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When Joss Met Matt

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,111 ratings  ·  407 reviews
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.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
{ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review}
(BR with My Lovely Friend Alice)

Love was coming to my apartment on a Tuesday night so I could decorate for Christmas. Love was calling in sick to work so I could get to the hospital when his father died. Love was the best kisses I'd ever had in my life, and the lazy, sleepy talks we had in bed.

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Jocelyn Kiehl and Matt Lehrer meet and become fast friends during their Fres
• Lisa •
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"One rule ... Don't fall in love."


Readers I can't tell you adequately enough how much I adored this 'friends to lovers' book. My absolute favourite trope was spectacularly showcased in this little diamond of a novel and I'm hoping that this book gets all the credit it deserves for being the well written, wonderfully put together book that it is. This book caught my eye when I noticed that a fellow book addict had loved it and after reading the blurb I almost instantly kne

This was a unique spin on the friends with benefits idea. A truly adorable story, the banter, friendship and chemistry between Joss and Matt was perfect, I really enjoyed this one. It was fluffy and fun, which was a nice escape from some of the darker stories I tend to gravitate too.

Sorbet Sex...

What is that you say? Well, after Joss is dumped by her douche-bag of a boyfriend, her college friend Matt gets an idea. That idea being sorbet sex, a way to erase the bad feelings, or 'cleanse your pa
Wendy Darling
DNF about 150 pages in, after an endless cycle of both parties constantly hooking up with one idiot after another, immediately followed by automatic friends-with-benefits sex every time. If a book is going to be based around a premise this iffy/icky, you'd better be convinced that these two are meant to be be together, or at least have fun living vicariously through their mindless hook-ups. As it was, I have no idea why they kept coming back to each other, on any level. They barely seemed to be ...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2.5 stars!


As a huge fan of friends-to-lovers romances, I really did go into this book with the lowest of low expectations and was just looking to be entertained. I can’t really pinpoint exactly where things started to go downhill but the gist of it is I was bored for the first half and extremely frustrated in the second half. The author’s writing was appealing, the banter was occasionally witty and fun, and the side characters were great, but these positives were completely overshadowed by the u
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Matt and Joss is a friends to lover story and I love these types of stories, so I couldn’t wait to jump in!

The story is told from Joss’s POV and begins in present day. Joss has just received a call from her friend Matt that he wants to meet for dinner. The story quickly changes to seven years prior and we get to see how Matt and Joss met.

Seven years prior Matt and Joss are just two college freshmen trying to find their way, fit in and survive the unknown. Living in the same dorms they
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

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(ARC provided via NetGalley. Much appreciation!)

A unique take on the classic friends with benefits story.

A fun, lighthearted story that had me smiling from beginning to end. It takes us on a trip from from the spark that initiated a friendship to the simmering fire that enticed an attraction to the raging flames that led to love. And I adored every second of it.

Sorbet sex...What more can you want?

What I enjoyed most was the absence of trope
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When Joss Met Matt is not a type of book I’d normally pick up at the bookstore. I do not read much NA at all, due to several reasons. One of them being that the majority of NA novels I’ve encountered seem to follow the same recipe each time. The same tropes, the same clichés; you get the point. Anyway, when I found out that this book was actually written by one of my favourite contemporary authors—Liz Czukas (under the pen name Ellie Cahill), I knew I had to
4 Clueless Stars

”Thanks for being here.”
“Of course. What are friends for?”
“Not too many of them are for this.”

These two were absolutely adorable. Clueless as hell but adorable none the less. Joss and Matt meet their freshman year of college when Joss and her roommate attend a kegger in Matt’s dorm room. Ahhh the memories! An easy friendship forms between the two and the story’s off and running. When Joss’s long distance boyfriend dumps her and confesses to cheating on her AFTER he’s spent the we
Rachel Maniacup
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rachel by: Henz
This book's surprisingly a disappointment to me..didn't know where and how to start my review because honestly,I got exhausted reading this! Having read Henz's lovely review made me think that this one's a feel-good read but,turned friend's review is better than this novel.

I wanted to like this book,because my friend liked it..and because I thought this is a story of good friends turned to lovers..but really?! Where's the romance in here?

So the story went like this..a young woman,named
Dee Montoya
****4 Refreshing Stars****

(Arc kindly provided by Netgalley)

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What a lovely book this was, I always enjoy a best friends turn lovers story and this was was sweet, likable and very well written.

Joss met Matt on her first semester of college, they hit it off on that first night and he even tried to kiss her, but Joss was dating her high school boyfriend and was very much in love with the boy from back home, so she turned Matt down. College is in full swing and so is the friendship between these
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Right of the bat, I'm going to tell you guys that this book won't be for everybody. The two main characters have a best friends with benefits relationship, and a few readers might not be comfortable with that.

Now that I got that off my chest, I'll tell you why I personally thought that this was a fabulous read.

1. There's some sassy and hilarious dialogue. Like I've mentioned before, Ellie Cahill (better known as young adult author Liz Czukas), writes spot-on when it comes to humor. She write
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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4 Stars!

I think that this is the first friends with benefits story that I have read even though I have seen quite a few movies based on that theme. I will admit that I had a pretty good guess about where this story was going to go when I started because I have watched enough of those movies to figure a few things out. Despite the fact that some parts of the book could be considered predictable, I loved the journey. It w
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
This book is most assuredly the cutest and fluffiest thing in the realm of New Adult. It has kittens and puppies coming out of its derrière. The sad thing is that as I read the book, things kept popping up that made me see the flaws and weaknesses in the plot and character progression. While reading it, I had the most fun I've had reading a book in a long while. I read it in one sitting, something that happens zero to never times. Towards the end of the book, I was slapped in the face by how ang ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I've been torn about the rating. 2 stars? 3? The actual rating is 2.5 stars, but I'm going with 3.


The story begins in the present; Joss is going over to Matt's house to have dinner with him. She believes she has finally gathered up some courage to tell him that she wants more from their relationship. So we're brought back to the moment they met..
When Joss met Matt, she had a boyfriend, Ben, so they ended up just friends. After breaking up with her jerk boyfriend Ben, Joss wanted to hook up wit
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Some of you guys know that I was doing a readathon about the friends-with-benefits thingy … reading When Joss met Matt was in a way unique because it’s a whole different twist to the whole Friends-with-benefits concept. Joss and Matt called it Sorbet sex , like sorbet when you’re eating this course it’s supposed to cleanse your palate. Same as to this Sorbet sex they’re doing. The two of them do it every after they break up with a partner. It’s sort of a moving on sex to get the previous love ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

*3.5 Adorable Stars*




This is a story about a couple of college-mates who become best friends. Joss Meets Matt during Freshman year in college. The two hit it off and we're taken on this... different roller coaster. The two are obviously attracted to each other from the jump, but Joss has a boyfriend back home. She loves him, and he loves her. So friend-zone it is.

When said boyfriend come
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 "Sorbet Sex" Stars

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Can you keep having sex with a friend with no strings attached?

Joss and Matt met during freshman year of college. After Joss dumped her son-of-a-bitch of a boyfriend her and Matt created this solution, Sorbet Sex.

Sorbet sex is cleaning your pallet from your last mistake sex.

They're on and off with it, every time one of them end a relationship they Call the other.

This was a funny, refreshing story. I really enjoyed it. I loved Joss's friend Nellie she was kind of a bada
Christy LoveOfBooks

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

ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book surprisingly kept my interest throughout. I thought this was going to be another same ole’ “friends with benefits” book, but I like that it didn’t have all the drama and it “worked” for Joss and Matt. When Joss finds out her long time boyfriend cheated on her while she is away at college she has one mission in mind...have rebound sex and get him out of her
5 stars

One of my favorite author discoveries in 2014 has to be Liz Czukas - I loved Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You're Clueless - so when she announced a new adult book under a pen name, it was pretty much at the TOP of my wishlist. When Joss Met Matt is banterfluffy perfection, with plenty of swoony sexiness, which all made for the best refreshingly addictive read.

So When Joss Met Matt is the quintessential friends-with-benefits romance. Joss and Matt meet in college, and after Jo
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 12/5/14: IS WAS AMAZING. I LOVED IT. I either want to be friends with Joss & Matt or be Joss & Matt.
Everything was so perfect and realistic. Yes. Perfect.
All the stars.
This is what new adult should be.
Give me all the Liz Czukas books/Ellie Cahill books and no one gets hurt.

Full review posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 1/19/15: I love Liz Czukas (sorry, I mean Ellie Cahill *wink*) and so I knew I would love When Joss M
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I try really hard to formulate eloquent reviews for really great books. But sometimes I just have to throw all etiquette to the side and just SQUEEEEEEE!!! This book..... oh my, this book... all the feels.... all the yummy. See? Incoherent blabbering. But, how desperately do we hope to be left feeling that way after reading a great book? Just over the moon happy that you found that kind of story? The holy grail of romances? This book is that.

I love the premise behind this story. It's more than
Jaime Arkin
I’m a huge fan of Liz Czukas, she does light-hearted and fun in such an amazing way, so when I knew she was releasing a New Adult title, I knew I was going to enjoy it… the only question was how much.

As the title suggests, this is about when Joss met Matt… and their ensuing relationship/friendship from that day forward. Cahill/Czukas tells this story in flashbacks… in current time, Joss is getting ready to head over to Matt’s house and let him know that she can’t continue on in the kind of relat
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jasprit by: nick (the infinite limits of love)
I haven’t had the best of luck with NA books, so I’ve always been a little wary when going into an NA read, however with the steady trickle of praising reviews for when Joss met Matt and the fact that it was written by Liz Czukas, an author whose debut I adored, I went into this book with some hope that I would finally have an NA read which I would adore and I’m glad that this was the case.

Joss had been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Ben, but when he dumps her saying he has met s
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - "This has bad plan written all over it." Stars!

This is my first book from Ellie Cahill, and I enjoyed every second of it. It reminded me of a good old Rom-Com film, and whilst reading it, that's how Joss and Matt's story played through my head, this book would really transfer to the medium of film with ease. Its one of those books that is like a warm hug on a cold day.

"This must be why angels and devils don't mix."

The story spans seven years, formative years, from college to adulthood, and h
Marla Mei
I hate that the two main mcs dated different people over the course of several years and didn't realize their love for one another until the end even though they've been boinking each other for 7 years already. i don't know. maybe it's just me. i for one wouldn't boink someone i'm not even slightly interested in. and joss kept on saying matt isnt her type so yeah. why? i love you liz czukas but maybe i'd just rather read your YA books. I STILL LOVE YOU THOUGH xoxo

3 stars because i love Liz Czuka
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Lately I have been finding myself more into some New Adult books. In the past I found some of them a little too cliche and hard to get into. But there are some that I have loved so I didn’t throw in the towel yet. So when I heard that Liz Czukas (Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless) wrote a NA book under a pen name I was there. And when I read what When Joss Met Matt was about I was even more there. And when I finally read it? Even happier I didn’t throw in the towel. Basically thi ...more
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, e-arc
This book was jointly reviewed by myself and my co-blogger, Becca!

Lisa: If I wasn’t intrigued enough with this friends-with-benefits story line, as soon as I found out this was Liz Czukas writing under the pen name of Ellie Cahill I grabbed this without another thought. I read Liz’s prior two books, Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, which were both completely adorable and had story lines that flowed beautiful and without pause. I was beyond eager to see how she would a
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