The Best Friend Zone (Knights of Dallas Book 2) by Nicole Snow

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Just friends? Is a peach pie to the face “just” a little mishap?
I know what I felt the day Quinn Faulkner saved me from death by dessert.
My best friend was always The One. The Impossible.

Older. Flawless. Brutally gorgeous. A small-town prince of summer crushes.
Leagues above a tag-along dance nerd like me.

Years later, my uncle needs a goat wrangler. I just need an escape.
What better way to flee a cheating ex and dumpster fire career?
What better way to collide with the boy who got away?
And now he’s an atrociously hot, mysterious, overprotective beast.

Breathe in. Breathe out.
I’m grown up now.
Unmoved by his slayer charms and heart-stompy memories.
I can’t stay to unravel his darkness—or savor his vows to protect me.
We’re safely platonic.

Until the Ferris wheel incident.
Then we’re alone with a tension so thick you can chew it.
Quinn kisses me like no tomorrow. Truly. Madly. All in.
I wanted to piece my life back together.
Will shattering the best friend zone leave us whole or heartbroken?

My Review

This is the second book set in Dallas, North Dakota and follows Ridge’s friend Quinn Faulkner and his childhood bestie Tory. He’s remodeling his grandpa’s house and she’s recovering from an injury caused by a viscous co-worker. The first time they see each other again is when she’s hanging on for dear life while swinging over a ditch on her first goat wrangling job. It’s a pretty cute way to kick off their story.

In this installment, it’s Faulkner’s past that comes back to get them – and does it ever! Poor Tory is just trying to recover and manage being around her childhood crush without making a fool of herself or ruining what they’ve got. They have to work through the usual I-want-them-but-I-don’t-want-to-ruin-our-friendship issues. Tory realizes what she really wants for her future and Quinn figures out how to overcome his guilt from the past. They do it with heart and it’s very sweet to watch (and steamy good fun as well!).

I gotta say, I love her tribe of goats – especially the troublesome Hellboy! And Owl, the herding dog is pretty awesome as well! He could give Edison a run for his money in cleverness. They are excellent additions to Edison and Cornelius on the animal characters side.

This is a standalone and wonderful addition to the story of Dallas. I’m seriously going to have to go read her Heroes of Heart’s Edge series. I slipped in No Gentle Giant between this and The Hero I Need, book 3 in this series and I definitely want to see the rest! This is for mature audiences only and available from Amazon.

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