Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour: WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill

In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!

What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.

Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?

Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt:
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack 

“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild

“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

Reese's Review:
After reading When Joss Met Matt I still have no idea what I thought of it. On the one hand I loved how realistic everything was. I rarely read books that are so realistic and that was definitely refreshing. On the other hand I just wasn’t wowed by anything with this story and I have no idea why.

When Joss met Matt for the first time it was at a party. They’ve known each other for eight years and they’ve been through a lot together. Together they came up with Sorbet Sex a way to cleanse out the bad previous relationships before going into the next one, a palate cleanser. They were only supposed to be friends, but before they knew it everything became complicated. 

Matt and Joss hit it off right away. There is an attraction between the two of them but they want to remain friends, it’s part of the rules or Sorbet Sex. The story goes back and forth between their past and the present. The past shows their evolution of their relationship and how it came to the point it’s at in the present. 

Joss’s boyfriend cheated and broke up with her and so she tries to go out to cleanse her palate with a frat guy. Instead she finds Matt and his Sorbet Sex. Joss throughout the story insists she doesn’t have any kind of feelings towards Matt even though to the reader it’s obviously she does. Their relationship is filled with witty banter and lots of stories. It’s cute and real and I love their awkward sexy scenes and their crazy ex’s.

When Joss Met Matt was a cute story and while I feel it had a lot of great high points and potential I just couldn’t love the story to it’s fullest potential. I think the constant back and forth from present to past became old for me after a while and I didn’t really like Joss’ character all that much. Matt and Joss were both just subpar characters to me.

All in all When Joss Met Matt was a cute realistic read about two college students and I enjoyed that a lot. I would 

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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