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Posted February 4, 2014
Those wanting a story that sets the pages on fire will get exactly that with this intensely erotic story that takes the friends with benefits theme to an extreme high. When two long-term friends, and current roommates, decide to scratch their mutual itch they both realize that the love they have for each other can no longer be ignored. What starts out as fun soon becomes serious and meaningful and opens the door to a HEA.
Ann has loved Joe for a very long time but he broke her heart in college by choosing another. Her low self-esteem and body image issues kept her from admitting her true feelings as he flit from one Barbie-esque woman to another. Another bad date has her taking Joe up on his sensual offer though she knows it will leave her heartbroken. As they morph from friends with benefits to something more Joe shows her the truth about her body and has her willing to take the chance on his long-term offer. Ann is an average gal with issues that are easy to relate to. I ached for her as she struggled with wearing her uncomfortable shapewear and embarrassment in having Joe see it but admired her for admitting to wearing it. She's strong-willed except when it comes to Joe and the feelings he incites in her. She gets overly emotional when around him though which frustrated me a bit but I attributed it to the strong feelings she had for him and fears that she'd never be what he'd want in the long run.
Joe is a super sexy guy who's chosen style over substance in his women until now. For years he too has loved Ann but held back telling her for fear of ruining their friendship. He can't hold back any longer though and when seeing a chance he offers her friends with benefits. He hopes to enthrall her in his sensual haze so she'll never want to leave him and enthrall he does in numerous sexual interludes. Joe's not ashamed to show emotions and there were one or two tears he shed when trying to keep Ann and I loved him all the more for doing so. He stuck up for Ann against catty women and always tried to show her the beauty in her body. He's an admirable hero who's close to perfect in my opinion.
This was a quick and satisfying read with only a few quibbles. I enjoyed the protagonists but wish we could've seen them interacting more out of the bedroom so we could get to know them better. I like steamy reads but there was almost too much sex in this story with Ann way too eager to partake in the darker aspects of sex at Joe's mere suggestion. The ending, while satisfying, isn't actually a HEA. It feels a bit open ended and rushed in their HFN concluding scene which might be dealt with in a future book as there were two characters in this book that I can see helming their own stories. Ultimately this was a decadent afternoon delight that left me fanning myself and melting the snow outside my window. Fans of erotica will definitely want to read this one!
Posted October 20, 2013
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Mrs. TittyTat
5 out of 5 Licks
I love friends to lovers romances and In Bed with Mr. Perfect by Heidi Lynn Anderson is no exception. A steamy one night read, you’ll be wishing by the end of the short story that you had a Mr. Perfect too.
Curvy Ann is down in the dumps after a date gone wrong and her roomie and best friend, body builder Joe, cheers her up…really, really cheers her up. The friendship between the hero and heroine is well established from the start and that only makes the chemistry between them hotter and more believable.
Ann is all in sexually when it comes to exploring this new side of friendship with Joe but she holds back emotionally afraid that she’s not physically all that Joe wants. Joe is all in from the start—body and soul. Despite her self doubts Ann still comes off as confident and really is a very relatable character. And Joe…sigh…all men should be as sexy and devoted.
There’s lots of sex, lots of heat and lots of heart in this story. Glad I read it and will be looking for more by this author.