Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams
***He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.***
From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:
The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.
We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.
When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .
He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.
He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.
I am going to start off my review with this quote:
“Sometimes, the only reason why you won’t let go of what’s making you sad is because it was the only thing that made you happy”
Maggie Chruch and Canaan Ford, teenage sweethearts who married young. They did it for the right and wrong reasons but life still had a lot of lesson to teach them. Some they were ready for, others not so much.
The thing with Maggie and Canaan is that they are that once- in-a- lifetime love kind of couple. You know, the ones that are meant to be together but the timing is so far off that they struggle. We all know being in a relationship takes work I mean really any kind of relationship takes work, nothing is ever easy. Like Canaan and Maggie, their love in intense but young. They have barely experienced life to really understand how it works. When the going gets tough, Maggie gets running.
Unable to deal with her husband’s drinking and fighting, Maggie leaves her small town behind along with her husband. When you are young, running away from problems is easier than putting your big girl panties on and dealing with it. Don’t get me wrong, I felt for Maggie but at the same time, I felt she made things more complicated than they needed to be. I admired her for gathering courage to leave the love of her life behind. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want help and sometimes you have to let them hit rock bottom before they can climb back up. She is going after what she wants out of life. Spreading her wings, discovering new thing about herself and becoming the artist she always wanted to be. She was also able to move on with her life.
After her grandmother passes away, she is back in a town that left her nothing but heartache. On her agenda is to finalize her grandmother’s funeral arrangements, pack up the house and to get Canaan to sign their divorce papers so she can finally move on with her life in Chicago. Unfortunately or fortunately-depending on how you look at it, fate has other plans for her.
Canaan Ford was a troubled teen. Maggie and his love for fighting and alcohol numbed his pain, so much so, it drove the only woman he has ever loved away. Now that she is back, he is determined to prove to her he isn’t the boy she fell in love with and married. He is going to do all he can to prove to her his worth and to show her he has changed.
I felt for Maggie but at the same time, she made things more complicated than they needed to be. She is a runner for sure and though five years have passed, I still felt she acted a little bit on the immature side.
Canaan’s life changed the moment Maggie left him. In the five years she has been gone, he has discovered a lot about himself and realized where things went wrong. He has become a better him. He is content with where he is at in life and the only thing missing is the love of his life. He hasn’t given up, he won’t give up. No matter the obstacles and walls Maggie puts up, he is going to conquer them.
Their journey is a bumpy one and very emotional. The scars that Canaan carried, you won’t understand why he did what he did until the end. Let me tell you, Canaan stole my heart. I admired his strength and his faithfulness but mostly, his determination.
Nicole has created some wonderful characters that will make you angry and steal your heart. This was such a great read and such an emotional story about finding your soulmate, how timing is everything and second chances and it is ooh so sexy.