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This was a very good story. To be honest, in the beginning I had trouble with both main characters... Jamie was so shy and downtrodden that it was ridiculous and Nick was such a major jerk for the first 25% or so of the book and I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish the book (and I've never DNF a book before). Fortunately, I kept reading and Nick gets much better as the book progresses and by the end I really liked him and Jamie gets more of a backbone as well and I found I really liked her too.
Jamie is a very shy and downtrodden woman. She's been put down in preference for her older sister all her life and been made to believe that she is ugly and worthless by her family. She's done well in her business life, having started an online publishing company and making a great success of it, along with becoming a popular author herself. When her life takes a bad turn (thanks for her horrible sister), Jamie decides it's time for a change. She sells her publishing company to a larger publisher and gets a job for that publishing house as an editor/author.
Nick is a Senior editor and out to make a name for himself in the publishing business. He's also a man-whore and has a rule to never sleep with a woman he works with and never sleep with a woman twice. When the story begins, Nick is a conceited prick that doesn't think about how his actions affect others just as long as he can keep any of the backlash from hitting him. Fortunately, Nick does get better as the book progresses, actually getting past his self-centeredness and becoming a decent person.
When the story begins, Nick isn't happy about Jamie's new place on the staff and thinking she'll get in his way, he basically slams her work as an editor and her in general when he doesn't actually know anything about her except the way she looks. When he finds out he's just been slamming the author that he really wanted to work with (due to a pen name he didn't realize who he was talking to) Nick has to backtrack some but still isn't very nice. He bullies her about work and the book tour and Jamie is so shy that she can't really stand up to him very well. Jamie is determined to attempt to live life more and tries to spend some of her free time experiencing life but even when she's supposed to be free, Nick tends to try to force her to do what he wants. When they come to a major point of contention about things, Jamie is almost ready to complain to Nick's boss and have him removed as her editor. Nick freaks out and realizes he has to do something quickly and finds what he needs in the form of a list that Jamie made of things she'd like to do and experience. Nick agreed to help her check items off her list in their free time if she did whatever he orders during their work times. Jamie is desperate enough that she agrees, thinking at least she'll have someone to do things with (since she's so shy she hates going places alone, feeling like she stands out as a freak when she's alone). Her and Nick start checking off items on her list (like motorcycle riding and fun stuff like that) and find that as they spend more time together, they actually are having fun with each other and becoming friends.
Nick and Jamie get closer and I liked how things progressed for them. Nick and Jamie find they have become friends and things proceed slowly as the book tour they're on progresses. They start liking each other but both are convinced that the other isn't interested anyways so they both hold back. Nick also is convinced he can't sleep with Jamie because of his rules (no sleeping with co-workers and no sleeping with the same woman twice), knowing that if he did, he'd just end up hurting Jamie. Jamie starts opening up as she experiences more and more on the trip and finds she wants to experience more, like sex. Jamie is VERY inexperienced and sets out to plan how to have sex. She didn't intend to tell Nick but a small issue with a porn virus on her laptop clues Nick in. Nick isn't about to bed her but offers to help her with some advise. Of course this doesn't last long and eventually things between Nick and Jamie snap and they become physically involved but both think it'll only last until the end of the book tour. Nick tries to convince himself he'll have her out of his system by then and Jamie knows she'll probably have a broken heart when things end but is willing to suffer it to be with Nick for as long as possible. While their relationship is developing they do have a few issues to deal with, like her family being totally horrible excuses for human beings and someone sending her death threats. There ends up being issues that come up and drama that unfolds in the end and Jamie is put in a dangerous situation. Fortunately, Jamie and Nick come out ok in the end and get to start their HEA together.
I found this story to be very enjoyable. I really liked Jamie and Nick and was happy to see them get their HEA. I really wasn't thrilled with this book when I started it but it completely turned around for me and I'm really glad I read it. My main disappointment with the book is just that Jamie's "family" didn't get what they deserved after being so horrible. I've heard there's supposed to be another book released in this series and I plan to read it as well. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
* note - The narrator did a very good job. At first she seemed a bit dull in the voice area but as it progressed, the narration seemed to get better. She did very good at using the inflection in her voice to color the words with the correct emotions. Like for instance, Nick called Jamie "the little recluse" in the beginning of the story and the narrator tinges it with an annoyed flavor when Nick thinks it in the beginning. Later as the story progresses, Nick starts calling Jamie "his little recluse" and it's said with much more caring and affection. The way the narration was done worked very well to convey the feelings behind the words and I liked it.
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