Author: Ellie Cahill/Liz Czukas
Publication date: February 24th, 2015
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term "sorbet sex" with her charming twist on the age-old 'friends-with-benefits' story.
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 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.
I received an electronic copy of this book from the publishers at Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
When searching for the perfect book to kick off my reviews on my new site, I was anxious to embrace the genre I had loved for so long. Romance has been my bread and butter for the last year and had caused me to overlook other genres. Now that I have fellow bloggers to take over the reviews for genres that, while still good, aren't what gets my blood pumping. I had heard a lot about Liz Czukas and her Young Adult books (I even own a few), but when I realized that she also had a New Adult book coming out I fangirled a little (there were no pictures, so I can downplay the extent of my fangirling). The synopsis drew me in through a kinship to the theory created between Joss and Matt. Sorbet sex after a horrible break-up? How have I not learned about this sooner?! My interest was piqued.
Joss is not your normal girl. She is a little quirky and not afraid to be who she is around those she loves. However, she also seems to have incredibly bad luck with the fellas. Whether they be chronic cheaters, DILFs, or men with incredibly odd fetishes, she just can't seem to get it right. Thankfully every time she finds fault with the men she dates, she had her sorbet sex partner, Matt, to fall back on. She can spend a night in Matt's arms and then return to the hunt satisfied and refreshed. But... as with any situation, the more time you spend in the bedroom with someone, the more likely emotions are going to run amok.
Matt has a sweet deal going on. He can date whoever he likes while still getting to experience a little "friends-with-benefits" sex with his best friend. What red-blooded man would find fault with that sort of situation? But when tragedy strikes and Matt leans on Joss a little more than he probably should, he starts to question whether what they are doing is the right thing for either of them.
Can Joss and Matt navigate the rocky path of sorbet sex without someone getting their heart broken?
Sorbet Sex. I mean, what a great phrase! It is so fitting and such a great concept for this book. It is not every day that I read something that is so original that it takes me aback. Ellie/Liz did an absolute service to the romance genre by coming up with this concept. Joss was a character I could relate to, Matt was a character I swooned over, and their relationship was not all flowers and rainbows. The author managed to keep the book romantic while not romanticizing every aspect. In some scenes, the sex was comical. Matt fussing with Joss's curly hair while they spooned? The scenes were so realistic and true to real life that I could picture them vividly. That is the mark of a true master of fiction.
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