Author Luke Young sent me his book Friends With Partial Benefits a few months back. It had been on my TBR list before that, but I’ll admit it, the fact that it is written by a guy had me a little concerned, so it stayed on my tbr. Then I heard he has the same book with more sexy stuff….so I asked him to send me that. Because, well, I’m a horn-dog. I admit it. So he sent me Inappropriate Thoughts, written under the pen name of Ian Dalton. This is the same book as Friends with Partial Benefits, with 30 extra pages of smut. No complaints here! If you aren’t sure which series to read check out the comparison of the two series here. I also have the series order for both posted. See the Friends with….Benefits Series by Luke Young here. See the racier Victoria Wilde series order by Ian Dalton here, this book is in the latter series.
All I can say is “why did I wait so long?” I love funny romances, and I had a great time reading this one. It was a perfect break from the overly intense YAs, and the the overly hot billionaire alphas. At no time did I feel that the author being a male detracted from the book, and I have to say, I think this guy’s wife must be pretty lucky.
Jillian Grayson is a bestselling erotic romance novelist. Since she divorced her husband after she caught him cheating on her in her pool, she has not been able to write any good scenes without the male hero having embarrassing difficulties. The dates she goes on go from bad to worse (but are pretty hysterical). Jillian has made a good living from her books and lives in a beautiful home with a pool and tennis court (she loves tennis) in Miami. She has a son in his senior year of college, and despite what she writes, she is fairly conservative, except for her crazy horny BFF, Victoria (think Samantha from Sex in the City, but even MORE.)
Brian Nash is a tennis junkie, and roommate and best friend of Jillian’s son, Rob. While Rob has a steady girlfriend, Brian has been unlucky in love. Crazy about a girl who can lift her leg straight over her head, Brian thinks he’s in love with the girl, but all she does is lead him on. Rob insists that Brian come home to Miami with him for Spring Break instead of pining away for the girl at school in Georgia. But in Miami, Rob spends most of his time with his girlfriend, leaving Jillian to entertain Brian.
Jillian and Brian hit it off immediately talking tennis. Both of them have an obsession with tennis that only other tennis nuts can understand (I’m not one, but I know a few). Both Jillian and Brian are both so deprived and horny they can’t help but have inappropriate thoughts about each other. Adding her friend Victoria to the mix, with her barely there bathing suits and very inappropriate suggestions, and poor Brian can’t help but be in a perpetual state of horniness. But so is Jillian.
When she goes into Brian’s room one morning to wake him for breakfast, she can’t help but see and admire his “gorgeous penis” (a theme that continues throughout the book, in fact Brian is complimented numerous times by several people on how beautiful his penis is. I’m not sure what makes one that beautiful, but I admit it, I kinda want to see it.) The sexual tension between the two of them while playing tennis continues to grow, and we find Jillian secretly watching Brian do other things as well.
When they break out a joint (supplied by Victoria) that was when the fun really began. I found myself hysterically laughing to the point that I woke my husband from shaking the bed (and since the book also got me going, my husband didn’t complain about the wake-up call).
“I think I’m really f’ing high, but I feel like I’m thinking so incredible clear right now.” He nodded. “I know exactly what you mean. This must be some special, new, clear-thinking blend of marijuana – kinda like delta-8-THC.”
And they come up with the “FWPB”-Friends With Partial Benefits scheme. They know that it is inappropriate for a mom to fool around with her son’s friend, so they come up with a scheme….just remember, they are stoned.
Brian was great. Super sweet, a little naive, but a gentleman despite his horny nature. The friendship/relationship and banter between Brian and Jillian was a ton of fun to read about, and despite their age difference, this couple seemed perfect for each other.
“I’m not your tennis whore, you know. I need to be wined and dined and…other things…first.”
“Do you think if people heard us, with our constant pseudo-sexual-slash-tennis banter, they would want to kill us?” “Definitely. After five minutes, they would beat us to death with our own racquets,” she replied with a casual nod. “Personally, I love us,” he said a little sarcastically. “Oh so do I, we are a lot of fun.”
And they were! I think I want the souvenir t-shirt:
- Fun and silly and hot all rolled into one.
- Victoria, the friend, (and namesake for the series, so I expect more) was hysterical.
- Brian was super sweet, and I felt a little sorry for him, but loved him.
- The fun banter between them.
- I loved the interactive “click here” for tennis rules (which was still confusing as hell).
- It made me want to immediately grab the next in the series.
- I never felt like the male author took away from it.
- The bad dates like “giant pube boy” cracked me up.
- The anal attempt had me laughing so hard (haha I said hard) because it sounds EXACTLY like mine.
- Told from third person and a little more from the guy’s POV, so I didn’t connect 100%.
Rating: 4 stars, 4.25 heat
I am absolutely planning on reading this whole series, the book was a fun and quick read, perfect between angstier reads. Since this is called the Victoria Wilde series, I expect to see even more of the hysterical Victoria in future books, and I can’t wait. I thought she was a riot. At the end of this book she discusses becoming a sex therapist…she would probably be great at it. She offered one great piece of advice:
“That’s why I think there are so many divorces today–married couples just don’t have enough really good sex. I’m not talking about five minutes of ‘I’m-exhausted, we-have-to-get-up-in-five-hours, we-just-finished-watching-the-local-news, but-do-you-really-feel-like-doing-it?’ sex. I mean, the up-to-bed-early-on-a-weeknight, take-a-good-shower, slip-on-some-lingerie, and really-go-at-it sex. Your basic blow-job, oral-for-her, sixty-nine, regular-old-fashioned, and then-maybe-a-little-backdoor, around-the-world-sex.”
Purchase Inappropriate Thoughts at:
- The Victoria Wilde Series Order by Ian Dalton
- The Friends With…Benefits Series by Luke Young
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