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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews / @entangledpub @BrazenBooks @AmyAndrewsbooks


Title: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Author: Amy Andrews
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing

Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.

Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.

And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.

Josie's got a list, a Sexual To-Do list, that she may or may not have any intention of fulfilling. I think was was leaning more toward "may not" until her best friend's brother Mack found it. It's embarrassing enough that he found and read it, but it's downright mortifying when he laughs. Not that I blame him. For a woman who'd been in a five year relationship, you'd think she'd have experienced at least half of what she wrote. Makes you wonder what the hell was wrong with the guy she was dating, doesn't it? But now that it's made "public" knowledge that she wrote such a list, she's going to do it, going to find out what she's been missing, going to check off every...single...item...off.

Over Mack's dead body. Josie might be his sister's best friend, he might have known her forever, and he might know better than to start anything with her, but he'll be damned to hell before he lets someone else do any of those list items with Josie except him. She might see him as a nice guy but he'll prove he's not at all nice when it comes to sex.

Their agreement to be each other's rebound bed buddy was interesting, until they got caught by Mack's sister and it was made very plain what was at risk if things went south for them: his sister would have the difficult decision of choosing between them, and the choice she made might not appeal to either of them.

Every plan has a kink in it. Josie's list and her plan with Mack managed to work great, until their feelings for each other deepened and sex became more than just sex. It became making love.

This story moved fast. Despite its length, it starts, picks up momentum, and doesn't slow down until almost the end. Every encounter between Mack and Josie is laced with lust and need and desire and want. There's a bond formed between them the moment they're intimate together, and that bond only strengthens the longer they're together.

The storyline is a tried-and-true trope--falling for the best friend's sibling--but I like that Ms. Andrews twisted it a bit by throwing in Mack's unoffical title of Mr. Nice Guy. It wasn't just a game to prove what he wasn't to Josie; it was proving that sometimes it takes the right Mr. Nice Guy to give a girl exactly what she wants in bed.

Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 30+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia and Momentum Publishing. She's sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acerage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

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