Friends with Benefits
Written by Kelly Jamieson and published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., Friends with Benefits is a 29 chapter romance novel…a very short 29 chapters. A decent read, but not worth my time or my money.
My Rating ★★☆☆☆
As the story begins readers are introduced to the book’s two main characters, Kerri Harris and Mitch MacAuley. Kerri, a 29-year-old yoga instructor and owner of a thriving yoga studio is having drinks with her best friend, Mitch, a 30-year-old divorce attorney. Kerri asks Mitch to introduce her to one his male friends or business associates in the hopes that they will hit it off on their date, eventually leading to marriage and motherhood. Kerri has always yearned for a large family and is concerned that as she grows closer to 30, her chances of having that family are running out. Though reluctant to do so, Mitch agrees to help, but based on the book’s title and synopsis it’s obvious this will lead to them becoming, well, friends with benefits.
Kerri is a pain in the butt. Indecisive, stubborn and argumentative, writer Kelly Jamieson made it very difficult for me to like Kerri. I won’t spoil any plot points, so I’ll just say that there is a scene in which Kerri does something that she clearly did not want to do, and it caused major friction between her and Mitch. Mitch is a fantastic character. Caring, helpful and witty, he’s the kind of guy you’d be proud to bring home to your parents. There’s chemistry between these two characters, and some very well-written dialogue, particularly in chapters 16 and 22.
- There are multiple typos in this book. I found one typo in chapter 7 that read: “What are you taking about?”, and another in chapter 15.
- Mitch’s last name, MacAuley, wasn’t mentioned until chapter 24 of a 29 chapter book, which I just found…odd.
- A major annoyance I had with this book was Jamieson’s failure to commit to writing sex scenes (in this book). She cuts from sex several times throughout the book, going from foreplay to post-coital dialogue; I hated that. It’s almost as if she was worried the book would have too much sex, of which there can be no such thing in a romance novel! If readers were skittish about sex scenes we wouldn’t read romance novels, so just go for it.
When I read the final chapter of Friends with Benefits it became clear to me that some of Kerri’s reasons for wanting to marry and have a child were utterly ridiculous, especially considering what huge commitments marriage and motherhood are. As a result the final chapter was a huge disappointment. In less than 10 pages the final chapter of this book made the very foundation of the premise, that foundation being the fact that Kerri desperately wants to get married and have a family, seem meaningless. I thought: “Well, what the hell was the point of all of that if this was how she really felt?” I wouldn’t recommend buying this book, but perhaps you can check it out at your local library. I have read many purchase-worthy books by Kelly Jamieson, and my reviews of them can be found on this site as well.