New to me author Kathryn Freeman is on the blog today with a new adult contemporary title, with surprising twists and depth. Please read on for my review of
Too Damn Nice
Traveling between the US and the UK, the story starts with a then 18 year old Lizzie and her discovery by a modeling agency in the US. Her birthday is when she makes the announcement, much to the dismay of her brother’s friend Nick, who has held onto a crush for Lizzie for years, and now believes he’s got the chance to speak up. But, Lizzie’s plans throw a spanner into that plan, and he’s relegated to the ‘always a friend’ zone (or so he thinks) for Lizzie. Fast forward several years and Lizzie is aain looking to the stability and security that her friend Nick can provide, after some horrific moments she turns to him for comfort.
Always present and wanting to comfort, shelter and protect Lizzie, Nick jumps once more into the breach to be all that he can for Lizzie: surely their time away has moved his feelings into perspective. But, he didn’t figure on those feelings still being strong, and getting stronger every day. It also doesn’t hurt that he sees that Lizzie just may be seeing him as more than the old, faithful and reliable friend. But, dare he take that chance to move their relationship forward at the risk of losing it all? And can Lizzie actually trust in herself and put her own heartbreaks and fears aside to try a relationship that could end a friendship that has become her lifeline and constant?
Freeman takes what was expected to be a light and rather fluffy story and imbues depth, playing with emotions and serious setbacks to get the characters to see just what is possible, if one can forgive themselves for hasty decisions and take a chance. Nick is constantly the ‘good guy’, perhaps not the exciting, heart-pounding man who leaves you with questions every moment, but as Lizzie is coming to discover – those edgy guys just may be highly overrated. A wonderful read that will engage and entertain, leaving you with more happy feelings when the last page is turned.
Title: Too Damn Nice
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: Choc Lit
Published on: 30 July 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Do nice guys stand a chance? Lizzie Donavue went from being the sister of his best friend to the girl Nick Templeton most wants to kiss. On her birthday, he finally summons up the courage to make his move. But it looks like Nick’s missed his chance when he discovers that Lizzie has been offered a modelling contract, which will take her away to the glamorous fashion scenes of New York and Los Angeles.
Nick is forced to watch from the sidelines as the gawky teenager he knew is transformed into Elizabeth Donavue: top model and ultimate English rose pin-up, forever caught in a whirlwind of celebrity parties with the next up-and-coming Hollywood bad boy by her side.
But then Lizzie’s star-studded life comes crashing down around her, and a guy like Nick could be just what she needs. Will she take a chance on him? Or is he just too damn nice?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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