I wanted to start off my 2019 reading challenge by reading a book by my favorite author R.S. Grey. If you haven't read her stuff, I highly recommend pretty much anything by her. Her romantic comedies, are what spear-headed the need to write my own. I love her style, her words, her books, and I swear she's one of the sweetest people I've ever met in my life.
I got a chance to meet her back in 2015 at the Hard Rock Readers Event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was the first signing I ever went to as a reader, and I'm so glad that I did. I got to meet a lot of my favorite authors that day, but meeting R.S. Grey and getting to spend time with a friend of mine (Amy T.) that I had never met in person before, were probably the highlights for me.
At the time R.S. Grey only had out three books that I had read: Scoring Wilder, The Duet, and The Design. I snagged each and every one of them and had her sign them for me, but The Design is my favorite book by her by far. It's also the book I consider my favorite book of all time, that I haven't written myself, of course.
I make sure to grab every one of her books when they are up for pre-order and they never disappoint, although sometimes I find things in her books that really aren't my cup-of-tea, which was kind of the case for Not so Nice Guy.
"Oh my god. Who is that?" I get asked this question a lot.
"Oh him?" I reply. "That's just Ian."Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa.
Just the Taj Mahal.
Just Ian, with his boring ol' washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.
Just Ian is...just my best friend. We're extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friend-zone everyone at work assumes we're a couple--that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher's lounge that he's single. Fair game. Suddenly, it's open season on Ian.
He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine. He's turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge. I want to assume he's playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always--but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn't leave a lot of room for confusion. I'm a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can't keep my hands to myself. So, I'm just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss--oh who am I kidding?! Goodbye Ian, ol' buddy, ol' pal! Helloooo mister not so nice guy.
So, let's get on with my review:
My Rating for this books is four stars. Here is how I came to that conclusion . . .
The first thing I consider when reading a romantic comedy is if it makes me laugh. As with all R.S. Grey romantic comedies, I did laugh out loud quite a few times while reading it. So, I add one star for that.
I also consider how the main characters make me feel. Is the female lead annoying? Is the male lead swoon-worthy? I found Ian to be very charming, and I was definitely attracted to how much he doted on Sam. Their weekly West Wing Wednesdays were adorable, and I love how he tried to sabotage her getting anything romantic from other men around Valentines Day. Their banter was hilarious, and they balanced each other out very well. The story and their relationship bumped it up three more stars for me.
How did the book lose a star?
Well, Sam was a bit flighty for me. I understand that things were happening too fast for her, but sometimes I wanted to yell at her for being so wishy-washy over her feelings for Ian. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because of how fast their relationship progressed after finding out they had feelings for each other. It felt unnatural to me. I wanted to believe that they were making the right decision when it came to their relationship, but the quick progression kind of turned me off in the way, to a point where I was like, "wait is the relationship even going to work?" There was also a phone sex scene that was a little weird . . . but phone sex can be extremely weird, so I didn't count that against the book, just the unnatural progression of their relationship. (You'll have to read it to find out what I mean.)
Overall, I really enjoyed Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey. The ending was the happily-ever-after we all hope for at the end of a book, and other than the quick progression of their relationship, everything in the book had something that I love. Though, I must admit that it wasn't the kind of book that I couldn't put down, because I did find myself taking breaks here and there while reading it, but it also wasn't a book that I didn't want to leave unfinished, either.
I just want to thank R.S. Grey for always making me laugh, and I can't wait to read your next book.
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