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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Exes with Benefits’ by Nicole Williams

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From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams, comes a new standalone romance in the same vein as Roommates with Benefits.

He wants a second chance.
I want a divorce.
To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.

The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.

We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.

When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless…

He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.

He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.


4.5 ‘Right guy, wrong time’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author via Ardent Prose PR in exchange for an honest review.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how Nicole Williams i sable to make me experience every feeling possible while Reading her books? Yeah, I accept it. I am a mess of emotions when I finish her books! And she did it. AGAIN. She made me love the journey back to love between this couple.

Exes with Benefits is Nicole’s newest standalone novel and contrary to the humor aspect we had in her last release (Roomates with Benefits), this one is definitely more focused in the drama. Canaan and Maggie have been separated (but still married) for five years and now it’s time for them to reunite after the terrible way they ended their love story.

Canaan was the best part of my life. And the worst. The best memories. And the worst. He was the high and the low and I was so damn tired of the sick cycle I thought would kill me one day. 

Let’s just start by saying what I love the most about Nicole’s books: her heroes. Canaan has become one of my top favorite heroes by her. He had a very difficult past that drove him away from Maggie and made him start drinking and fighting to still feel. Now he is a changed man. His life is pretty good except for one thing: he wants his wife back. And he will do anything to get her.

“What happened to you?”
“I lost the most important thing of my life one night.” […] “That has a way of changing a man.”

“You stayed because you thought I’d come back here one day?”
“I stayed here because I knew you’d come back here one day.” 

Canaan is deliciously romantic, funny, a man that has a beautiful soul and feelings towards his wife (including the panty-melting kind!). You will absolutely LOVE HIM. And maybe that is why I didn’t connect as much with Maggie sometimes. I totally get what she’s been through but after knowing the whole truth she still doubted Canaan and I didn’t like that. Of course, I forgot all about that when they finally got their happy ending!

“You’re worth every effort. Every last goddamn one.” 

Therefore, my rating for Exes with Benefits is 4.5 STARS because Nicole Williams definitely delivered another fantastic all-the-feels love story. I adored swoony Canaan and the love he shares with his beloved Maggie. Obviously, I am recommending this one, especially if you are a fan of second chance romances!

The Author

Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well.

She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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