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.
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Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
It’s really hard to write a review of this book because I felt annoyed and frustrated at the h for most of the book, but still could not stop listening!
Firstly, I must make a special mention of the narration. It was brilliant. Perfect. With an Italian H, the narrator had her work cut out for her but she managed to make him sound sooooooo sexy. It was probably her narration that kept me listening where perhaps, if I had been reading myself, I may have thrown my kindle at a wall.
The H was fabulous. For once we have a man who was not afraid to freely admit his feelings. The H admits his love early on which is an unusual plot device which could have backfired, but works well. But the h was truly irritating. The death of both her mother and her first love in her teenage years had really twisted her views on love, romance and her ability to have any sort of meaningful relationship. Which was annoying because she was a competent, fully trained ER Doctor. Although by the end of the book she did finally admit she needed therapy, I though that a woman of her intelligence would have come to this realisation a lot sooner. But of course then we would not have had this book, which was, I suppose, about her coming to terms with her past, and acknowledging both her emotional issues, and her inability to deal with them.
I have to mention the brilliant portrayal of the h’s profession. This was the most realistic writing of a career that I have read for a long time. In this story, as an ER Doctor, the h never took time off, never called in sick, was never late for work and, even the day after being shot at, only missed one shift and went to work later that evening because, as we all know, in the real world, as an ER Doctor in an overworked and understaffed profession, if you don’t go to work, people will suffer. Even at the very end of the book she could not suddenly take time off to fix her love life. It had to fit in with her shifts, and her shifts as an ER Doctor ran through the entire book – as they would in real life. I loved this depiction of the time and devotion that comes with being a Doctor in this field, and her adamant determination to go to work regardless of what else was happening in her life made her a lot easier to like, even when she was annoying me with her emotional constipation!
So, although half way through the book I was thinking this would be my last Penny Reid audiobook, by the end of it I was determined to download the rest of the series. Special mention has to go to the epilogue. It was the first time we had the H’s POV and it gave us a true feeling for the intensity of his emotions.
A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.
This is my least favourite of the series. Elizabeth is annoying & you just want to hit her. As a character I found her the hardest to like but saying that it is still a good story. The performance is okay except for the Italian accent which I found irritating. There is a fault on this version which means you get the lift scene then the apartment followed by the lift scene again with more detail. It is freaky but doesn't spoil the story.
"The narration is perfect but the story needs work"
The first book in this series started out interesting and then started to drag with too much invented angst to be believable or fresh. Unfortunately the second book follows the same pattern. Too bad because the characters are interesting and hot. They just need a better story line to follow. I will probably not read any more of this author's books.
"Not as funny"
They kept referencing the characters as being really funny. There was very little humor. I like this author but this fell flat
"Friends without benefits"
I loved it. This romance had me smiling and sighing throughout. I highly recommend this book.
"Frenemies to strangers to lovers"
Oh gosh yes! I really like Ms. Woodward's performance and the voices she gave to the other ladies in the knitting group. It made them feel alive.
I really liked Elizabeth's skepticism about Nico's emotional declaration so soon. I would have had a very hard time believing such things too. So it's nice to see some real reactions to some otherwise extraordinary things.
This is the first book that I've heard that she's narrated.
There are some phone conversations that really socked it to my gut later on in the book. And Epilogue #1. The emotional end of that entire scene really brings to light that you truly have no idea how someone else feels and that showing someone isn't necessarily enough for them to know.
I have loved Ms. Reid's books and Ms. Woodward has done an amazing job of bringing this particular book to life.
"Panty Dance Party"
Hmm, I was under the impression that this would be a funny and cute Contemporary Romance. It started out with Elizabeth getting reprimanded for a failed practical joke. Kind of funny. Then we have Nico, who is a famous comedian with his own TV show.
Nico was best friends with her HS sweetheart and also her own personal nightmare (Bully) in school. Only, he secretly loved her since they were itty bitty. Blah, blah, blah...
I'm not really being fair here. I was actually somewhat enjoying the story. It wasn't funny, like I was expecting, but it wasn't terrible.
To relieve some stress and feel good about herself, she has a Panty Dance Party. Shut the Front Door! Seriously. Yes, I've danced in my underwear but I've never planned it out like it was an event. ***Attention Ladies*** Get glammed up and put your best lingerie on! It's Panty Dance Party time! *cue NSync*
And since it was so fun the first time, let's end the book with another big Panty Dance Party! This time with friends! I did not find it funny. I thought the whole thing and the way it played out was freaking stupid.
Anyway, I'm giving this 2 stars because despite the many stupid things in this book there was an almost likable story. I didn't hate it and if we never again bring up the PDP again, I'll say it was okay.
"Smart, funny, sassy and EXCELLENT narration"
2nd in the series and it got a whole lot better than the first!! Love, love, this series!!
Fun read! Looked forward to each chapter. love the series. Will starting next installment today.
I just love how the guy is so into his girl. It's all or nothing. And actually he won't give up until he gets a yes because despite setbacks he is focused on his goal and knows what will make him happy. I like that the male is not a creeper, but a real person with complex feelings . I like the use of others from first book. Epilogue is great too!!!
"Great listen and story"
love reading romances but hate the overly descriptive sex scenes that often accompany such stories. Penny Reid manages to add sex to the story in a way that doesn't make me squirm with discomfort. The romance is believeablee and heartwarming and the nanrration is superb.
"Every Woman Needs a Nico!"
I listened to the audio version of Friends Without Benefits because my blog review reads are too high in number and I needed my Penny Reid fix. Devra Woodward does a fantastic job of voicing Penny Reid's words and allowing Elizabeth to come to life. Through Woodward's intonations and inflections, listeners/readers truly understand everything that Elizabeth is thinking and feeling. Elizabeth's sarcasm and humor comes across extremely well in Woodward's delivery, which makes it a crazy good audio version.
Penny Reid crafts such spectacular stories and the complexity of her heroines is what really makes the Knitting in the City series one of my favorites. Every woman needs a Nico - not the teenage boy version who destroyed Elizabeth with his words but the adult version - the one willing to fight for her and give Elizabeth everything she needs and deserves.
I truly can't get enough of Penny Reid's writing!
I'm starting Sandra's story now!
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