Review: Between Friends by Amanda Cowen

Between Friends by Amanda Cowen
Release Date:  January 10, 2014
Publisher: Amanda Cowen books
Pages: 178
Source: book provided by the author for review
newadultICON

 

 

The only way to have a friend is to be one…especially between the sheets…

When neurotically challenged and unlucky in love Megan Daniels, is propositioned by her life-long friend Ben Romano with a coin toss (heads, they sleep together, tails they don’t) the night before they are about to attend a destination wedding, she drunkenly accepts his challenge. But when Megan wakes up the next morning with a bad hang-over and Ben in her bed, she is more than mortified. It isn’t until the tropical heat begins to ignite emotions Megan never ever believed she could possibly have, that she starts to question if risking their friendship is the answer to finding true love.

 

Review:  Between Friends is a cute story about two friends; Megan and Ben who hook up and realize that they can go from friends to a couple and I liked the concept. However, to me this was not New Adult, because as I continued to read the book, it made me question that the book was more a romance, as there was no journey about Megan’s growth. It was more of a story of Megan denying that there was more to the hook up than her feelings for Ben and dodging her crazy Bridezilla friend about having those feelings. If it was a New Adult there should be more growth in Megan such as dealing with more conflict with family, friends and job as well as making mistakes than just hiding her feelings from friends.

As well, another improvement would to have the story in a third person instead of the first person because I honestly wanted to hear more thoughts of who Ben was, than to just hear Megan’s thoughts on a continuous basis. Megan seemed a bit too perfect in my eyes, and I wanted her to have more flaws that would make her and Ben a bit harder to stay together. One example, of how Ben always complimented Megan and they were best friends made it too easy for them to be together started to bore me a bit and I would have liked to see more conflict such as having  emotional baggage in Ben than being told he was a player.

Other than those things, I felt it was a good, cute, light book as a first book by the author, and I look forward to reading her other books to see her growth as a writer. Amanda Cowen does have potential to be an author I am interested in over time.

 

colantha sig