Do nice guys stand a chance?
Lizzie Donavue went from being the sister of his best friend to the girl Nick Templeton most wants to kiss. On her birthday, he finally summons up the courage to make his move. But it looks like Nick’s missed his chance when he discovers that Lizzie has been offered a modelling contract, which will take her away to the glamorous fashion scenes of New York and Los Angeles.
Nick is forced to watch from the sidelines as the gawky teenager he knew is transformed into Elizabeth Donavue: top model and ultimate English rose pin-up, forever caught in a whirlwind of celebrity parties with the next up-and-coming Hollywood bad boy by her side.
But then Lizzie’s star-studded life comes crashing down around her, and a guy like Nick could be just what she needs. Will she take a chance on him? Or is he just too damn nice?
Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.
Really did enjoy this book, will be checking out the author’s back catalogue now
Too Damn Nice is a tale of unrequited love and missed opportunity. On Lizzie’s 18th birthday party, Nick has decided it’s finally time to declare his love for her. Before he has a chance to do so, she announces that she’s off to New York to become a model. Over the next few years she achieves supermodel status but after a series of wrong decisions and an horrific incident causing her shame and humiliation, her life starts to spiral downwards and Lizzie goes into hiding. Realizing she desperately needs help, Nick rushes over to America to her rescue,. What a hero.
Nick Templeton has been waiting for the right moment to ask Lizzie Donavue for a date. Waiting on the edge of the dancefloor at her 18th birthday he feels he might be doubly lucky tonight – a dance and a date. Until her father announces she has secured a modelling contract and is off to New York.
For Nick, when it comes to Lizzie he seems to have one role in life: a friend and support in times of trouble. He’s there to comfort her when the unthinkable happens and she loses her family in a tragic accident which sees her brother Robert (Nick’s best friend) hospitalised long term. And now she’s in trouble again with unsavoury photos of her circulating in the press. Without hesitation, Nick flies to LA to bring her back to the UK to stay with him.
Poor Nick, although he has a current girlfriend (Sally) he’s never been able to get rid of the long term crush he’s had on Lizzie. So how will he cope now that she’s staying with him in his barn conversion?
I’m a great fan of Kathryn’s and have enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers so far. This is no exception. As the story is told from both Nick and Lizzie’s POV it’s great to see how things between them develop. Nick is such a lovely guy and although not the usual Choc Lit hero he more than deserves the accolade. I absolutely adored him!
Many thanks to Choc Lit for an ARC of Too Damn Nice, a very worthy five star read!