Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

FriendswithBenefitsLG Title: Friends with Benefits

Author: Cheyenne Meadows

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars


Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.


I like to think I have a pretty open mind when it comes to suspension of disbelief. I am reading fiction, after all. However, the author has to sell their world to me. They have to make me believe it is possible. Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows failed to make me believe.

I wish I could be eloquent about the issues I encountered but, the glaring issues detracted so much from the story that in the end, I did not enjoy it at all.

Here are just a few of the issues I found:

The fake boyfriend trope. Okay, I can handle a good fake boyfriend story, but what good is it when you immediately tell everyone that you are supposed to be trying to fool that you are just friends?

The supporting characters were farfetched; I could not believe them. There was not one thing about the grandma that I could stand, much less care about. Even when she tried to be understanding, I just didn’t buy it. The siblings were all stereotypes.

I never understood why they were able to live so much longer than normal humans or animals. I never understood why shifters in their mid-100s would just then be finding their life mates. In short, the ages just seemed thrown in to make the world “different” from ours. They made no sense and detracted from the story.

The big breakup. What to say about the big breakup? First of all it was the only attempt at conflict in the story. Second, it only served the lessen the main characters further in my eyes. Yeah, there has to be a breakup or conflict in every story. However, the sleep together and then cut off all ties and evade the other for two-plus weeks because you think the other person doesn’t want the same things as you plot device? In the end all it did was serve to remind me that despite 100-plus years on this earth, the characters still managed to act like eight-year-olds.

Was there anything I liked about the story? Was there anything that made me think there was potential? I am sad to say that no, I did not find anything redeeming in this story.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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4 thoughts on “Friends with Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. I have to agree with you. This book was just a hot mess. And if I have said it once, I have said it a million times…if you are going to make your characters centuries old, they really need to feel like it. You can’t just tack an extra zero onto their age, and expect that is enough to convince your readers that they are really that old. (I also would like to have it explained why the children grow at such a rapid pace, but then stall at adulthood, but that is probably asking too much)

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