Friends with Benefits by Lisa Swift

I absolutely adore this author and regularly shout about how fabulous her books are to anyone who will listen! So I am very excited to be on my first (hopefully of many) blog tour for her latest release. ♥️


Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and a delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl left to work overseas…and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to stepson Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her from meltdown is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can depend on him.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. What starts as just sex soon becomes something deeper.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with an impossible decision. Will she be forced to choose between her feelings for Theo and the boy she loves as a son?

My thoughts:

Probably the biggest compliment I could give this author is to say she is my comfortable, safe, “go-to” author. When others may leave me frustrated, angry or bored, I can guarantee that Lisa’s books will leave me smiling, having spent the last few hours with a wonderful cast of characters, completely escaping reality.

I have loved getting to know the characters in this book. Lexie is an amazing, selfless woman, who has taken on and is juggling much more than most women would even dream of. Theo makes for a fantastic hero. At times he is a bumbling idiot; at others he is a smooth romantic! It was also really lovely to see the story and the idea of love, romance, and dating, from 14 year old Connor’s perspective, as he really does not hold back when it comes to saying what he thinks and feels!

The dialogue between the characters is touching, full of love and care, but also sometimes funny, or even brutally honest. Some scenes are explosive, and a bit sweary! This is tastefully and carefully done though, in order to get over the passion and anger the characters are feeling.

By the end of the book, I had laughed, I had cried and I had wanted to scream at one particularly annoying and self righteous character! However, in true Lisa Swift style and skill, the author brings everything back to an even keel by the end, to leave you with a heartwarming sense of satisfaction and your faith in humanity is momentarily restored!

An emotional, heart warming, beautifully original read that I would recommend to fans of Milly Johnson, Portia Macintosh and Holly Martin. I also think this would make for a perfect read or gift for a young adult who is looking for their first adult romantic fiction read, as Connor’s perspective and central role in the book puts a unique spin on things!



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