Friday, January 9, 2015
Zoey and the Nice Guy
Zoey and the Nice Guy by Carter Ashby
For Zoey Odell, the definition of family is her two best friends, Maya and Addy. So when Maya makes the decision to leave her abusive husband, Zoey is only too happy to lavish her with support and a temporary home. Unfortunately, taking in her best friend also means seeing more of that no good do-gooder, Kellen Bradley.
For Kellen, the definition of family has just been shattered. After finding out that his brother is an abusive monster, he can’t help but question himself and his parents. The one thing he knows for certain is that he’ll do anything to take care of his sister-in-law and her children. For them, he would walk into gunfire, pass through the flames of hell…even go head-to-head with Zoey Odell.
Zoey has no intention of letting him in, but Kellen is done taking her crap. Life has just gotten real and he’s more than ready to shed his nice-guy image. When he finally stands up to her, Zoey starts seeing him in a new light. As the attraction turns mutual, she finds it more and more difficult to hide behind her carefully formed walls. And Kellen is finding himself more and more driven to tear those walls down.
This is an adult romance book that is set around Christmas time. I really enjoyed this book, but I will say it is definitely for adults. I wouldn't suggest anyone younger than 17ish read this. There was A LOT of cussing, and some sex scenes that were definitely meant for adults. That being said, the storyline was great.
I really enjoyed this book, and didn't want to stop reading. I felt my heart break with the characters as well as feeling their devastation, embarrassment, and joys. I felt like I knew these characters, and I wanted nothing but the best for them. That being said, there was a part in the book where I was so frustrated. I thought the book was about to end with a happy ending, but there was a while of the characters hurting each other even more. Yes it worked out in the end, but I just wanted the happy ending to hurry up and get here!
The chapters in the book occasionally switch points of view when convenient. It wasn't every other chapter, and there were not any labels at the beginning of the chapter to tell you when it was switching points of view. Everything flowed so well that it was not needed. It definitely helped the story though. I like being able to know how both characters and feeling and what they're thinking.
The characters were so great, and well developed in the story. The friendship between the three girls was so strong, and you knew that they would be there for each other no matter what. The romance was great as well. It was very authentic, and I couldn't get enough of it.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.