Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friends with Benefits by Alaina Marks

Title:  Friends With Benefits
Author:  Alaina Marks
Published:  December 7th 2012
Page Count:  62
Genre:  18+ Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A sexy romance short story for readers 18+.

Brandi Montgomery, a caseworker for an adoption agency in New York, has just been told the apartment she was about to rent was not available anymore because the landlord decided to rent it to someone else at the last minute. She has two weeks to find a place to live. On top of giving up her place, and having the threat of being homeless hanging over her head, she has just ended her dead-end relationship which has made her swear off men forever!

Neal Calhoun, successful CEO of one of the biggest architectural firms in New York, gave up on relationships years ago thanks to the betrayal of his ex. He now finds comfort in having no strings attached, “friends with benefits” type relationships; keeping his heart safe while getting his needs met. When Brandi post an ad online looking for a roommate situation, Neal answers her ad with the “perfect” arrangement: a friends with benefits type of relationship in exchange for a great place to stay in one of the most sought after addresses in Manhattan.

With only two weeks before she’s out on the streets, Brandi has to decide if she wants to take Neal up on his offer. This should be a win-win situation for both parties where everyone benefits. But what happens when one of them breaks the number one rule, do they call it quits or do they take a chance on love...again.

My review:
Wow. Who knew that you could pack so much into such a short story. This is your stereotypical boy meets girl and hooks up then end up in a relationship story all in less time than it takes to drink a glass of wine. Of course, that is also the extent of the story. The characters are real enough considering that there is very little time to develop them. They do serve their purpose in the story but they are little more than that. I will commend the author on scenery descriptions. At times I felt like I knew what the characters were looking at.

All in all, a decent way to get your daily fill of smut (as my mother would call it) quickly.

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