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Rachel Blaufeld’s Friendzoned ARC Review

Thank you to Rachel Blaufeld, Sarina Bowen, Jenn Gaffney and the rest of the World of True North team for the advance reader copy of Friendzoned, the fourth story in the Busy Bean series. This story releases on May 24th!

Who does not love a second chance romance of epic proportions! A second chance on getting with your high school crush when you are in your thirties. Read all my World of True North reviews here.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“When Murphy Landon, the New York socialite, runs off to Vermont with her bruised reputation and stylish wardrobe in the trunk of a used car, it’s the first time in her life she’s dared to turn her back on her high-society parents.

Used to grabbing a gourmet coffee whenever the urge strikes, Murphy finds herself on the other side of the counter, fumbling strangers’ orders…until a sinfully handsome thirty-three year old version of Ben Rooney from high school walks in.

The pair met years ago at a prestigious boarding school and became friends, but only behind closed doors. She’d been a spoiled brat, and he was a football player on scholarship. Ben tried to hide his crush on her, and Murphy set firm boundaries. After a prom night gone wrong, they’d gone their separate ways.

Now their circumstances are reversed. Ben is a successful surgeon. He’s come a long way from his parents’ humble maple syrup business. And Murphy is pouring his coffee? Is this a joke?

His first thought is that she should drive her gorgeous self right back to New York, where she can’t possibly break his heart. His second one is deep concern. His third thought is he wants a do-over of prom night. A very adult one…

With plenty of secrets between them, copious pure maple syrup, Ben and Murphy are in for a wild and sticky ride.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Murphy was the spoiled rich girl, that got everything handed her. But now she is making her own way in life. Away from New York City, the best of Murphy comes out and she is passionate, dedicated, and hardworking. I loved her character and I equally loved the hero of the story, Ben. Ben was the poor kid at the prep school and is now a successful doctor. Ben is adorable, providing Murphy with cute dates, a caring attitude and talking her up to everyone around Colebury.
  • Setting: The story is set in Colebury, Vermont a little town with cute businesses like the Busy Bean and the Gin Mill. Murphy becomes the newest Busy Bean barista which prompts Ben to keep coming by for his usual Americano as many days as possible. I loved the community of Colebury and how they supported Murphy in embracing Vermont over New York City. My favourite friendship was between Murphy and Hunnie. I love Hunnie’s character and I really hope we get her love story soon.
  • Pacing: The pacing was pretty good overall. I did enjoy the relationship pacing. It took the characters some time to get hot and heavy. I loved the slow burn of the relationship. I did find the ending a bit rushed though.
  • Romance: What a beautiful second chance for these characters. It feels like they got to re-do the relationship they could have had in high school. They sure made out like horny teens haha. I kinda loved how much they spent their time playing tonsil hockey. This is the kind of romance where the girl fights her feelings and denies that the guy has them back. While basically everyone else in Colebury from Hunnie to the gals of the Busy Bean are like hey girl he’s only got eyes for you.

Friendzoned receives four out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…


Thank you again to Rachel, Sarina, Jenn and the rest of the team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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