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Feature book: Mr Nice Guy

4 August 2021

Mr Nice Guy by Belinda Williams

Series: Pierce Brothers #1
Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 28 Jun 2021
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook
Length: 242 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook)

It seems like a minute ago when I read and loved Belinda Williams’s recent Freshwater trilogy.

Belinda must be a super-fast writer, and her work is snappy and fabulous with each new book. I’ve become a fan. Mr Nice Guy is another example of a hot romance with lovable characters. I just wanted to gulp it down.

Chelsea works in childcare. She really loves it, and it shows. The scenes in the childcare facility are tender and charming. She seems to have the knack of saying the right things to the parents and dealing with the children in a wonderfully constructive and caring way. Although, I have to say, one of the children’s ongoing gigantic poos made me glad I didn’t have to deal with that side of things. But even that was done well, with fun humour.

Chelsea sort of fell into the job after school rather than study—she doesn’t think she has the academic ability to study like the rest of her high achieving family—but sometimes worries about the low pay and the fact she’s sort of ‘going nowhere’ in the job. This side of things was very nicely explored in the book.

Her flatmate is her brother’s friend, Tom. It was her brother who suggested Chelsea move in with Tom when he had a spare room. So far, it’s worked well. They co-exist without dramas or disasters and live fairly separate lives and remain good flatmates.

Tom’s a paramedic. He works crazy hours and shifts, and rarely talks about what goes down on the job. He leaves work, at work. He’s not really a talker about himself either, so Chelsea doesn’t really know him well. But she does think he is dependable and ‘nice’. A good flatmate who doesn’t intrude. Someone who doesn’t treat others badly. Someone who has inner strength. Plus, he is sort of hot but doesn’t seem to notice. Not like Chelsea’s other boyfriends who flaunt and big-note themselves every which way.

Although a fab childcare worker and a great friend, Chelsea’s love life is disastrous. She seems to fall for the above flaunting, big-note users and losers, the arrogant guys with huge egos and shallow personalities, the bad boys who won’t last the distance.

One night Tom comes home when Chelsea and her girlfriend Nadia are talking about the latest user, Darren, who somehow or other got Chelsea to loan him some money. Big mistake!

(As an aside, I can’t wait for Nadia’s book: Spoil Sport, Pierce Brothers #2, coming in October. She’s an absolute firecracker and fierce friend who made me laugh all through the book. Her texts are simply outrageous.)

In desperation, Nadia suggests Chelsea date Tom for a week. He’s Mr Nice Guy. He’ll be able to ‘show’ Chelsea the difference between losers and nice guys, so she can discriminate in the future. Surprisingly, Tom agrees.

So. One week of fake dating. What can possibly go wrong?

Heh.

Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Roll on October, and Nadia’s story with Tom’s brother.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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