Friends without Benefits

Friends without Benefits

by Penny Reid

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Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid

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.

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149530939
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 05/31/2014
Series: Knitting in the City Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 14,651
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

APRIL 12 2016: The Player and the Pixie, Rugby Series, Book #2

MAY 24 2016:Grin and Beard It, Winston Brothers Series, Book #2

SUMMER 2016: Dating-ish, Knitting in the City Series, Book #6

Please feel free to drop her a line. She'd be happy to hijack your thoughts! You can find her on her blog or email her: pennreid at gmail dot com

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Friends Without Benefits 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I loved both Neandrethal books as well as Love Hacked but this book fell a little flat for me. I don't was just missing something. It didn't grab me like the previous 3 books had. Janie/Quinn's and even Sandra/Alex's stories grabbed my attention right away. This one, not so much. I didn't feel a lot of passion between the two characters and everything felt rushed yet slow at the same time. Ironically, I felt there was more of a connection between them in the Neandrethal Marries Human (where they were secondary characters). Still, it was a good read, just not my favorite in the series and I look forward to reading about the rest of the ladies in this knitting group.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
A little romance, a little danger and a wonderful story is born!  This is such a great series!  Highly recommended!
Livlovesbooks 9 months ago
My Review Title: It has a great epilogue! ★¸¸.•*¨*•★Spoiler Free Review★•*¨*•.¸¸★ With more kissing than knitting, the Knitting in the City series follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group. ~From Penny Reid’s website •*¨*• Writing style: Elizabeth’s POV only •*¨*• Elements I enjoyed about this contemporary romance: Doctor heroine / Comedian hero / Childhood friends / Unrequited love finally returned / Meaty length / Humorous / HEA •*¨*• Story ★★★☆☆ It was indeed a smart unrequited romance with lots of enjoyable moments between childhood friends Dr. Elizabeth Finney and professional comedian Niccolo (aka Nico) Manganiello. Slow burn romances are harder for me to crazy love though, and are therefore not my normal preference. •*¨*• Coming up next: Love Hacked (Knitting in the City, #3), available now
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have fallen in love with Penny Reids' books. Both her Knitting and Beard series are humorous romantic page turners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author can write! Sweet, romantic, sexy with the right amount of humor! Loved it!
deeeee More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Knitting in the City series. Elizabeth and Nico have known each other forever. Elizabeth was a scrawny little kids and Nico, in his immature boy-ness, was a relentless tease to her: introducing her to new students as a brilliant boy, pushing her into the boys room, cutting off one of her braids...the list is endless. Elizabeth sees his attention as bullying, but because he is best friends with her teenage boyfriend who is terminally ill, they work hard to get along with each other. Eleven years later...Elizabeth is a gifted doctor in Chicago finishing her residency. She is paged to a room to interview potential patients for testing for new treatments. Elizabeth walks into the room to see Nico's mom, a little girl and NICO. She hurriedly hustles out of the room, but Nico's mama has already seen Elizabeth and calls out to her. The tension between Elizabeth and Nico is palpable. Nico made is big on the comedy circuit and has his own show, complete with almost naked women and Jello wrestling. Money for his niece's treatment is not an issue and Angelica qualifies for the treatment. Of course, there is a requirement...Elizabeth is to be the doctor who administers Angelica's treatments. Even though Nico is often in NYC, there is a lot of passion between the two. They are being manipulated by Nico's mom, yet Elizabeth knows she has already had her "one true love" and she just can't be enough for Nico.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
This series revolves around a knitting group gossiping on relationships, dating, and men. I was not impressed with the first book, Neanderthal Seeks Human ( I was hooked by the title, but didn’t like the story.) Unfortunately, the 2nd book had the same issues as the 1st.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
You know that boy that always picked on you in school? Did he hate you or love you? Nico and Elizabeth have had a love-hate relationship and we finally get to the bottom of everyone's feelings. When Nico lands back in Elizabeth's life, well, she really isn't sure what to think or expect from him since he always hated her, at least that's what she always thought. And Nico, oh Nico, dude, why didn't you ever figure out that she took all your teasing for hatred, not love? The crazy events that follow kept me guessing and not wanting to put this book down. Add in the fact that Nico has a stalker that seems to have put her focus on Elizabeth, well, even I never dreamed up what might happen. Penny Reid keeps me guessing and laughing with every book, a true talent!
csingh More than 1 year ago
I love it when enemies turn to lovers.  I love it when best/former friends fall in love, and I love it when unrequited love/crushes are finally requited.  I also love to laugh, sometimes cry, and I always like to fall in love with the characters I'm reading about.  After all, how can you not love the quick witted Elizabeth when she's not tongue tied around Nico or how much Nico cares for those he loves? I first met Elizabeth in Neanderthal Seeks Human (NSH).  She's Janie's best friend and looks out for her.  Elizabeth is very sarcastic and oh so stubborn, yet still very strong. There were times when I wanted to shake her silly and hope she came to her senses.  She's fantastic to read about.  You want to be her, heck, I want to be her!   Elizabeth is very much taken aback by Nico's re-entry into her life.  She has some past issues regarding him and the attraction she had for him comes roaring back.  Nico isn't helping them go away and we are the lucky ones who get to sit back and "watch" the fireworks.   (I wanted to yell at Elizabeth at one point and tell her, "If you don't want Nico, I'll take him!) I loved how many feelings I got when I read this book.  Of course there was lots of laughter. Some of it came from seeing the knitting group together and others came from moments of Elizabeth & Nico interactions, but I laughed myself silly and if I wasn't laughing, then I had a big smile on my face.  I also teared up and cried.  There are moments that really touch you and it's hard to keep all that inside.   I was very excited to read this book.  I read it within 24 hours of reading NSH.  I was super impressed with this story and of course with Penny Reid.  She wrote a book where the main female character was the alpha and the hero was somewhat of an alpha/beta mix.  I don't think I've ever read a book that wasn't erotica that had that dynamic.  Penny Reid has very quickly shot onto my "must read/must own authors" and also onto the "favorites" list.  You don't have to take my word for it, all you have to do is pick up one of her books and find out for yourself!  And kudos to her for giving readers a choose it yourself option when it came to the heat level with this book.  I read both chapters and loved them. Penny is definitely someone's books you're going to want to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little drawn out. Story was good but took awhile to get to it.