Author: Francis Gideon
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Aria Tan
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
When stock boy Devon Gangon finds out he has to train a new employee at the grocery store where he works, Jace Perez is not what he expected. Jace is shy but talkative about all the right things, including Devon’s favourite punk band, Nine Volt Start. Over the course of a few weeks, they become closer and closer, and their stray touches finally build up to a tryst in the back room.
Nine Volt Start announces a reunion tour, and Devon thinks Jace is the perfect person to go with him. But Jace tells him he’d much rather keep his work and personal life separate and leaves Devon in the cold. With Jace drawing a line, Devon’s left wondering if spending his time idolizing a band and not doing anything with his art degree has been worthwhile. He’ll be twenty-nine in less than a month and hasn’t had a serious relationship in years.
Leaning on his brother and best friend for support, Devon realizes he either has to settle for random hook-ups with Jace or push for something more, even if it may hurt in the end.
Friends with Benefits is one of those books that, while not all that bad, isn’t very good.
The story—two guys meet, are attracted to each other and begin a no strings attached relationship—isn’t original. Devon and Jace aren’t that unique nor are the obstacles and misunderstandings they face on their way to their HEA.
I think Gideon has the skill to be an excellent author but needs to work on infusing heart and emotion into his stories. This was a good and easy read but by the end I didn’t truly care about the characters. I’ll check out future stuff by this author because I think he could be a great storyteller.
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