Throwback Thursday Review: Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Posted 28 August, 2014 in Reviews / 2 Comments

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So unless you’re a first-time visitor, you know I love Penny Reid. That’s right, I am a shark of awesome (and we’re jawesome). I’ve been waiting for weeks for this day: Beauty and the Mustache’s release!

I’ve also been wanting to start a Throwback Thursday series for awhile. I can’t promise I’ll be able to do this every week, but I’ll try. Because isn’t Throwback Thursday awesome? How else will friends I’ve made later in life know how effing cute I was as a toddler?

So, what will Throwback Thursday be?

Basically, it’s a short review of a book I haven’t read in awhile. To bring out the nostalgic feels. And it’s also for you. Because we hear all about new releases and pre-orders, but unless an older book is on sale, people don’t always talk about it a lot.

So if an older book, like this week’s, is really really amazing, you’re missing out by not knowing about it!

And in honor of Beauty and the Mustache being released, I’m going to spend the next few Throwback Thursdays talking about other books in the Knitting in the City series!

Starting with Friends Without Benefits!

About Friends Without Benefits:

friends without benefits by penny reid
There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book #2 in the Knitting in the City Series.

My Review/Feels:

friends without benefit quote 1Friends Without Benefits was always my favorite Knitting in the City book. It’s now tied for first with BatM, which you can read my review of tomorrow.

One thing I’ve always loved is that every girl in the knitting group is a different kind of nerd. I have a lot of different nerd facets in me (does that sound dirty in anyone else’s head?), but I think the biggest part of my nerdom relates to Elizabeth.

Boy bands are everything. I’m what I like to call an #AdultDirectioner because, I’m sorry, Zayn is only a few years younger than me and effing gorgeous and their music is really fun.

I also like other cheesetastic stuff. Like movie musicals and old showtunes (I’ll even admit that I LOVE Grease 2 – even if it gets me egged).

I also have a thing for Italian dudes – another trait Elizabeth and I clearly share. And my favorite one, Joe Manganiello (PS – you’re welcome for that Google Image search :D). So once I met Nico, he’s who I pictured.

friends without benefits quote 2The one thing I’ve always wanted to thank Penny for the most was this: the fact that when I look at the shirtless pictures of Joe Manganiello I have saved on my phone, tablet, and computer (don’t judge me), I now also picture his abs covered in flour and him baking fritters. When I faint, I mentally blame her, but it’s all okay.

So Joe has kind of been replaced by Nico on my spank naughty list. Because I know more about Nico – he’s so romantic, but still raunchy and hilarious, and he. can. bake.

Here’s my short-ass review of the book from Goodreads a long, long time ago:

Love, love, love these Knitting in the City books! When I saw there was a second book, I wasn’t sure how I could have a bigger book girl crush than I already do on comic book-loving Janie. But then I met boy band-loving Elizabeth and I just really, really, really want to join their knitting group, even though I can only do a garter stitch and can only knit straight lines, aka scarves and blankets.

I realize now how remiss I was from barely even mentioning Nico. But, yeah, whatevs.

Go buy Friends Without Benefits. It’s on sale in honor of Beauty and the Mustache’s release, so there really is no time like the present!

About Penny Reid:

penny reidSEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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