Vets with Benefits

A Friends to Lovers Romance (Angel Peaks - A Small-Town Contemporary Romance Series Book 2)

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Pub Date 13 May 2022 | Archive Date 1 Jun 2022

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In the second book of the Angel Peaks series, sparks fly when frenemies Reece and Maddie try to work as a team to help their friends plan a wedding.

Maddie Moreno, the only CPA in the small town of Angel Peaks, has a reputation for being a bit of a hot head. With a whole menagerie of interesting animals and a bad habit of getting into verbal skirmishes, things look like they are about to get interesting when she is asked to be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding.

Local veterinarian Reece Mackey has had the hots for Maddie since he arrived in Angel Peaks three years ago and she tore him off a strip for parking in her spot. They’ve had a love-hate relationship ever since and he just loves to push her buttons. However, he’d rather push his agenda for getting up close and personal. When he’s assigned the role of best man, he sees it as the ideal opportunity to get intimate with the feisty maid of honor, but will she agree to stepping outside the friends zone?

Throw in an aggressive llama named Dave and a potty-mouthed parrot and you have the recipe for a fun and sexy read.

In the second book of the Angel Peaks series, sparks fly when frenemies Reece and Maddie try to work as a team to help their friends plan a wedding.

Maddie Moreno, the only CPA in the small town of...

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"This was such a fabulous story in the Angel Peaks world. I just adored reading Maddie and Reece's story come together and their slowly morphing from friends to lovers. It's one of my favorite tropes and I think Sophie did a great job in portraying the fears one has when moving a relationship from one stage to the next. It was also done with relatively low drama which made the story all the more enjoyable as you never got that dreaded, "will they/won't they" make it part of the story. But never fear there are lots of little things that occur that keep the two lovebirds on their toes about their developing feelings."

"This was such a fabulous story in the Angel Peaks world. I just adored reading Maddie and Reece's story come together and their slowly morphing from friends to lovers. It's one of my favorite tropes...

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This is the second book in the Angel Peaks series and it was great to read a continuation of the lives of the group of friends who were introduced in the first book. This book focuses on Maddie and Reece who have know each other for a long time on a friends/frenemies level. There were so many cute and funny moments in this book and it was so refreshing to read a low angst and fun book. Lots of comic moments involving the animals and plenty of sparks flying off from the main characters. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.

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loved this book!

Vets With Benefits is the second book of the Angel Peaks series by Sophie Penhaligon. It follows frenemies Maddie and Reece as they’re helping their best friends with their wedding as the maid of honor and best man. They were determined to make sure nothing went wrong, so they decided to spend more time together to get to know each other better so that they could work together without bickering every two seconds and help make this the wedding their best friends deserved.

I adored Maddie. To everyone else, Maddie seemed as prickly as a cactus, but inside she wasn’t like that at all. Throughout the years that they’ve known each other, Reece had seen that a little bit through the way Maddie treated her animals (including a beloved foul mouth bird and ass biting camel) and saw more of her personality shine as they got to know each other more.

And REECE! Oh my gosh, I loved him. One of my favorite things about this book was that it has dual POVs so I knew how each of them felt and I loved reading from the romantic veterinarians point of view. He was so patient with Maddie and I loved the way they treated each other.

I would highly recommend this book if you want a fun, light read that will make you smile and one hundred percent root for these characters. It was a lot of fun and I’m really excited for the next book in this series. This was my first book by Sophie Penhaligon and I will be sure to read more!

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Loved this book so much… it was just so freaking good. One of the best of 2022 and I’ll be recommending it to every one of my friends.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
5 stars!!

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When I say I read this is one day, I truly mean it.

This was the perfect amount of fluffy and cute that I needed in a book. Easy to read, constructed so beautifully that it kept me wanting to read each chapter without putting it down.

Reece and Maddies story begins as friends who are somewhat enemies but both want to cross that line and ends with the perfect happy ending we all love in a book.

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CPA Maddie Moreno and veterinarian Reece Mackey evidently have snarking at each other for three years. Both have been yearning to know each other better but they don’t know how to stop with the childish put downs and quips. Now as best man and maid of honor for their best friends wedding, they’re trying to work together and sparks are flying.

Their earnest wanting to know the other better won me over in this small town romance. I did cringe at first at some of their banter and antics but Maddie is adorable as someone who has to have hold her ground over her three big brothers. I love her care taking whether it was her animals or Reece when he is sick. Reece is slightly less complicated but still has family dynamics too. And in a short book the author lets them work on their communication while moving into a steamy relationship. A light, fun read. I read as a stand alone but it is a second in a series. The wedding is for the couple from the first book. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. (3.5 stars)

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Maddie fancies Reece, Reece fancies Maddie but both are not sure their feelings are reciprocated.

When they are both chosen as attendants at their friends wedding is the romance going to give them to own up to how they really feel.

A fabulous friends to lovers story, loved the characters and must say have a soft sport for Dave and Henry. A lovely gentle story, so easy to read and felt like a warm hug.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review

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Very cute romance told half from Maddie’s point of view and half from Reece’s. There are funny moments and a great bunch of friends that add humour and background. Maddie is kind, entertaining and never boring and Reece is a great guy, the book drags you in and made me read it through in one go to see how Maddie and Reece leapt over the obstacles they’d pretty much put in their own way.

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This is such a lovely easy to read book. Reece and Maddie have fancied each other from afar for three years, both hiding it behind disgruntled banter, which makes for fun reading. When they are asked to work together for a wedding they decide to try an extended friend’s relationship, which whilst hidden develops quickly. Well written story with a HEA ending.

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In the second book of the Angel Peaks series, sparks fly when frenemies Reece and Maddie try to work as a team to help their friends plan a wedding.
Everything about this book is captivating. This novel is impossible to put down. I downloaded the arc this morning, and by this afternoon, I had finished.

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I laughed so much while reading this book. The banter between the characters and the interactions between Maddie and Reece was so funny. I loved how they made fun of each other and flirted at the same time. Their relationship moves quite fast but it's such a fun and lighthearted story it's so easy to get swept along with them.
Both Reece and Maddie were adorable. They both love animals and it was nice to see how very caring they were towards them. They also have a fun-loving and loyal bunch of friends who are a hoot.
I missed the first book in this series but I definitely want to read Sam and Kate's back story.
This was a fun and humorous romance that left me with a smile on my face.

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4.5 stars. This was such a good time! Maddie and Reece are small town residents who have had fun antagonizing each other for a few years, but when a wedding throws them together, and Reece makes a new year's resolution to finally take action, sparks fly! Their story is sweet, humorous, and spicy. I enjoyed their banter, their friend group, and Maddie's odd menagerie.

I noticed as I was reading that the text was heavily sprinkled with UK slang, phrasing, and speech patterns, even though the book is set in the Denver area and there was no mention of the characters not being American. Everything was understandable from context clues and it didn't ruin the story or anything, but it did sometimes take me out of the action.

I could also have done with less "diet talk" (Maddie spent a lot of time lamenting her body and food-policing herself, which was a bummer in an otherwise fun book) but on the whole this was a fantastic, smile-inducing pick-me-up of a book! I would definitely be interested in checking out the rest of the series.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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This is a sweet, funny, laugh out loud, steamy romance between two people who like each other but are afraid to make the first move. This is book two of the series. Looking forward to reading more.

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This was fun! A lovely, easy to read romance book set in beautiful mountains. I hadn’t read the first book and was worried I would find it annoying having not read that, but actually it reads well as a stand alone novel in its own right.
The characters feel warm, authentic and believable and Sophie Penhaligon has a way of making you really want things to come good for the protagonists. I’ll be looking out for more in the series!

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Great small town romance! This friends-to-lovers storyline is Part 2 of the Angel Peaks series by Sophie Penhaligon. Maddie and Reese are friends who always seem to annoy each other. But now they are the maid of honor and best man for their friends’ wedding and need to call a truce. It’s a fun dynamic with a great cast of other characters as well.

Will Part 3 be Scarlett and Ryan, or does the author have other characters in mind for them? Excited to find out!

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loved this book and the series. I want to read more of these books and author. Must read story for me. I want to read more and it got me hooked.

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When sullen (Maddie) and a golden retriever (Reece) discover their potential in a relationship

The author used the language perfectly to make the reader experience the things that the characters feel. The dual point of view helped me get a lot of perspective regarding both of the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I took an instant liking to Maddie because of her love for animals and scenes with how she interacted with her pets (DAVE WAS FANTASTIC). All her fussing and sass made her so intriguing that I wanted to know more. She did have a complicated way to react to affection, but Reece more than made up for it. He was warm, carefree and spirited. Albeit, isn't as complicated as Maddie but has a knack of living in the moment. Their relationship was perfect right from the beginning till the end of the book with amazing chemistry. Scarlett's eccentric nature easily made her stand out among her friends, and become my favourite.

The best part about the plot was how Maddie and Reece didn't just wear rose coloured glasses and changed just for each other, but how they grew together, as partners and as individuals. Apart from that, the plot was full of cute scenes that made me smile from ear to ear, excellent setting and a little straightforward storyline.

Thank you Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC for an honest review.

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Do you like:-
❣Friends to lovers
❣Friends with benefits
❣Love-hate relationship
Then read this book!!😍🥰🤭

✍This book is the second book of the Angel Perks series, I haven't read the first book though but this book can be read as a standalone and I love this book😍

✍Maddie was the only CPA in Angel Perks small town, the people of the town said she was a hotheaded tough girl and always stay away from her but she was not what people think she wanted to people this like that about her that she is tough and strong and don't want you to help.

✍ Then the entry of the veterinarian Reece, he always thought small-town people were always welcoming and quiet people but then on his first day in Angel Perks his encounter with Maddie was so memorable.🤣🤭

✍ Maddie and Reece have this love-hate relationship where they banter with each other, insult one another, and throw dirty jokes at each other but both are equally attracted to each other🤭😍🥰 but didn't know that it was mutual.💞🌸
✍ So their best friends wedding was just the corner and Maddie was the maid of honour(oopps or hot girl of Honour 🤭🔥😉) and Reece was the best man, now they have to cooperate and let go of the sass and sarcastic remarks for each other and this was so so so difficult forks I tell ya.🤣🤭
✍ so Reece thought enough is enough if he was not taking a step further in this relationship they remains friends forever so they became friends to friends with benefits 🤣🤭😉 (yeah you read correctly🤣).
And after putting some courage they finally became friends with benefit to lovers.🥰😍

I love Maddie and Reece's relationship their sarcastic remarks, fights, and witty comebacks😍❣
Reece liked to poke and made Maddie furious and he loved doing that because he thought that Maddie looks hot when she was furious, oh god I love them💞
Maddie loves animals all kinds of animals she has many pets donkey, llama ohh god that llama🤣 Reeve called it crazed llama🤣🤭

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I really enjoyed this book. The banter between Reece and Maddie was great, and the romance was amazing. I do wish that the book was a little bit longer and covered more of their relationship but other than that I really enjoyed it!

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Thank you netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

In the second book of the Angel Peaks series, sparks fly when frenemies Reece and Maddie try to work as a team to help their friends plan a wedding.

I will say now that I have not read the first book in the series however it did not matter and I fully understood the story.

In this book we follow Reece and Maddie who have had a secret crush on eachother for the past 3 years as they help to organise their friends big day.

After spending time together they both realised they were in love with each other and their relationship blooms from there. But things are a little complicated as they are trying to keep it a secret from their friends.

I really enjoyed this book and reading about all the efforts Reece put in to show Maddie how much she means to him. It was the perfect little romance with a little extra sauce added in which I loved.

I will definitely be going back and reading the first book in the series. And I would love a follow on to this one to see where the group goes next!!

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.

This was the second book in the Angel Peaks series. The first book was good and followed along with the characters of Kate and Sam but this book follows along with the love story of their best friends Reese and Maddie. I don’t feel like you need to read the first book to totally understand this book.

I book was good. This is not a slow burn book, even though the characters have been pinning after each other for 3 years. It was a little quick for me, I think I would have loved more of their frenemy relationship, instead of jumping right in.

The friend group dynamic was awesome to me. These two especially, they really didn’t get along very well in the beginning and that was do to Maddie’s shot fire attitude and Reese’s joking demeanor. Once their friends announced their marriage they decided to put their differences aside and get along for the wedding of course. As they spent more time together their one sided feelings they had came to be mutual. There are a bunch of funny and sweet moment between the two.

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

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This book is very cute! A follow up to Ugly Truths, I liked this one a lot more than book 1.

Reese and Maddie have a frenemies relationship going on, until Kate and Sam ask them to be the maid of honor and best man at their wedding. Once they have to spend more time together and be reasonably behaved, instead of cracking jokes and playing tricks on each other, they find that the one-sided attraction might actually be mutual, and being nice might actually be more fun in the long run.

Reese seems happy trying to play "house" at Maddie's out of town acreage with all of her farm animals, including the llama that doesn't like him (vet or not, he can't get along with all of the animals!), Maddie wants to sneak around and hide the relationship until after Kate and Sam's wedding, to keep the day all about the happy couple - until they can't hide things anymore.

Such a sweet story, without all of the childhood angst that is found in the first book. I definitely recommend this book for everyone, and you don't need to read the first - it does fine as a standalone, though having Kate and Sam's background doesn't hurt. No trigger warnings needed for this one. Great for everyone, but especially those that love books about weddings, animals (strange pets), hidden romances (and secrets that you would think that go along with that!), large and boisterous friend groups - you name it, you'll probably find it in this great rom-com. What you've come to expect from Sophie Penhaligon is definitely found in this great story!

I received an advance copy from NetGalley and BooksGoSocial, and this is my honest feedback.

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.

Amazing book, really enjoyed this one.

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After reading the first Angel Peaks book, I couldn’t wait for Maddie and Reece’s story. They have great chemistry with fun banter. After three years of bickering, Reece finally makes his move to take their relationship to the next level. Maddie is such a sweet and caring character, even if she mouths off regularly. The way she cares for animals and Reece when he is sick is heartwarming. Reece was more romantic than I expected. He really sees Maddie for who she is and his determination to make it work with her was sweet. I loved the two of them together. The book was an easy and delightful read with low angst. Their friend group is also well written and I really hope we get Ryan and Scarlett’s story.

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Overall this was a super fun, quick and easy romance novel. I enjoyed the characters and the main plot was solely focused on the romance of the 2 mains. This is not really a slow burn as the characters have already been pining after each other for years so the plot does have a quick pace.

I really loved Maddie and Reece, I loved the witty banter and sort of love hate relationship they have. Their relationship is fun and progresses quickly.

My only drawbacks are that I didn't like one of the tropes used as I do find it's been overdone a lot. I also found the ending a little rushed and would have preferred a little more storyline to end it.

I also did not realize this was a series but I think this book is fine to read as a stand alone as the author introduces everyone again so its easy to follow.

I would recommend this book for those that love witty banter, a bit of instalove, mild spice and romance novels that just make you smile! This book was so cute and had me smiling and giggling the whole way through.

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First it's important to understand that llamas are herd protectors and fierce in that role. Will even attack wolves. Then you must understand that males, like Dave, don't like other males on their territory. And our Vet should know this!
A nice romance in small town USA which, for once, is not over done and over cosy. Well written and described, with characters that seem real. Enjoyable.
I want to know the next set of romances with the 3 brothers who sound good to write about.

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First of all, I would like to thank BooksGoSocial for giving me the chance to read this book before publishing day!
The first thing that caught my attention in this book was the title (everything with "with benefits" will have my attention ahahahaha) and also the description.
Also a disclaimer, before giving more details, this book is the second one in the Angel Peaks series, but you can perfectly read it as a standalone, as all the nitty-gritty from the previous book that has an impact on this one is revealed throughout the book once it makes sense and it's almost as if you've read the previous one. This is definitely a plus to make the reading of this book easier and it also made me very curious about the previous one, so now I'll have to read it as well ahahahah!
So, in this book, we have frenemies Maddie and Reece, who are, respectively, the maid of honor and the best man of the couple that got together in the first book. As they start spending more time together due to their duties for the wedding, they start realising that their love-hate relationship might be hiding some deeper feelings from both of them.
"Friends-to-Lovers" is one of my favourite tropes so this was obviously a great story to read! I really enjoyed seeing Maddie and Reece's relationship evolve and see the little things they would do to show the other they were interested. The fact that the book also has a dual POV (from both Maddie and Reece) was also great because we could understand both sides of the story and their behaviours and feelings. I also really enjoyed reading about their group of friends and their get-togethers: the six of them are all so funny and arrange the best fun nights and two of them even love to cook!! Definitely another thing that made me curious about the first books (and, hopefully, at least one more?? Can I say I ship Scarlett and Ryan?? Ahahahah).
Finally, the only thing that I disliked (and this is totally a personal preference as I've seen people saying the opposite) is that the story developed fairly fast and without that much drama. I really like to read those books where we know the main characters will end up together, but there's always that small doubt throughout the book when they break up or move cities or something similar. But again, totally a personal preference.

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Welcome back to Angel Peaks, and a second gorgeous novel set in the ‘Small-Town Contemporary Romance Series.’ It’s another cracker of a novel and I loved it.
Ex model Kate McKenzie and Sam Garret (who featured in the first novel) have put aside their childhood differences and their attraction for each other is obvious to everyone. In fact they have announced that they are engaged to be married. They are the Golden Couple and cannot wait to be man and wife. Their two best friends have been selected to help with their wedding arrangements and also been given special duties for the wedding day. CAP Maddie Moreno is to be Kate’s Matron of Honour and Veterinarian Reece Mackey the best man.
The residents of Angel Peaks are buzzing with excitement, but the local news hound has been made aware of the couple’s request that their wedding is not spoilt by unwelcome media intruders. In return for his silence, he has been offered a sweetener: he can have the exclusive right to photograph the couple at the beginning of the ceremony, and then he must leave them to be. They want a small, intimate wedding with only family and friends around them. After all it is their day and everybody wants it to be a day they will love, enjoy and cherish.
Maddie and Reece have been good friends since Reece arrived in Angel Peaks three years ago. Maddie has a lovely home with land to indulge herself with her heart’s desire and now she is the proud owner of a menagerie and pet animals. Reece is her go-to vet. They banter, they argue and they laugh together. Their friendship is cemented in respect and jolly joking. Secretly they both wish their friendship would morph into a relationship, but neither of them can pluck up the courage to take that very first step. They both look forward to their friend’s wedding and the dance they will have together at the reception. Nothing can come of their secret lust for each other until after the wedding. It is their focal point. The wedding is for their friends alone and they must have a magical wedding, but then who knows what may happen?
This story was beautifully told. Author Sophie Penhaligon has a fantastic talent for this genre: she writes with a surety, conviction and confidence, including tenderness, seduction and a way of weaving two people into a magical romance full of desire, arousal and ‘as sexy as you can imagine’ bedroom details. I loved her characters, yes, all of them, but the two main characters were wonderful and convincing. Maddie was a real sweetheart even thought she could be a tad hot headed. Reece was romantic, happy go lucky and a gentleman. This novel induced tears, joy, laughter and happiness. I was totally invested in everything that was happening and kept turning the pages. I loved the themes of star-crossed lovers finding their soulmates, strong female friendships, charismatic and captivating romances, and this novel had it all in abundance. I admire this author and look forward to reading her next novel.
I received a copy of ‘Vets with Benefits’ through my membership of NetGalley and from publisher BooksGoSocial in return for an honest review. Thank you so much. I recommend this as an excellent, uncomplicated, heart-warming and very lovely read. It is a well-deserved 4.5*review from me.

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Vets with benefits was delightful. Nothing extraordinary or unique or complicated but it was soo good. I absolutely loved Maddie and Reece.

Who wouldn't want a bf who describes his gf's anger issues as a summer Strom. Spectacular and unexpected but blows over fast? Yeah 😭

The only reason i wouldn't give it a 5 star are the missed opportunities where the angst could have been captialised more on. Otherwise it was very enjoyable quick read.

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