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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: Code Red by Amy Noelle

Code RedPublisher: Writer's Coffee Shop
ISBN: 1612131492
Pages: 264 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Buy this Book: The Writer's Coffee Shop, Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


After getting hurt in college by a gorgeous man, Nicole Magette vowed never to risk losing her heart again. Now she lives a structured and satisfying life. Her work is easy, her friends are her family, and the only consistent men in her life are her two cats, Winchester and Huntington Peabody the Third. She doesn't date, and she hooks up only with losers—men she has absolutely no risk of falling for. But if she finds herself in danger, she has her old fail-safe in place—the Code Red.

In college, she and her four best friends came up with the system as a way to keep away the good-looking bastards that might worm their way past their carefully constructed walls. Seven years later, three of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds and are happily married. Now it’s just Nicole and her closest friend, Jen, who are still on their own, and Nic is just fine with that.

That is, until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole’s office from New York and assigned to work with her on a special project. He's everything she's avoided and everything she claims she doesn't want, so why can’t she get him out of her mind? He's persistent, dangerously handsome, and sexy as sin. In other words, he’s her worst nightmare. She turns to her friends to help her resist Josh’s considerable charms and the inescapable draw she feels every time she gets near him. Can the Code Red save her this time, or will Josh send her perfectly balanced life into chaos?

My Review:

I'm in another reading slump, I'm afraid. Nothing is working for me. It's not any fault of the books I am reading. It's me. Does this happen this often to anyone else? This one was one of the few books that was not subject to my slow slumping reading. I read this one in a little over an hour and I really liked it a lot.

Nicole was a bit problematic for me. I was completely unable to identify with her. I have never been the type of woman that has to call my friends about guy problems. I usually just figure that stuff out on my own. So, I kind of had to think like High School Grace who did talk to her friends about her boy problems and, to tell you the truth, Nicole and her friends seemed much younger than the early 20's they were supposed to me. Josh, on the other hand, I loved to bits and pieces. He was such a strong hero. I made much more of a connection to him than I did Nicole.

I really liked this book quite a bit. The storyline was engaging and the characters lively. I also liked Josh and Nicole together even though I had to shake my head at Nicole at times. I just couldn't figure out how to make a connection to her because she just seemed so immature. I wanted to like her and, at times, I almost managed it but it never really connected for me. I did love Noelle's writing style. I would be thrilled to read more of her books.

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