Published by Entangled Teen – Release Date 8/14
Genre: YA Contemporary
The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.
Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.
Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.
If you could be any age again for a year, what age would it be? Why?
If I could be any age again for an entire year, I would choose eighteen.
There are many reasons why I would want to venture backward to the age where you’re thrown into adulthood with great expectations and little experience. I’d make sure to save more money, worry less, and focus on the present as much as possible. Things I can now only truly appreciate because there is a little more than a decade’s worth of time between then and now.
Most importantly though, I would return to that age because it’s how old I was when I met my husband.
We met in a freshman English class in college. He liked to poke fun at me, always pointing out my penchant for showing up to class in whacky pajama pants, and my inability to not raise my hand when the professor posed a question. After that first class we found out we’d both been hired on to work as “seasonal help” at Best Buy, both of us trying to earn extra cash for the vastly compiling college expenses…not at all because we were both obsessed with movies and wanted the discount, lol.
We became fast friends. Our connection was strong and instant, but we were just friends. We enjoyed spending time together, whether it be at work, class, or for fun. He was the kind of friend I’d never had before. One who actually listened, one who cared, one who always had my back no matter what. I’d never experienced that with anyone—that kind of true friendship that even time apart couldn’t diminish. We started conversations like we’d never stopped, even if it’d been a week since we’d last seen each other. He made everything fun—even standing in line for hours to buy books for class was an adventure.
Looking back now, I can’t believe I didn’t realize how madly in love I was with that boy. I have little regrets in my life—I’m super blessed to be where I am—but that is one that I’ll always have. That I didn’t act sooner. That I was blind to the way my heart jolted every time he walked into the room, that at the end of an insanely hard day he was the one person I wanted to see.
I’d love to go back and shake myself awake. I’d love to have more years loving my husband beyond friendship. More years knowing what it’s like to be loved for exactly who you are, not who people think you should be. That is why loving your best friend is life-changing, because they already know and cherish everything about you.
So, if I could go back and relive the year I was eighteen, I would with my eyes open. Because it took me five years to realize how insanely in love I was with my best friend, and if I’d noticed it that first year…we’d only have more adventures to add to the memories we already have.
Fynn, in LOVE ON THE FRIEND ZONE, deals with many of the same faults throughout the book. The blindness to what is right in front of him, and we connected a great deal as I wrote his and Braylen’s story. I guess you could say I’m a sucker for the friends to lovers trope, and I’m sure after this post it isn’t hard to see why J
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