Mini Reviews: Friends Without Benefits & Love Hacked

Friends Without Benefits
Series: Knitting in the City, #2
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: September 29, 2013
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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.


After finishing Janie and Quinn’s books, I knew I wanted to continue with the Knitting in the City series. I loved all the knitting women and their bond to each other. I wanted to find out who each of them ended up falling in love with.

Elizabeth’s story was so much fun. It was second chance romance between Elizabeth and her dead ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Nico.Their story was so cute and sweet. I loved how Elizabeth and Nico reconnected. Their insecurities about each other felt real. I could imagine real people having their feelings. I also Nico’s personality. He was funny and nice. Elizabeth got herself a keeper!



Love Hacked
Series: Knitting in the City, #3
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: March 3, 2014
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.


Sandra and Alex’s story was cool. I loved how they met, and how Sandra was a bit of a cougar in this book. I pretty much loved everything about Sandra and Alex’s relationship…BUT this was the book where the plot started getting a little crazy for me. Alex’s true identity surprised me and wasn’t what I expected. Or maybe it was just so smart and over my head. I probably won’t ever know which one. I did like how everything turned out, though.

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