Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid
Knitting in the City #2
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.
This is the second book in the Knitting in The City Series and I had very high expectations.
I loved Nico in Neanderthal Marries Human so I knew that he was going to be an adorably funny force to be reckoned with.
This book is much sweeter than the rest of this series, I think because of Elizabeth and Nico’s history it had to be. The second chance love story is one I tend to have mixed feelings about; it’s either great or bloody awful.
Where I think Penny Reid differs from the norm is that all of her books have her signature, dry wit and humour.
All of Penny’s characters are incredibly individual and unique, they have very distinct personalities and amazingly no one fades into the background. Even Dr Ken Mills and Meg the Megalomaniac were detailed and memorable.
Honestly I didn’t like this book as much as the first two, but then I adored Janie so it would have been a tall order to top that for me.
I didn’t really gel with Elizabeth, I understand her thought process but at times I just found her a bit of a coward!
Thankfully Rose and Nico totally make up for any warmth Elizabeth lacked, I bloody loved sneaky Rose!!
Overall I enjoyed this book; it’s sweet and funny and has Nico! Friends Without Benefits gets 4 stars from me.