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Contemporary Romance Review: Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Friends Without Benefits: An Unrequited Romance by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #2)


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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.

Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.56) 

8.5/10

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There are three things you should know about Penny Reid: her wit is razor sharp, her characters are odd and charming, and at last, her romances are tender and sincere to the point of leaving you teary-eyed.



I admit Neanderthal Seeks Human is still my favorite, but Friends Without Benefits packs a hell of an emotional punch, and I found it absolutely adorable.

Nico is Elizabeth's childhood love. Years later she is convinced she won't fall in love again and jumps from one meaningless fling to another while Nico stars in a very successful comedy show.

Then his niece becomes very ill and her only chance for recovery is some sort of a revolutionary treatment in the hospital Elizabeth works. They see each other again, and Nico insists on Doctor Finney treating his niece and no one else.

She is scared out of her wits, totally out of her comfort zone, and he is very insistent and determined to win her. Add to the mix a disastrous school reunion, a dangerous celebrity stalker, and a mind blowingly romantic ending, and I swear your heart will be melting.

Any time you need to cheer yourself up, pick up Penny's books. Her writing is absolutely wonderful, and I for one know I'll be reading whatever else she publishes in the future.

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Ну вот красиво, тонко и смешно Пенни Рид пишет свои романтические комедии.

Обычно книги такого рода описывают глупенькую и неловкую героиню, попадающую в нелепые ситуации, однако у Пенни и герой и героиня необычайно умны, но просто слепы по отношению друг к другу и именно их умы мешают им наладить их отношения.

Я признаюсь, что Неандерталка Ищет Человека остаётся моей любимой книгой, однако Друзья Без Преимуществ тоже эмоционально очень сильна, особенно её концовка.

Элизабет Финни влюбилась в Нико в детстве, и теперь уверена в том, что больше не полюбит никого, прыгая от одного бессмысленного романа к другому без какой-либо эмоциональной привязанности, пока Нико живёт в Нью-Йорке, ведя очень популярную комедийную программу.

Однако племянница Нико страдает от очень редкой болезни, и её семья приезжает в Чикаго, где госпиталь может опробовать на ней революционное лечение. Доктор Финни работает как раз с этой программой, и когда Нико видит её вновь, он настаивает на том, чтобы именно Элизабет присматривала за его племяшей.

Элизабет растеряна до слёз и находится просто в ужасе, пытаясь скрыть так и не умершие чувства от мужчины, которого она любит уже много лет, однако Нико ухудшает ситуацию, начиная за ней ухаживать. Ведь она совершенно не в курсе, что он тоже любит её с самого детства.

Прибавьте к этому кошмарную встречу одноклассников и опасную столкершу Нико, закончите всё душераздирающей грандиозной концовкой, и без слёз не обойтись. Мило, смешно и безумно очаровательно. Читайте!
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