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.
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I almost heard the clunking mechanisms that kept the protagonists apart. It didn't help that the flimsy, poorly explained reasons she kept her distance from Nico seemed to keep changing and were all fairly silly. I didn't feel connected to the main character at all and never really got a sense of who she was. Such a shame, because I really enjoyed the first book in this series.
"Doesn't measure up"
I LOVED Neanderthal seeks human. The story captivated me and I couldn't get enough. I tried to pike this story and it started off promising. But between the weird Italian accents (one person had Italian heritage but wasn't from there had a bad Italian accent) and the story that took FOREVER to go anywhere after hour three, I stopped listening. I have almost four hours left and I just can't bring myself to finish. Glad I got it on sale.
The beginning was extremely slow. Elizabeth came off as whiney and frankly not very smart outside of being a doctor. I think the plot could have been better or at least not so drawn out. So far in the series (including 1.5) this was the hardest to get through but I'm still looking forward to the rest of the knitting groups stories.
I gave it three stars because I like the author and the other characters in this world but this went as funny or cute as the Winston brothers books or even neanderthal seeks human. And the narrator had a super dry weird cadence that took a long time too digest and get used to.
"The narration is perfect but the story needs work"
The first book in this series started out interesting and then started to drag with too much invented angst to be believable or fresh. Unfortunately the second book follows the same pattern. Too bad because the characters are interesting and hot. They just need a better story line to follow. I will probably not read any more of this author's books.
I was looking forward to this book, since I enjoyed the first book in the series "Neanderthal Seeks Human." However, as much as I liked the characters in the first book, I disliked them in the second. The hero is supposed to be a standup comic, but you wouldn't know without constantly being told how funny he is (he never says anything remotely funny). I wanted to ring the necks of both main characters! As far as the narration, why does a man who grew up in the US have an Italian accent?
"Bad A$$ Heroine is Bad A$$"
I love Elizabeth. She is ballsy and cool and funny and her story was amazing. It's been a long time since a book gave me so many feels and so many laughs. Definitely recommended reading!
The friends Elizabeth has around her made this story even better than the standard romance.
THE ELEVATOR. EVERYTHING IN THE ELEVATOR.
Knit night can change your life.
I love the Winston Brothers series so decided to try Knitting in the City. Neanderthal Seeks Human was pretty sweet, but Friends Without Benefits is ridiculous. The voice of the male protagonist was absurd - someone who has gone through public school in Iowa would not have a thick Italian accent like that. The female protagonist was pathetic to the point that I sincerely didn't like her. Because she was so unappealing, I ended up not trusting her love interest either. Basically, it took all I had not to turn this off and return it. I probably would have except I don't want to miss anyone's story as I work through the series. I was disappointed.
"Loved the book, did not love the narration."
I had begun reading the book before listening to the audio version so while the narrator read well - injecting appropriate feeling and tone into the story - she was completely off the mark for me when reading the Hero. Why would someone who grew up in the US have an Italian accent? This is especially awkward when the Heroine says, "I didn't know you speak Italian," - and then he responds in accented American English. Curious that.
Since Penny Reid fans tend to be looking for smarter romances, this detail was particularly annoying to the point of not being able to complete a listening.
I detect a bit of an accent in the Heroine as well - and not one appropriate for growing up in the Midwest. It's not necessarily a deal breaker but became more tiresome after hearing her interpretation of the Hero. It was like listening to J. Lo in a movie where she's supposed to be southern. Subtle, but off.
"Not as funny"
They kept referencing the characters as being really funny. There was very little humor. I like this author but this fell flat
"Friends without benefits"
I loved it. This romance had me smiling and sighing throughout. I highly recommend this book.
"Read Neanderthal Seeks Human instead"
I expected to like this book as much as Neanderthal Seeks Human, sadly I didn't. The two main characters became more and more irritating and annoying as the storyline progressed and some of the plot lines were just ridiculous. By the end I just didn't care.
"Get over yourself!"
Troubled grief riddled child/adulthood story. The internal dialogue in this story went on and on. I know this is how it can be I real life the negatives on repeat in your mind overruling thoughts and reality but my sympathy waned into irritation.
Loved Nick, what a lovely person it's a shame the humour/charisma he's supposed to have didn't translate to the audio book, frankly nothing he said was either funny or witty...
It was very well narrated. I had an issue with him having an Italian accent having lived all of his life in America??? However, her Italian dialogue was unoffensive to listen to.
"laughed out loud a lot "
another great book in the series. The girls from the knit group made me laugh out loud again.
"Great hero makes this book worth reading"
It’s really hard to write a review of this book because I felt annoyed and frustrated at the h for most of the book, but still could not stop listening!
Firstly, I must make a special mention of the narration. It was brilliant. Perfect. With an Italian H, the narrator had her work cut out for her but she managed to make him sound sooooooo sexy. It was probably her narration that kept me listening where perhaps, if I had been reading myself, I may have thrown my kindle at a wall.
The H was fabulous. For once we have a man who was not afraid to freely admit his feelings. The H admits his love early on which is an unusual plot device which could have backfired, but works well. But the h was truly irritating. The death of both her mother and her first love in her teenage years had really twisted her views on love, romance and her ability to have any sort of meaningful relationship. Which was annoying because she was a competent, fully trained ER Doctor. Although by the end of the book she did finally admit she needed therapy, I though that a woman of her intelligence would have come to this realisation a lot sooner. But of course then we would not have had this book, which was, I suppose, about her coming to terms with her past, and acknowledging both her emotional issues, and her inability to deal with them.
I have to mention the brilliant portrayal of the h’s profession. This was the most realistic writing of a career that I have read for a long time. In this story, as an ER Doctor, the h never took time off, never called in sick, was never late for work and, even the day after being shot at, only missed one shift and went to work later that evening because, as we all know, in the real world, as an ER Doctor in an overworked and understaffed profession, if you don’t go to work, people will suffer. Even at the very end of the book she could not suddenly take time off to fix her love life. It had to fit in with her shifts, and her shifts as an ER Doctor ran through the entire book – as they would in real life. I loved this depiction of the time and devotion that comes with being a Doctor in this field, and her adamant determination to go to work regardless of what else was happening in her life made her a lot easier to like, even when she was annoying me with her emotional constipation!
So, although half way through the book I was thinking this would be my last Penny Reid audiobook, by the end of it I was determined to download the rest of the series. Special mention has to go to the epilogue. It was the first time we had the H’s POV and it gave us a true feeling for the intensity of his emotions.
This is my least favourite of the series. Elizabeth is annoying & you just want to hit her. As a character I found her the hardest to like but saying that it is still a good story. The performance is okay except for the Italian accent which I found irritating. There is a fault on this version which means you get the lift scene then the apartment followed by the lift scene again with more detail. It is freaky but doesn't spoil the story.
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