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About 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 friendzone 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.
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As an English teacher, words are my profession and my passion, so it’s easy to identify writers whose stories flow effortlessly and whose word choice fit the characters and their situations, and it’s beyond clear that R.S. Grey knows her way around words and her romantic comedies are always on point!
NOT SO NICE GUY includes so many of the qualities that I adore about romance books:
- It uses humorous diction – I’m a total goner for witty banter and snarky interactions. There’s just something about a writer being able to create one-liners and lengthy exchanges that are laugh out loud funny that makes me giddy; I can’t tell you how many sentences I highlighted in Sam and Ian’s story due to the entertaining way they explore a topic.
- Sam is an extremely relatable character due to her quirky personality and, at times, her obliviousness. I had a total girl crush on her because she owned her dorkiness and reveled in her love for telling stories. I identified with Sam on so many levels that I almost feel like she’s my spirit animal;)
- Readers get both main characters’ point of view which allows them to understand Sam and Ian’s perspective and what they’re internally thinking even if their outward actions imply something else. If Sam said half the things she says in her heat out loud, her colleagues would be completely caught off-guard, but they would also not stop laughing because she really is hilarious.
- I love friends-to-lovers’ storylines – there’s just something about characters having an established relationship and then pursuing something more – even if they need a push or two along the way, and the fact that it takes a few bouts of jealousy to get Sam and Ian to see what’s been in front of them for the past three years proves that the attraction had always been there even if neither of them realized it until they were forced to admit their true feelings for one another.
I never stopped smiling as I read Sam and Ian’s story; there are so many humorous interactions that showcase Grey’s comedic prowess and provide readers with a lot of feel good moments.
NOT SO NICE GUY is a great summer read, and it’s one readers will adore because it has a great mix of fun, steam, and hilarity.
4.5 Poison Apples
About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com