The happiest of book birthdays to R.S. Grey and Not So Nice Guy! I loved every single little thing about this book and I suspect you will, too. It should be at the top of your TBR!
Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 9, 2018
Format: eARC, 273 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
"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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love the risk vs. reward of a friends to lovers romance and R.S. Grey’s latest, Not So Nice Guy, is the latest addition to my favorites list. You know those times when you just KNOW you’re going to love a book before you even begin reading it? That’s how I felt about this release. I can always count on her books to make me smile, swoon and laugh, which is what makes her one of my go-to authors. Knowing she was taking on one of my favorite tropes — a trope that doesn’t get nearly as much love as I wish it did — made me even happier and more anxious to read this book. Unsurprisingly, I fell head over heels for the characters and their story pretty much immediately and that love carried through the entire book.
My god did I adore Sam and Ian. They were absolutely adorable. I loved their friendship, the banter and, boy did they have fantastic chemistry. I laughed along with the situations they found themselves in and relished each moment. So often, friends to lovers books can be filled with angst and uncertainty. There was a little of the latter, naturally, because it’s kinda scary to admit the strength of feelings you have for your best friend, but there was basically zero angst. Instead there were laughs and awkwardness and all kinds of honest affection.
It’s been awhile since I cheesy-grinned my way through an entire book, but that’s exactly what happened with Not So Nice Guy. I straight up hugged my iPad when I finished. Through my happy tears, of course, as I am an emotional reader. I don’t like to play favorites when it comes to my favorite authors, but I loved this book so hard. It ticked all my boxes and I think I have to admit it’s my new favorite R.S. Grey book. It’s going in the reread pile. I could probably turn around today, after just finishing it, and reread it again right now. That’s how much I adored every little thing about this book.
We’re best friends, kissing the exact same way we do everything else: we take liberties, we go too far, we blur and redraw the borders of our comfort zones.
We’re soul mates who shouldn’t risk mating. Soul buds. Soul pals?
“You’re mine and you don’t even know it. I’ve never told you.”
I’ve never had a handjob that felt this good. I don’t know if it’s her technique or how badly I’ve wanted it, like how on some days the diner burger you’ve eaten dozens of times tastes like five-star cuisine.
What’s your favorite R.S. Grey book?