Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill & Liz Czukas

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill & Liz Czukas
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: New Adult/College

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

This book was just what I needed when I was going through a slight book slump where I wasn't liking anything I was reading.  Then I picked this up and read it in one sitting.  Book slump so OVER!!

I loved this book.  I loved the characters, I loved this neat new twist on the "friends with benefits" idea.  Sorbet Sex!  Cleanse the palate between breakups with someone you trust, whose your friend, your confidante, and someone you admire and hold affection for.  This is exactly what Joss and Matt were to each other.  And part of the reason why I loved the book so much.  They became great friends.

Their friendship is longstanding and had such depth that you can enjoy the book based on that alone. Matt is such a sweet guy, but not the "nice guy syndrome" type guy, because he had a touch of the little bit bad about him in the way he handled their sorbet sessions.  He is always there for her, caring about her as a friend.  And Joss was a great companion to him. I loved her character just as much because she was open and cute.  The two of them together were just perfect.  I loved getting to watch their friendship build and grow until I realized most of my favorite parts of the story weren't ones where they were having sex between breakups.  My favorite parts were those where they were just being together as friends, having brunch, hanging out, talking, and learning each other.

But whenever they need sorbet sex, you get to see some awesome chemistry between these two characters.  They know how to get each other over a breakup!  There were times I wanted to shake them though because they weren't doing what I wanted.

The story had everything I love in a romance, great characters, amazing chemistry and sexual tension. The author's writing was fun, yet deep, and the pacing was perfect.  I flew through the pages to this book and was left with a satisfying little sigh at the end.

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