I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2015-02-24
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt:
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack
“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild
“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing
So we all know that Ellie Cahill is also Liz Czukas, right? And if you didn’t know, you do know. And if you’ve read Czukas’ YA books, then you know they’re light and fluffy and fun and refreshing and my favorites. When Joss Met Matt is exactly that but in NA form. The characters are deeper, the story is more developed, the emotions are more intense, and there is a lot of sex. Exactly what you might expect from a NA book written by Czukas. And I have to say, it was awesome. I’m a big fan of her YA books but this one is my new favorite from her. And not just because of the sex. But because the characters were far easier to get attached to and the relationship between them meant so much more than the ones in her YA books. And don’t take that to mean I don’t like her YA books, because I do and I really hope she’ll write more of those as well, but I think I’m now a bigger fan of her NA book. And I was not expecting that.
In the book When Joss Met Matt, we literally get to watch Matt and Joss’ relationship develop over the seven years that they know each other. The book flips back and forth between their present and their past. And it was done so perfectly, I loved it. We learn so much about their characters over time and their relationships with not just each other but also with the other people they have dated and loved and been friends with. It’s been a long time since I felt like I knew characters as well as I knew Joss and Matt. And along with that, they were also very relatable and real. They both had flaws but were still people I’d like to know in real life. And they were still recognizable by the end of the book. There were no extreme transformations, just a natural maturing that would occur in seven years. And in case I haven’t mentioned it yet, I really loved this book.
I’ve decided, after reading three books by Liz Czukas that I’m going to call her books Sorbet Books. Because whenever I read a book that isn’t that great I can pull one of hers off the shelf and be reminded about how great and fun books can be. And I won’t have to think about how bad and angry the last book I read made me because it won’t be the last book I read anymore. So from now on, whenever I need a quick palate cleanse and a reminder that books can be fun and good at the same time, I’ll be calling on my Liz Czukas/Ellie Cahill books.
I highly recommend When Joss Met Matt. It was fun and real and swoony and funny. There is a lot of sex in it, though, so if that isn’t your thing, I’d stay away from this one. It’s definitely not like her YA books which tend to fall on the younger side of the spectrum. The characters start the book at 18 as college freshman and continue on for seven years and are adults and do adult things. That isn’t meant to turn you away, just to make you aware that this is definitely a new adult book. And I highly recommend it. Reading it just made me happy. It’s rare for me to find a relationship in a book that feels so real and that I loved so much. Joss and Matt are definitely it for me. I hope you’ll get the chance to meet them as well!