When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Posted February 22, 2015 | 31 Comments

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie CahillWhen Joss Met Matt
Author: Ellie Cahill
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 354
Source: Publisher

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

Claim! This is my book! When I first read the synopsis for When Joss Meets Matt a couple months ago, I knew it was for me. I stayed up until 4am reading it, and then had to be up less an hour later. Yeah, that was a rough day. But I seriously could not stop. I love it so much, but partly for reasons I’ll never share with you. Unless you beg.

I love the whole sorbet sex with a friend idea, but was honestly expecting the same ol’ run-of-the-mill friends-with-benefits type thing. Uh no. The main characters and their situation was quite refreshing.

I absolutely love how the story is setup. We start in the present when Joss is 26, and then we get flashbacks beginning with Joss and Matt first meeting freshman year of college. From then on, alternating from the present to their timeline up to that point in flashbacks. What I love so much about this is, it really shows the depth of their growth. We get to see them first form their friendship and this arrangement, being a little insecure and awkward, and then as they become more mature and confident over the years.

Joss and Matt are both great characters. They aren’t these perfect, super sexy people oozing sensuality. They’re normal and real, and pretty darn funny. What I love the most though, is how truly great their friendship really is. They’re open and confide in each other, but also give each other shit in the way only a best friend can.

Their arrangement went on for seven years, and there isn’t this constant pining and secretly harboring feelings. It was so wonderful how they dated people, had relationships, and were totally supportive of each other. They got some life experience and had different types of relationships, figuring themselves out. I. Love. That. It was beautiful too, because we got to see the subtle shift, the little moments between them that showed the possibly of deeper feelings. I’m telling you, the author did a fabulous job.

Gah! Seriously, I adore this book so much. There’s so many specifics things I want to point out that make it fantastic, but you know, spoilers. Just read it!


31 responses to “When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

  1. I’m so glad you liked this one, Christy. I loved it too and I thought the author handled the sorbet sex really well. I hope she writes more NA because she’s really good at it.
    Great review!!
    P.S I want to know why you specifically loved it so much! 😛

  2. After reading this setup I typically would have passed on this one Christy as friends-with-benefits is usually not for me in terms of a romantic trope, BUT I love the way you describe this one! The flashabacks clearly work well in showing the evolution of their friendship, and I can’t help but want them to be together now. Fantastic review!

    • Christy

      It’s a really cool twist on the friends-with-benefits/friends-to-lovers troupe, but really kind of falls in it’s own category. You should read it!

    • Christy

      There’s a little bit of drama towards the end, but it’s not like most books out there. Yup, you should read it.

  3. Christy

    I loved that it was 7 years, and really showed how much growth they went through. The people we are at 18 aren’t the same as the people we are at 26, and we got to see that with Joss and Matt.

    • Christy

      Hmmm … you’ll have to read it to see if they end up together. lol. Seriously though, it’s not even like that – sex, sex, sex. I’m telling you, it’s so refreshing. Instead of these two youngsters jumping in and all in love and then it’s forever. There’s actually life experience, and they learn what it is they really want and don’t want in relationships. Idk, it’s just very well done.

  4. Christy, you make me want to drop everything and read this book NOW. Everyone’s been raving about this book so I’ve had it on my radar but your review makes it seem like this is MY BOOK. I can’t wait to meet M & J and see their relationship progress over the years 🙂

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