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Peek Inside Best Friends with Benefits

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived high school the only way best friends can—together. But surviving their ten-year high school reunion? Totally different story. Val still views herself as the stringy-haired band geek, while Alec went on to become a rock star. He’s more than willing to help Val get through their reunion, but when a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven brings their fourteen-years-long foreplay to the forefront...everything changes.

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Seven minutes in heaven never felt so good…

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived bullies, awful parents, and seriously shitty social standing the only way best friends can—together. But with the unexpected sexual tension suddenly flaring between them, surviving their ten-year high school reunion might be a different story…

Val hasn’t changed. She still feels like the stringy-haired band geek the popular kids teased, but Alec has definitely changed. He’s now the front man for the Grammy-winning rock band Chronic Disharmony, with the sexual reputation to match. And he’s more than willing to help Val rock the reunion.

And then it happens—a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven—and their fourteen-years-long foreplay comes crashing to the forefront…changing everything.

Seven minutes turns into a weekend of mind-blowing, no-strings-attached sex. But these best friends won’t be able to leave their hearts out of it forever, not when the most meaningful benefit could change their relationship for good….


"I was hooked. Best Friends With Benefits is layered with heart, raw emotions and of course a plethora of hot steamy dirty sex!!!!!" - Michelle, Goodreads

"Al and Val's story is on my list of PERFECT friends turned into lovers books."--Ginny, Goodreads

"This book is sooo sexy that I feared I'd have a heart attack while reading it because it was doing strange things to my blood pressure. If you're looking for steamy sex scenes, dirty talk and intense sexual attraction, this is a winner." --Re, Goodreads

"Holy smokes, this book is HAWT!!!! If you are a fan of friends-to-lovers - or just want a well-written sexy read - you will LOVE this book." --CL, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755789
Series: Most Likely To, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 14, 2016
Page Count: 245
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forced proximity, friends to lovers

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By XxTainaxX February 21, 2016

Valerie and Alec are besties who haven't seen each other in a while. There's always been something there, though Alec was the first to recognize it. Alec changed and became famous after pursuing his music dream and plays in a rock band. Valerie is awaiting a reply from the London philharmonic while ...more

By Michelle February 16, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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One of my favorite romance trope has always been best friends to lovers and I have always been a sucker when it comes to this specific trope. And Candy Sloane has delivered. She has more than delivered because she has written a love story ...more

By Chris March 07, 2016

I have to come right out and say I absolutely love this book. As someone with a best friend who happens to be male I can really relate to the concept of the story.

The author did an awesome job setting up the entire storyline and character development. You really get to know these two and feel everyt ...more

By March 03, 2016

4 "Stupidly sexy BFF to lovers" STARS

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Brazen!

Full review also posted on:

First thing I’ll say about this book is that it’s sooo sexy that I feared I’d have a heart attack while reading it because it was doing strange thing ...more

By Doris March 10, 2016

Forever…who isn’t looking for forever but with your best friend?! Class reunions are hell as it is but when you were an awkward, brace wearing band geek with another dorky band geek as your best friend they can’t get any worse especially if you see yourself as that person you were ten years ago. Val ...more

By CL February 22, 2016

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She was kissing him now. Screw her stupid rules. They couldn’t stop her from this feeling, from this want. From responding to the sweet gesture he’d offered her that morning. She leaned in to him, slowly at first, so he’d know exactly where she was going—for his lips, his sweet, hot, naughty lip ...more

Did you ever play Seven Minutes in Heaven when you were growing up? What if you got stuck in a closet with your best male friend? That is actually what happens to our hero and heroine in Best Friends with Benefits by Candy Sloane. Typically this is the point when I would tell you that the cover is w ...more

By Ginny June 25, 2017

Five Pretty Woman Stars!!
Al and Val's story is the on my list of PERFECT friends turned into lovers trope.

This is my first read from Ms. Sloane, and I have to say I am so looking forward to more of her work, in particular in this series. She set the ground running with two characters that were not ...more

By Kahea March 14, 2016

I didn’t immediately reach out and grab this one, but I kept coming back to it and finally decided to take the plunge. I don’t know if it was because I have my own high school reunion to go to this summer (the year isn’t necessary) and I needed to gear up for it or I was just in the mood for a frien ...more

By Deborah March 16, 2016

Valerie and Alec have been best friends most of their lives. They know each others joys. They know each others sorrows. They know each others secrets. They haven't seen each other in quite sometime except for Facetime. Valerie plays flute for the philharmonic and Alec is lead singer and guitarist fo ...more

By Jenn February 20, 2016

One of my favourite romance books I've read in a long time!! I am a huge sucker for any Entangled romance novel. They are always a book I know that I am going to enjoy no matter what the plot.
This book is definitely no exception.

To start, this book is a friends to lovers story, which I love. There i ...more

By litljen February 25, 2016

Best Friends with Benefits is exactly the kind of book I love to read: funny, sexy as sin and best friends to lovers romance. The book certainly lived up to my expectations---it was FAB! Alec and Valerie shared wicked chemistry and you could see their mutual love for each other throughout the book. ...more

By Heather February 13, 2016

I really liked Alec and how possessive her could be, "he pressed the back of his body against it. “No one is getting in here.” He would keep that promise, but his position made it so she would have to come to him. “Get over here so I can ride that first rule out of you, Dirty Girl.” I love when a ma ...more

By JG March 07, 2016

Fantastic! Candy Sloane's Best Friends with Benefits was steamy erotic, emotionally angsty tempered by lighthearted humor but overall readers will fall in love with Val and Alec.

Best friends since fourteen, they parted ten years ago in not so pleasant circumstances and have just slowly rebuilt thei ...more

By SynergyQuest February 24, 2016

4.5 stars - I seriously enjoyed this story! I love friends to lovers stories. I think it is because the history is already there with friends, and you can immediately get a sense of the depth of the relationship. This is true for Valerie and Alec. Honestly, I can't imagine why they weren't together ...more

By Bette March 04, 2016

This one was Excellent!! I enjoyed it so much and I really like the authors writing style. I'm looking forward to reading more from her. It has a nice pace and the characters were fantastic!

Alec Rogers may be a big time rock star but his best friend Valerie Barkin has always kept him grounded. They ...more

By Kristy March 02, 2016

A HOT read from Candy Sloane, Best Friends with Benefits was a sexy, short, but sweet friends-to-lovers story. I was intrigued by the high school band nerd vibe. Who knew they could turn out to be a rockstar and a professional flutist? Glad Val and Alec worked through their past hurts to get their H ...more

By Emily March 15, 2016

*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and review*
Initially posted on

It's no coincidence that some of my favorite fictional couples started as friends before making the (terrifying) leap to a romantic relationship. The friends to lovers trope is an all-time favorit ...more

By Mollien Fote Osterman July 14, 2017

Title: Best Friends with Benefits
Author: Candy Sloane
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Genre(s): Rocker, High School Reunion, Romance
Page Count: 178 pages
Heat Level: # 4 flames out of 5
Rating: # 4 stars out of 5

Seven minutes in heaven never felt so good

By Heidi February 25, 2016

Candy Sloane has taken me on a wild and exciting ride too love and of course yuminess. This is the first book I have read by this author and it for sure wont be the last. Miss Sloane is a great writer and has a great gift.

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers have survived allot but what made it better was ...more

By Megan March 11, 2016

I'd call this 4.5 stars. I truly enjoyed this story. Val & Alec were best friends in high school. They've kept up their friendship virtually, though they haven't seen each other in person in 10 years. They agree to meet up to go together to their high school reunion. Alec is now a big rock star and ...more

By Floryie March 18, 2016

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Where to start with this review? Well, the first thing which caught my attention was the book's theme - best friends to lovers. If you guys know me, then you know that it's one of my favourite themes! So I was very eager to read th ...more

By Julie February 26, 2016

Valerie and Alec have been friends since they were kids in school and now they are getting ready to attend their high school reunion. They have seen each other in person since graduation and when they finally do see each other they are extremely attracted to one another. Alec is now a front man in a ...more

By Kris March 08, 2016

I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
3 1/2 stars.

I liked the beginning of the book, we have a high school reunion and our main characters Valarie & Alec are planning to attend together. They were best friends in high school, never anything more.
Both a bit on the nerdy ...more

By Jennifer February 23, 2016

In all honesty, this book took me awhile to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I am a fan of the best friends to lovers type of books. This one involves Valerie and Alec, in high school known as Val and Al. They have been best friends since high school, talk and facetime often, but haven' ...more

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Candy Sloane

About the author

Candy Sloane

I am a Young Adult & New Adult author who needed to write some naughty books her mother couldn't read. Best Friends w Benefits is COMING 3/14!

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