Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series.
There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.
Friends Without Benefits is about Elizabeth. She's Janie's, from the first book, best friend. These two have been together for a long time. And now Elizabeth is faced with treating the niece of the one man she never wanted to see again. Not only is Nico now famous she figures he hasn't changed from the teenager he used to be. She couldn't stand him back then because he was always so mean to her, and now he's acting like he has feelings for her even after so many years. These two end up going back and forth with Elizabeth pushing Nico away because of so many different reasons.
This second book in the series was a major let down. The first book was so spectacular I just assumed this one would be equally good. However, I hate to admit that I was wrong. I couldn't really decide if this one was a 2 or 3 shooting star rating. I really couldn't stand Elizabeth and her choices she made through out the book. She's the main reason I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Other than that I liked the plot line. Nico on the other hand also wasn't my favorite. It was like he was a wannabe Alpha Male, and just fell flat during the most part. I did like the end however, and I also look forward to the next book in this series. I just hope it is much better than this one.