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Exes with Benefits

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,597 ratings  ·  359 reviews
***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
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published September 18th 2017
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EXES WITH BENEFITS: is a second chance full-length stand-alone romance novel by Nicole Williams. In this we meet Canaan Ford and his wife Maggie.

With a turbulent rocky relationship newly wed Maggie reaches the hard decision to walk away from her marriage to her childhood sweetheart Canaan and the only boy she'd ever loved. But his boozing and fighting and coming home with scars and scrapes and her playing nurse maid had taken it’s toll on Maggie and she’d finally decided enough wa
Aestas Book Blog
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

OMG. OMG. OMG!! This book was absolutely AMAZING. I swear to you MY HEART WAS RACING on every single page!!!! ***DEEP BREATH*** It's a super intense, emotionally charged second chance romance between a married couple and — HOLY HELL — the way this man LOVES this woman... His LOYALTY and DEVOTION to her. It'll take your breath away. I absolutely adored this book and can't recommend it highly enough!

Nicole Williams is such a strong, talented author. I love the way she writes. Her words bring the s
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“The man was the boy again, and I wanted to save him the way he’d saved me. But I couldn’t. The only person who could save Canaan Ford was Canaan Ford.”

Nicole Williams is back baby……well it actually hasn’t been that long since I read her last book, but I do get uber excited anytime she comes out with a new story. I always get fully invested in her well written plot lines, dialogue and the characters she creates. Exes with Benefits was not at all as I expected it to be and I’m not say
Alex ♈
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Olga therebelreader
Exes With Benefits is an emotional, gripping tale of a love so raw and bittersweet that will leave you breathless. This book has humor, steam, mystery, angst..... My emotions were all over the place. The storyline was addictive and had the right amount of angst, misunderstanding, humor, drama, and resolution to keep me flipping those pages with a smile and an “oh-no” plastered on my face. We all make mistakes and some are harder to forgive than others. The relationships in this book pushed my bo ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Right guy, wrong time' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Ardent Prose PR in exchange for an honest review.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how Nicole Williams i sable to make me experience every feeling possible while Reading her books? Yeah, I accept it. I am a mess of emotions when I finish her books! And she did it. AGAIN. She made me love the journey back to love between this couple.

Exes with Benefits is Nicole’s newest standalone novel and contrary to the humor aspect we had in h
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I think god was a child the last time I read a Nicole Williams book—not sure why I've left it so long—and Exes with Benefits was a enjoyable second-chance romance balancing hot and heartfelt with humour and that lovely pull you get when one party is reticent.


Ever watched Sweet Home Alabama, the one where Reese Witherspoon married her small-town childhood sweetheart, lost a baby, left him for the big-city because of how he acted afterwards, never divorced him, met someone of stature (
Melanie (mells_view)
This read was okay, but it felt like it was lacking something to make it GREAT. If that makes any sense at all. It was also kind of hard to like the heroine, but it was easy to understand her actions and motivations. The hero was written well and redeemed himself well. I think this story could have benefited from a more dramatic prologue. It was emotional and gave back story, but it didn’t hit me in my gut and make me FEEL for the characters.

Still a pretty good read if you’re looking for exes wi
Bookphenomena (Micky)
If you want a book with heat, depth and substance then EXES WITH BENEFITS is the perfect autumn read to cozy up with. From the title, I thought this would be all kinds of light reading but what I got was some story with punch (there's a pun there) and characters to get my teeth into.

This story couples some themes that I love, second chances and bad boy turned around. In fact, Canaan gave me serious hero-swoon because he was a great guy in the most believable way. Canaan was a man not about to re
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, three-star
3.5 Stars

This is a slow burn second chance romance. Maggie and Reed are high school sweethearts, they got married when they were just eighteen because Maggie got pregnant. 11 months later Maggie left a drunk Canaan and moved to Chicago. Five years later she is back into town because of her grandma’s funeral and to make Canaan sign the divorce papers. Canaan refuses to sign them until she gives him a chance to prove that he has changed and isn’t the same drunk teenager who used to get into fi
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4 stars

The name of this book, EXES WITH BENEFITS, deceived me. When I took this book I imagined that it would be an older couple, late 30s, and that after they separated they would end up meeting again, that it would be very spicy, they would fall in love again and in the end they would realize that it was bullshit to separate and they would be together again. Did you imagine that too, right? However Nicole Williams gives the reader something better. She delivers a book about
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm going to start of with saying the title of this book sounds seedy and unfaithful. He doesn't want "benefits" from her; he wants his wife back.

We have to remember they were both 18 when they married out of wedlock. They both went on to lose that child a week later. Previous to that, Canaan lost his younger brother and drowned himself in drinking and brawls. Eighteen is horribly young to not only be married but deal with grief, and guilt because in a lot of ways - your maturity is evolving.

Nicole Williams never fails to turn out an emotionally driven and intense romance! Add the second-chance trope into the mix, and you got yourself an absolute WINNER! My heart and my head was put through the ringer with this one, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. EXES WITH BENEFITS is an addicting second-chance romance between a married couple and it WOW is it super INTENSE! I was hooked the second I read the prologue. I was on the verge of tears in the first few heart broke im ...more
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Exes with Benefits was a second chance standalone by Nicole Williams.

I loved the premise of the story and although sad, the prologue had me hooked from the beginning and I stayed that way to the end.

Canaan Ford and Maggie Church grew up together in Farmington, MO and were high school sweethearts. They married at 18 and were married for eleven months before she finally left him. She loved him but they were toxic together. She had not been back to the small town in five years but couldn't avoid it
Basically the book version of Sweet Home Alabama, which is one of my favorite movies. But the book just isn’t working for me.
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Williams writes the BEST second chance love stories. They make me feel all the things.

This story is about a couple who gets married very young, and along with being young, and tragedies striking left and right, things are bound to fall apart. Cannan is making bad decisions, drinking to much, fighting to much. Only considering the things he's going through. Maggie is done she has given all that she feels she can give. It's now 5 years later.

This man, there was never a point in the
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 Stars!

Exes with Benefits was a super cute, easy read! Not super heavy on angst, we still got the right balance of heart and emotion. Our heroine Maggie, left her husband Canaan five years ago. He was young and a hot mess of drinking and fighting. She'd packed up her life and left him, never once looking back. A half decade later, she's forced to go back and face this man, this life she'd left in the shadows of her mind. Can she make it through the trip home without letting her heart falter f
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

5 Second Chance CROWNS

Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams is the perfect angsty, second chance romance I needed in my life. From cover to cover, I was infatuated with Canaan and Maggie.

Canaan develops into such an amazing man, showcasing exactly how losing the "love of your life" can change a person. The Canaan readers get to see is kind and compassionate, and while he still has the demons that plague him and the destructive desires, he has learned to control t
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars!

I love going in and not knowing too much about a book except that it's a second chance and that's what I was in the mood for.

Well this was definitely that and I surprisingly loved it! It was light enough but it wasn't just light. It had substance and a really sweet hero, a full bodied story with just enough heartfelt moments!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Maggie is coming home to Farmington, Missouri from Chicago for the first time in five years...since she ran away from her small town life, and her first love and husband. Her heart was broken and she created a new life for herself. But now she is back for a funeral, but also plans to deal with the pesky little business of getting divorce papers signed while she is there. But she has not idea that it is not going to be that easy.

Canaan Ford had been a man on downward spiral due to tragedies in hi
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED this ! Omg this was one of the best second chance romances that I have read in a long time. Canaan and Maggie grew up together and married young. Although they were soul mates and so much in love the hurt from their pasts made things hard for Canaan to cope. With the marriage strained Maggie up and moved to Chicago leaving Canaan totally heartbroken. Five years later another tragedy brings Maggie back to her home town and the husband she left behind.
This story was heartfelt, sexy and funn
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2017-reads
A second-chance love story full of hurt and heartfelt romance!

Exes with Benefits was and eye-opening and unconventional novel. The title alone gives the reader an insight as to what the story is about. But it can also be deceiving, as it does not express everything that does happen in the book.

As I began reading and was further invested in the story of these two characters, I couldn't help but see the book's similarities to the movie "Sweet Home Alabama". If that was the author's intention, I th
Let's start by saying that I really liked this. I stayed up way too late so I could finish reading it. I wish I could have bumped it up to four stars, but, alas I could not.
I live life with the understanding that anything can happen, anything is possible. So, I know that it is possible for a chica to walk out on her hubby and start a new life without divorcing him. I just don't understand it in this case. Sure said husband was f*ing up his life, but he wasn't cruel or abusive. This whole shindig
Lea ★
ARC kindly provided by author.

This is probably my favorite book by Nicole Williams.
I really loved it and it hit just the right spots for me. Second chances, damaged hero and all together lovable characters.
I read it literally in one breath. I haven't read the blurb on purpose, because I knew Nicole wouldn't let me down.
I couldn't stop reading. She truly outdid herself with this one.
When I got to the end, I wanted to start all over again.
It was actually so much more than a second
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Such a sweet second chance romance. I'm such a sucker for the trope, and this book ended up being exactly what I needed. Review to come!

Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-star-2017
Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams
4.5 stars!!!

“My husband forfeited his rights years ago…He’s here to reclaim them.”

Nicole Williams never fails to deliver and Exes with Benefits more than delivered. This is one emotional second chance romance, where leopards really can change their spots given the right motivation. Nicole Williams always delivers a well-executed plot, fantastic dialogue and character connection and heart-felt emotion and for me it is these aspects that made this b
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A second chance romance.

The Title? I don't think it suited this book at all. It suggests something like friends with benefits but sleeping with your ex, an arrangement. This wasn't that kind of story at all and that title belittles or cheapens the heartwarming and moving moments within this book.

A beautiful story of regrets, heartache, promises of change and fighting for what's important.

"You fight for what's important.
That's the way life is. And you are worth every fight I have in me. "

Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars

I have written and deleted the start of this review I don't know how many times. First and foremost, there is not one book that Nicole has written that I have not loved entirely. I fall in love with her characters and their stories so easily. That's what Nicole's writing does to me - she captures me completely and I never want the story to end.

And this happened once again with Exes with Benefits. I have to say, this was different than what I anticipated and that's not a bad thing. The
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Nicole is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author who got her humble start dictating books to her parents at the age of three and her big break nearly three decades later when she signed her first publishing deal. She grew up an avid reader and writer who majored in Economics because a Creative Writing degree was lofty and impractical, not to mention a pipe dream. Irony, you wily fiend. ...more

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