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The Flavors of WHEN JOSS MET MATT

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Welcome to the blog tour for WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill!

I read WHEN JOSS MET MATT a couple months ago because I just couldn’t wait and I absolutely looooved it. I haven’t had the best track record with new adult books BUT I knew that this one was by Liz Czukas (who chose the pen name Ellie Cahill for her new adult adventure) and I’ve loved her other books so I felt confident I would enjoy WJMM as well — and the book TOTALLY exceeded my expectations!

Before hopping into the tour post, I want to share with you a little bit more about the book for those who aren’t already acquainted with it! 

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ABOUT WHEN JOSS MET MATT:

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?

I’m friends with a lot of fellow YA readers and I feel like they’ve been in the same boat as me — the new adult books we’ve tried so far just really haven’t been the books for us, and that’s understandable. I feel like when I read mostly YA, sometimes it’s hard to change mindsets and if I’m reading books with straight-up romance (hello, this book has literally been designed around sex), I still find myself looking for great characters and plot and then some. I’m not normally an new adult reader and my NA choices are usually for the whole package and not just the romance. Anyway — long story short, you needn’t worry about WHEN JOSS MET MATT. It’s simply fantastic all around and it instantly became one of my favorites… like, ever.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite aspects of the book and reasons I think you should read it if it’s not already on your list of books to read! Here are…

THE FLAVORS OF WHEN JOSS MET MATT

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WHEN JOSS MET MATT was a palate cleanser for me. Both in new adult selections and just reading in general. It was positively delightful, everything I look for in contemporary, and a breath of fresh air. It kind of gave me a book hangover… but it was also a very cleansing read!!

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The relationship between Joss and Matt is super sweet. Yes, they invent sorbet sex so okay, it gets a little spicy, but they have an amazing friendship going on and I love how they’re always there for each other no matter what. There’s a fair share of sexy times but that doesn’t take away from how sweet their relationship really is.

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I didn’t want to stop reading this book!!! Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I think a lot of people will feel the same way and just want to read it all at once. I don’t blame them! It was so easy to read, so much fun, and I was completely invested.

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I think all kinds of readers will make a connection with this one. It’s New Adult, but it also has great appeal to YA readers and I think anything can really extend upward to adult readers. I think this one will certainly be a crowd pleaser!

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There are some moments that make a reader cringe — but in a good way. Any conflict between Joss and Matt just made me sad, of course. But at the same time, it’s a necessary evil. They both go through some big changes and sometimes there’s a little tartness!

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This book was just a great mix of everything. The relationships were great, the swoons were there, the characters were awesome, the setting was stellar (college! Wisconsin! — I’m a midwest girl so that appealed to me), and I really just loved everything about it. Every single piece came together to make one amazing book.

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And of course, let’s not forget the passion (kidding. We couldn’t). The chemistry between Joss and Matt is GREAT and the sorbet sex! It sort of just makes your heart leap to see these two get together. Even besides passion for another character, each person really sort of has their own passion in life and that’s great to see as well.


WELL, if you weren’t convinced before, I hope you are now! Read WHEN JOSS MET MATT! You won’t be disappointed!!!

Don’t forget that you can find out more about the book and the tour below! The schedule will be updated as the posts go live so keep checking back! 

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When Joss Met Matt – Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt – Ellie CahillTitle: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill, Liz Czukas
Publishing Info: February 24, 2015 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: Edelweiss, Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 5, 2014
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    Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.
    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.

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I love Liz Czukas (sorry, I mean Ellie Cahill *wink*) and so I knew I would love WHEN JOSS MET MATT but I didn’t realize how MUCH I would love it. Her debut novel, ASK AGAIN LATER, totally won me over but WHEN JOSS MET MATT had me totally falling head over heels for these characters, the story, and how much I connected with absolutely everything (and I already have it pre-ordered).

WHEN JOSS MET MATT is everything I want New Adult to be. Always. We first meet the two during Joss’s first years of college and when a good relationship goes bad, she leans more and more on her new friend Matt who also helped her coin the new idea of “sorbet sex” (having sex with someone else after a bad encounter to wipe the slate clean). I’m not shy around sex in books but there are quite a few times in the new adult books that I’ve read that the sex scenes become tawdry and over-the-top and unrealistic, so although there is plenty of sex in WHEN JOSS MET MATT (hey, that is the whole concept of the book…), it never felt silly or awkward to read (well, except when it was supposed to be)!

The characters were fantastic too. I LOVE Joss and have been in her shoes so many times. I just really connected and although I may not have been in the exact same predicaments, everything was just so incredibly relatable no matter what it was. She and Matt are both just totally normal people. No one is over the top sexy or hunky but there’s enough attraction between the two to flirt with that line of best friends vs something more (MY FAV) and see how the two end up.

Books with flashbacks/flashforwards are often “take it or leave it” for me but I loved the back and forth in WHEN JOSS MET MATT. We start to get to know Joss & Matt in college but the story constantly flashes back and forth between their past and their present day (which also made me VERY NERVOUS but in a good way). It takes a great author to really make those scenes fit together plot-wise even though they’re not chronological and I love the way Ellie Cahill handled them.

But really my favorite part was just the overall feel. I loved that it took place in Wisconsin since I’m from Illinois (and one scene in Chicago!) and I felt that Midwestern vibe, which may not be much different than any other setting, but it really helps me connect that much more. Everyone is very down-to-earth and the situations these two ended up in felt like they could happen to me — or HAVE happened to me. The book was funny yet serious, sexy and sweet, and I absolutely love love loved the ending. If you’re not a fan of new adult, PLEASE try this book! I absolutely adored it and it’s one that I think could easily appeal to YA, new adult, and adult fiction lovers alike.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

When Joss Met Matt reading updates

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Joss // Character Obsessions: Friendships, her job, her cat, Matt, sexy underwear.
Joss is just your girl next door. And I absolutely loved her for that. She’s not what you’d necessarily define as traditionally beautiful but she’s still a normal-looking girl and has a normal life. I loved her little quirks — especially her love for sexy underwear (because let’s be honest. It makes us all feel super sexy even if no one sees it) — and I just totally clicked with her. She has a great sense of humor and may say a little TOO much sometimes but I loved that she reminded me of a combination of both myself and a few of my friends.
Matt // Character Obsessions: Family, friendship, dating, Joss.
OH MATT. I loved him. He was a great best friend, so funny, so nice, and yet still a “typical” guy. He was so funny and had really great chemistry with Joss. Also infuriating at times, but hey, that’s what happens with both guy best friends and when you’re interested in your guy best friend. I just loved how relatable he seemed as well!

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Kept Me Hooked On: New Adult. YAYYYY this is what I want all new adult to be! I know the “typical” thought about NA is that it’s sexed up and well… this definitely has a lot of sex in it but it isn’t overly-explicit and I really think that extends its appeal to so many more readers. It’s not just a romance novel — it’s so much more.
Left Me Wanting More: Of this book! I didn’t want it to end. I just loved every second of this book and it was so, so perfect.

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BUY IT!

No, seriously. BUY THIS BOOK. If you’re a fan of YA or NA or Adult contemporary, you should definitely read this. And buy it. And hug it. I loved it!

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