Tormented by a past relationship that she can’t seem to escape, Chloe feels like her only option is to swear off men completely. Two years later, the self-imposed “man-ban” is still going strong, but then Skye walks back into her life. Skye left Bartow thirteen years ago an awkward, pimple-faced boy who didn’t quite fit in, but the man that returns evokes a white-hot fire of desire in her.
Chloe is the only woman Skye has ever loved and he’s not about to let her slip through his fingers again. She may want to put him in the friend zone, but he knows her desire for him is simmering just below the surface. Just when Skye thinks he’s finally broken down the walls of stone around Chloe’s heart, something happens that will leave them both devastated and broken. Are they strong enough to survive?
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I really liked Tabetha Thompson’s THE FRIEND ZONE: CHLOE AND SKYE. It grabbed and kept my attention right from the first. I was happy to be caught up in the reunion of these two characters after not seeing each other for ten years and their love story. It was sweet thay Skye had held onto his love and his dream of being with Chloe all that time. He thought she was beautiful when they knew each other in high school and finds her even sexier now. He realizes what he let slip by ten years ago and isn’t about to make that mistake again.
I loved that Chloe is floored when she sees him again because she remembers him as quiet and kind of awkward, and now he is all kinds of tall, smooth & sexy with a sultry voice and killer body she finds irresistible despite two year moratorium on men. Chloe has had some seriously bad luck with men in the past ten years, especially with her most recent ex, Todd, and has serious trust issues. The only man she does trust is Tom, her boss, and friend since childhood who has also been friends with Skye since high school
These two had some serious attraction and incredible chemistry which made all their scenes sizzle whether it be from the banter or the steamy sex. Ms. Thompson makes the scene’s even more personal to the reader by alternating the POV between Skye and Chloe and giving us insight into their internal desires and struggles. They both have strong-willed and witty personalities and interact well not just together but with their friends, so there is some fun dialogue that brings quite a bit of humor to the story. Ms. Thompson also gives us some great secondary characters in their friends, Sara, Brady, Harley, Tom, Kasey, Crystal, and Anna, who I hope she intends to give their own story eventually.
There is also some major drama from Todd who feels Chloe is his and seeing her with Skye brings out his abusive possessive side. The book ends in a cliffhanger with the eruption of his violent jealousy, but the second novella, More Than Friends, is already available and is just as wonderful as The Friend Zone. Both are must-reads! 4 stars
~Complimentary copy provided in exchange for a honest review.