Monday, April 20, 2015

ARC Review: Fringe Benefits by Sandy James

ARC via NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing
Published April 21, 2015
Goodreads / Amazon

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.


As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?

Happy sigh. Maybe some skipping. Spontaneous humming. Doing a jig. Bouts of confetti thrown from rooftops.

All of these are acceptable reactions while reading Fringe Benefits. You can also throw lamps if that floats your boat. I know I wanted to. Especially around his ex- turned step sister.  Go ahead and read that again. Now imagine the family meetings. Of course, I guess I can’t really say much since I adored Lisa Desrochers’s A Little Too Far. (honestly, y’all, let go of all your previous thoughts and just freaking read it)

Maybe I wasn’t paying attention (like at all) when the number in the series wasn’t the first or the second or the third. It was the fourth. And it was so wonderful. You don’t really need to read the others before you read this one, mostly because all of the books are advertised as having happily ever afters so you know it going to end, well, happily.  Everything inbetween the covers is what makes this lovely book so worth reading. So many things happen in the middle. Such as forbidden-ish love, heartbreak, falling and the possibility of soulmates. So what is wonderful about “Fringe Benefits”?

Mostly everything. The characters- the main guy and girl, the family of each of the two and the Ladies Who Lunch with their wonderful husbands. I wanted to be friends with all of them. Well all of them besides Nate’s ex turned stepsister. She was just as sweet as a Georgia peach. That was sarcasm. The dynamic of all of them though, they were all needed to make this book what it was. This book is falling in love slowly and it’s the turmoil before the fall and after and during the fall.

This books is so worth reading. The writing is beyond fantastic. The characters are relatable. At this point, they’re like family. So y’all best read this if you’re in the mood for some chick-lit. 

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