Wednesday, November 5, 2014

**Review** NICE GIRL TO LOVE: The Complete Collection by Violet Duke


This is the complete Nice Girl to Love series collection, which contains: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy(Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).


Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she's only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast. Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he's a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn't enough...or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery--and repel the drama--Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule. Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?


Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him. Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.  

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother. Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.  


And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.



I realized after I started reading this book that I had read book #4, Finding the Right Girl, back in December of 2013.  Even though I read things out of of order it had been enough time apart that I still was able to be surprised by this collection.  Nice Girl to Love is the set of the first three books in the series which REALLY need to be read in order (or as this set has them laid out) otherwise you will be spoiled.  Reading this as the complete set rather than as individual books made sense to me, each book is directly connected to the next one, so I am not sure why it wasn't written this way to begin with (in my opinion it would have be less spoilerish done this way originally).  

Nice Girl to Love was a well-written story but it was a very frustrating story to read (for me).  I was not a fan of what happened in book 2 (Falling for the Good Guy) or book 3 (Choosing the Right Man).  Honestly, I was so mad after reading parts of book 2, I am surprised I kept reading.  I really didn't like the plot to this.  So why did I keep reading this set you ask?  Well, Violet Duke is a compelling writer.  Her writing is interesting and her dialogue was entertaining, I just disagreed with her way of getting the two people I wanted together, together.  

Violet Duke is a writer I will read again, like I said, I enjoy her writing style.  I will just watch out for the plot next time and read a bit more reviews before I tackle her next story.  My recommendation is read book 1 (Resisting the Bad Boy) it was clever, full of yummy tension and it was a great read.  Skip book 2 and up until the last bit of book 3 (Choosing the Right Guy) to get the story that I really wanted told.  Again, that is my opinion and the wonderful thing about books is that they are wonderful in different ways for every reader.  If you are a fan of love triangles with interesting twists, then you will enjoy this set and then really like book 4 (Finding the Right Girl) as a finisher.  Nice Girl to Love was a sweet story that will definitely resonate with some readers, I unfortunately, wasn't one of them.  



NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband. 

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