The Book Hookup is beyond thrilled to be participating in the virtual blog tour for
WHEN JOSS MET MATT
In case you missed Celeste and Christina’s flailing review,
you can find that here. Now let us tell you all a little about the book before Matt arrives for our interview.
*Celeste and Christina run around like crazy people trying to do a little last-minute cleaning*
Title: When Joss Met Matt
Author: Ellie Cahill
Published: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Penguin Random House)
Summary: In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill’s debut novel is a charming friends-with-benefits story . . . with a twist!
What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.
Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?
- Now, let’s let the fun begin. If you want to meet Matt- and trust us when we say you do- and would like to enter the giveaway, then…
Christina & Celeste: Hi, Matt! Welcome to The Book Hookup. Can we get you a drink? Some fruit sorbet? Celeste: Maybe take your clothes? *cough* Christina: She means your jacket. I mean, unless… you’re hot. Which you definitely are… *breaths deeply* I mean, are you warm?
Matt: Did you…? Never mind. I’m good. Thanks for having me.
Christina & Celeste: Alright, we know your time is precious, so we’re just going to dive right in. We only got Joss’s POV in the book. Did she talk to Ellie more? Or were you shy with her? Did you ever wish you had been able to tell your side of the story? We never got to know what was happening in your head.
Matt: What can I say? I’m a man of mystery. Besides, I don’t mind Joss telling the story. She’s better at remembering all that stuff than me.
Christina & Celeste: You were obviously attracted to Joss right away. What did you think when you saw her at that party? You know, before you found out she had a boyfriend…
Matt: I’ve always been a sucker for redheads. I thought she was cute, and she looked so uncomfortable. I was kind of feeling the same way. I didn’t know most of the people who were in my room and it made me laugh the way she was trying so hard to pretend she was drinking her beer. I wanted to help.
Christina & Celeste: The first time you and Joss kissed, can you tell us the readers what you were feeling? Did you know back then just how special she was? Or when did you realize that it was more than friends before you felt love?
Matt: First of all, I don’t care what she tells you, she kissed me first. I’m not saying I didn’t want her to, but it was definitely her idea. What was I feeling? I don’t know, is “Yay” a feeling? I liked her, I knew that, but it wasn’t anything defined at that point. I was completely bullshitting my way through the whole Sorbet thing. *laughs*
Here’s the sorbet sex definition for all of you not in “the know.”
Which, FOR SHAME!
I guess I knew she was going to be something different…special…when she offered to return the favor after Courtney. There aren’t a lot of girls who could have looked me in the eye afterwards, much less do what she did. But love? I don’t know. It wasn’t one thing. It was everything.
Christina & Celeste: Why didn’t you guys get more naughty? Or was it the same every time? Celeste: Yes, we want details. *Christina mock-gasps* You must have wanted to be a little more adventurous after all those years, or was the routine with the two of you something that felt good? Or would it have made you more vulnerable?
Matt: It wasn’t like we were following an instruction manual. It was different because it was different, does that make any sense? It was always different than whatever we’d been doing with the exes. And Joss is…my favorite. The best. Yeah, maybe don’t tell her I said that. I’ll never hear the end of it.
Christina & Celeste: *swoon together* Don’t worry, we’re good with secrets. So we’re wondering something… It seems like Joss tried to go on way more dates than you? Or do we just not know about yours? Christina: *leans in* Speaking of dates, what would be your ideal date? Just curious.
Matt: I honestly have no idea how many girls I dated. There weren’t a lot of serious ones if that’s what you mean. Joss might know. Like I said, she’s better with details. *Celeste sighs defeatedly*
My ideal date? I could lie and say it’s a nice dinner and a walk on the beach, but I don’t think you’d believe me. I don’t know, I guess I’m up for anything that doesn’t require me to know the difference between salad forks and fish knives or whatever. Are fish knives a thing? See, this is my problem. I just like to be with her. Doesn’t matter what we’re doing. But if it ends in sex, that’s a plus.
Christina & Celeste: *both ladies nod encouragingly* Good answer. Didn’t your friends tell you to man up and ask her out for real? You must have heard it from somewhere even though you weren’t ready.
Matt: Most people just didn’t get it at all. They all thought she was just my friend who I slept with once in a while. Sometimes, I’d hear, ‘You better be careful, man, she’s gonna think she’s your girlfriend,’ and I’d be like, ‘Dude, she’s got a boyfriend. We’re fine.’ My brother gave me some shit, now that I think about it. But I wasn’t listening.
Christina & Celeste: Where is the list now? Any new additions?
The infamous list in question, that’d be the rules for sorbet sex, and we just happen to have a copy.
Matt: Good question. I think Joss probably kept it even though I told her to have her secretary destroy it. And absolutely no new additions. That’s over. We’re operating without a contract from here on out. Well, okay, maybe a different kind of contract, but…no paperwork. For now.
Christina & Celeste: When Joss came to the top of the building to talk to you, despite her terror, can you tell us what through your mind? I mean, that had to mean something huge to you, right?
Matt: God, you should have seen her. I didn’t think she could get more pale than she already is, but turns out she can! I wanted to grab onto her and tell her everything was going to be okay, and also to shake her for putting herself through this, and I was mad at her for following me, but–I wanted so badly to be over her and there she was and…I just…I loved her so hard right then. I don’t know, it was everything. All of that.
Christina & Celeste: What went through your head when you would text “I need you.” *Christina leans so close to hear his answer she almost falls out of her chair. Celeste gives her a be cool! look.*
Matt: Thoughts with a NSFW warning. But also fear, I guess? There was always the chance she would say no.
Celeste: One of my biggest complaints thoughts from this story was that I never got a really good physical description of you. Are you shy? Is that why we don’t see more of your body on the cover? *Christina falls over laughing*
Matt: Well, I’ve already told you I’m devastatingly handsome, what else is there to say? I’m definitely not shy. Stop looking at me like that. I’m not taking my shirt off.
Christina: If Joss was actual sorbet, what flavor would she be and why? And what’s your favorite flavor? *whispers to Celeste “Hundred bucks she’s his favorite flavor.”* *Celeste nods*
Matt: Hmm…coconut I guess. That’s what she always smells like. Whatever flavor she is, that’s my favorite.
Christina and Celeste: We knew that was coming. *sigh*
1. Night Owl or Morning Person? Night owl. Morning can suck it.
2. Karaoke Night or Actual Concert? Actual concert.
3. Fireplace for Two or Bonfire With Friends? Bonfire with friends, sleeping bag for two.
4. Salty or Sweet or a Bit of Both? A bit of both.
Christina & Celeste: Thank you so much for stopping by, Matt! Please tell Joss we said hi.
Matt: Will do. Thanks for having me.
♦ AUTHOR BIO ♦
Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.
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Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt:
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack
“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild
“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing
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♥ A very special thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, especially marketing associate Ms. Kesley T, and Callie Cahill for allowing us to participate in this blog tour. Make sure to leave them (and Matt!) some love.