Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book #2 in the Knitting in the City Series.
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.
Elizabeth didn’t really do relationships. She wanted to, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. She was hurt deeply when she was younger, and that turned her from getting too involved. Nico was her childhood boyfriend’s best friend and her greatest antagonist. Only now, he’s grown and he’s devastatingly handsome and he’s in the spotlight as a popular comedian.
Nico is intense. I listened to this on audiobook and there were times I caught myself holding my breath right alongside Elizabeth. She is a high-strung, prank-loving woman who just needs to let her hair down and allow someone else to drive this train. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling Nico for a while. He was too much and didn’t feel genuine. Then we peeled back his layers and bit by bit he wriggled his way into my heart. By the time we get to their past, from his POV, I was full in love with this character, and I wanted to reach into the book and force Elizabeth to read that chapter as well. Because if she had JUST known that from FOREVER ago, her life would have been so radically different.
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.