Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@nwilliamsbooks)

I'm a little late with my review of this one, but I finished it today and couldn't wait to share my review... So here it is!
Exes with Benefits
Title: Exes with Benefits
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 18th 2017

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***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.

I can always expect Nicole Williams to deliver a read that will touch your soul in some way, and she has done it again with Exes with Benefits. It was such a great read with a sad element entwined throughout the story, which inevitably brought Maggie and Canaan back together.

Right from the opening pages I was pulled into Maggie and Canaan's world as Maggie made a heartbreaking decision that needed to be done. She was getting sucked down by Canaan as he struggled with his demons. Fast forward five years and Maggie is back in her hometown after her grandmother's death, and all those old feelings begin to resurface.

I loved seeing the change in Canaan! He realised what he lost too late and made a better person of himself. I could see that his feelings didn't waver, even over the years and now that Maggie was back he was going to do all he could to get her back. Maggie wasn't so convinced, and over a few weeks she was able to see the difference in him. They spent a lot of time together and that connection reached boiling point!

Maggie and Canaan were meant to be together, but couldn't find the right time. They had known each other for so long and helped one another through good times and bad, but in the end it wasn't enough. Canaan was determined to win back Maggie's heart and I loved seeing the sweet and tender side of him. There was no denying the chemistry between them, and I could see it was only a matter of time before they sizzled the pages. If you haven't tried a Nicole Williams book before, you need to try this one and fall in love like I did!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.
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The first quote was one of those 'Awww' moments, the second one had me smiling! 

“You know how I feel about you. You know I still care about and want you.” His throat moved before he could keep going. “That I still love you. More than anyone’s ever loved another person, but still less than you deserve.”

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“That was surprisingly sweet, Canaan Ford. Gentle even.”
“Good.” He moved to the edge of the porch, watching me leave with a glint in his eye. “Because tomorrow night, I will be surprisingly the opposite.”

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Nicole  WilliamsNicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

Other reviews featuring Nicole Williams 
Trusting You and Other Lies
The Outsider Chronicles
Hard Knox #1
Damaged Goods #2
Lost and Found series
Lost and Found #1
Near and Far #2
Finders Keepers #3

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