Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Posted March 28, 2015 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Friends Without Benefits by Penny ReidFriends Without Benefits by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #2
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Second Chances
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There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

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.

I love, love, love this book. I think I have read it like four or five times now (I might be a little obsessed with it). I know this is the second book in the series, and normally I liked starting at the beginning, but the synopsis of this book just called to me, and I couldn’t not buy it, so I did, and I fell in love from the start.

Elizabeth is such a totally awesome character. I loved her so much in this book. She’s awkward and funny, and truth be told she says things that I totally would have said. I’m going to let my nerd show and admit that I am completely in love with the amount of Star Trek Voyager references, I mean seriously, it’s like my go to show. I loved that she is obsessed with boy bands, even though they really aren’t my thing. She has these seriously laugh out loud moments in the book that I just couldn’t believe and were so awesome. Especially at the reunion, and in her defense I wouldn’t have yelled fire either (read it, you will laugh). She’s smart and independent and fiercely protective of her friends. She is just the kind of girl I would want to be friends with.

Nico is kind of everything I want in a book boyfriend. He is successful, he is kind, he is good to his family, he’s funny, and he is kind of an alpha guy but without being too much so. I loved that he stands up for himself about whether or not his show is sexist to Elizabeth, and that he surrounds himself with smart and independent women. I feel bad for him that he has some issues with his fame, and that some people don’t understand personal space. But I did love how good he is to his niece, I mean that part was just awesome. The chemistry with Elizabeth and Nico is just off the charts. Oh and he and I agree on music choices a lot more than Elizabeth and I do, that Death Cab song is one of my all time favorites.

There is a suspenseful element in this book, Nico has a serious stalker and she has her sights set up on Elizabeth. So there is a lot of bodyguards and sightings and worry within the book, which makes for high tense situations. I really liked that whole aspect of the book, it wasn’t too overdone, it was just enough to keep me thinking about it throughout the book.

Without a doubt I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I want to read more of Penny Reid’s book, her sense of humor and the things she quotes make my day, I want more and ASAP!


About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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