Best Friends with Benefits by Candy Sloane

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 15th March 2016
Best Friends with Benefits by Candy SloaneBest Friends with Benefits by Candy Sloane
Series: Most Likely To, #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 14th 2016
Pages: 167
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two-stars

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived bullies, awful parents, and seriously shitty social standing the only way best friends can—together. But with the unexpected sexual tension suddenly flaring between them, surviving their ten-year high school reunion might be a different story…
Val hasn’t changed. She still feels like the stringy-haired band geek the popular kids teased, but Alec has definitely changed. He’s now the front man for the Grammy-winning rock band Chronic Disharmony, with the sexual reputation to match. And he’s more than willing to help Val rock the reunion.
And then it happens—a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven—and their fourteen-years-long foreplay comes crashing to the forefront…changing everything.
Seven minutes turns into a weekend of mind-blowing, no-strings-attached sex. But these best friends won't be able to leave their hearts out of it forever, not when the most meaningful benefit could change their relationship for good....

Alec Rogers embodies every single dirty cliché of rock-star living, and his mousy best friend in comparison, shouldn’t be anywhere near that league. Even when a high-school reunion (complete with juvenile antics that were more befitting teenagers than adults) changes that status quo, I only feel regret for what could have been, because I would have loved the more naive, needy couple Al and Val would have become and not this version of a man who uses women like napkins. Until of course, jumping into bed with Val somehow magically reforms him.

While I love every iteration of the geek with the popular boy/girl, it’s difficult to flick off the sense of distaste given the setting and the best-friends-turned-lovers bit ten years later because so much of it felt dishonest, yet narratively stereotypical. Candy Sloane’s solid writing makes the book an easy read, but there isn’t much I liked about this pairing that didn’t quite fit now – yet would have a decade ago.

two-stars

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