Monday, February 4, 2019

Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid [Review]

 Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid
Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: April 25, 2018

Knitting in the City
1. Neanderthal Seeks Human
1.5. Neanderthal Marries Human
2. Friends Without BenefitsPaperback | Kindle
3. Love Hacked
4. Beauty and the Mustache
4.5. Scenes from the City
4.75. Ninja in the City
5. Happily Ever Ninja
6. Dating-ish
7. Marriage of Inconvenience

Penny Reid
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Friends Without Benefits: Elizabeth and Nico. Man, these two had some issues to work through. Some of those issues were issues one of them wasn't even aware of which made working through them a little awkward.

But, hey, that's what makes the happy at the end even better, right?

(As an aside, I'm reading this series CRAZY out of order. Which means, I've seen the happily ever after at the end of this particular rainbow and it was SWEEEEEET.)

Things I liked: Elizabeth's slow shift in how she perceives Nico. As children, he was one thing to her. Not necessarily a good thing, either. Then they had their moment, which she believed to be a once-in-a-lifetime happening because of the events that were in play at the time. When they ran into each other as adults, she had to do a full 180 before she could wrap her head around both Nico's actions when they were younger and her belief that people like her only get one chance at love. (YES, I know this is weirdly vague. THINGS HAPPEN, PEOPLE. Things. Read the book and you'll see what I'm talking about.)

Nico, on the other hand, had to work at convincing Elizabeth that what happened when they were kids wasn't...no, wait. That's not quite right. He had to show her that the things she saw as truth back then were really a front for something else entirely. That's where the convincing came in.

Anywho. Elizabeth and Nico. They snark and sort of fight and they're miserable without one another. Which means, I had a ton of fun reading this book because I like all those things.

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