If you look around Book.Blog.Bake, you’ll see that I’m *very* picky about doing blog tours. As in, I’ve only done one before. However, I absolutely LOVED When Joss Met Matt and I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for this book because it is a fabulous NA that I simply can’t stop talking about! For my tour stop I’m sharing 5 reasons I loved When Joss Met Matt–and if that’s not enough, you can read my review.
5 Reasons I Loved When Joss Met Matt
1. Friends to friends with benefits to more
When Joss Met Matt hit pretty much all my great romance buttons. They meet in college, and while they move to the “friends with benefits” stage pretty quickly, it takes them a good chunk of time to move to something more. It’s the ultimate slow burn, and the fact that it’s ALSO a friends to lovers story? LOVE.
2. Perfect balance between not angst-filled, but also deals with real issues
When Joss Met Matt just struck that sweet spot. It’s not a dark and angsty NA. The tone, for the most part, is fairly light and fun, but the characters also get to deal with real issues at the same time. They struggle with so many of the things I’ve longed for NA characters to have to grapple with, and since the book takes place over such a long period of time, the reader actually does get to see into the struggles. Matt’s not sure about graduate school. Joss finds a job she loves as a vet tech, but she still has to deal with all the other unique struggles of being a new adult–living alone, figuring things out, etc.
3. The romance is super sweet
I loved Matt. I loved Joss. I loved Joss & Matt together. They’re not perfect characters. I shook my head at Joss more than once–but I shake my head at my eighteen-year-old self too. Seeing her growth was amazing, but seeing Joss and Matt grow together was wonderful. I loved that this romance was not sweep-you-off-your-feet passionate, but it was grounded in real life and sweet & swoony.
4. The romance was super sweet. . . and full of banter.
THE BANTER. Man, I loved it so much. Joss and Matt just had such compatible personalities even as friends that I loved reading them teasing each other. One thing I loved is that when Matt & Joss came up with the rules for their sorbet encounters, they kept their personalities and it just shone through all the way. This wasn’t two random people hooking up. This was Joss and Matt, two clearly defined characters, and their actions all the way through show that.
5. The time line really showed character growth
Despite the premise based around sorbet sex, the scenes in When Joss Met Matt are pretty tame–I’ve read more explicit scenes in books that are classified as YA. But the reason When Joss Met Matt is a great NA book? The way the time line played with Matt & Joss’s college experience and the years after. Back-and-forth doesn’t always work for me, but I LOVED the time line here because we got such a span of time to see these two characters. People can change a lot between their first semester of college and the time they’re twenty-five, and it was a delight to see.
The publisher is giving away 10 copies of When Joss Met Matt. Giveaway ends 3/3/2015.
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog, where you can also follow along with the rest of the WHEN JOSS MET MATT blog tour.