Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARC Review: Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows


Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.

Dani's rating:

This story featured an 800-year-old grandma wearing a short skirt with no panties.



I was excited to read a wolf/lion shifter story, but Friends with Benefits wasn’t particularly well plotted or developed.

What Ms. Meadows teaches us about shifters:

-They have a professional baseball all-shifter league.
-They don't age. (Refer to grandma comment above.)
-They're all horny sluts.
-Their butt holes wink. WINK, people. OK? There. IS. HOLE. WINKING.

Ram and Wiley break a table getting it on. And that's HAWT.

Less hot: Wiley's 6-year-old brother pestering everyone for butt-sex details. That was. NOT. HAWT.


*grabs brain bleach again*

This is a best-friends-to-mates story, but the plot was padded and a bit silly. The writing struck me as artificial and flowery: The MCs go into HEIGHTS OF RAPTURE. And Wiley, the whorish wolf shifter, GRINS WOLFISHLY.

I didn’t understand the weird antics of the grandma or Wiley’s clan. There was just so much unnecessary detail. This read like an 80s sitcom on-page. I was waiting for a laughing track that never came.

There was potential here, I think. I love the guys on the cover. The smexy bits were quite steamy and entertaining, but there wasn’t enough meat to the story and the humor fell flat.

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