Fringe Benefits by Sandy James – Jenn’s Review


I loved the sound of a blurb and the previous books in the series sounded great.




When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right. HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance-or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills-and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff-and his age-may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?

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This is my first book by Sandy James, and I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. This book is part of a series of standalones called The Ladies Who Lunch, and I was concerned about picking up a book slotted at the tail end of the series.  My concerns were unfounded. This book is a complete standalone.

Danielle is a high school English teacher who is assigned to mentor the new guy, Nate. Sparks fly between Nate and Danielle instantly, but Danielle is hesitant, not wanting to get involved with a co-worker, knowing that when (not if) it goes south, it will make for an awkward work environment.  When an almost kiss in the closet occurs, Danielle knows she’s going to lose this fight.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Danielle and Nate. While  it seems in the book that their relationship progress quickly, I felt they took the time to know each other before getting involved. There is a lot working against them though. Nate’s psycho ex makes for some quality entertainment, as do Danielle’s friends. Each character is well rounded and fleshed out. The writing was excellent and I felt that the story flowed nicely. I am always looking for new authors, and I am happy to have found Sandy James.

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