This book was an absolute delight to read! I read it without having read the previous book (both can be read as standalones) but now I’m thinking I should go and read that one too! I was a huge fan of the humor and the charming characters in Neighbors with Benefits – this book had me smiling nearly the entire book. For those looking for a fun, sexy, romantic read, I definitely recommend Neighbors with Benefits!
Michael Anderson is kind of a stuck-up control freak. To get him to loosen up, Michael’s therapist gives him the responsibility of caring for an adorable dog named Clancy. Michael detests the dog, mainly because it’s the one thing in Michael’s life he can’t control. Actually, it’s one of two things – his sexy next door neighbor is the other.
Mia Argaropolis is the complete opposite of Michael – she’s free-spirited, messy, speaks before she thinks, an artist. She loves messing with Michael, getting his uptight panties in a twist, but even though they get off on a rough start, he comes to her rescue when an ex-boyfriend of hers starts harassing her. One thing leads to another, and Mia has a fake fiancé in Michael and Michael has a dogsitter in Mia.
I loved the hilarious, witty banter between Mia and Michael, especially since you can tell there’s some hot chemistry going on underneath it all. These two characters could not be more different, but together, they worked. Mia brings out a lighter side in Michael, and Michael protects and believes in Mia when no one has for her before. Their relationship is so sweet and genuine, if a bit rushed. The book is pretty easy and quick to read, so their relationship wasn’t as fleshed out as I would’ve liked.
Still, Friends with Benefits is a fun, quick read that I enjoyed so much. I was charmed by Michael and I adored Mia’s character. They made such a sweet couple (and there are definitely some sexy moments between them too). If you’re a fan of the ‘opposites attract’ phenomenon, Neighbors with Benefits is perfect for you!