Quickie Review: Friends with Benefits by Jennifer Labelle

Posted November 29, 2012 by Jen in 3 stars, Gay Romance, LGBTQ, Rating B Tags: , , , , ,

Friends With Benefits
Release Date: Oct. 3, 2012
Publisher: Decadent Pub.
Decadent’s Edge Series
Genre: M/M, GLBT, novella
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Collin Harrison is loving life as a bachelor, but can’t convince his meddling mother to back off. She’s constantly in his business and keeps trying to set him up on blind dates, when all he wants is friendship and a good time. To make matters worse he’s been confused ever since his new neighbor entered his life. An instant rapport between the two men sparks a desire neither are sure about pursuing. Until one night after a hockey game his mother pushes him too far and he decides it’s time to enact, landing him in the arms of another man for the first time.
Devin Hardy is no stranger to fulfilling his most intimate desires. He’s got open minded friends, a great libido, and fond feelings for a neighbor he’s not sure is interested. Until one night they both take the leap, turning their friendship status into one with scorching hot benefits.
What Im talking about:
Friends With Benefits is one of Decadent’s Edge series stories, and as far as I can tell, unrelated to another story. The Edge series are short stories (less than novella length), which focus on a small segment of a budding romance. The vignettes always center on a sexual encounter, but typically leave the reader with the feeling something more is going to occur after the end of the story.  
Friends with Benefits is one such story, told from the point-of-view of Collin, an almost 30 year old man who secretly lusts for his male neighbor. Collin has never been with a man but cannot stop thinking about Devin, so much that it’s impacted his social life. After finally getting up the courage to say something, Collin lets known his feelings. Thankfully, Devin is willing and more than experienced and prepared for them both. 
This vignette is sexy and erotic, without any hint of a romance. Friends with Benefits is all about making a sexual fantasy come true, and ending up with a friend with benefits. The dialogue isn’t flowery or romantic, which fits the situation. The guys are just that – guys, and they are excited to experience shared carnal pleasure. It’s sex and move on, with the opening for more fun down the road. 
If you are looking for a romance, the story is not for you. However, if you’d like to read a hot little short, this is straight up smokin’ smex for fun! 
My Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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