Blog Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt
Author: Ellie Cahill
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: NetGalley
Review by: Jenn
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?

4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, it did not influence this review in any way.*

When I first heard that Liz Czukas was releasing a New Adult novel under a pen name, I rushed to get all the details. I needed to be sure it was on my calendar so I could go out and buy myself a copy. So when I saw that it was up on NetGalley, I couldn't click request fast enough.

When Joss Met Matt hooked me from page one and I instantly loved Joss's voice. I found her to be funny and sarcastic and Matt was my favorite. I loved him and his sense of humor. I so thoroughly enjoyed Joss and Matt's friendship. I thought it was hilarious at how they first became friends and it is everything I am looking for in a New Adult novel. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love the friends to more storyline and this book delivers on it. Their connection and relationship was so well fleshed out that I just wanted them together because they work so well as a team.

My one and only complaint from the book were the "excuses" that Joss was using to keep Matt at bay. To me, it just felt like a way to make unnecessary drama. Other than that, I loved the whole concept of this book. Sorbet sex? Genius.

I 'm super happy about this book and I hope to see more NA from Cahill. I just know that I will read anything that she writes. When Joss Met Matt was a such a quick and easy read and I recommend this title to everyone in the mood for a palate cleanser. (Pun intended)

About the author: 
Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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