Man, which I absolutely loved. It was a little confusing as I did not read book #1 prior to #2. Even though each can be read as a stand-alone, I would highly suggest reading all of the books in order.

Ryan is a lady’s man who was very funny and a total charmer. He has a number of different women and is not one to be tied down. Living life, family and friends is what is important right now, not a girlfriend nor a long-ter
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crossing the Friend Zone is an adult contemporary romance by author Kelly Eadon. This is the third book in the Belmont Beach Brides series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but each of the books can be read as standalones. They are all set in the same world, and I enjoy seeing the character crossover. I loved Kelly’s easy way with romance and building a connection between characters. Her first book, The Wedding Date, was a feel good read for me, and her next book, The Family M ...more
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