An ordinary trip to the grocery store changed Anna’s life forever. She wakes up in the hospital to learn that she’s been in a coma for seven months. Her beloved husband was so distraught by her condition, he found solace in the arms of her best friend. Betrayed by the two people she trusted the most, Anna has lost her spouse, her closest friend and her job, since the sleazy ex-BFF was her boss. Not only does she have to heal physically, she has to learn how to live again because while she’s been on pause, life has continued for everyone around her.
She forms a fast friendship with the stranger who saved her life. Leif is sweet, funny and eager to help Anna heal as a way of dealing with his own wounds. This story instantly pulled me in because Anna is such a sympathetic character and (if you’re vengeful like me) you’re already hoping to see her ex and his new piece suffering before you even fully grasp the storyline.
Besides losing the two people she was closest to in her life, Anna has lost her home and her job. A lot of her friends are coworkers and they’re in an awkward position considering the other woman here is their boss. She’s still healing physically, rehabbing and building stamina, but Anna handles it like a boss, especially considering her ex and former friend won’t stop trying to convince her to forgive them.
Leif is a breath of fresh air in her life and just the friend she needs, offering the perfect balance of support and fun. I loved watching Anna get stronger as she started to enjoy owning her new life. It’s obvious he has feelings for her, but wants to give her space to come to him since she’s going through so much. It’s amazing that she could find it in herself to trust anyone again so soon but Leif’s pretty irresistible.
I really connected with these characters and loved everything about this story. It’s raw and realistic but also happy and hopeful, so it gave me lots of feels. This is a slow-burn but once they finally take the plunge, the heat is off the charts. It’s a quick read and I would’ve liked more, which is typical for me but it’s a reasonable desire because of their unique situation. I’d love to see some bonus scenes or an extended epilogue in the future to show us how Anna and Leif have fared since the end of the story. Even without it, I enjoyed this story enough that I’ll probably read it again in the future.
I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
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Enemies With Benefits
by Roxie Noir
Available July 13th
When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything.
Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him.
Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.