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Zoey And The Nice Guy (Big Girl Panties Book 1) by [Ashby, Carter]
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Having had to look after herself since she was a child, Zoey has built an impenetrable wall of hostility around her. However, when her friend Maya needs her help Zoey has to let her defences down and allow outsiders in. This includes Kellen, Maya’s brother-in-law.

Can Kellen help melt Zoey’s icy exterior?


When I first picked up this book I was seriously misled by its cover. It looked like a light hearted chick-lit; a bit of comic relief. Instantly, I was proven to be wrong. Within the first chapter you had families living in trailer parks, abandoned teenagers, school yard pregnancies, underage drinking and abusive fathers; all in the very first chapter. I started to wonder what I had let myself in for.

What I hadn’t prepared myself for – even after this initial shock – is how much I would fall for these characters. Our protagonist, Zoey, is a tough nut to crack yet she has a heart of gold and a vulnerability that is kind of heartbreaking. You cannot help but want her to have all the good things that life has to offer.

Kellen is essentially a nice guy but his niceness tends to leave him missing out. He is calm, confident and develops a new and exciting bolshie attitude that even leaves Zoey flustered. It is almost like they balance each other out. With all good love stories – and believe me, this is a damn good love story – you find yourself yelling at the book when things go awry.

Besides the cast of characters, Zoey and the Nice Guy deals with the contentious issue of domestic violence. Not a subject to be handled lightly and fair play to Ashby she doesn’t overplay it nor does she have it as a catalyst and then sweep it aside.
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What a fantastic find Carter Ashby is – I loved this book!

Zoey is a sparky, sassy, hard as nails heroine with a bucket load of believable insecurities. She’s got barriers like Fort Knox. Kellan has to figure out if he’s up to the job of breaking through them and if she’s worth the effort.

She’s not easy to handle, but then what woman worth the effort is? Carter Ashby has created a three dimensional character who makes you cheer her on, bury your head in your hands and smile in understanding.

I laughed out loud so many times while I was reading this book; a couple of times I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard (cookie baking time and Clint Eastwood – that’s all I’m saying!). I love that feeling and a book is an automatic keeper for me when that happens.

Kellan is a nice guy it’s true, but he’s sexy and funny too. He learns how to stand up for himself and his emotional strength is everything that Zoey doesn’t realise she needs. Plus, he gives her great sex – what more can she ask for?!

The supporting characters are interesting and well rounded already. I’m really looking forward to Jayce and Maya’s story – ‘Maya and the Tough Guy’ – coming next.
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By Slim on 3 April 2016
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God Zoey.
Loving someone who won't love you back is always bad. It always ends bad. I hate Zoeys mum, I hate that Zoey was forced to grow up like that. But god. Kellen. Nice.. dependable. Trust worthy ... hot!
Yet zoey brings out the bad kellen.
Loved this book. Maya here I come !!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x966efe40) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
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HASH(0x966ef690) out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 13 Jan. 2015
By Cheshire Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall: 3 to 3-1/2 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book, though overall I enjoyed it. First, the title and cover gave me the impression that this was going to be a sweet, fun romance. Well, from the very first chapter we are hit with the sadness of this trio of friends' lives and upbringing. This start leads us into present day and the even sadder circumstances of Maya's life, and how her friends and brother-in-law pull her out of hell. But for Zoey, this also puts her right into Kellen, Maya's brother-in-law's, path, whom she has hated by connection, not reason, for many years and can now no longer avoid.

Character development is very important to me in a story. What I liked about this story is that character development played a big role. Because from the start Zoey completely rubbed me the wrong way. She's abrasive, rash, unreasonable, and mean. Now, she's also an extremely loyal friend, but when that circle of friends is less than a handful, her overall impression is not good. Now Kellen is the nice guy. He's done nothing to deserve Zoey's wrath and is a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle to Maya's kids. But this nice guy routine got old after a while because he was such a doormat and pushover. But what I really appreciated was how these characters had to grow throughout the novel, and that we got to see why they are the way they are and then their desire to improve themselves. So character development was a highlight for me in reading this story.

Plot-wise, this story centers a lot around the topic of abuse and varying types. But with the anti-abuse stance, there was also this push for more forcefulness, at least on Kellen's part. I understand what the author was trying to do as far as Zoey pushing Kellen to be more aggressive, it just didn't always sit right with me when looking at the big picture with Maya. I guess I just had a lot of mixed feelings reading this one. I can't even pinpoint everything I liked and didn't like. Also, while Zoey and Kellen made big strides in their relationship, to the point where I could buy into their chemistry and attraction, Zoey and her relationship with her mom was terrible and weird and I felt like little to no progress was made there.

Overall, I enjoyed Zoey and the Nice Guy. It is a fast, engaging read, without any lull or dragging parts, and interesting characters and circumstances. I didn't love it, and felt something was missing and additionally some things didn't sit right with me. But overall I enjoyed it and would like to see what happens in Maya and Addy's stories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x966ef4b0) out of 5 stars Loved this one! 18 Nov. 2014
By mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Zoey is a strong woman - she doesn't take any crap from anyone. You don't mess with her and you don't mess with her friends. When Zoey's best friend Maya is abused by her husband, Zoey steps in to help her. Maya's husbands brother, Kellen, also steps up to help. Kellen is nothing like his abusive jerk brother. He has a reputation for being a nice guy, sometimes too nice and people think he's a pushover. Zoey and Kellen don't get along but when they are forced to spend time together they see there's more to each other than what they thought. I love this story. Although the subject matter is pretty serious with the abuse, the author still manages to write quite a few hysterical scenes in this book. I love Zoey. She has a temper, she has a filthy mouth but she's extremely loyal. Sometimes, she is incredibly frustrating and mean but I loved her and was really rooting for her to figure herself out. Kellen is amazing! There was so much I loved about this book from the supporting characters, the storyline, to the humor, witty banter and sexy times. I can't wait to read more books in this series and get Maya and Addy's stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a strong female heroine!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By DiDi - Guilty Pleasures BR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was excited to get this book. And I loved the thought of the story the best friends, the strong female and secret alpha male to make me swoon.

I felt the sex scenes were written perfectly for the story, I felt the best friends and the thought behind the story was well thought out. I also felt that Zoey’s reason for her attitude and insecurities was a refreshing change. I however could not get behind the main characters.

I felt Zoey was to pushed as a independent strong female that she seemed to me very unfeminine and I could not match her and Kellan up at all. Kellan although in the bedroom asserted himself I felt that he was written as such a pushover I just could not get behind them as a couple and therefore had trouble getting into the story. In my opinion this nice guy was too nice and Zoey was to rough.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96674f84) out of 5 stars Didn't connect with the main character, unfortunately 23 May 2015
By roxyrolla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My thanks to the author via Netgalley for the free review copy!

Did I like this book?

Eeeeep, um, not as much as I expected to, unfortunately. I really enjoyed my previous read by Carter Ashby, so I was expecting great things from this title. I think most of my problems stemmed from Zoey. Whenever there's an unlikeable heroine involved, an author has to work extra hard to get the reader behind the romance, and in this case, I just wasn't buying into it. Zoey treated Kellen horribly in the beginning, and even though we become privy to her reasoning and she undergoes some major growth, I still had a hard time warming up to her.

Kellen is also not the typical male lead you expect to find in a New Adult read. He is one of those "nice guys", and reading his thoughts made me realize there's a reason for the saying, "Nice guys always finish last." Kellen is so nice that he tends to be a pushover, and being the people pleaser I am, I did feel an instant connection with him. The problem was, even though Kellen goes through some major character growth and eventually stands up to Zoey, I still didn't want him to end up with her.

The other character who didn't sit well with me was Zoey's mom. I felt that she was just...too much, I guess. She was so spiteful, selfish, and yucky that again, I wasn't buying it. Totally over the top!

Will you like this book?

You might. This might be one of those it's-not-you-it's-me situations, and I'm really hoping that that's the case.

Will I read more by this author?

I have the next book in this series on my TBR and I am looking forward to it. I think that Zoey and I were just not meant to be, and hopefully I will have an easier time connecting with Maya in "Maya and the Tough Guy".

My rating: 2.5 stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96665678) out of 5 stars A cute read 5 Dec. 2014
By Danica Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An overview of the Novel: Zoey is known as the girl with walls around her heart a mile thick. She's known as a heart breaker and the girl who won't give anything to a relationship.

What they don't know is that Zoey is haunted by a past that she doesn't realize is still affecting her. She's a bad girl and she's determined never to let anybody mess with her or with her friends for that matter. So when her best friend Maddy shows up at her house saying she's finally left her abusive husband, she's thrilled and determined to protect her. Nothing is going to stand in her way. Not even the nice guy Kellen.

Kellen is devastated when he learns that his brother has been abusing Maddy and determines to help her get back on her feet. There's only one problem--Zoey. She's determined not to let him get close to Maddy or her children. Kellen isn't going to take no for an answer. What he didn't expect was to be so fascinated by Zoey. Everybody's warning him to stay away from her, but Kellen isn't going to take no for an answer, not this time.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I enjoyed this novel more than I thought it would. It was well-written and an interesting read. Zoey and Kellen were two interesting characters and I loved watching them interact and watching them grow through out the novel.

The writing is good, but lacked the depth I would have liked. Zoey and Kellen were great people, but they had some serious scars. I would have liked it if the author had dug into that side of the story more.

However, it's a cute quick read that fans of the new adult genre will love.

So why 3 stars? It just lacked that extra something, that extra depth to raise it to a 4 stars. It was a quick read, but not one that I would probably reread.

Warnings/Side-notes: Strong language. This novel uses strong language several times and is definitely for mature readers. There are references to sex, alcohol, and abuse. Those references are pretty vague for a new adult novel.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, quick read about two fiery characters that make this novel a cute read. Since the kindle edition is only $2.99, I'd say it is worth reading.


Danica Page
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