Review: Friends With Partial Benefits by Luke Young

Posted June 19, 2012 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Friends With Partial Benefits by Luke Young
Friends With Partial Benefits

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 28, 2013
Pages: 231
Format: eBook
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The blurb of the book as well as the cover caught my eye when I was checking out the free reads on Amazon.  I am so glad I got this one because it was a nice romp and reminded me a few times of my own college experiences and that of those around me at the time.

The story has two settings between the university campus in Georgia where Brian, Rob and Natalie attend and Miami home of Jillian and Victoria.

Jillian is a famous romance writer who finds herself divorced from her husband of many years because she caught him cheating on her with a young thing in her own pool.  She has made enough from her books that she can live in some luxury with good friends nearby.  All is not golden for her in that she has lost her writing muse since the divorce and she’s never had a meaningful relationship or even just a fun flirty one because she got married too young.

Brian, Jillian’s son Rob’s friend, is in his final year of university and he’s not happy, but at least content to hope for something good to come along with a girl.  At least he’s content until at a party when he sees Natalie and her dexterous ability to pose her body with one leg straight up and one straight down.  He begins fantasizing the possibilities instantly and takes up his courage to get a relationship up with her.  Nat sends him mixed signals and tears the guy inside out so that Rob must do a rescue vacay for Brian by bringing him home to Florida to get it together and get over Natalie.

Rob brings Brian home to Miami and his mother Jillian determined that Brian will have a great time with the girls on the beach in Florida while Rob gets in some time with his girlfriend.  All does not go according to plan, but Rob’s mission is successful in ways he did not realize and could not imagine.  Jillian and Brian hit it off instantly over a shared love of John McEnroe and tennis.  They get up a friends with partial benefits thing going that has them both intrigued and terrified at the same time.  Keeping things under Rob’s radar and watching Victoria’s antics makes it all such a riot.

The story has another main character in Jillian’s friend, Victoria who is a shocking little piece who has decided to live life to the fullest and has a sex drive that will make everyone envious or tired just reading about her exploits.  Victoria’s story weaves in and out of Jillian’s but is also separate.

I enjoyed the story and found myself laughing over lots of the goings-on, wowing over some of the steam and sorry for how things happen at other times.  I was so worried about who Brian would choose at one point and groaned because as the reader I saw where it was headed depending on choices made.  There was a moment where I really wanted to bop Rob.  He totally broke the unwritten code for friends.  I’ll stay hush hush so I don’t spoil it for others.

As to pace, it moves along slowly, but surely without being boring.  It ended abruptly just at an interesting moment so I am looking forward to book two.

Fun read for those who enjoy older woman/younger man steamy stories and lots of hijinks in the Florida sun.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lauren Clark
9 years ago

Looks like a fun read for the beach! Thanks for the review, Sophia Rose 🙂

xx, Lauren Clark

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
9 years ago
Reply to  Lauren Clark

You’re welcome, Lauren!

Oh it was a quite the romp!