Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Friends With Benedicts, by Staci Hart

Friends With Benedicts, a brand new, heart felt rom-com from Staci Hart, is finally LIVE!! Who’s reading? Grab your copy today from your favorite online book retailer!

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Timing is everything.

Presley Hale and Sebastian Vargas are no strangers to goodbye. Their high school summers were spent wrapped up in each other until she would inevitably go home to California. One season after college, Sebastian finally escaped the little Texas town to travel the world, and they said goodbye for what they thought might be the last time.

Sebastian went one way. Presley went the other.

For the first time in five years, they’re both in town, but the timing is no better than ever. So the only thing to do is what they do best. Keep it casual.

Friends with benefits.

They’ve done it before—doing it again will be easy.

But their hearts don’t get the memo.

When the lines of their arrangement blur, Presley and Sebastian are faced with decisions they’ve avoided for years. And that’s not even their biggest problem.

A small town in danger of failing.

A secret that could tear them apart.

And two hearts that can’t hide anymore.

They’ve shared so many summers, but none compare to what they’ll face.

Timing is everything.

And their time is almost up.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Timing is everything. And unfortunately for Presley and Sebastian, theirs never matched up. They have had summer flings on and off since they were teenagers, and while they were always “the one that got away” for each other, they’ve never been in the same city long enough to actually make a relationship work. Especially since Sebastian works for the Peace Corps and goes off the grid for long periods of time.

This is why it’s been nearly five years since their last fling and Presley returns to town with a 5-year-old daughter He never wanted kids because of family medical history, so there are a few obstacles for them to get over at first, but Sebastian steps up in every way when it comes to his responsibilities. And even when they start seeing each other again, there is always that elephant in the room between them: She’s only in town for a few months, and he’s taking off for another tour with the Peace Corps soon. What is it going to take for them to commit for real this time around?

We met Presley and her adorable daughter Priscilla in Bet The Farm — she’s Olivia’s friend. But it’s not necessary to have read BTF to enjoy FWB. There is a conversation between Olivia and Presley that sparks her thoughts to return to California when things with Sebastian fall apart, and it was a nice nod as a longtime reader to have that connection.

There’s a nice development to Pres and Sebastian’s story arc. Friends With Benedicts is full of swoony moments and small-town goodness. The bonus epilogue is EPIC and ties this story up in a nice little bow of happiness, so don’t miss it! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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