Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Pub Date: Oct 16, 2018
What It’s About..
Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…
Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.
Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.
It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.
This totally reminded me of Sex and the City (Season 2, episode 15 Shortcomings) Do you know the episode?
Carmen was like Carrie Bradshaw with a hint of Samantha, and Lucas was like kinda like Jared mixed with Josh (the guy Miranda faked orgasms with).
Jays was kind of the Mr. Big of the story.
What I liked..
This book had some really great moments, especially the letters between Carmen & Nice Guy.
I constantly found myself rooting for Nice Guy. After all, he was a genuinely nice guy who was inexperienced with women and sex.
What didn’t work..
It took me a while to get invested in the characters, as it was a bit of a slow start.
I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was lacking..there was no spark.
Overall, it was an entertaining read and I liked that it wasn’t your typical happy ending. 🙂
Have you read it? Or watched Sex and the City?
**Thank you St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my copy**