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Exes with Benefits Kindle Edition
From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:
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.
- ASIN : B0735H49SC
- Language : English
- File size : 697 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1940448239
- Best Sellers Rank: 270,756 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Maggie is coming home to Farmington for the first time in five years...since she ran away from her small town life, and her first love and husband. While she is back for a funeral, she plans to get the long overdue divorce papers signed while there.
Canaan Ford had been a man on a downward trajectory and his wife was not going down with him, her leaving him was a catalyst for change. Having wrestled his demons he wants to redeem himself. His hope is to win Maggie back... he is flirty, charming, sexy, thoughtful and determined. But she has been burnt so is guarded, indecisive, angry and sad.
Maggie just wants him to sign.... however he decides to give a counter offer... soon they find themselves spending time together and exploring who they are now, while also trying to deal with issues from the past.
I really liked Canaan even though he was a screw up in the beginning.
They had an intense young love and a connection that stood the test of time, but they had a lot of issues to face in order to rekindle not only a friendship, but a possible relationship. Their history was complicated and heartbreaking. I enjoyed the small town setting and the idea of coming home after an absence with some things changed and some staying the same. But Canaan was definitely the biggest appeal of this book for me.
The heartache of regrets, of everything that can’t be changed or undone.
The fight for forgiveness, for a second chance.
The paths of destruction, love, loss and self-discovery these two people had to journey through, created a compelling tale of love in all its forms. The ugly, the beautiful and everything in between.
Maybe it was because elements of this book hit close to home for me, maybe it was because Nicole Williams created two brilliantly flawed and relatable main characters. Hell, maybe it was just because it’s a second chance romance and I’m a total sucker for them. But Ex’s With Benefits pulled emotion from me I don’t often feel when reading anymore. It takes a lot for me to really love a book, it takes even more to pull at those heart strings of mine. But Canaan and Maggie’s story did just that, surprising me in the best way and exceeding all of my expectations.
Speaking of expectations… I’ll admit, with the title, the blurb, I was expecting a light, safe contemporary romance. What I got was so much more and then some. The title was the one and only part of the entire book I didn’t like. It’s misleading and doesn’t fit the story. The title does not hold the value that emits from those pages, which I think is really disappointing. With the blurb giving you a good idea of the main plot, I’ll leave out the rest for you to uncover yourself. If you don’t pick up Maggie and Canaan’s story, your missing out!
Williams is an author who’s at the top of my must one-click list. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of romance genre she puts her hand to, they’re all unputdownable. Her latest release is of no exception; however, as the story unravelled it became clear to me that ‘benefits’ wasn’t exactly what the title implies. I also wished the cover had brought out an ooh-aah effect in me because it simply doesn’t do the hero justice. I can’t dispute the excellent narrative or the storyline which flows non-stop but in all the years I’ve been reviewing, never has a female protagonist pushed me beyond breaking point. When an author is capable of stimulating all the reader’s emotions, it can work both ways and in this case, I’m absolutely convinced Williams’ modus operandi was for me to have a certain antipathy towards her heroine. So I have to say chapeau ma’am, you cracked it!
Maggie and Canaan getting hitched so young for reasons to be divulged meant that mistakes were made, immaturity being one of the main factors. Fast-forward; not only did I find the change in Canaan enchanting, but his willingness to own up to his past faults convinced me that love can move mountains if it’s worth fighting for. Whether Maggie admits that her ex wasn’t to blame for everything that went wrong remains to be seen. But the massive breakdown in communication was made apparent throughout and of major concern.
I don’t want to be accused of being a cougar but blimey, is Canaan drop-dead gorgeous or what! And to my mind, his spanking personality traits were an essential facet in keeping the story moving. In fact, it’d be easy to run out of positive adjectives to describe just how I felt about him. What I couldn’t get my head around was his tolerant and forgiving behaviour towards a person who I would have told to take a running jump at the beginning of the story! Although he’s hell bent on a second chance, I felt as if he deserved more. Stubborn, he never ever gives up and him convincing the love of his life that she’s the one was quite honestly what I enjoyed more about this tale of regret.
Deary me, Maggie was in urgent need of a wake up call and undoubtedly added a raw edge to her and Canaan’s relationship. Not being totally honest with herself or more important, others; the manner in which she left without so much as an explanation and then returning back to her roots, taking advantage of sad circumstances, literally winded me! Her backtracking when the moment of truth is thrown at her is as if she doesn’t want to believe in her own instincts or what she sees before her own eyes. I found Maggie’s selfishness difficult to deal with and her lack of resolve, even more so.
Although the story is told from Maggie’s point of view, plenty of banter between her, Canaan and the well-developed secondary characters helped this reader keep involved in everyone’s differences of opinions and advice. Williams has brought home how you can change and forgive no matter life’s hurdles and she’s done it a treat. I loved Canaan’s deadline, and the ending...overwhelming! Still, I have to admit that Maggie’s feelings regarding what she wanted, what she’d done and how she reacted to certain truths, decisive in my star rating. It wasn’t for the want of giving this standalone five stars because it’s more than one-clickable, I just couldn’t! BRAVO Ms Williams for making me sit back and observe all the pros and cons of a second chance romance.
Top reviews from other countries
If you want to read about a man get kicked down again and again for said woman as he tries to redeem himself for his mistakes but she never apologises or owns up to her own, than this is the book for you.
I found this book so disturbing on so many counts and just wished that Caanan had realised his self worth and kicked Maggie to the curb. What a shame it doesn't end that way.