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Who'd Have Thought

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 ratings  ·  354 reviews
Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Pérez isn’t about to demand answers.
The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden’s going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someon
ebook, 362 pages
Published October 18th 2017 by Ylva Publishing (first published October 4th 2017)
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Lex Kent
This was a real, feel good romance. I’m becoming a fan of Benson. All the Little Moments is still a favorite of mine, and I think she has another hit on her hands. This is the kind of book I think romance fans are going to really enjoy.

Hayden is a nurse, struggling to make ends meet. On a whim she answers an ad to be compensated for a relationship. One year of marriage for more than 200,000. This could finally be the break she really needs, but can she go through with this. When Hayden finds out
Every once in a while you come across a book that grabs you and holds on. You know what I'm talking about. A book that you are halfway through and you want to close it and start it back over. A book where you stare into space a mull over the characters and what their next move might be. A story that grabs you and just won't let go. That book is Who'd Have Thought by G. Benson. This story is that good, this book is that amazing!

Hayden Pérez is our main character with the story told through her P
Edit for a re-read May 2018 - Ever hit a reading funk and none of the half- dozen (or more) books waiting to be read only NONE of them are appealing to you? So a possible cure - re-read a favorite. I’m so glad I decided on this book. Cures all what ails you. I think I liked it better the second time around. I’m sure it will become a annual read.

It’s still

The plot of this story isn’t that unusual A marriage of convenance and not love but eventually turns into love - I’m sure
Diane Wallace
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for a fair and honest review'

3.5 stars! My first book by this author and it drew me in immediately and held me in enthralled intrigue from start to finish because of the synopsis,storyline and so much more. G.Benson covers a range of topics in this book including family drama(homophobic issues),wealth distinction,health issues(Alzheimer),diverse friendship,Same-sex marriage etc What i grasp about this author's writing is how uncomplicated she made both t
I loved this.

The best books are those that I'm not aware of reading and this one fits that bill. I felt like I was living in the skin of our lead Hayden and it was a great place to be because she's such a lovable and sympathetic character. In fact, all of the characters are great. An author's writing is especially good when they can make an ice-queen not be a caricature but a full fledged human being and that was done here.

Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint what makes something work vs doesn't but
Who'd Have Thought is the second top-notch book full of diversity and published by Ylva in very quick succession (the first being Perfect Rhythm by Jae in September). It immediately went on my "favorites" shelf and will be read again. G Benson did an excellent job. Kudos to her!

5 stars
Oct 15, 2017
Lexxi Kitty
I think most people have read this, not really but let's pretend, so I'll not work too hard on a review.

So - characters: Sam (41 - I do not believe ever explicitly stated, but is 20 years older than brother, and 15 years older than Hayden (though I've a vague recollection of Hayden, at some point, noting that she was six years older than Jon, but that might be a faulty memory)) and Hayden (26 - for some reason I always think people are 26, let's pretend this is accurate since it corresponds to t
Det. Nidhi
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me 5 hours to finish this book and I got no regrets. And I'm pretty sure I'm gonna read it again in the near future. such brilliant characterisation!!!! This was the first time I read about a non binary character in a book and boy was I surprised by my lack of knowledge. It's not everyday that a book is informative as well as a source of entertainment. infact if you drew a Venn diagram the common area is gonna be so narrow. nevertheless read this book not for the plot alone, but for some ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fauxmance
Alright, it's official. I love fauxmance novels. This one started out a bit cold, just like Sam, but it grew on me. My first read of a Benson novel, and I'll be back for more!

Once again, solid 4 stars!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Who’d Have Thought” was released in paperback and Kindle formats in October 2017, and I read so many glowing reviews I was very tempted to read the Kindle version. Happily, only five months later, the audiobook version was released! I wish more authors would bring their books to audio as quickly!

Well, however the printed version may be, I’m confident that the audio version is even better! Tanya Eby is absolutely fantastic, and author G. Benson gives her terrific material to work with.

Lots of bo
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ff-romance
This is not the kind of book that immediately catches my attention. The cover would normally put me off. But it was on special offer at 99p and I could not be bothered to read any of the 200 books I already have waiting to be read.
The things that put me off: the cover. Fake relationships.
And that’s about the only negative thing I have to say. The rest is all good. I loved this book. It is so well written I couldn’t put it down, and now I am paying the price for spending all the time reading. St
This is one of the best romances I have read all year and I have read some fantastic books.

The love of the romance genre is alive and well on these pages and the book sings with the pleasure of a marriage of con and a private and uptight heroine vs a much more emotionial and blunt heroine.

It is grand. We get all that forced proximity joy. They know very little about each other and we get to learn about each of them as they learn each other.

It is a sexy as hell dance. Both are wonderful at their
I received this file from the publisher in exchange for a fair review

This story begins with a common trope in "romance", the fake girlfriend, but does much with it. The story is engaging without dips and valleys of interest and the drama mark, when it comes, is more believable because of the unique situation both women are in - it's a contract for a fake marriage after all.

This was my first story with a binary character which gave my mind a gentle workout becoming accustomed to the pronouns. I
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The highly unusual premise of this book alone sold me. And I wasn't disappointed. G Benson writes with a light yet sensitive touch. And while it was a bit of a wait for the big reveal, I was never bored with Hayden and Sam's slow burn romance. This would have been a solid five starrer in my book though, if there had been a more in-depth treatment of Sam, the emotionally challenged one. There were occasional flashes of understanding, but for the most part, the book centered around Hayden.

4.4 star
Les Rêveur
I think this might be my new favourite plot in Lesbian Fiction. Hayden is having some money issues and working as a nurse in the local hospital isn't really bringing the bank in. She needs to find a way to make extra money and on a whim answers an add on Craigslist but she never truely believes she'll get a answer.

Neurosurgeon Sam is in a predicament and needs to find a wife soon and can compensate her new wife handsomely for just a year of her time. When they meet Hayden is shocked to find Dr
5+ Stars for the Audiobook!

This is my third time reading this book - the first time as an audiobook. I had credits to spare and air and car traveling to do, so I picked up this audiobook. It wasn't a hard decision. This book is narrated by Tanya Eby (5 stars). At first I heard an inflection in her voice and I was worried it would be a problem. Now I can't remember what it was I heard. I thought Luce's voice was a little too deep, but it made it easy to distinguish who was talking. I looked Eby u
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-words, 4-5
Re-read: Feb 2019

Would probably drop down to 4.5 but still really loved this book on the re-read

Deals with health issues without being preachy

And some fav tropes done really well.

Should definitely check it out if you haven’t already!

Original review: October 2017
Detailed score: 4.75

So so good.

From the very first chapters I knew this book was going to be one of those I wanted to ready slowly (because you can only read a book for the first time once) but also so unputdownable I wanted to rush to th
Wonderful book! Two people are in a desperate situation because of different reasons, and they set up a marriage of convenience. This is the book's premise and from here the story builds. The author creates a variety of characters who are representative of different sexualities, she also creates a strong and believable story, although it can be very predictable. The book could be a love story but it's not only that. There are different subthemes: Alzheimers, homophobia, friendship, etc. that enr ...more
Solid 5 ⭐️ An excellent read!

Loved the romance between Sam and Hayden
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Kinda hoped Hayden would have found her voice earlier, but it is what it is. The end though? I'm like noooooooo then I was all yeaaaaaaaa! LOL. For reals, that went through my head. I've 4 or 5'ved two of her other books so this one isn't much of a surprise. I knew I'd probably dig it. Maybe I'll work through the last few of her books and make it a clean sweep.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure about Who’d Have Thought initially as the romance I was hoping for was slow to develop. The many scenes shared by Hayden and her bestie, Luce gave us a clear picture of how unlikely the chances were that Hayden would be able to successfully enter into her agreement with Sam. I found it a lot of work getting used to the necessary pronouns needed to address a non-binary person but I appreciated the authors efforts to educate. It seemed awkward and confusing at first, but thanks to th ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soooo Gooddd!🙌🙌🙌🙌😊😊😊

This book was just AMAZING!!! Beautiful well written story!! I love G Benson for this book and I plan on reading more of this author books!!! This book fulfilled all my needs, cravings, excitement, curiosity and sooo much more! I absolutely loved the story of Hayden & Sam it shows how well a person can actually bond and love one another unconditional!y no matter what the age difference or what the circumstances are definition of unexpected, sweet, irresistible love!!! Thanks
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast for unknown issues so she offers cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Pérez 200.000 dollars to tie the knot. Sam comes across as cold, distant and sometimes downright rude, so living together and trying to convince everyone else that they love each other is a tall order. But as they get to know each other, feelings start to go deeper and suddenly faking isn’t as hard as it seemed. What could go wrong?

I’ve read this book when it was released and pu
For some weird reason I haven’t read any G. Benson until now, but I know reading reviews from my fellow Good Reads chums that Book Club Buddie D. and I were in for a treat.

And it was a treat. Who'd Have Thought had so many good things going for it: it’s length, a hospital setting, the rich girl-poor girl trope, the marriage of convenience trope, a slooooooow burn romance, a memorable pet, an age-gap, an ice-queen reputation, going from I dislike you to I love you, family that you love and family
Wow! Wonderful story! Best book I read this year!
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC received from Ylva in return for an honest review.

I loved Benson’s ‘All the Little Moments’, but didn’t find this one as engaging. I think part of that stems from this book being told from Hayden’s POV so that Sam remains a mystery, but I found that frustrating, because in all honesty, she was the more interesting character to me and I wanted to know more about her and her motivations, which aren’t revealed until about the 3/4 mark. I honestly think that was a mistake, a) because Hayden wou
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Goodness! G Benson is my new go to author and of course this is my favorite from her and this is also going to be on my top 5 favorites this year. Goodness the moment I read the blurb, I knew I will go crazy about this book.
Ice Queen persona and Marriage of Convenience, two things I usually like in a plot.
I was glued to the book. SO be warned that this is a page turner.
You will be curious as what are their reasons for doing it.
I don’t want to spoil the book so I won’t give a hint.

Harvey is a
Jane Shambler
So far I have not read a bad Benson book. And, so it continues. This book is about a marriage of convenience which ends up being a marriage of love. Now there are a lot of ups and downs a long the way. Some are funny, some are serious and some are just because. You have two very different people who come together through an internet advert asking for a wife for a year for money. They just had to make everyone believe it.

I will admit I found the binary part of the book a little confusing at first
5 stars
Once in a blue moon you stumble upon a book that speaks to you, that makes you feel like it was written just for you. This book whispered sweet nothings to my heart and warmed my soul.

Benson created two main characters that are easily likable and who I fell for right away. Hayden is a struggling nurse who agrees to marry a neurosurgeon, Samantha, for $200,000. Sam has a reputation for being cold hearted, rude and lacks the most basic people skills. The two women couldn’t be more differe
Kristina K
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook-f-f
5 stars..

I loved this book from beginning to end.
It had my laughing and giggling from chapter to chapter. The character development was amazing, especially with Sam’s.
The narrator was great and added to my enjoyment of the story. This is one of those books I'll be reading again and again...

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Benson spent her childhood wrapped up in any book she could get her hands on and—as her mother likes to tell people at parties—even found a way to read in the shower. Moving on from writing bad poetry (thankfully) she started to write stories. About anything and everything. Tearing her from her laptop is a fairly difficult feat, though if you come bearing coffee you have a good chance.
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