How To Get Over Your Ex (Valentine's Day Survival Guide, Book 1) Paperback – 1 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Australia with her partner and a menagerie of animals. Her stories are full of romance in descriptive, natural environments. She believes the richness and danger of wild places perfectly mirror the passion and risk of falling in love. Nikki authored her first romance on a sabbatical from work. Determined to be published by forty, her first book hit shelves in February 2010, her fortieth year, and she hasn't looked back since.
Top Customer Reviews
Firstly I LOVED that this book was set in London. Don't get me wrong, I love America (where most the books I read are set) but it was so nice to see my own city represented.
This book was so much fun; it was sweet and funny but had a lot more depth than I was expecting. The characters were complex; they had layers and flaws to delve through. Georgia was so awesome; she goes through something mortifying but fights her way through to the other side. She wears her heart on her sleeve and grows attached easily but learns that she needs to do things for herself and not because she things it is for the best. This book is about romance but it goes deeper than that Georgia is on a journey of self-discovery and has to realise the importance of accepting yourself and all your flaws. Zander was as complex as Georgia, he struggles under the weight of a self-imposed loneliness. He can be broody, snappy and mean but he is impossible to dislike. He doesn't like the person he is but is too scared of getting hurt to be himself.
I really liked the romance. The chemistry between them was explosive and it was clear they belonged together. This might sound strange but I liked it when things got a little bad between them, it showed that Georgia was capable of rationally walking away. She had a tonne of self-respect and was not prepared to just float a long in a relationship being the only one that wanted more.Read more ›
Georgia is a very down to earth character who knows what she wants and thinks she knows how to get it. She loves her job and likes being sensible. She isn't one of those big party girls who splashes her cash around. So, when Zander offers her the money to do everything she has ever wanted to do, she doesn't really know where to begin. Her ideas are sensible and not over the top at all. I really loved how normal she was, especially in comparison to Zander.
Zander is rich, powerful in his job and likes the finer things in life - exactly the opposite to Georgia. He's worked very hard to be in the position he's in now and has no problem with spending his money. He urges Georgia to push her own boundaries and do things outside of her comfort zone. Zander's confidence could have come across as him being arrogant but it didn't. Instead, he is just sure of himself and what he wants in life.
The journey the two characters go on together was wonderful to discover. Both have things to discover about themselves and even more so about each other.Read more ›
Zander, the radio station manager, runs marathons for a sense of challenge. He suggests a way for the show to get value and Georgia to save face. For the next year, the practical plant expert at Kew Gardens will be financed and interviewed as she tries courses and adventures and learns to rebuild her life. Zander has luxury cars and a large home in Hampstead Heath, but agrees to accompany Georgia on her evening courses.
The cookery course is pretentious and fawning, so Zander takes Georgia to help in a busy restaurant kitchen instead, and a sense of trust begins to build between them. The contrast between Georgia's fern-filled apartment and Zander's unlived-in house and garden makes the executive really think differently about the girl, and when she swaps a break in Ibiza for a balloon flight in Cappadocia, Turkey, Zander finds himself falling for her. But Georgia has no intention of gaining another boyfriend - she's made that mistake already!
At least Georgia found out before wasting several years waiting for a man to propose. She would not have got out and tried so many great activities if she and a dutiful boyfriend were sitting in saving up for a wedding, so the year of excitement has a serious message. Author Nikki Logan enjoys nature and weaves gardens, orchid houses and forests into the tale, as opposed to a concrete cityscape. I could not quite believe the contract or that Zander got so easily talked into being the sole interviewer of the girl trying courses. But there had to be some vehicle for the romance to start. Nice to see a tale set in London.
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Zander, the executive who initiated the contest, Georgia embarks on a year long quest to meet her contractual obligations and hopefully find herself along the way. I really enjoyed this novel and the two main characters, though I wanted to shake some sense into each of them at various points. The premise was interesting since I'm sure almost everyone has seen a proposal on TV
and wondered what would happen if it was rejected.I read this pretty much in one sitting and would recommend this enjoyable book.
Georgia Stone is sure that her boyfriend of one year is ready to take their relationship to the next level, so she decides to propose to him on the air at the EROS radio station. Things don't go as planned however when he turns her down. Hurt and humiliated she storms out of the radio station and in to the waiting elevator to escape the knowing looks of the stations employees. While waiting for the elevator to close the station manager, Zander Rush, makes his way inside. Zander manages to help Georgia escape the building without running in to anyone else.
Zander knows exactly how Georgia feels. Fifteen years ago he was left at the alter by his ex. He hasn't let anyone get close to him since then. Realizing that Georgia still has a one year contract with EROS, Zander comes up with a plan to help Georgia reinvent herself. The plan is called The Year of Georgia. Georgia will go along with the plan only if Zander will accompany her to classes, in which he agrees.
As the two spend more time together taking classes they start to realize that they are attracted to one another. Fear of being hurt again is holding them back from acting on their attraction. If either of them hopes to move forward they must confront their past and let go of their fear in order to move on to a future together.
How To Get Over Your Ex is book number three in the new Harlequin Kiss line. It is also part of a duet, with the second book, The Guy To Be Seen With by Fiona Harper, coming out next month.
I enjoyed this light and breezy romance very much! I loved seeing Zander and Georgia both get a second chance at love. I am also looking forward to reading the next installment of the duet next month.
I highly recommend How To Get Over Your Ex to all romance lovers who are looking for their next great read!
Reviewed at HarlequinJunkie.com
I loved Zander's reaction to the disaster he inadvertently allowed to happen. The radio producer is used to successful, high-rated programs, so when Georgia's Valentine's Day proposal is shot down like a lead balloon, he has to somehow salvage the promotion. He's got advertisers to think of. With London taking sides after the rejection, he must quickly make Georgia more sympathetic. How could she not realize that her relationship was so shallow? Having been burned by love himself, Zander does his best to retain Georgia's pride and keep his ratings. By proposing that she have a Year of Georgia, to discover who she really is, he entwines his life with hers for the next twelve months.
I loved the concept of having a year to discover who you really are. Georgia balks at the idea at first, not wanting anything else to do with her humiliating on-air segment. She thinks it's a waste to spend the sum allocated by Zander on classes and exploring who she really is. She knows who she is! As she starts taking classes and meeting new people, Georgia discovers how little she does know about herself. She thought that she was happy, but she was just settling for the easiest, most convenient option. She has put her dreams on the back burner in favor of work, and now that she is confronted with all of these different situations, she realizes how close she came to selling herself short. Life is full of risk, but she was always taken the safest route.
I enjoyed How to Get Over Your Ex so much because I liked Georgia and Zander so much. The story is more about discovering who you are and then accepting that even if you chase your dreams, things aren't always going to work out, but if you avoid taking chances, you will never have what truly makes you happy. Zander is dealing with an embarrassing relationship fiasco from his past which has kept him at arm's length with his relationships, so it was fun to see how Georgia, using her fresh perspective on life, continue to try to win him over, regardless of how often he rejects her advances. I thought this was a different read for a Harlequin, focusing more on Georgia gaining some needed confidence before she attempts to tackle her tangled emotions for Zander. I am looking forward to reading Daniel's side of things in Fiona Harper's The Guy To Be Seen With next month.
Georgia has signed a one year contract with the radio station, if she would have gotten engaged, the radio people wold have paid for all her wedding expenses and such, but now that the case is reversed, they plan on recording her one year journey after The Rejection. It felt weird to me that they provided her with so much money just so she could try things that were out of her league like joining a belly dancing class or even training to be a spy, all of that felt quite unreal. In today's world I would have expected a reality TV show to do those things so that people can see what was happening, and be entertained by it, but I don't know if the radio listeners would be that interested in seeing how Georgia was handling things. I don't get that part, but it's okay, it's only a work of fiction.
Zander is the manager of the radio station, and in-charge of Goergia's case. He goes with her to all her classes or vacations, and records everything for the after-one-year radio show. I loved the beginning of the story where there was actual tension, and chemistry between the couple, but after a while everything was toned down a little, that's why I said that I never got a romantic feeling from this book, it was very simple and ordinary. Zander is one of those people who work constantly, and have a very closed up personality, he doesn't have many close friends, so it was very interesting to watch Georgia break his barriers, and make him trust in love again.
All in all, How To Get Over Your Ex is a very delightful read, it was a little light on romance for my taste, but I wouldn't call it a bad book. It is a fairly well written novel with realistic characters, and if you're looking for a change, grab a copy of this book for an afternoon read.
A Copy was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for an honest review. (Thank You!)
He helps her by helping her escape out of the building, unnoticed and humiliated.
What Georgia is unaware of is Zander is actually the one that had the idea of proposing LIVE on air through a Valentine's day radio promotion.
She signed a contract so the contract is binding. This contract says Georgia and husband is supposed to come back in a year to give radio listeners an update on their live together. 50,000 dollars was to go to her and husband for a honeymoon.
Since there will be no wedding or honeymoon, Zander comes up with another idea of using the money for Georgia to have a year all to herself. For her to do everything she's ever wanted to do but couldn't afford.
Zander has to attend the same classes and vacations as Georgia for him to document The Year of Georgia for the listeners. He's there through everything. They do everything from cooking classes to salsa dancing.
I thought it was brilliant for the female to be proposing marriage to the boyfriend and LIVE on a radio station. I liked that storyline. It was different than others I've read.
This book was just okay for me.
I thought Georgia was kinda annoying. In some parts, she was verging on stalker-ish to me.
I also didn't like the title of this book. I don't think it fit the book.
Just a 3 star for me. **Shrugs**