Release Date: September 19, 2013
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Series: Knitting in the City #2
Characters: Elizabeth Finney, Niccolò Manganiello (aka Nico Moretti)
Age Group: Adult Romance
Source: Author (Thank you a million times!)
Buy the Book: Amazon
Synopsis: 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.
*Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone.
My Review: How do I start this review? Hm. Maybe I can start by bowing to Penny Reid. Yup, that's the place to start. You genius piece of fabulous writer!
*crams crazy fangirl back inside, fixes hair and smiles politely*
I read Penny's first book in the Knitting in the City series, Neanderthal Seeks Human. I adored that book very, very much. I'm not going to expand much, but one of the main reasons I liked it so much was because Janie was so atypically smart and so uncomfortable in the social scene. I learned many cool facts from her and I laughed at all her antics. A lot of times I didn't particularly comprehend her, but really it just made her all the more real.
In this case, Elizabeth, who is Janie's best friend, is not shy or awkward. She's a bit rough around the edges and a bit of a tomboy.
Niccolò Manganiello you hot, sexy piece of fine Italian specimen. Okay, so from his first appearance I was pretty much a goner. He oozes charm like he learned before he even learned to walk. He's smooth, hot, funny and is very concerned over his niece which is simply heart-warming.
Elizabeth is still very much stuck in this whole awkward phase around Nico, I just feel for the poor woman. It's like she doesn't even know how to act. She's nervous because of all the things that happened in their past, but she just can't shake away the awareness for him or the attraction.
Nico is very persistent towards Elizabeth, he really likes her and he wants to be with her, but Elizabeth is just... well she's seriously muddled over everything. Elizabeth is a strong woman, but she's also very hard-headed and as much as Nico tries to tell her that she can move on from everything it's like she's stuck She isn't giving herself another chance at love. The dynamic between Nico and Elizabeth was simply explosive. They were great together, Nico was always teasing her and trying to get a rise out of her and it was fun to see Elizabeth's reactions.
Anywho... Now if I told you everything then what would be the point of you reading it, right? So, just trust me here and go read!