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Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Penny Reid
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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.

October 2013: 10% of profits go to the PCD Foundation for pediatric rare disease research: http://www.pcdfoundation.org/

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2059 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 424 pages
  • Editeur : Caped Publishing (13 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FJJN0WC
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 du bon et du mauvais 5 février 2015
Par RAEL.ORG
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J'ai trouvé que la première moitié était du bon Penny Reid : rythmé, intrigue originale et prenante, personnages attachants...mais à la moitié, tout à coup l'intrigue s'étiole et on a droit à 200 pages de "oh je le déteste, mais il m'aime !" "Oh moi aussi je l'aime, mais je ne peux pas l'aimer." "Oh je l'aime tellement, mais je ne veux pas le faire souffrir." "Oh, il m'aime, mais moi je ne peux pas l'aimer." "Oh, je l'aime tellement, je vais le faire souffrir" etc etc etc...L'auteur a les moyens de faire vraiment mieux.

En plus j'ai trouvé qu'il y avait moins d'humour que dans Neanderthal et Love hacked. Ce qui est paradoxal, étant donné que là, le personnage masculin est censé être un comique de profession. Pourtant, Quinn en avait beaucoup plus dans ses réparties.

Enfin, une chose que je trouve très agaçante chez Penny Reid, et qui est peut-être affaire de culture, c'est cette manie de mettre des armes à feu entre les mains de ses personnages. C'est totalement incongru et déplacé dans ce registre de romance. Et en plus, le fait que ses personnages qui sont soi-disant des gens lambda tirent sur les "méchants", sans états d'âme, comme si c'était normal de tuer ou blesser gravement des personnes quand on se sent en danger...je trouve ça très malsain. La société américaine est peut-être habituée à cette violence, mais je préfèrerais que cela ne vienne pas me polluer la tête. Nos adolescents ont déjà adopté leur coca, redbull et Mac Do, pitié, laissez-nous le respect de l'individu et le droit à un procès, même quand on est très très vilain. Mais je m'égare, c'est un autre débat...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un vrai bonbon sucré et pétilant ! 13 octobre 2013
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J'ai dévoré ce petit VO en un rien de temps, c'est un vrai petit bonbon sucré comme je les aime. Le pitch de base est basique, le coup des retrouvailles est un sujet très exploité en romance qui peut même être casse-gu**le.

Elisabeth et Nico se connaissent depuis leur plus tendre enfance. Ils ont entretenu une relation chaotique, dont Elisabeth garde de très mauvais souvenirs. Mais à l'adolescence, la donne va changer et ils vont se rapprocher, pour ensuite ne plus se voir pendant 11 ans.

Au début du livre, ils se retrouvent dans un contexte professionnel, et vont vite reprendre contact. Dès le départ, on connaît la nature de leurs sentiments respectifs, et à partir de là ça pourrait devenir plat et ennuyeux. Sauf que ... Sauf que Penny Reid a une écriture enlevée, légère et drôle. Je ne compte pas le nombre de fois où j'ai ri ou souri dans ce livre, bien qu'il y ait des passages douloureux. Ses personnages ont tous un grain de folie, qui se manifeste parfois dans des scènes franchement hilarantes.

En parallèle des retrouvailles amoureuses (enfin plutôt du combat de Nico pour conquérir sa belle), on retrouve les copines de club de tricot, on côtoie les collègues d'Elisabeth (eux aussi sont bien cinglés, à leur manière), et on découvre les inconvénients de la vie des célébrités (Nico est un comédien/humoriste très célèbre, et il est harcelé par une femme particulièrement dérangée de la cafetière ...).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une vraie réussite 29 décembre 2013
Par Chi-Chi
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Une histoire de retrouvailles qui n'en est pas une, des personnages attachants et intelligents (donc cohérents dans eurs actes), et une plume hilarante qui manie bien entre les moments d'émotion et ceux de legereté... Des références geeks, des chapitres surprises, plusieurs épilogues, bref, un coup de coeur!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 La suite de knitting in the city 28 septembre 2015
Par dandine
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L'histoire cette fois ci est celle d'Elizabeth la meilleure amie de Janie. Médecin aux urgences de Chicago elle est appelée sur une consultation pour un patient VIP, il s'agit de la nièce de Nico Moretti humoriste et animateur célèbre, mais également ami d'enfance d'Elizabeth qu'elle n'a pas revu depuis 11 ans après avoir perdu sa virginité avec lui.
Leurs chemins se recroisent quelques jours plus tard lors des dix ans de leur promotion au lycée, afin de le sortir d'une mauvaise situation elle va attirer sur elle sans le vouloir la curiosité de la presse et de ses fans. Acceptant de soigner la nièce de Nico, elle va le croiser maintenant régulièrement et s’apercevoir que ses sentiments à son égard ne sont peut être pas ce qu'elle pensait.
Heureusement son groupe d'amies du groupe de tricot est là pour la soutenir et la conseiller !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Good, But Not Quite a Home Run 4 octobre 2013
Par Connie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Penny Reid is an exceptional writer. She has a unique, creative way with modern, realistic romance. NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN showcases her talent. The heroine, Janie, is a high functioning adult who appears to be on the autistic spectrum. As a result, although she is brilliant, Janie is rather quirky and has trouble with social nuances. Her difficulty dealing with emotions leads her to focus on facts, often extremely obscure facts. Quinn is the alpha male (aka Handsome McHotpants). In addition to being fabulously good-looking, Quinn is a man with a bit of a shady past who sees Janie`s incredible qualities. In addition to the steamy love story and adventure, the reader is introduced to the women of the knitting group who are a very interesting supporting cast. Book 1 was a 5 star read for me, actually one of my favorite books in the past year. I think it is essential that people read the books in order.

Having loved NEANDERTHAL so much that I have read it three times, I was anxiously awaiting FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS and was thrilled to hear that it was being released early. I immediately left what I was reading to download FRIENDS the first day it was available. After two chapters, I decided that I would finish book I was already reading and then go back to FRIENDS.

Elizabeth Finney is the female lead in FRIENDS. We know her as the Janie`s doctor friend and roommate from the first book. Elizabeth is an incredibly damaged woman, having lost her mother at the age of nine and the love of her life, Garrett, shortly before her sixteenth birthday. Elizabeth met Garrett the year her mother died and was in love with him three months later. Both her mother and Garrett died as a result of diagnostic errors in the emergency room which was Elizabeth`s motivation for becoming a doctor.

Elizabeth believes that each person only has one true love, therefore she is destined never to have a mate after Garrett`s death. I`m not sure I ever bought into the fact that Elizabeth would have never emotionally moved on. Despite having a loving father and close friends, she is stuck in the past. Upon hearing Elizabeth`s theory about love, one of the women in the knitting group asks her if she is a Disney princess. This question would have been helpful years before. While Garrett`s death would have had a huge impact, how likely would it have been that a romance which blossomed at age nine would have lasted through adulthood? If you do not buy into Elizabeth`s denial that she can have romantic love, then this will be a frustrating book for you.

Nico Manganiello has known Elizabeth since she was born. Their mothers were best friends and as a result the two of them spent a lot of time together. Even after Elizabeth`s mother dies, the two families get together at the Manganiello`s restaurant. Unfortunately for Nico, he spends his childhood showing his love for Elizabeth by embarrassing and even humiliating her. As a result, Elizabeth detests Nico. The only thing they have in common (until her 16th birthday) is their affection for Garrett. Nico, who believes Elizabeth is the one for him has done nothing to touch base with her in the past decade. While he was building his career and playing the field, why no attempt to see what Elizabeth is up to? As an adult, Nico is a former underwear model with a wildly successful television show featuring naked or semi-naked jello wrestling. While Nico has loved Elizabeth since he could use a fork, Elizabeth apparently doesn`t even know how to say his last name. I`m not sure why this was needed as part of the story-line. "Mangenigelino or however the heck you pronounce your last name."

The story starts eleven years after Garrett`s death with Nico bringing in his young niece, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, to the hospital for a clinical trial. Here again, we are pressed to believe that Nico and his mother would turn down the chance to work directly with a world renowned pediatric pulmonologist in favor of a resident, Elizabeth, with whom they have had no contact for over ten years.

The rapid and repetitive on-again, off-again nature of what happens over the next two months is extremely frustrating. When one of them declares love, the other backs off. When one pulls away, the other is immediately sure about their relationship. When he is away, she can hardly wait to see him and when he comes back, she fights with him. It is exhausting. I am not a big fan of the "I am not worthy of his love" or "I love him too much to have a relationship and hurt him" scenario. Nico repeatedly declares his love for Elizabeth and must see things in her that I do not. He describes her as funny and witty, but most of the time she talks to him she either has a case of mumble-mouth or is insulting him and making negative comments about his show which she has never seen. Frankly, when Nico wonders if he has made a mistake about the two of them, I wanted to yell "YES!"

The ladies of the knitting club are less interesting than in the first book. Two other main characters, Dr. Ken Miles and Dr. Megalomaniac Meg, are both annoying. I will leave it to you to decide if you think Meg`s behavior at a crucial point in the book is believable.

This is a good book. It's also frustrating. I could never wrsp my head sround the fact that the adults in the book allowed Nico to bully Elizabeth for more than a decade. It's not like they could have missed the fact that he cut off one of her braids. The torment went on too long and morphed beyond a bid for attention. If young Nico was too immature to see the error of his ways, why did no one point it out to him?

People best the who loved NEANDERTHAL should definitely purchase it. The stellar nature of the first book leads me to believe that I will see the same promise in future books with characters who are deserving of her talent.

(Ms. Reid is generously donating a portion of the purchase price to pediatric rare disease foundations due to her work with biomedical research.)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 One Trick Pony 28 février 2014
Par Tabby1249 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I chose to read Friends Without Benefits, the second in the Knitting in the City series, based upon the strength of the the first book Neanderthal Seeks Human. "Neanderthal" wasn't perfect, but it did showcase Ms. Reid's flair for writing contemporary dialog and creating an engaging, if not terribly original, plot. My chief complaint in "Neanderthal" lay with the female protagonist, Janie. While she had some reason for her self-absorbed navel gazing and neurotic behavior, it occupied so much of the story that I felt bludgeoned by it by the end of the book. As I said in my review of that book, I began to wonder at Quinn's (the male protagonist's) continued interest in her.

I had hoped that in the second book we'd be treated to the same great, often laugh-out-loud dialog and central characters that were interesting, engaging and fun. If anything what I got was less of that great dialog and more internal musings about the traumas of our heroine's childhood. All things considered, her dramas were far less than Janie's but her maddening self-absorption was greater. And, like 'Neanderthal,' we have a male protagonist, Nico, who is far more patient and accommodating than is believable, although slightly less so than Quinn. I struggled to finish "Friends" and often wished I could reach through the pages of the book to slap Elizabeth. Maybe I should give Ms. Reid points for rousing that kind of emotion in me, but if the next in the series is the same kind of book, which I suspect it will be since there are about 6-7 women in the knitting group, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to pass.

Because I think Ms. Reid has both talent and potential, I'd like to offer some suggestions;
1) Show more, tell less. Please try to refrain from several continuous paragraphs of internal musings. Try to show the characters' values, attitudes, beliefs, hopes, fears and dreams through dialog. It's much more interesting to read.
2) Commit to your own writing. The alternate chapters of of Elizabeth's and Nico's sex scene was not only disruptive to the flow of reading, it was a bush-league move that told me that you were actively seeking a head pat of approval rather than choosing what was best for the story. If you wanted to include an alternate chapter that could have been done at the end.
3) Consider what goes in a prologue vs that which goes in an epilogue. Your first epilogue in "Friends" would have made a very good prologue. Instead you had Elizabeth tell us about their sexual encounter from her perspective depriving us of knowing something more about Nico from the very beginning. It would have made her initial reactions to seeing him again more understandable and his early declarations of love a little more believable than they were initially. You second epilogue of Nico at 32 was a believable epilogue and was a nice ending to the story.
4) If you are going to let childhood traumas have so much influence over your characters, then do it right. Having Elizabeth characterize herself as a "user" because she'd had four monogamous sexual relationships in 12 years is not sufficient to convince me that she's all that traumatized. Now if she'd been indiscriminate, and more sexually active, then I might have bought it. If you are concerned that her character might be less likable because of it then you, as the writer have to work to show her growth over the course of the novel. As it is, Elizabeth just sounds silly characterizing herself as a user and it calls the depth of her childhood trauma into question.

Finally, the big denouement, the scene with Elizabeth stripping down to her underwear to participate Nico's Howard Stern-like show and declare her love for him read like a rip-off of the big climax scene in a cheesy ROM-COM. It was unrealistic and not the least bit romantic. I think you are better than that. If you want to avoid becoming a one trick pony and grow as a writer, look for ways to stretch yourself beyond the damaged girl/long-suffering man dynamic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely lived up to my expectations. 1 octobre 2013
Par M for Margaret - Publié sur Amazon.com
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From the moment I found out that Penny Reid was writing a second book I couldn't wait to read it. I loved her first book, Neanderthal Seeks Human, so my hopes were high for Friends Without Benefits and my expectations were exceeded. I love an author who can reference ancient Roman history and Star Trek in adjacent paragraphs, knows her knitting, and mentions Ravelry.

I admit to having a big geek crush on Penny, but what is going to keep me coming back for more are her characters. In Neanderthal Seeks Human, Janie, her main character, is crazy smart. The kind of crazy smart that, let's face it, a lot of people don't get. I think that's why I was so drawn to her, and then to her friends who want to protect her from the people in the world who don't get or appreciate her. The friend who is perhaps the most fiercely protective is Elizabeth Finney, the heroine of Friends With Out Benefits. The way Penny handles the first person narrator is great. It's usually not my favorite POV but I can't imagine these books being better in the third person. I loved being in Elizabeth's head, especially when she was absolutely muddle by Nico. And Nico! Man, oh man, that man! I thought that my favorite guy in the Reid-verse was going to remain Quinn from Neanderthal Seeks Human, but I have been absolutely won over by Nico. He's tall, dark, handsome, and a really, really, really good guy. Elizabeth and Nico have a long and complicated history. Penny is able to seamlessly weave in their back story in a way that never feels forced or trite. I will say that by the end of Friends Without Benefits I felt more connected with the characters in the book than I had by the end of Neanderthal Seeks Human. I think that this is more about Penny's growing experience as a writer then the characters themselves which makes me look forward to the future books in the series that will feature the other women in the Tuesday Night Knitting Group.

The women in the knitting group get more page time in this book. Many times there will be characters in a group of friends and you can't really tell who's who unless it's clearly stated who's talking or doing something. Not so for the Tuesday night knitting group. They are also all smart and badass in their own ways and have distinct personalities. I want to be friends with all of them!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a fan of Nico's. 11 juin 2014
Par Justirishgirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading two of the other books the knitting series - Love Hacked and Neanderthal Seeks Human. I loved the heroes in those two books Alex and Quinn. They were possessive, jealous and totally in love with the heroines. Nico, the H in this book, was not possessive and hardly displayed any jealously unlike Alex and Quinn. Also unlike them, he had something to be jealous about as Elizabeth, the h, was going to sleep with someone else. Alex and Quinn would have lost it but with Nico, it was more that she hurt his feelings by being willing to sleep with someone else but not him. It was Elizabeth who was the jealous one as opposed to Nico. Even though Alex and Quinn had a few antisocial traits, they were unique and likable. There were enough details about them that I felt like I knew them. Neither were cookie cutter type heroes unlike Nico. He was fine but there seemed nothing unique about him. Nico was bland and seemed shallow to me. What I knew about him is that he was a good looking man who was good at flirting and promoting himself. Also, he had an interesting, loving family including his mother and he was Italian.

I have to admit that I disliked reading about Nico's show. Despite him saying that only intelligent women worked for him, getting naked or stripping down in bikinis and rolling around in liquid does not send that message. I dislike reading that his guests had to be naked or be in bikinis in order to go on stage. I hate that even after he and Elizabeth got together, he was still taking off his clothes and playing in jello with women on TV.

I did not agree with Nico's definition of love. He said that he loves Elizabeth and has since he was a child but had not seen her in over 10 years. They met by chance. Even when he became an adult, he made not effort to find and speak to her even though he claims he loved her. They did not have a relationship that was beyond friendship and sometimes not even that. But I am a sucker for a hero who thinks that he is totally in love with a heroine and loves her despite lengthy separations. Therefore I was ok with him saying he has loved her forever shortly after seeing her again. Then, he went ahead and ruined it by saying he has also loves another women, who he dated for 3 years. They broke up because he did not want to give up his show for her and she could not handle the lack of privacy due to his celebrity status.

This book, unlike the other two had noticeable grammar mistakes. Also I did not find it as funny as the other two books. The things I liked about the book was that there were a few hot sex scenes and the HEA. With that said, because I liked the author's two other books in this series, I would be willing to read more of her books.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It came highly recommended, but I don't think I read the same book 9 octobre 2013
Par Snips - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book scored very well with other readers,but I felt it was average. The story seemed to drag out. so much so that I skipped some sections in chapters because it as so drawn out. I was also so irritated with the character and actions of Elizabeth because of her indecisiveness. Although I did like her male counterpart, Nico. He was upfront and confident. She was intelligent, she was a doctor, but outside of her job, she was not confident and a coward. I can sympathize with her troubled childhood, but it is a decade later and she still has difficulties with trust and love. I think I got tired of her suppressing her feelings for Nico and her lack of trust in their friendship and love, that *spoiler alert* the HEA couldn't come sooner.
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