Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He's so good at his job that he's booked months in advance.
An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.
Time passes and Quinn is smitten.
There's only one problem...
The client is his best friends little sister.
She's off limits.
He knows better.
Staying away from one another is easier said than done.
Mia is doing something she wouldn't ever do - she's being naughty! And by naughty, I mean she's searching through a male escort site for the perfect man to take her V-Card. She's a self-described "socially awkward" virgin. So when she decides to be brave, come out of her shell, and find someone to help her into womanhood, she knows who the perfect man is going to be...
That perfect man just happens to be her brother's best friend Matt Quinn.
Before she can chicken-out, she sends him an email through his company's website as "Maya," indicating that she is normally very anxious around men, but his smile put her at ease. When she receives an email back from him asking to meet in person before their 'date', she decides it's a bad idea and tries to cancel. For some reason Quinn is intrigued, and emails her again, and thus starts their relationship.
"He responded. Not only had Matt Quinn responded, but he's also flirted a little. Kind of. I think."
She reveals to him that despite a few dates, and close sexual encounters that were less than satisfying, Mia/Maya is still very inexperienced when it comes to men.
"I wanted Quinn, for sure. But he served a purpose. I needed his help."
She discloses that she's a 26-year old virgin and wants her to teach her the basics, and he suddenly finds he doesn't want to let this one go - he wants her friendship and to help her with her, ahem, situation.
His friend Harry (and Mia's brother) warns him: "You taking this girl's feelings and reciprocating them, making a friendship, then when you realize it's too much, you're going to cut her off....Girls like that are fragile. Shut it down now, before you become too attached."
From witty emails, to text messages, and finally to phone calls, Quinn tries to put her at ease while learning about her needs for their encounter. Told from dual points of view, the novel takes you through both perspectives of their relationship. They end up discovering each other, forming a friendship, and becoming attached to each other. And they haven't even met.
Throw in two hilarious and supportive gay neighbors that give Mia a much needed makeover, her good friend also dealing with dating, a cranky boss at work, and a few other supporting characters and you end up with a charming novel that isn't what you might expect from the blurb. Of course, the truth comes out about who she really is, and you learn just why she selected Quinn to be "the one."*Swoon!* (and I really really want to include the quote but can't...you need to read it and discover the sweetness for yourself!).
Go get this one! It's one of my favorite reads this year! After reading a few duds, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this one. Much like her prior works, this one has the witty banter of Friend-Zoned, and is an perfect read for those looking for a fun HEA. I have to wonder if there is another story to be told in this series....as I can TOTALLY see a book for Mia's brother Harry.
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About the Author:
Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under.At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown's Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. With words.With writing.With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.