Book: Exes With Benefits
Author: Nicole Williams
Release date: 18 September 2017
Main characters: Canaan Ford, original bad boy and apparently reformed character. Maggie Church, estranged wife, determined to get a divorce and get on with life- without Canaan.
The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.
We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.
When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .
He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.
He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.
Why you should read it: This was an ultra-sweet, ultra-entertaining read. It’s going to garner comparisons to Sweet Home Alabama – as there are many parallels. The heroine living in the big city has to return to her small town, in order to get a divorce from her childhood sweetheart. It was heartwarming and the banter between Maggie and Canaan was sharp, witty and sexy. Canaan is hard to dislike – he’s sexy, straightforward and focused on getting Maggie back. Maggie is confused and she has a right to be – she’s pretty much alone in the world and dealing with an ex is the last thing she wants to be doing. She has some secrets of her own and gets herself in a real muddle, but it adds to the fun of the story – and thankfully she didn’t frustrate me too much!
What you may not like: Not much – it’s an easy read and a lighthearted one in some respects – heavy on the pathos in others. It’s sweet, it’s sad and it’s sexy. Not too sexy though, it’s more romance than hardcore erotica!
Rating: 3.5/5 for a lovely, diverting read. I’m not a massive fan of second-chance romances but this one made me smile.