Yay! I loved Frenemies (A Girl Next Door Novella 2). When I read C.C.'s first book, Friends With Benefits, a couple of weeks ago, I was so excited that I was the first to review it on goodreads and second on Amazon. I felt like I discovered her (even though she found me). So when C.C. send me Frenemies, this time I was excited, which made it even harder to live up to my expectations. Well it lived up to and surpassed my expectations!
This is a novella, like the first in the series, and focuses this time on Cat & Patrick (Nat's best friend and Aiden's brother; characters from the first book). Cat is house sitting for Nat while she is on her honeymoon, and Patrick is renting Aiden's house right next door. Though this book can stand on its own, I think you should read Friends with Benefits first, where you really get introduced to Cat. She is snarky, says what is on her mind and can be a total b*tch-but you can't help but love her for it. She is someone I totally want to hang out with! Patrick seems to be a player, but is totally hot and charming as hell.
Cat has been hurt badly in the past and does not want to open herself up to the possibility of being hurt again, especially by someone she will be seeing often for the rest of her life. But Patrick, well, he is totally irresistible. Fun, silly and laid back outside the bedroom, but in the bedroom.....a total alpha. He is my new book boyfriend for the week <3.
This book, way more than the first, had a lot of smokin' hot sex, but not over the top, and not forsaking story for sex. CC Wood writes her sex scenes more like you would tell your girlfriend (a little more graphic). No cringe-worthy words like `turgid manhood' and `quivering, weeping petal-like folds'. In fact, she says it shot straight down to her `girlie parts' which totally worked for me. They may not have been totally long jump-your-man scenes, but they were perfect for this story.
There were a ton of modern references that were totally current and I loved that! Cat reads sexy books on her e-reader (can you relate? I can), lusts after Joe Manganiello,"I was having a moment with a werewolf" (In the original review at [...] there are photos here) and compares Patrick's body to Chris Hemsworth (and photos here too)
I found myself laughing out loud, and even snorted a few times throughout this book. My only wish is that it was longer!!!
-Funny lines that made me laugh out loud.
-Characters I totally want to hang with.
-Great sex scenes with an alpha male and no gross words.
-I missed the Cat/Nat interaction from the first book
5 stars (for a novella) 4 for Heat
It's hard to believe C.C. Wood just published her first story last month, because she really did a great job! I highly recommend this quick little fun series for a beach read this summer. Each book is less than 100 pages, and less than a dollar.
Recommended if you enjoyed Alice Clayton's Redhead series, or RL Matthewson's Neighbor from Hell series.
* I do not personally know the author, but I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review on my blog, Ana's Attic Sexy Tales and Toys. I was not compensated for the review.