“Friends With Benefits” by Anne Lange (2nd Review)

 photo friendswithbenefitsbyannelange435x680-191x300_zpsb48f21ef.jpgCan sexual exploration lead to three times the bliss?

Tyler had no idea his wife Angela’s desires so closely matched his own. But when some unguarded pillow talk reveals her fantasy of two men at once, Tyler jumps at the chance to make her happy. Enlisting the help of his best friend Connor, who’d shared some threesome adventures with him in the past, Tyler secretly hopes exploring Angela’s fantasies will lead to his own personal desire—a permanent threesome with the two people he loves most in the world.

Connor can’t believe it when his best friend asks him to seduce his wife. Then he meets Angela, and all the women in his past fade away. With Tyler’s blessing, Connor sets out to melt Angela’s reserve, and when Tyler joins the party, the three of them set the sheets on fire.

Angela is floored when her husband suggests they explore some of her fantasies—things she’d only read about but never in a million years thought she’d actually do. Sandwiched between Tyler and Connor, she’s never felt so treasured, so protected, so loved. But the reality proves much more complicated than the fantasy. She loves her husband, but she finds herself falling for his best friend too. That’s not normal, is it? What will people think?

I received this book from the author, Anne Lange, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

“Friends With Benefits” is book 1 in the new Vault Series by Anne Lange.  When I first read the excerpt for this book, my first thought was, I HAVE TO READ THIS!!  I love Erotic Romance books and not unlike many women, I have a fantasy of a ménage à trois, and it just so happens mine includes two men. So this book of course, was my fantasy in print!

But as we all know, a good topic, doesn’t equal a good story. Thankfully this wasn’t one of those cases! This book not only lived up to my expectations of a good menage story, it exceeded them!!

Connor is extremely yummy!!  I can’t help but be more turned on by him then Tyler. Maybe it’s because he’s the one who seduces Angela and brings out that secret kinky side or maybe it’s because he’s the sexy construction worker that can trip my trigger.  But to be honest, I think it’s because Tyler comes off as too passive at times.

When Connor first meets Angela, I can totally envision it and understand her reactions. Then the pool scene? Oh my! And then when all three finally come together!??? SSSSIZZLING HOT!!!

Deciding to cool her flaming libido, she stood, almost ran to the pool, and jumped in.

Feeling safe under the surface, she swam to the other side before popping back up. When she turned around, however, she struggled to contain a tiny squeak. Connor had slipped into the water. He moved toward her, his steps languid but purposeful as he headed in her direction. He looked like a man with his target in sight.

Gulping, she slipped beneath the water, swimming to the opposite end. When she came up for air, there he was, still on the move, his direction still toward her. Everywhere she went, he trailed along behind her, always keeping a respectable distance, but only the space between them created that safe zone. The heat in his eyes and the hungry look on his face gave away his intentions. His smirk put her at ease while making her skin tingle. She knew she could end the game simply by getting out of the pool. And yet, she couldn’t.

She’d traveled the whole length twice. She didn’t have anywhere else to go without seeming obvious, so she stayed in place, keeping her shoulders below the water, her back to the wall searching for a topic of conversation.

“So, how long have you been interested in carpentry?”

Connor slowed his steps, his hands playing in the water, pushing back then pulling forward, creating ripples on either side of him, a delightful smile on his sensuous mouth.

“Since I was a kid. My father was a carpenter. I guess he passed the bug onto me.”

“Are you two close?”

“He passed away a long time ago.”

“I’m sorry.”

He shrugged. “Nothing to be sorry about. It happened.”

“What about your mother?” She watched his distant look disappear, to be replaced with soft warmth.

“Alive and well. Probably tending her garden as we speak.”

“So you see her often?”

He shook his head. “Not as often as I should, or as I’d like. The job has kept me moving around, which she understands. We talk every week or two.”

“What about siblings?”

“You sure do have lots of questions.”

A squirrel chattered in the tree overhead, and she turned her head, looking up as she responded. “I’m just making conver—”

“Caught you,” he whispered, his voice deep, sexy.

She swung her gaze forward to find him less than a foot away. Surprised, a nervous flutter took root in the pit of her stomach as she peeked up at him from under her lashes.

“Umm…yes, it seems you have,” she replied a little breathless.

“Tell me, do those stories you read include any handymen?” The husky quality of his voice dampened her already wet bottoms.

All sound seemed to stop as she swallowed. “Sure, some…I’m sure, yes.” She managed to croak the words.

“What about your fantasies, Angela? Do yours include being seduced and ravished by a virtual stranger? ”

“Only if they look like you.”

He laughed. She gasped in shock. Crap. That was supposed to be her inside voice.

His laughter pitched lower, changing to a low, throaty rumble, while he grinned at her like he’d won a prize. He inched closer.

“I have to admit, Angela, I find you very attractive.” One strong arm slipped around her waist, and then he yanked her close. The air left her lungs as he brought her up snug against his wall of a chest. His head dipped and his mouth moved next to her ear as he asked in that same throaty tone, “Would you like me to ravish you, Angela? Do you think your husband would mind?”

His other arm slipped down to grasp her leg, bringing her entire body in contact with his.

Another startled squeak escaped Angela’s lips. Connor had removed his shorts.

The best part about this book? It also has a real story going on in between the sex scenes. I actually started looking more towards the story then the sex after awhile. Which in my opinion is what makes this book extra special.  Friends With Benefits is emotional, heartwarming, anger evoking, thought provoking, passionate and sigh worthy.

In the midst of this story, you get the sense Tyler has an ulterior motive for bringing Connor and Angela together.  Which although it’s for the best of intentions, I don’t like the fact he manipulated the two people he claims to love so much.

Anne Lange has a hit on her hands and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book of this amazing series!

~Robin

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 8: Just a hair too much sex. I wanted more of the actual story.
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 48

Rating – 5 Stars!


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