Audiobook Review: Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid

Posted May 9, 2018 by Felicia S in 2018 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review: Friends without Benefits by Penny ReidSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid
Narrator: Devra Woodward

Date Read: April 2018

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

More Information:
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Series: Knitting in the City #2

Also by this author: Neanderthal Seeks Human , Grin and Beard It , Beard Science
Also in this series: Neanderthal Seeks Human

My-ThoughtsRead/Listened for Fun (Romance Package/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the over all rating)

Quick Thoughts: Fun Listen/Read—this is only my 2nd Penny Reid book but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her humor! Nico was hot. Elizabeth was a hot mess. They were a great couple. I like characters with flaws that recognize them but don’t always have the answer to overcome it. It makes the journey a lot of fun!

Audio Thoughts: Devra Woodward did a good job with the narration. I think she does one more in the series. This series does not have consistent narrators and while normally that drives me nuts so far the two different females have similar styles. That made the transition easy 🙂


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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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7 responses to “Audiobook Review: Friends without Benefits by Penny Reid

  1. I have the first book on my phone waiting for me to listen to it. I am glad you liked it. Makes me excited to listen to the series.