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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Ellie Cahill
Ballantine eBook
ISBN# 978-0-553-39451-1
March 2015
Contemporary Romance

Seven years ago, Jocelyn Kiel and Matt Lehrer met at college. Their friendship turned into a "friends with benefits" arrangement when her boyfriend dumped her for another girl, everytime they both were available without a significant other, they would give each other a call when they wanted their needs met. However, as things usually go, someone is bound to feel more for the other and that is what makes Joss decide to end their arrangement - she had fallen for Matt and couldn't keep going the way they were. Yet, before she can tell him so, he tells her that he can't keep going the way they are either, and she feels her heart break apart. Saying goodbye to Matt will be the hardest thing she's done. Can they at least have a friendship or has their sex life ruined any chances of them being friends?

This story is told in dual time, present day and then seven years ago and all the times in between leading up to the final date where things fall apart. I enjoyed all the back story, with each other going through some good and bad relationships and the fall-outs of each. Matt is sweet, funny, and easy going, whereas Joss is learning how to stand up for herself and being her own woman. When she finally understands her heart and what she does and doesn't need from Matt, things go horribly wrong. Sometimes the lack of communication, for whatever reason, is worse than just being honest. The ending was well written, with enough suspense to keep you reading until the very end. This book has plenty of sex scenes, some detailed, others not, because even though it does involve their arrangement, it's ultimately about two people who should have known what they wanted in the beginning. A very good contemporary romance.

Reviewed by Jennifer Jones
Rating: 4

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