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 help “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 of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, 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?
When Joss Met Matt is one of the best “friends with benefits books” I have read. Joss and Matt meet as freshman in college. They become fast friends, but when Joss suffers a horrible breakup, Matt suggests that they have “sorbet sex.” It will help “cleanse her palate,” and her ex won’t be the last one she remembers having sex with. She agrees, and this becomes a habit for them. In fact, “sorbet sex” seems to happen more frequently over the years. They can never seems to find the right one to commit to. They ALWAYS remain friends, but how long can this last especially as the years pass?
This book was all-consuming for me, from the way in which it was written down to the characters. I was totally invested in the two of them. The story is told from the past and the present. Through the flashbacks, readers see how their friendship/relationship evolves and changes over the years. I really liked seeing how both of them changed over the seven years of knowing one another and being there for each other. Some of their past relationships with others were hysterical! I liked both of them; they were both snarky with each other! I wanted to be friends with them. Whenever Nellie, Joss’s friend, was on the scene, I couldn’t stop laughing. Cahill did a great job of making her characters real and likable. Seriously, she made a character out of Joss’s cat, Dewey!
I will admit I got as impatient with Joss as much as Nellie did! I wanted to slap some sense into her and tell her to open her freaking eyes!!!! I could clearly see how her feelings for Matt were changing, yet she couldn’t. I could see the hints that Matt’s feelings were evolving, but at times Joss was oblivious. However, I always say when a writer can make you have such feelings for a character, she has more than done her job, and Cahill did!!!!
This book was so different and so good! The sex wasn’t graphic, but it didn’t need to be. The sex and chemistry between Joss and Matt was written in a way that gave me butterflies. I have to say that the scene on the observation deck is one of my all-time favorites in a BOOK OR A MOVIE! I won’t ever forget it….it was so awesome and emotional. When Joss Met Matt is more than a sweet, sexy romance, it’s about friendship and growing up! You need to read this one now!!!
**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**