In the second installment of the Knitting in the City series, Friends Without Benefits, we get to learn more about Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Finney is a doctor, and struggles to deal with the losses that occur at work. She loves boy bands, and coming up with names for people. Elizabeth also doesn’t do relationships. According to her, she uses men for sex then tosses them aside when she’s done with them. Although this can include dinners, conversations, and go on for months, she doesn’t see these as real relationships. She believes you can only fall in love once, and she already has.
Nico Manganiello, although he’s now Nick “The Face” Moretti, former underwear model, comedian, and host of a comedy show, takes his niece to the hospital for respiratory treatment and runs into Elizabeth. They’ve known each other since they were children but she hasn’t seen him in years. Their mothers were friends, and Nico mercilessly teased Elizabeth while they were growing up. While they were teenagers, they shared a friend who developed cancer and died. They also shared one night together, and she snuck out while he was sleeping, running away for over a year. When she returned, he was gone. Now, he’s in her hospital with his niece who needs treatment and he wants her to oversee her care.
The two decide that they are going to be friends, and Elizabeth is going to help treat his niece. Then they both show up that their high school reunion, and when a gaggle of women try to gab, grab, and grope Nico, Elizabeth goes to his rescue…except it kinda backfires on her. They’re now both thrown into the spotlight, forced to communicate, and to confront their feelings for each other, both old and new.
While the humor in this book wasn’t as great as the first, I still really enjoyed reading it. When I can really connect with a book, or take something away, I love it. My take-aways from this one: Underwear models that speak Italian are freaking hot! Oh, and the nickname of “Judgey McJudgerton”. I’m totally using that one when I can!
Scenes from the City:
Insight into the aftermath of the wedding that Elizabeth cannot remember. She wants to remember, and is pouty about it. Doesn't matter. Nico fixes everything with just being Nico. Elizabeth and Nico are freaking awesome! She's cranky. He still funny and loves her.