Saturday, February 14, 2015

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Review @lizczukas

When Joss Met Matt
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!

What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to turn to “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.

Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her high school boyfriend. After few drinks, Joss nearly gives it up to an even drunker frat boy. Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.

Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

An interesting  New Adult romance that took on a new twist, When Joss Met Matt was an enjoyable read. It was a friends to lovers story mixed with a bit of friends with benefits and and overall great romance.

Joss was a likable character. She was mostly confident, but self conscious about her taste in guy, which was admittedly terrible. She wasn't particularly memorable, but I thought she was a good heroine.

Matt was the epitome of sweet. He was a truly nice guy and an adorable charmer. Like Joss, he wasn't the best at choosing a date but he was never anything other than sweet. I thought he was just wonderful.

The romance was good, thought kind of slow. The book went back and forth, going from the present to the past, starting at the beginning of Joss and Matt's relationship. As a consequence, most of the book was spent seeing them date other people. We still get to see their friendship, which was great in how deeply they cared for each simply as friends. But, it also made the book feel slow and I wished that we had gotten to see more romance between the two.

The plot was okay, though, as I mentioned, it was slow in some places. But, I still enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

When Joss Met Matt was a wonderful New Adult romance that I really enjoyed. It might not have been perfect, but I still thought it was a good read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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