***He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.***
From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:
The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.
We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.
When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .
He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.
He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.
My favorite Second Chance romance!
Second chance romances are my all time favorite. Nicole knocked this out of the park! I loved Canaan and Maggie!
Maggie has come back to her small town in Missouri, and husband, after 5 years away in Chicago. She's brought him divorce papers to sign. Canaan isn't walking away so quickly. He makes her a deal, giver him 30 days to try and make it work. Against her better judgment, Maggie agrees.
Canaan is so swoon worthy! His love for Maggie is so strong, he'll do anything for her. Their chemistry is strong, their relationship is rocky. It's the perfect book! Nicole Williams has the most amazing way with words.
Exes w/ Benefits
Genuinely loved the chemistry between Maggie and Canaan. Beautiful story on right person bad timing and possible second chances.
Poignant and emotionally driven!
A second-chance love story full of hurt and heartfelt romance!
Exes with Benefits was and eye-opening and unconventional novel. The title alone gives the reader an insight as to what the story is about. But it can also be deceiving, as it does not express everything that does happen in the book.
As I began reading and was further invested in the story of these two characters, I couldn't help but see the book's similarities to the movie "Sweet Home Alabama". If that was the author's intention, I think she nailed this book out of the park! Although the movie has a sweet, sassy, and comedic undertone, Exes with Benefits conveys some quite opposite components in the storyline. And if you've read Nicole's previous book, Roommates with Benefits, you'll be quite surprised as well with the change of direction Exes with Benefits takes you.
From the beginning, the reader is questioning the right and wrong choices the characters make. The story pulls you in conflicting, painful directions, and forces the reader to think with their heart more than with their head. Raw and overwhelming emotions are laid bare, the gut-wrenching actions taken are finally explained, and the outcome of tragic, young love is revealed.
I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. And the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt the ending was rushed and cut short. With the characters having such a long-standing history together, I was hoping for more of a stronger ending, to match the intense and emotionally-impacted story.
But regardless of the ending, or the fact I could just be selfish and want more about the characters and their story, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to everyone. A poignant and emotionally driven story that defies expectations of what genuine and lasting love truly means!