BOOK REVIEW: Friends With Benefits (Shifter Hardball #1) by Cheyenne Meadows

Friends With Benefits (Shifter Hardball #1) by Cheyenne Meadows REVIEWED by Love is Love Book ReviewsRelease Date: January 28, 2015

Length: Novella (124 pages)

Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance

Cover Art: Reese Dante

Links: Dreamspinner Amazon Goodreads

Blurb:  Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.

Review:4-Hearts

I know. I know. I know… It’s All-Star Week and I’m starting off with a baseball-lite shifter book. But it’s shifters playing professional baseball, and that’s my kind of crack. Don’t judge me.

This is a basic friends-to-lovers story between a wolf-shifter and a lion-shifter. It’s lighthearted fun at it’s finest. If you’re expecting a “serious” shifter book, you won’t find it here. The blurb does the book a disservice in that respect. Once you meet his home pack, it’s no surprise that wolf-shifter Wiley is a bit of a playboy. They are apparently a randy bunch. Ram the lion-shifter is a laid-back and easy-going guy–until he’s not. I really like shifter personalities to be analogous to their animal’s nature and that’s certainly true for Ram. Wiley’s family is as quirky and madcap as you’ll find. And his grandmother is so over-the-top awesome I wanna be just like her when I’m 800 years old! Well, except for the exhibitionist part anyway.

On the negative side, the worldbuilding is definitely lacking. I’m hoping subsequent books in the series fill in the enormous gaps here. It took away some of my enjoyment of the book. I especially wanted more about shifter-baseball since it’s a unique aspect of the story. For what it’s worth, Wiley should have been an outfielder running to chase down balls, not standing in the infield waiting for the balls to come to him. He’s part wolf after all. The big miscommunication was a little annoying, mostly because Ram was so upfront talking about not doing casual in the beginning that his running from Wiley seemed out of character, enough that I wanted to smack him in the head to get all his hamsters marching in the same direction.

Cover Love STICKER

Overall, for what it is and is supposed to be, it’s a great fun, funny, almost silly, read. If you take it in that vein, you’ll probably enjoy it. If that’s not your jam, pass on this one.

The cover is by Reese Dante and awesome as hers always are. I love the baseball between Ram’s paws.

 

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