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Thursday, March 03, 2016

*Grabby Hands* Release - Review & Giveaway - Best Friends with Benefits by Candy Sloane

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Title: Best Friends with Benefits
Release date:  March 14th, 2016
Author: Candy Sloane

Entangled (Brazen)

About the book:

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....

My thoughts:

4 "Stupidly sexy BFF to lovers" STARS

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Brazen!

First thing I’ll say about this book is that it’s sooo sexy that I feared I’d have a heart attack while reading it because it was doing strange things to my blood pressure. So if you’re looking for steamy sex scenes, dirty talks and intense sexual attraction, you have a winner.

The title is pretty self-explanatory. This story follows the friendship between Valeria (Val) and Alec until it turns into more than that. They met in school and were inseparable back then, sharing everything about their lives while staying just friends. While their common passion for music brought them together in their teens, it put them in different cities after high school, but their friendship remained strong thanks to Skype, text messages and technology.

Up until the moment they meet again for the first time in a long time for their ten-year high school reunion, the relationship between Alec and Val is completely platonic. But when a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven puts Val and her best friend (now an extremely sexy rock star) together, she realizes she wants him in a way that screams “more than friends”.

She isn’t the only one. Alec wants her just as much – or even more.

What I liked about this “friends to lovers” story most was that neither Val nor Alec had been hiding their feelings for each other for years. Normally, when you have that trope, at least one of the BFFs has been in love with the other for a while and trying to hide that feeling to keep the friendship from crumbling. That didn’t happen here. Val and Alec were friends. That was it. But they were friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time, so that was probably why the attraction only came to light when they met again for the first time in so many years.

It was worth the wait, though, because the moment they decided they wanted to see each other naked, things turned HOT HOT HOT.

The plot was quite simple and the characters were interesting enough, but what made this book a page turner was the sizzling chemistry between Alec and Val. I enjoyed reading about them and exploring those new feelings as they did. I bet others will too.

Best friends to lovers will always be one of my favorite tropes, and from now on every time I think about a stupidly steamy couple that started out as friends, I’ll remember these characters.


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