Thursday, March 17, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Best Friends with Benefits (Most Likely To #1) by Candy Sloane

Best Friends with Benefits
Most Likely To #1
By: Candy Sloane
Releasing March 14, 2016
Entangled Brazen

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived bullies, awful parents, and seriously shitty social standing the only way best friends can—together. But with the unexpected sexual tension suddenly flaring between them, surviving their ten-year high school reunion might be a different story…

Val hasn’t changed. She still feels like the stringy-haired band geek the popular kids teased, but Alec has definitely changed. He’s now the front man for the Grammy-winning rock band Chronic Disharmony, with the sexual reputation to match. And he’s more than willing to help Val rock the reunion.

And then it happens—a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven—and their fourteen-years-long foreplay comes crashing to the forefront…changing everything.

Seven minutes turns into a weekend of mind-blowing, no-strings-attached sex. But these best friends won't be able to leave their hearts out of it forever, not when the most meaningful benefit could change their relationship for good....

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I liked this story enough, but it just didn't "wow" me. I like the friends-to-lovers aspect, but both Alec and Valerie didn't come across as best friends, even from the start of the book. I could see how it would be awkward for them though, since they're seeing each other not so much as friends but as something...more. The whole story takes place during the weekend of their 10 year high school reunion, and what starts out as nothing more than a one-time game of put the pickle in the jar morphs into...something more. Wishes and desires aren't communicated properly, and along the way things are said that can never be taken back, causing a rift between Alec and Valerie.

I really wanted to like this book more than I actually do, I think because with both of their pasts, it's hard to make this into a light-hearted friends-to-lovers story. And the fact that because everything happens over a weekend, it made the story feel somewhat rushed. So while I wasn't exactly "wowed" with this story, I do like it enough that I'll check out the next book in the series whenever it becomes available.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Author Info
Candy Sloane is a pseudonym for a Young Adult & New Adult author who needed to write some naughty books her mother couldn’t read. She lives in Portland, OR and loves Lifetime movies. She would tell you more, but this persona is a secret. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting and reviewing BEST FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours