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. except since ainsley is the first woman in a long time that ryan hasn't just picked up in a bar, it's hard to stay casual. and before he realizes it they are doing serious couple-type things. when he tries to pull back on a camping trip because he knows he's getting too deep, things backfire. he's so terrified of being in a committed relationship because he's so afraid of being a deadbeat like his dad. and while ainsley didn't expect to enjoy spending this much time with ryan, but she's gotten to see another side of him. one she believes is worth knowing. maybe being serious isn't necessary all the time, but being casual all the time isn't the answer either.
ainsley gives up on her long-held beliefs more quickly than ryan does. though finally having an honest conversation with his mom gets his head on straight. she reminds him that while he is his father's son, he's also her son. and the fact that he loves and adores the people closest to him already makes him a different person. he's not the type to abandon his friends or his family. so he should have a little more faith in himself. and he should let ainsley have some faith in him. because from the moment he came to her rescue at their friends' engagement party, he's had her back.
most of the time actions speak louder than words. ainsley and ryan just need to learn to listen to the things that remain unsaid. mainly, that they are perfect for each other even if they appear to be opposites in every way.
**crossing the friend zone will publish on march 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.