Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fringe Benefits by Sandy James (The Ladies Who Lunch #4)

Fringe Benefits
by Sandy James

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Ladies Who Lunch - Book 4
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
ISBN-13: 9781455533381
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.


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?

Fringe Benefits (The Ladies Who Lunch, #4)My Review
Fringe Benefits by Sandy James
Dani is faced with more than she could have imagined when she became the department head at school. Sure, she expected to have to mentor the new teacher, but she was NOT prepared for what Nate was going to teach her. Always headstrong and needing to be in control, Dani finds herself fighting tooth and claw to avoid the power of seduction that Nate has over her. What would people think? She is eight years older than he, yet, when it comes to romantic and emotional maturity I’m pretty sure Nate has Dani beat, hands down. Small town tongues are wagging about the two teachers, and Dani is so wrapped up in appearances and being independent, she dismisses Nate’s feelings as just a phase or shifting like the sands of time. One over the top gesture that blows up in his face is all Dani needs to run. Will Nate ever be able to show her how much he needs her and always will?

The ladies that lunch are back, but this time it’s the husbands who take a few tricks out of the girls’ playbook to help their new friend. Perhaps their interpretation of helpful was a little off the mark?

Leave it to Sandy James to bring that small town feel to sizzling romance as mistake after mistake is made and yet, somehow, it just makes this tale of love more endearing. Fringe Benefits is a relatively light-hearted look at love and the ladies who lunch, as another bites the dust!

I received an ARC edition from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. this sounds like a cute romance...and a new author to try out!!! Yay!!

    1. Cute is the perfect description! I loved Nate! Must be the cougar in me! LOL!