Book Review Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Sep 072019

Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

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 a Nico charisma-electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Friends Without Benefits is book #2 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

Title: Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2)
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: September 29th, 2013
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (412 pages)
Rating: 9/10

Friends Without Benefits is book 2 from the Knitting in the City Series and is the story of Elizabeth Finley and Nico Manganiello. It’s a story on second chances and unrequited love.

“You have to know that I’m in love with you, you have to know that I’ve loved you since we were kids, since before I can remember.”

It’s been 11 years since Elizabeth left her hometown to run away of her feelings and the death of her first young love. She left Nico that night and never looked back. Now she has a misleading idea that you only get one love and she should not have had feelings on Nico after Gareth’s death.

But life has other plans, and it brings Nico in her way.

The series is hilarious, and I often found myself barking out loud with laughter.

“I even miss our conversations that were arguments.”
“They were all arguments.”
“Not all of them.”
“You’re right—sometimes we didn’t talk.”
“I miss those times the most.”

Today Nico will fight for her, will fight to prove her that he really loves her and that she was his love, even though he made her childhood a living hell and chose his best friend over him.

I have to be frank on why I gave 9 stars out of 10, and that’s because I had to re-read the stories again to do this review and my heart goes to the Winston brothers! If you plan on skipping the Knitting group, you need to read the first book of the series before starting the Winston Brothers.

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