Review – Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid @reidromance

The Blurb

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello—her former nemesis—she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

The Review

Lets get this out of the way first shall we?  This is the second book about the lives of a group of friends who knit.  Like, in a group.  You know, like a book club, or a tupperware party, but with yarn.  And wine.  This book is set after the events of book 1 (Janie & Quinn – you MUST read it!) and you are thrown straight into the action from the off.  

We have a whole range of characters to love and hate with this book.  One of my favourite quotes is about Mealymouthed Miserable Meg (my title not Penny’s) “Putting it in Star Trek Voyager terms, I was the B’Elana Torres to her Seven of Nine”.  I mean, come on, how can you not love a book with quotes like that.

Penny’s writing simply bundles you up in the highs and lows of Elizabeth’s relationship with Nico.  At times, I just wanted to shake her and tell her to put on her big girl pants and get the job done!  Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe her! But, issues were dealt with.  That’s as close to a spoiler as I’m going to get.

I really enjoy the humour and the characterisation in the story telling.  Nerds and dysfunctional individuals have never had such a cheer leader as Penny!

Now, the rational, not a 7 year old girl part of my brain knows that men like Nico don’t exist in real life.  No one is gonna swoop in and give you your happy ever after.  That doesn’t matter.  This is an emotional story of someone finding love in an unexpected place.  We all want to find “The One”.  I defy you not to love this story of Elizabeth’s and Nico’s searches.  I am very happy to give this book an excellent A-.


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