REVIEW: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

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“For 1300 days, I’ve been best friends with Ian Fletcher, and for 1300 days, I’ve convinced myself I’m not in love with him.”

Back of the book blurb:

"Oh my god. Who 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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: August 9, 2018

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My rating:

            It’s a beautiful day when another R.S. Grey novel is released. Her romantic comedies are filled with heart, humor, and a hefty amount of steam. Each novel gets better than the last and Not So Nice Guy isn’t any different. Not So Nice Guy is the best friends to lovers romance that we all deserve.

“Sam can’t come to the phone right now. She’s dead.”

            There’s a fine line between being funny and trying too hard to be funny and R.S. Grey never crosses that line. Her humor is elegant and just downright funny. There were so many times during Not So Nice Guy that I laughed out loud. Her characters and her dialogue and the situations she puts her characters in all just add up to a largely comical experience.

“I’ve seen Ian shirtless exactly 23 times.”

            Who doesn’t love a good best friends to lovers romance? One of my favorite quotes goes, “You're in love with him and he is in love with you, and it's like a goddamn tragedy because you look at him and see the stars and he looks at you and sees the sun and you both think the other is just looking at the ground.” That’s, like, the epitome of friends to lovers, even if it’s a tad too angst-y for this novel. I just love it, though, because you know one day they’ll both realize how good they can be together and when they’re good, they’re really good.

“I can’t make promises about the big things, but I can promise you we’ll always watch West Wing on Wednesdays.”

            Both Ian and Sam have a tangible kind of chemistry that everyone is able to see from a mile away. They’re so in tune with each other and it’s just… The Best, you know what I mean? To have already established that relationship before you start an actual relationship is one of the most beautiful things in this world and R.S. Grey explores it with elegance. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most importantly, you’ll fall in love.

            Not So Nice Guy is the perfect romantic comedy to end summer with. (Yes, bitch, I'm ready for fall!)

“Promise me you’ll always be my best friend.”
He laughs, tips his head down, and kisses my cheek.
“I thought that was obvious, Hot Lips. Best friends, forever.”

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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