Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Friends with... Partial Benefits by Luke Young #BookReview #giveaway #excerpt #romance

I'm happy to host Author Luke Young and his novel, "Friends with…Partial Benefits" today as part of his book blitz tour with Book Promotions by Literary Nook. He's giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and 1 ebook copy of his novel in the rafflecopter below, too. Yay! 
But first…my review. I'm happy to give this novel 4 kisses!
I love laughter. I truly believe it's one of the best things we can do for our mental health. "Friends with... Partial Benefits" made me laugh with its wit from the first page.

Jillian is the kind of woman I'd like to have mojitos with sometime and share some serious girl talk. She's likable, funny, realistic, and smart. Her dating scenarios are laugh-out-loud funny…and all too true speaking as someone who's back on the dating scene myself. Luke Young did a great job with  character development and storyline. I'd love to share some of my favorite Jillian scenes but don't want to spoil anyone's fun. She had some quotable moments!

Brian is a hot college kid who's frustrated with women and still trying to figure things out. When he visits Jillian's house with her son for spring break--KABOOM! The relationship that develops between Jillian and Brian seems natural rather than forced for the sake of a story. The author does a great job creating realistic feelings and concerns between the two.

Too much head jumping in weird places and some pacing issues prevent me from giving this a full 5 kisses because they were speed bumps in a fun story. Most of the confusing head jumps were in the beginning of the book, which made it confusing to keep track of who was doing what and when. But, like I've said, the author creates great characters who made me want to keep reading.

Luke Young is truly gifted with humor, character development, and storytelling. Despite the little hiccups, I enjoyed this book and the characters. "Friends with…Partial Benefits" is the first in a series and I will definitely read the other books because the characters are compelling. If you like sexy, fun characters and contemporary romance, I'm confident you'll like this book, too. I'm happy to rate it a solid 4 kisses!

Book Blurb: 

Jillian Grayson is a disillusioned divorcée and best-selling romance novelist who suddenly can't write a chapter without her hunky male heartthrob suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed college senior who's unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian's son, Rob. When Rob brings Brian home for Spring Break, and Brian meets the surprisingly young and tennis passionate Jillian, their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. After nearly giving in to their feelings, they hatch a plan, while under the influence (of something more than just the perfect Miami night), to be Friends With Partial Benefits, complete with rules to define the boundaries. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their desires, or discover all of it is a really bad idea?

Series description:
Best friends Jillian Grayson and Victoria Wilde could not be more different. Victoria, a young widow who has really gotten on with her life, is wild, carefree, and living life to the fullest while Jillian, recently divorced, is a bestselling romance novelist who is straight-laced, proper, and reserved. That is until Jillian meets Brian Nash, the young, hunky best friend of her college-aged son. These two women provide the vantage point on the hilarious and steamy world of the Friends With… Benefits. Filled with strong, sexy women and fun-loving, real men, the books are at once playful and very sexy; light but large-hearted. If you love sexy contemporary romance with a healthy dose of fun then this series is for you.

Jillian Grayson sat up in bed, typing away on the keyboard of her laptop computer. She wore a nightshirt that wasn’t all that sexy, but what she was typing was… or at least it started out that way...

Dallas lay in bed, unable to sleep and wondering if Katrina was suffering the same fate—and for the very same reason. Did she want him as much as he wanted her? Katrina was but a few steps away, yet he dare not go to her, for he was a guest, and then there was Katrina’s mother, who was just across the hall. For Dallas, sleep came minutes later, but it would be short- lived, for soon Katrina stood over him, completely nude and pondering how to proceed...

Dallas must have been in a deep sleep, since he didn’t feel it when Katrina peeled the sheet carefully off him, exposing his muscular body, six-pack abs, and sizeable manhood. She quivered when his impressiveness sprang into view. For a long time, she kneeled next to the bed, just studying his body and savoring his scent. Taking his sex into her hand, Katrina worked it until it was rigid while she watched him sleep. When Dallas woke, he looked into her eyes, swallowed hard, and whispered, "I’ve been waiting for you."

Just as fast as his sex expanded, it lost its firmness and flopped against his leg. Katrina looked down at it in disappointment and then moaned in frustration. "What’s wrong?"
Dallas said sheepishly, "Sometimes that happens to me. Sorry. Ever since I cheated on my wife with that whore in the pool, I haven’t been able to—"

Jillian stopped typing and thought she might be heading in the wrong direction with this. How did her ex-husband get into the story? But then again, most men are assholes, she thought.
Picking up the glass of wine from her nightstand, she took a long sip and then replaced it. She highlighted the last paragraph about Dallas’s problem, hit one key, and it was gone. Just like his boner. She laughed out loud.

Jillian wasn’t exactly in the correct frame of mind to write at the moment, especially on this particular subject. She stared straight ahead and wondered about the likelihood of Dallas slipping in the shower, striking his head, and dying instantly. Or maybe an earthquake could strike, and Dallas’s amazingly perfect body would be trapped under a giant beam.

What the hell kind of name was Dallas anyway? She thought she might want to give her character a real name like Stewart but figured no one would believe that a guy named Stewart could give you six consecutive orgasms in one night.

What was she doing, anyway, writing novels about people having amazing sex when she’d never had any? Okay, maybe once or twice twenty years ago, but none since then. She had no right. If people knew that she was the one writing these books, they wouldn’t buy them. She was a fraud.

Jillian picked up her wineglass and took another long drink. She grinned, wiped those unhelpful thoughts from her mind, and started typing again...

Katrina took his sex in her hand and worked it until it was rigid. As she studied it closely, Katrina noticed two red bumps on the underside of his pathetic excuse for a penis. She recoiled in horror

Jillian hit the backspace key to erase everything after Dallas’s "sex" started expanding. Romance novels about erectile dysfunction and STDs weren’t exactly big sellers. She closed the lid on the laptop and tossed it gently onto a pillow at the foot of the bed. She emptied her wineglass with one last sip and turned on the television.

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More about the author: 
Luke Young is the Kindle-bestselling author of the Friends With...Benefits series as well as the novel Chances Aren't and the Chocolate Covered Billionaire Navy SEAL short.

Young's Friends With...Benefits novels are filled with passion, longing, comedy, and, yes, sex. His relationship comedies feature strong, sexy female characters -- women who seize every opportunity for fun and don't let a little thing like age stand in the way of love or desire. In each book Young sets different wheels in motion, applying his comedic touch and pitch-perfect ear for playful couples' banter. The result is warm, funny, sexy storytelling at its best.
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Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to review.


Unknown said...

Great excerpt - very witty. Maybe there is a market for std/ED romance after all

Amber Lea Easton said...
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Amber Lea Easton said...

Luke, it was my pleasure. You have real gift for humor and it was a nice escape from the pile of work on my desk. :) You're welcome back for your future releases.