Friends With Benefits by Lisa Swift. #BlogTour

Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, and an utterly delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl announced he was leaving to work overseas… and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is practically over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her sane is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can always depend on him in times of need.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. It starts as just sex, but it doesn’t take long for deeper feelings to develop.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with some difficult decisions. Will she be forced to choose between her love for Theo and the boy she sees as a son?

My Thoughts

I have read several books by Lisa Swift, so when asked to take part in this blog tour I jumped at the chance!

Lexi is living in the large house that she and her soon to be ex-husband Daryl bought together. Daryl has jetted off to Japan for two years after being offered a contract there, which in turn should help him better his own career in the culinary business. However, Daryl has not only left Lexi, he has also left his 14 year old son Connor for her to care for. Despite Connor not being Lexi’s biological child, she is most certainly his mother, and the bond in which they have is so beautiful and heart warming.

Connor’s Godfather, who is also Daryl’s ex-best friend, Theo Blake has really stepped up to help Lexi care for Connor, and has filled the male role in which his father has been absent for, sadly for most of his life!. Lexi and Theo quickly become best friends, and after a drunken night together, and them ending up in bed with one another, complicated feelings begin to arise between them.

I loved how this story was told from various perspectives. At times we see this story unfold through Lexi’s eyes, and at others it’s Theo’s. But I have to say, my favourite perspective – and character – in this book is Connor.

His take on life is so refreshing, and as well as us getting an insight into how he feels about his Dad and Lexi’s separation, and the growing tensions between Lexi and Theo, we also get to see into his own life stories, and the inner battles he finds himself having. Connor is trying to understand his sexual feelings, after a game which involved Connor and Oliver sharing a kiss, he realises he has romantic feelings for both his girlfriend Sophie, and his best friend Oliver.

Everything about this book was wonderful. I love how each individual character is going through their own battles and trying to work out their own emotions. This story was so refreshing and truly unique. The way in which the author details the family dynamics really adds new depths, and a lot of emotion to this book.

The storyline flowed effortlessly throughout and had so much happening throughout it keeps you invested in the characters and their stories to the very end, and you find yourself hoping they get the happy endings that they so deserve!.

A beautiful, heart warming story that captures your heart. I adored this book!.

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Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Lisa Swift and Hera books for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, and for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.*

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