Title: Not So Nice Guy
Author: R.S. Grey
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
“Oh my god. Who’s 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 friendzone everyone at works 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.
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Well, it’s no secret I absolutely love everything by R.S. Grey. She has an amazing voice when it comes to rom-com, and is definitely one of the best I’ve read in this genre. And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint.
The only thing I would I have to say that saddened me was that IT WAS TOO SHORT.
This is a short story that felt more like a novella, but either way, it was incredibly awesome and funny and everything I needed to get me out of this freaking book slump I’ve been in for the last couple of months. I hadn’t read a single book in two months, and the ones I did try to read, ended up boring me way too much. But this? This brought me back to life haha. I swear.
So, thank you, Rachel.
Ok now, about the story. This is a best friends-turn to lovers kind of book, and seriously, one of the best I’ve read. We have two characters, Sam and Ian who’ve been best friends for three years and have always managed to hide their feelings for each other the whole time, plus it seemed like it was never the right time for them. They have an amazing relationship, with inside jokes, shared lunches, everything. Sam is super funny, she’s the kind of girl that freaks out about everything so of course, everything happens to her. Ian, in the other hand, manages to face and fix everything in a calm way. But want to know something? He’s funny as hell too. Their humor is different from each other, but they’ll both get a laugh out from you more than once.
Ian, I love you. There’s nothing else I’d like to say about that.
When life happens, they must take action to keep their jobs and maybe see what can come out of their relationship. Could it be more? Could they end up not being right for each other? That’s something they’ll have to find out. The reason I don’t give this 5 stars is because everything was fixed pretty easily. I think the book had all the potential to have gone a bit deeper into each other’s relationships with other people, not just theirs. So everything from the big problem, to the solution happened pretty fast.
So, if you’re looking for a funny book, R.S. Grey is the MASTER of rom-com. Seriously, everything I’ve read by her is funny, entertaining, swoon-worthy and amazing. Her lead female characters are always awkward and just awesomely relatable. They’re far from being perfect and that’s what I like most about them. The guys, they’re always, ALWAYS super hot and perfect in some way or other, but the thing it doesn’t feel unrealistic. Both characters are pretty amazing.
I highly recommend this.