Mr. Nice Guy

Mr. Nice Guy

Lucas Callahan 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,...

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Mr. Nice Guy Reviews

  • Tonya

    Mr. Nice Guy is written by married authors Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer. The book is about what happens when a one night stand goes public. The good, the bad, and the ugly as Carmen a writer, tells readers all the details of her one night with a newcomer to town. Lucas, freshly arrived in the big city of New York..except let's call it The BIG CITY where dreams come true... He starts working on the bottom at Empire Magazine, as a research writer...double checking all the facts before the arti

    Mr. Nice Guy is written by married authors Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer. The book is about what happens when a one night stand goes public. The good, the bad, and the ugly as Carmen a writer, tells readers all the details of her one night with a newcomer to town. Lucas, freshly arrived in the big city of New York..except let's call it The BIG CITY where dreams come true... He starts working on the bottom at Empire Magazine, as a research writer...double checking all the facts before the articles get printed.

    One night he works up his nerve to approach a gorgeous lady at a bar and much to his surprise, she takes him home. The next morning he rushes out, awkward and unsure of what the proper etiquette is for morning after. A couple of weeks later, all the details are shared for the world to read in the magazine that apparently Carmen works for as well.. They wind up having to work together through their romantic and sexual adventures with each other.

    What follows is paybacks and romance, with a few twists from their boss who is a real jerk. There were times where both characters disappointed me and there were times when I was cheering Carmen on or rooting for Lucas. Instead of moving into more of the plot details, I would rather share more about the writing. The pace starts off slow and builds with quirky and fun sex scenes as the two characters start to self reflect and grow up. Just as the pace changes, so does the writing from Carmen and Lucas. They start expanding more, giving the readers more..and learn so much about integrity and where lines should be. How much does the public deserve to know about their sex life and their romantic feelings for each other? Sometimes there was great chemistry....and other times not so much.. I bet this was a fun book to co-author with your spouse!

    This is more of a lighthearted romance and definitely not for everyone. The themes the characters deal with aren't just about journalism...They are about pursuit of happiness and ambitious goals.. and how far they will go to achieve their biggest dreams. The humor is really engaging, there were times when I laughed out loud. I consider that a huge compliment to the writers...if you can get me to feel...to laugh or react, then you have done a great job!

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advanced reader's copy for me to review. As always, my opinions are my own.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    This book. This book has me in a bit of a quandary. It’s not whether I liked or disliked story because I absolutely did like it. But what has me tied up as I’m not sure how to express my feelings.

    I guess I’ll start at the beginning. One of my first conscious thoughts was that this so much like Sex and the City in many ways. You have Journalists – You have a new guy to the city, bright eyed and bushytailed, but yet so naïve. And then you have sex columnist who writes about her adventures in New Y

    This book. This book has me in a bit of a quandary. It’s not whether I liked or disliked story because I absolutely did like it. But what has me tied up as I’m not sure how to express my feelings.

    I guess I’ll start at the beginning. One of my first conscious thoughts was that this so much like Sex and the City in many ways. You have Journalists – You have a new guy to the city, bright eyed and bushytailed, but yet so naïve. And then you have sex columnist who writes about her adventures in New York City.

    And when they are thrown together, it is funny, quirky, with some really off-the-wall sexy scenarios that just keep you turning those pages for some reason. The further I got into the book, the more I’ve really started enjoying it.

    The author team really had their work cut out for them. The topic is so unique and interesting. The characters are inventive and fresh. The topic is classic sexist big boys club with a twist of desperately seeking success. Lucas really was a nice guy, for the most part, and it was very refreshing to read much of the book from a male perspective.

    The authors also kept us on our toes with a wacky editor that carried some big secrets in an empire that seemed too good to be true. In the end, everyone was just looking for a way to be happy and employed.

    When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure what was coming and it was a bit slow. By a quarter of the way into the story, I knew I was in for the long-haul. This story is super engaging with Carmen and Lucas just end up endearing themselves to me. Plus, there were plenty of twists that kept is real and interesting too!

    * advance copy received for review consideration

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  • Jennifer

    On the surface,

    is about two people criticizing each others sexual performance on a public platform. Carmen is a sex columnist for popular magazine: Empire. Lucas is an invisible fact checker for the same magazine who is unknowingly and anonymously featured in Carmen's column after a one-night stand. But when Carmen's no-holds-barred honesty and vicious criticism gets under Lucas' skin, he drafts a sincere and well-written reply under the pseudonym: Mr. Nice Guy, and the back and fo

    On the surface,

    is about two people criticizing each others sexual performance on a public platform. Carmen is a sex columnist for popular magazine: Empire. Lucas is an invisible fact checker for the same magazine who is unknowingly and anonymously featured in Carmen's column after a one-night stand. But when Carmen's no-holds-barred honesty and vicious criticism gets under Lucas' skin, he drafts a sincere and well-written reply under the pseudonym: Mr. Nice Guy, and the back and forth gets everyone's attention as the ratings multiply. The head of the magazine obviously wants to capitalize on this, so assignments are given to the duo on a weekly basis. The column is called Screw the Critics and the name says it all.

    I choose to believe a good part of this book is satire in nature. It's too over-the-top to believe otherwise. But the themes that stood out to me held a lot of substance in my opinion, such as: media ethics and authenticity, giving women a voice in an age that is not as feminist as many may think, the importance of communicating with one's partner about sex, and the lengths that a woman must go through to get a little power in a man's world. In addition to all this, there's a little bit of mystery, romance with surprising vulnerability, climactic betrayal, slow redemption, and a love note to New York City where this story is set. Married authors:

    and Jason Feifer have co-written an interesting story with a wide range. I will be interested to see what they come up with next.

    NetGalley

    Jennifer Miller; Jason Feifer

    St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin

    Romance, Women's Fiction

    October 16, 2018

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳There is a lot of controversy when it comes down to this novel... My head kept spinning around the idea of "hmmm... why is it taking so long for the real action to come," or "why is this character so annoying..." OR, "why am I loving this part and cannot grasp the rest of the story plot?" Yes, this is one of those novels that makes you act or

    ➳There is a lot of controversy when it comes down to this novel... My head kept spinning around the idea of "hmmm... why is it taking so long for the real action to come," or "why is this character so annoying..." OR, "why am I loving this part and cannot grasp the rest of the story plot?" Yes, this is one of those novels that makes you act or think that way because of everything it has. This novel specifically is very unique in a way that as a romance reader would say it is lacking romance. It revolves around the idea of a one night stand and the after math of said one night stand. So far... interesting? Yeah, I thought so.

    ➳What I did not think was necessary to add was the very thorough details about Lucas' job, Carmen's life outside her job. I comprehend why an author, or in this case duo-authors, would write this in a novel. But what I don't understand is why go the extra mile and write about so many different things that had nothing to do with the story plot.

    ➳Anyways, I finished the novel... Which is saying a lot in comparison to other reviews I read about this novel. I have the rights to rate it because I FINISHED IT. Some reviews of this novel are being rated after said reviewer is DNF-ing it. Don't do that... You didn't finish the book so why would you DNF it? It makes no sense... At least leave the rating part out of it, and write your honest opinion. Because finishing it, you are at least respecting the perspective point of the authors and the publishers.

    ➳Overall, I did enjoy the novel don't get me wrong. There were moments where it was fast paced, and other scenarios where it was a slow pace in the turn of events. Thank you SMP for sending over a copy of this novel, I am looking forward to see what the authors write in the future.

  • Stacey

    3.5 Touted as Sex in the City meets The Devil Wears Prada. This comparison nails it. Lucas moves to New York from his small town in North Carolina, looking for a fresh start fleeing an engagement gone sour and high hopes of success at a magazine he will be working for as a fact checker. Lucas is naïve, indecisive, and inexperienced in the love department. He is quickly thrown into the fast paced New York lifestyle and cut throat business practices of the magazine. He meets a beautiful woman, Car

    3.5 Touted as Sex in the City meets The Devil Wears Prada. This comparison nails it. Lucas moves to New York from his small town in North Carolina, looking for a fresh start fleeing an engagement gone sour and high hopes of success at a magazine he will be working for as a fact checker. Lucas is naïve, indecisive, and inexperienced in the love department. He is quickly thrown into the fast paced New York lifestyle and cut throat business practices of the magazine. He meets a beautiful woman, Carmen, in a bar. This turns into a one night stand with consequences that will turn Lucas and Carmen’s lives upside down when he reads a scathing article about his encounter the next day. He writes a response defending himself signed Mr. Nice Guy to hide his identity. This soon turns into a regular feature and the dueling columns boost sales as readers take interest. No one is more aware that sex sells than their boss, Jay. He manipulates the two for juicier sexual encounters for bigger sales and soon has a reality tv feel. We see the characters start to become introspective about their personal character and where their careers are taking them. The whole charade begins to back fire and sparks start to fly. I wanted more than anything to see the boss take a fall.

    This is a fun read and I loved the New York setting. There are characters that I question their importance to the story except to make it overly long. It dragged in parts for me, but overall I liked it and look forward to the next book these authors collaborate on.

    Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Griffin, and the authors for an advanced copy.

  • Kendall

    Mr. Nice Guy.... hmmm....Ok.. when you have a delivery line that states "The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City"... there is some big shoes to fill there.

    Yikes... these shoes were definitely not filled!! I was super disappointed on this one :(. First off, this was very very slow... and felt it wasn't getting anywhere.

    I had a very hard time connecting to any of the characters. I thought Lucas was a self absorbed ass on multiple levels. Everything was about Lucas... and if it wasn't he had

    Mr. Nice Guy.... hmmm....Ok.. when you have a delivery line that states "The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City"... there is some big shoes to fill there.

    Yikes... these shoes were definitely not filled!! I was super disappointed on this one :(. First off, this was very very slow... and felt it wasn't getting anywhere.

    I had a very hard time connecting to any of the characters. I thought Lucas was a self absorbed ass on multiple levels. Everything was about Lucas... and if it wasn't he had a temper tantrum... literally lol.

    Carmen wasn't the shiniest peach in this patch either. Yikes.. she was a bit of a stuck up b...! I guess in some ways Carmen and Lucas were a pair?... ehhhh

    This wasn't really my cup of tea unfortunately. I felt like I skimmed the last half of the book.

    Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.

    2 stars for me on this one.

    Published to GR: 8/20/18

    Publication date: 10/16/18

  • Leah

    Things I could have lived without: a 400 page pity party for a so-called Nice Guy.

    Where do I even begin? If you're going to give me a 400 page romance novel with one hell of an incredible premise, then DELIVER. Suffice it to say this didn't even come close.

    I expected some kind of dual POV The Hating Game-esque kind of novel. Instead, 80% is from the point of view of Lucas, a completely self-centred and whining "Nice Guy." He wasn't likeable at all with how selfish he was and the oh woe is me ac

    Things I could have lived without: a 400 page pity party for a so-called Nice Guy.

    Where do I even begin? If you're going to give me a 400 page romance novel with one hell of an incredible premise, then DELIVER. Suffice it to say this didn't even come close.

    I expected some kind of dual POV The Hating Game-esque kind of novel. Instead, 80% is from the point of view of Lucas, a completely self-centred and whining "Nice Guy." He wasn't likeable at all with how selfish he was and the oh woe is me act. And whenever we got Carmen, she wasn't much better. Then again, we barely got to sink our teeth into her. The narration was all over the place. We'd get one Carmen chapter for every five of Lucas's. Then we finally get a Carmen chapter, and mid sentence it shifts into Lucas or both of them.

    From there we go on to the fact they have almost zero chemistry. Again, going into the premise, you expect something steamy. Anything to make you desperate to keep reading. I wanted saucy and instead I got week old gravy. Any time it got remotely intriguing, it would be glossed over or the chapter would end with Lucas "diving in." That's where you choose to be classy?? Not to mention you can kind of figure out which parts were written by the male half of this author duo.

    And then the plot. Yikes, that was slow. It didn't get actually interesting until about 80%, and by then it was too late for me to care. The ending, while realistic, was unbelievably unsatisfying. Know your audience, guys. I don't know about you, but I don't pick up romances to be disappointed. They're guaranteed happy endings, and I didn't get that here.

  • Suzanne

    Mr. Nice Guy is tagged as both Romance and Women's Fiction, but I'm going to open this review by telling you that it is not a romance. There is no Happily Ever After. The hero has a relationship with one woman during the book, while he is sleeping with the woman you think is the heroine (for work) and then he ends up with neither of them.

    The story follows Lucas, a 24 year old Southern boy fresh off a broken engagement and newly moved to New York City to work as a fact-checker at Empire magazine.

    Mr. Nice Guy is tagged as both Romance and Women's Fiction, but I'm going to open this review by telling you that it is not a romance. There is no Happily Ever After. The hero has a relationship with one woman during the book, while he is sleeping with the woman you think is the heroine (for work) and then he ends up with neither of them.

    The story follows Lucas, a 24 year old Southern boy fresh off a broken engagement and newly moved to New York City to work as a fact-checker at Empire magazine. One day, he receives an invitation to Editor Jay Jacobsen's (called Jays) office and is ushered into the glamorous, over-the-top NYC media world.

    Around this time, Lucas goes to a local pub that was once a writers' scene and ends up going home with a gorgeous woman a few years older than him. Turns out, she's Carmen Kelly, who writes the sex column for Empire... and she writes about him.

    In the column, she dubs him "Nice Guy," and mocks him for being so solicitous that she felt she was teaching him what to do, he was not good at it, etc. He writes a rebuttal and sends it to Empire, without giving his name. Reader reaction is so overwhelming that Empire wants to make it a weekly thing and they launch a joint column called "Screw the Critics." Lucas won't tell them who he is, so he isn't getting paid, BUT they get assignments on where and how to have sex.

    Now, let's pause a minute. Carmen and Jays had a messy relationship and breakup in which he mostly used her and then used his power to make her keep quiet. Charming, right? Fast forward to now, when he's telling her to have bad sex every week with a specific person. For work. Any alarm bells ringing?

    Fine, I said, let's keep going. I'm only 10% into the book, let's see where it goes.

    The rest of this review will contain spoilers, so consider this your warning.

    Lucas and Carmen write columns for a few weeks that are mainly them being mean to each other. There's hate sex, hate kissing, etc. Carmen is criticized for being unemotional and for taking notes during sex. Lucas is criticized for not being able to read Carmen's mind and for not paying attention to her cues. Fair and also not fair. *shrug*

    At one point, Lucas makes a mistake and his friend Sofia finds out that he's Nice Guy. She offers to "teach" him and they embark on a physical relationship. Mind, he's still having sex with Carmen once a week for the column. That wasn't a dealbreaker for me, but I know a lot of people don't like the hero/heroine to sleep with anyone else during the book. Lucas falls in love with Sofia, even though she expressly told him she didn't want a relationship, it was just sex. He takes it very personally and carries his hurt feelings forward into what becomes a friendship and then a real relationship with Carmen.

    And then he decides to publicly state his love for her to the whole world. She tries to get him to a more private setting, over and over, while the cameras record and she tries not to lie to him but also not to give up on her whole life. She has a Netflix deal in LA, which not only represents a career change but also an opportunity to escape Jays. Lucas just wants her to agree to be with him. When she doesn't immediately give him what he wants, he reveals her as a fraud (she doesn't have sex constantly and sometimes makes up her columns) and ruins her life. ON CAMERA.

    Shivers of heat ran up Carmen's arms. Sweat prickled the back of her neck and her upper lip. This had not happened. Lucas had not exposed her to the world. He had not retaliated against her with flippant, destructive cruelty. Not her lover and best friend.

    This is at 78%, what you'd expect to be the Dark Moment of the book. And it is, for sure. But I almost stopped reading again, because I did not want these two together and I'd been told that this was a romantic comedy. (I didn't laugh once in this book. I also didn't want the main couple together. Hmm.)

    Lucas is portrayed as painfully naive and optimistic. Over and over, though, I was reminded that he's 24-25 during the book. He's old enough to have a job and apartment and a college degree. If he was a woman, he would be expected to be more socially aware by now out of self-preservation. If he was a Black man, he'd be shot for half of the things he does. I'm simply unable to sit in his POV for so long without drowning in his sense of entitlement. Why does he go along with Jays? Because he believes he's deserving of the completely unearned praise and privileges Jays gives him. Why does he treat Carmen so terribly when she won't give up her career for him? Because he thinks she's the Bad Guy. He wants so badly to be the Nice Guy that he's willing to believe everyone who supports the narrative he's tried to build.

    Jays had brought Lucas along to 'show support,' which meant they would appear and shake some hands. Lucas liked this; his mere presence was supportive.

    There's a subplot with a scummy character, Nicholas Spragg, who is trying to buy himself into the NYC social scene. Early in the book, Lucas and Nicholas go out on a drug and alcohol bender with two "socialites." Everyone but Lucas (including me, the reader) can tell that they are sex workers. Lucas wakes up unaware of what happened the night before. It's really icky. At one point, Jays asks Lucas to write a profile on Nicholas, and Lucas jumps on the chance. Eventually, he's tipped off that Spragg tried to rape a girl in college and Lucas has this exchange with himself:

    After the way last night ended, he wasn't sure what to think of Nicholas. The guy was much seedier than he'd thought. And weirder. And creepier! But a rapist? That seemed hard to -

    Lucas stopped himself. This is how rapists get away with it, he thought. Nobody's willing to believe that the guy they know is a rapist. And yet why would Nicholas rape someone when he clearly had no hang-ups about just paying someone for sex? Wouldn't that just be -

    Lucas stopped himself. He was doing it again.

    Lucas then goes to ask the girl and finds out that yes, Nicholas is a total shitbag. He writes up the profile and sends it off to Empire, where it never sees the light of day. Does Lucas call Jays out on this? Not until 90% through the book. Does he do anything else? No. This is at the 49% mark and I read the rest of the book waiting for something, ANYthing to happen. Imagine reading this book during the Kavanaugh hearings and tell me you're not setting your hair on fire with incandescent rage.

    In summary, Lucas is not, in fact, a nice guy. Maybe he's a "Nice Guy," but he's a garbage person for much of the book. If I'm going to rate a romance highly, I have to at least want the couple to be together. I did not. By the time Lucas realizes how awful he's been, it's about 85% of the way through the book and a year into the narrative. He deserves to do a couple of years of therapy and a lot of work before he can deserve Carmen. And that's sort of what we get? Lucas enrolls in journalism school and tries to separate himself from the avarice and ambition he'd been caught up in. Is he successful? I don't know. We know that he volunteers at a law firm to help out Carmen's grandmother. We know that he's still in graduate school when he runs into Carmen at her book launch, two years after they last see each other. That's it. That's the end.

    The authors do a good job of depicting the absurd double standard in our culture, of the ways in which Carmen was immediately thrown under the bus not just by Lucas but by Jays, by the media, and by pretty much everyone. In my opinion, the book would have had a happier ending if Carmen had simply gone off and had a fabulous career and left Lucas in his own mess.

    For better or worse, the narrative is mostly from Lucas's point of view, however, which means we need to see his happy ending, not hers. Maybe that's why this book didn't work for me. This book reads like Women's Fiction for Men. Men's Fiction. Man gets to go around NYC and have instant success, fuck multiple beautiful women, then screw up bigtime before becoming the hero and exposing a Bad Guy.

    Content Warnings: Mention of sexual assault, drug use, manipulation, slut-shaming, misogyny

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes.

  • Brianna

    Lucas has recently moved to New York City to pursue a writing career. After one night of celebrating with some co-workers, he goes home with a beautiful woman. He thinks it went great. That is until he reads about his one night stand in a magazine! Refusing to let her have the last word, he pens a rebuttal and actually gets it published. The banter between the two of them goes so well, the magazine wants more. So, here begins the journey of Lucas and Carmen.

    From the first 10% of the novel I was

    Lucas has recently moved to New York City to pursue a writing career. After one night of celebrating with some co-workers, he goes home with a beautiful woman. He thinks it went great. That is until he reads about his one night stand in a magazine! Refusing to let her have the last word, he pens a rebuttal and actually gets it published. The banter between the two of them goes so well, the magazine wants more. So, here begins the journey of Lucas and Carmen.

    From the first 10% of the novel I was terribly bored. There was nothing drawing me in. The main characters were boring, the side characters were just confusing and the whole time I'm reading I'm questioning what I've gotten myself into!

    I hate not finishing a book. I would rather force myself to read something awful, then not finish at all. But, I just couldn't do it with this one! I forced myself to keep reading after Carmen's article was published because it was actually entertaining and I wanted to read what Lucas had to say back to her. However, I couldn't bring myself to continue reading after this line:

    DNF @ 23%

    Rated 1/5

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