Title: Friends with Benefits
Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 124 pages
Characters: Wiley and Ram
POV: Limited Third
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Comedy
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.
Friends with Benefits is a funny, sweet story about two shifters, a lion and a wolf, who play in the Shifter Baseball League together. Ram is the quintessential lion—easy-going and loves a good sleep in. Wiley, the wolf shifter, has a bit more energy and, as we find out, comes complete with a very large pack.
I think one of the best bits was Wiley’s grandmother. She was a blast. I loved how happy in she was in being herself, regardless of how embarrassed it made others. There were a few others, too, but I don’t want to spoil the story.
I would recommend this story for anyone who is looking for a sweet story with a strong dose of comedy. Having read other stories by Ms Meadows, this is a little lighter a bit different, but just as good. I will definitely be reading this one again and again, whenever I need a pick-me-up.
Reviewed By: Alison
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