ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘When Joss Met Matt’ by Ellie Cahill.
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Title: WHEN JOSS MET MATT
Author: Ellie Cahill, Liz Czukas
Publishing date: February 24th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.
Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘WHEN JOSS MET MATT’:
“Sorbet Sex” between two friends, what could go wrong? This becomes one loaded question in the story of “When Joss Met Matt.” This novel is an entertaining contemporary romance. The journey with these two characters through the years proves to be full of twists and turns in the dating world but with each other to fall back on, it seems to make the break ups easy to handle. Or so they seem to think. This story is written in the main female character’s P.O.V.(point of view), Jocelyn Kiel.
Jocelyn “Joss” Kiel is a pretty average college student with strawberry-blonde hair and a cute simple look to her. She decides to go to a dorm party on another floor with her roommate. Upon arriving and scoping out the crowded place, her eyes lock in on a guy standing nearby. He’s tall, with dark hair, dark eyes and a nice attractive look to him. When they make their introductions and start to chat, he seems nice but she has a boyfriend from back home and doesn’t allow anything to get a chance to progress with the new guy. Things are left on a friendly note but as the story progresses and an expected confession from her longtime boyfriend Ben surfaces, she is faced with having to deal with a broken heart. She is flung into the single world for the first time since high school.
Then you have the tall, dark and handsome college student Matt Lehrer who is fun, friendly and flirtatious in a not so obvious way. When he meets Joss, it’s as if there is an instant attraction and connection. When he finds out she has a boyfriend, he’s very respectful and ends up becoming a friend with her instead. Their friendship continues even after Joss experiences her first heart break but then they come up with an interesting plan together.
They both begin to try out the dating scene in college and experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly through the years. But there is one constant besides friendship that they share, they have come up with a list of rules in order to be each others sorbet partner. They agree to share one night of Sorbet Sex after a break up with someone in order to “clean their palate” before they move on in the dating world again. As the question goes, what could go wrong in an arrangement made by two consenting adults?
This was an enjoyable read with plenty of satisfying moments, complicated relationship situations, and a story of friendship and love. The two main characters, Joss and Matt share not only a close friendship but also that very interesting relationship arrangement that leads to a roller coaster ride of ups and downs that spans seven years. All of this occurs during both of their individual pursuits of finding someone right for them to date without really ever considering what was always there. Their picky expectations when searching for someone to date would prove many times to be far from what they really ever knew they needed in order to find happiness in love.
This was a delightful new adult romance with plenty of emotional growth as the characters grow. Will they ever find what they’ve been searching for? What will happen when this arrangement can no longer be acceptable? And will Joss and Matt’s friendship ever be effected by the sorbet partnership? This is definitely something to add to your reading list. It has just the right amount of romantic progression and steaminess to leave you entertained but nothing dark and heavy. Check out “When Joss Met Matt” when you get a chance.
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘WHEN JOSS MET MATT’ 4 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘WHEN JOSS MET MATT’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WHEN JOSS MET MATT’★★★
Joss and Matt: “Why are you so nice?” I asked. “Don’t you get tired of it?”
“What do you mean?”
“You’re, like, the nicest guy in the world. You’ll help anyone.”
He gave me his “You’re crazy” look, “No, I won’t.”
“Why are you helping me?”
“We’re friends, dumbass.”
Joss and Matt: “Who knows? This could be the last time we do this, you know. You could meet the love of your life on the way home this morning.”
“I’d never recognize her in this weather,” he said. “Too many layers.”
“And that would require me getting out of your bed.”
“It’s frickin’ cold out there.”
“So, maybe not today.” I shrugged. “Maybe you’ll meet her tomorrow.”
“Yeah, I’ll wait.”
Joss’s thoughts: For a few delirious moments, I wondered why I ever bothered with anyone but him. I liked the sight, the feel, the taste, and the sound of him in bed.
I liked that I could predict that even though he would hop out of bed just moments after we were done, I knew he’d come back right away and kiss me and ask if I was all right.
Joss’s thoughts: Love was knowing someone, truly knowing him, and still wanting to be with him. Love was caring so much about another person that you willingly put his needs before your own. Love was sharing passion, history, trust. All of that, plus a fearless belief that life is better with your love than without. That everything that comes next will be made easier, happier, richer by his inclusion.
Matt and Joss: “Do you seriously think I only notice you when we’re in bed? Give me a little credit here. I see you, Joss. I see you all the time.”
I pinched the bridge of my nose in a weak attempt to hold back tears. His unexpected vehemence overwhelmed me.
“Does that help?” he asked. “Are you still scared?”
“I’m terrified,” I confessed. “But I still want to do this. I still want to be with you, if you want to be with me.”
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