Review: The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan

friend zone

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. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on.


I love how sweet and funny this book started off. Gray and Ivy have never met, but their text conversations are just adorable. Through this they quickly form a tight friendship despite the distance. When Ivy returns home, they finally get to meet and it’s even better than expected.

They immediately pick up where their text conversation left off. This friendship is important to both of them, and they don’t want to mess things up by adding complications like sex etc. I mean, they’re not blind and it’s clear they find each other attractive, they’ve just decided not to act on it. Though it’s isn’t that easy, the temptation is often killing them.

Though nobody really understands why they don’t. Pretty much everyone is rooting for them to get together for real, ’cause they’re practically in a relationship just without all the fun bedroom activities. I understand their reluctance though ’till a certain point.

Gray has quite the reputation, and has never felt the need for a serious relationship. He’s a lot about living in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest. Now with Ivy in the picture though, she’s the only girl he wants to hang out with. He quickly realizes how much she means to him and how badly he wants her in his life for all time. Convincing Ivy of that though isn’t easy.

Ivy has grown up around big shot athletes, so on first sight she shouldn’t be so impressed by Gray. He’s her friend, and she likes him in that position, adding anything more would just screw things up. Still it becomes more and more difficult to keep her attraction to him at bay, when giving in would mean so many good things.

There is this constant push and pull between fighting their attraction, and holding on to that friendship. You know where it is going to end up though. Still I loved getting to know these characters. Gray is an amazing guy. He’s not just extremely fit, he’s also borderline genius, and has a great sense of humor. His loyalty towards his friends was admirable and sweet.

Ivy is certainly witty, and I liked that relaxed atmosphere between her and Grey. Those getting to know each other moments were so nice to read about. Their connection isn’t an instant one, it grows gradually and has its ups and downs, making it feel all the more real to me.

Adorable, flirty, sassy and sexy, this story will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

4 stars

Game On – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

the hook up  friend zone

The Hook Up: My reviewAmazon USAmazon UK

The Friend ZoneAmazon USAmazon UK

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