Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Knitting in the City, Book 2

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I find that romances should be reimbursed by the Social Security, I wonder if I will not write to our President to suggest it. What could be better than a very effective little romance, restoring our smile and fighting against the grisaille? They should be reimbursed by the government, I tell you that…

You already have understood it, I think, it is a nice discovery this “Knitting in the city” series. Good humor, good feelings, friendship, family, love, Nico … (sighs)

Ahhh, Nico …

I do not know how Elizabeth did to resist him. Well, yes, I know why: difficult passive, well-anchored disputes, painful past, the list of her reasons is long. But still … He was a dummy for underwear! And now, he animates a TV show and his nickname is the Face! A mannequin for underwear with a face! Besides, he takes care of his sick niece!

She’s crazy Elizabeth! (What do you mean? Do I look slightly hysterical? Not at all, I protest!)

In reality, she is not mad, she is even terribly endearing. Behind the gait of light romance, “Friends without Benefits” is more serious than it seems. Elizabeth has forged her carapace that she brandishes at every step, her fear of suffering keeps her from living. She excels in her profession, is an ideal friend, but she does not live. She claims that she is selfish, whereas she is simply terrified. I loved this character just as I loved this team of knitters, the friends on whom we can always count on.

And then there’s Nico … (What? Do I blur? No, no, I don’t!)

I did not know about Penny Reid at all, but I really enjoyed this story that mixes well distributed feelings, humor and family, pain and healing, Panties (yes, you read that well) and action.
Result, I devoured this book in one evening and I plan to put myself to Italian. To understand, read it … Me, I go away to buy the first volume, because this Quinn, he does not look bad at all!




13 thoughts on “Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

  1. lol. That’s a cute way to start a review. And a good book should be sponsored by all governments. People could learn a lot. 🙂

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