When the author, C.C. Wood, of Friends With Benefits contacted me with an ARC, I wasn’t expecting anything great. I looked her up and found nothing. Well, now I feel like I discovered a star! I can’t believe this was her first book. I even had to add it to goodreads myself! I recommend this story for anyone who likes Kristen Ashley, Alice Clayton, and if you liked the Neighbor From Hell series from RL Mathewson, you will like this!
Natalie is a cool, down-to-earth girl who calls her friend “asshat”, loves shoes, goes shopping at Supertarget (my kind of girl!), and generally seems like a normal, fun girl. She catches her boyfriend hitting on her best friend and dumps him. When he turns up at her door in the middle of the night, banging away, Natalie’s new neighbor, hot, shirtless Aiden comes to rescue her.
I really loved the characters. The story was cute, nothing overly deep or angsty, but a nice love story and a little suspense. I rate this a 4.5 overall and a 3.75 for heat. The reason I took off a half star is really because it was too short! I enjoyed CC Wood’s fresh, real voice. I just would have liked more details about everything.
The sex scenes were well written, and I love that the author felt no need to use language like “turgid manhood” and “venus mound”. But the scenes, though hot, were too short and not frequent enough. Not that I need sex all the time in my books, but a few scenes seemed to fade to black or be skipped over a little too much.
This book could have easily been expanded to full length and it would have gone on my favorites list for sure. As it is, it is definitely on my favorite novella list if I ever make one. There were few small errors, but otherwise well done for a new author or even a seasoned one. For $.99 don’t hesitate to buy this for a sexy, quick summer read.
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* I do not personally know the author, but I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review on my blog, Ana’s Attic Sexy Tales. I was not compensated for the review
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