- File Size: 697 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0735H49SC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Exes with Benefits Kindle Edition
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Canaan and Maggie met at the tender age of five when her parent were killed and she went to live with her grandmother. It was only a matter of time before they fell in love. They're both eighteen, in love and Maggie is pregnant, so they get married. Now, I know what your probably thinking...... and yes, she loses the baby, BUT, that's not why their marriage fell apart and ultimately Maggie left and fled to Chicago.
Additionally, the title really doesn't fit the story. Maggie's grandmother has died and she's returning to Missouri to settle her grandmother's affairs, as well as, deliver divorce papers to Canaan. Canaan refuses to sign unless she gives him 30 days to prove that he's changed and still loves her. While this was told from Maggie's POV, you never wondered how Canaan was feeling. Hands down, he was the star of the show. From the beginning, he was very c!ear how much he loved her, that he took responsibility for the demise of their marriage and that he wanted a second chance.
This was a sweet and steamy read that kept me thoroughly entertained and smiling at the end.
Canaan's character was addicted to drinking and fighting. Maggie's character was addicted to Canaan. Maggie needed Canaan to change his addictive habits. Canaan needed to set Maggie free for fear of dragging her down with him.
Maggie's character was stubborn and determined. Maggie was pessimistic in Canaan's promises of changing. He set to prove himself with one month. You can take the girl out of the small town, but you cannot take the small town out of the girl.
I had one big issue with Maggie's character which was her denial to acknowledge she was still married when she decided to abandon her husband by cheating on him, yet referring to her kiss with her husband as cheating on her boyfriend. This girl was wired wrong if she thought this way. Maggie seemed to thrive off of being rescued from her poor choices and saved from the pain of loss.
Maggie's character bummed me out and because of her I lost interest in the story, at several points. In my opinion, Canaan had nothing to prove to Maggie. In fact, it was Maggie who needed to convince Canaan that she could handle life's struggles by standing by her man by showing support instead of running. What great qualities did Maggie achieve by leaving? None. She walked away from her only living relative who raised her when her parents died. Her constant state of confusion was confusing considering she never explained where it stemmed from.
I'm at an unease and unsettled about Maggie's one-sided appeal about her marriage with Canaan. Not enough history to establish the issue Maggie was struggling with. Her conflicting and confusing feelings were unsettling with a lack of information.
Canaan made changes, yet the changes he made improved his life considering Maggie abandoned him. He had to take care of everything she left behind. All the responsibilities fell onto him. If anything Maggie needed to change her view points about what she expects from Canaan.
Maggie saying goodbye was a second chance for Canaan to get it right. Falling for the right guy at the wrong time created a set of circumstances neither could control without causing more pain. Setting each other free was the solution at the time so neither got dragged into the pits of hell.
The clarity of Canaan's past was the most emotion I felt from this story. His vulnerability helped redeem the story and made me better understand Maggie's choices and Canaan's easy acceptance of her choices.
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
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.
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