- File Size: 697 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940448239
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0735H49SC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maggie Church and Canaan Ford got married right out of high school because of a surprise pregnancy that ended with a miscarriage. They clearly loved one another deeply but couldn't handle the tragedy in their lives. To make matters worse there were other tragedies weighing on their souls. They were both too immature to handle their loss on an emotional level. Canaan began to drink heavily. The drinking led to a path of self destruction which included fighting and out of control behavior. Maggie couldn't take watching Canaan self destruct and finally chose to walk away. As she watched Canaan in her rear view mirror, she vowed she would never return to Farmington, Missouri or Canaan Ford.
Five years later Maggie is forced to face her past and finally put it to rest. She has returned to Farmington for her grandmother's funeral and to finalize the divorce. Canaan had refused to sign the divorce papers for the past five years. She has made a new life in Chicago with a successful career as an artist. She has been in a relationship with another man for the past two years. She needs to put the past to rest so that she can fully move forward in her life. Coming home isn't always easy, especially when facing another loss. What she came home to was something altogether different than what she left behind years ago. Farmington is still the same charming small town where everyone knows each others business but the peoples lives have changed. Her friends have built careers and families of their own. Her ex husband is still living in the same apartment above the garage at her grandmother's house but he is a different man altogether. She's finding it hard to believe Canaan is the same man as the boy she left behind. She refuses to allow herself to become vulnerable to Canaan's charm and apparent sincerity. She needs their divorce to become finalized.
Canaan was broken before he lost Maggie. Losing Maggie was the final bullet that killed his dying soul. He had a choice to live as the man he always intended to be or die alone from his own self destruction. He has always loved Maggie Church and knows they were destined for one another. He made a conscious choice to become the man Maggie deserved. He changed his life. He grew up. He became responsible. He became emotionally present. He became a real man. Now he's going to win his wife back no matter how hard she tries to walk away. This time he is going to keep her. If she walks away, he's going to chase her and bring her home. She is his wife. He just needs 30 days to prove it.
Needless to say, Nicole Williams painted a vivid picture of Maggie and Canaan's life with her words. This novel was like an artistic painting that evoked so many emotions with it's choice of color, realms of shading, and deliberate strokes of the brush. Sometimes the colors blended perfectly but the shading overpowered the overall piece. Other times the brushstroke strayed outside the lines but added more detail to the overall intensity. When all the creativity, choice of colors, and masterful technique came together, it became an emotional masterpiece. This is what Exes With Benefits by Nicole Williams became. Her words were what created a beautiful masterpiece about life, love, and the choice of happiness.
This was a pleasant read that kept my attention.
I'm a sucker for small town second chance romances.
What can I say, it's a weakness.
The first few pages left me teary-eyed and craving more.
Anyone that has suffered the heartbreak of leaving someone they loved not because they wanted to but because it was the healthiest choice can relate to this book, especially those first few pages.
Maggie is a beautiful and talented artist in living in Chicago when her Grandmother passes away. After five years, she returns to the small town that raised her to plan a funeral and to confront the husband she left behind with divorce papers.
Not so much has changed in the small town; the barn is still standing and the townspeople are still nosy-as-ever, but the boy she married at the age of eighteen is no longer the broken, guilt-ridden boy she left in the middle of the dusty road, but a successful man bound and determined to make amends.
This book at times was very, 'Sweet Home Alabama' ....ish. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the realistic and playful banter between Maggie and Canaan. The angst and sexual tension throughout this book is well-written and steamy like hot Missouri day, and being the angst wh*re that I am, I enjoyed that.
Maggie and Canaan's relationship was very well written. Their relationship really came alive on the pages; it was realistic and as a reader I wanted them to succeed. There were a few cheesy moments, but that's romance.
I also like how the author made point to recognize that while Maggie and Canaan had this powerful sexual chemistry, that there were other parts of their relationship that also needed to change, and not all that change was on Canaan alone.
So why not five stars?
I think the ending scene was cut too soon. I felt robbed in a weird way.
Secondly, being a small town romance, I really wanted more small town interaction with strong secondary characters. Maggie and Canaan's relationship was obviously the forefront but more meaningful interaction with others would have added more conflict to the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. This is the second book by Nicole Williams that I've read and I will definitely check out more of her books in the future.
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