Published by Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
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In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!
What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.
Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?
“Romance is overrated. Besides, it’s different with Sorbet Sex.”
I always get excited when I see a friends-to-lovers story cause that’s exactly how my own personal love story goes. I was friends with my boyfriend for 3 years before anything romantic happened between us and in April we will celebrate a decade together! Crazy, but I think it’s a testament to the fact that I grew up with him that makes us successful as a couple. I think this is why I was drawn to the premise of When Joss Met Matt. I know how easy it is to fall for that friend that you might have not thought of in the romantic sense.
“You think love is flowers and sappy greeting cards and fucking carriage rides. Well, I’ve got news for you, Joss, that’s just what guys do to get girls in bed.”
Of course the friendship of Joss and Matt is anything but ordinary. They have sorbet sex, aka good sex with each other to cleanse themselves of a break-up and the muddy and often unpleasant feelings left over, but this is different from friends with benefits. In fact, at first it’s kind of un-sexy. Sure, they have chemistry and all but it’s sex to serve a purpose. As you see their friendship progress, with each of them going through relationships and eventual break-ups, you see that each encounter starts altering them. I know many might take issue with this type of lack of commitment between the two main characters, but I liked it. I mean of course everyone but the MCs know that this is a horrible idea in the making but overall it was entertaining, sweet, and sexy.
“The problem is that when I look at her, I look for what’s wrong. I look for the reason we’re gonna break up….but it’s always worth it because I know you’ll be there in the end.”
When Joss Met Matt is told in past and present tense and I love that but I did have a few issues. The back and forth between past and present was a little frustrating especially because nothing really happened in the present till 60% in. It was as if the past (which does hold relevance to the story) was interfering with what I wanted to know what was currently happening. It wasn’t enough to make me want to stop reading, as I really enjoyed the relationship between Joss and Matt, but it did pull me out of the story a couple times. I’m not the biggest fan of New Adult but I was pleasantly surprised and despite that minor hiccup I really enjoyed it!