Wednesday 18 December 2013

Promo Blitz, Review and Giveaway - Friends with Partial Benefits by Luke Young



Jillian Grayson is a disillusioned divorcée and best-selling romance novelist who suddenly can't write a chapter without her hunky male heartthrob suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. 

Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed college senior who's unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian's son, Rob. When Rob brings Brian home for Spring Break, and Brian meets the surprisingly young and tennis passionate Jillian, their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. 

After nearly giving in to their feelings, they hatch a plan, while under the influence (of something more than just the perfect Miami night), to be Friends With Partial Benefits, complete with rules to define the boundaries. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their desires, or discover all of it is a really bad idea?
Review by Janeane - ARC Received for honest review

I have had this book and series on my "want to read list" for a long time, and when the opportunity came up to be a part of this promo tour, I jumped at it.

Jillian writes sexy stories, but it has been a long time since she has had the sexy in her own life.  After a  long dry spell, she dips her toe in the dating pool again, only to have a string of horrible dates (do not even get me started on giant pube man - you are going to have to read it yourself for that one!!).  But seriously, the first two dates had me laughing out loud!

Even Jillian's sexy book characters are starting to feel the pressure of her dry spell - STIs and erectile dysfunction are even starting to creep their way into her writing

Then Rob, her college aged son brings his best mate home for spring break to help him get over the woman who has been stringing him along.

When Brian and Jillian meet, there is an instant attraction and a common interest in tennis. 

Add Jillian's best friend Victoria to the mix (gotta say, was not really a fan of her at all!), and Jillian's house becomes more like Club Med or a Contiki tour!

The undeniable, but also taboo sparks fly between Brian and Jillian, even though they both know that they cannot act on them.  But they are there. 

I loved how this pair didn't conform to the normal "I want Love" relationship.  Both knew they wanted to be together but knew the disapproval that would follow them.  So they became "F.W.P.B - Friends with Partial Benefits"

I loved their "arrangement".  Not the usual kind of agreement we read about these days!  But watching the relationship between Jillian and Brian grow was fun.  It involved a few false starts, a bit of c*&k blocking, and a lot of flirtations.

The one character I just could not like was Victoria, the best friends.  Really Victoria, really?   She just irritated the bejeesus out of me the whole book, I just wanted to smack her out!

And then there was the kicker, the twist in the tale that I really didn't see coming!  Was not a happy camper there for a little while with a couple of characters!

Oh yeah, then there is the thing we learn about Brian - o.O !!!

I did really enjoy Friends With Partial Benefits, and I do have the rest of the series patiently waiting for me to get round to reading them.  Now I have started, I will move the rest up my TBR list!
 3.75 stars

Luke Young is the Kindle-bestselling author of the Friends With...Benefits series as well as the novel Chances Aren't and the Chocolate Covered Billionaire Navy SEAL short.

Young's Friends With...Benefits novels are filled with passion, longing, comedy, and, yes, sex. His relationship comedies feature strong, sexy female characters -- women who seize every opportunity for fun and don't let a little thing like age stand in the way of love or desire. In each book Young sets different wheels in motion, applying his comedic touch and pitch-perfect ear for playful couples' banter. The result is warm, funny, sexy storytelling at its best.



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