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Zoey and The Nice Guy is a story about a young woman named Zoey who has a job, a place of her own, two best friends since high school, and Kellen, aka The Nice Guy, who is a young man with his own freelance job, his own place, his own one friend and sister in law When I read the synopsis of this book and what can I say, when I looked at the cover I had such high expectations I expected a funny, bickering, enemies to lovers story but I m very sad to say that I got none of that This book had t Zoey and The Nice Guy is a story about a young woman named Zoey who has a job, a place of her own, two best friends since high school, and Kellen, aka The Nice Guy, who is a young man with his own freelance job, his own place, his own one friend and sister in law When I read the synopsis of this book and what can I say, when I looked at the cover I had such high expectations I expected a funny, bickering, enemies to lovers story but I m very sad to say that I got none of that This book had touched so many real life issues but completely failed to give them the necessary attention and care that they needed A woman s physical and sexual abuse was swept under the rug for the sake of Zoey and Kellen s romance, a terrible mother and her daughter s abandonment issues were laughed off, and as much as they were made out to be, I saw no real friendship between Zoey and her two best friends, at least not my idea of friendship.Zoey was a difficult woman to like She was selfish, she had serious anger issues and an attitude to try even the most patient person She didn t have a father, and her relationship with her mother was a complete and utter mess, and not just because her mother was no mother material at all and extremely selfish, but because the subplot about their relationship was all over the place I know these things in real life take a lottime than it takes me to read a few hundred pages to resolve, but if a book I m reading is dealing with a delicate and important issue, one that has potential to give a lesson, I d want that issue resolved I d want for the hero and the heroine or whoever is going through this to come to terms with their situation, to realize their mistakes if there are any, to want to change and get better, and finally to take the steps necessary to begin the healing process None of this happened in this book Every issue, every delicate issue that was thrown in the story was handled roughly and uncaringly that I was taken aback, to be honest With every page I expected some improvement, be it about one of Zoey s friends and Kellen s sister in law being abused by the father of her two children, or Zoey s dysfunctional relationship with her mother, but with every page my hopes for getting my happy and healthy ending dissipated And in the end I was left very unsatisfied and very angry for these characters because they weren t done They couldn t be.As much as Zoey was difficult to like, Kellen was just as difficult to feel any sympathy for He was a very nice guy, not just one who opens doors for you and actually listens when you talk, not just one who does little things to make you happy and is kind and caring, but he was also a bit of a pushover I understand being careful around people who re going through a tough time, but having to put up with Zoey s childish temper tantrums and when he had enough of it, feeling guilty about finally standing up to her and letting her know how destructive and hurtful she can be, that was not the kind of hero I want to read about I couldn t believe that either of them had any respect for the other, and their romance didn t convince me It certainly didn t feel like an ever after So many things were left unresolved that I believe any relationship in this book can be crumpled at any minute after the book ends.I may have sounded harsh and I don t feel good writing these things, but I m sad to say this book was a huge disappointment for me I couldn t bring myself to like the characters, the plot and subplots as promising as they were, were handled very poorly, so much so that I couldn t even pay attention to the romance, and there was no character development at all by the end of the story I sincerely hope, for the sake of the characters, that the next story will be the improvement this one needed and be much better, withcare, respect and strength I read Carter Ashby s Without You Here a couple months ago and really enjoyed it I was excited to start this book, but was diappointed Zoey is a really unlikeable character, and while she goes through some development over the course of the book, it was not enough change to redeem her character Her relationship with her mother was bizarre and a bit over the top Kellen was likeable but his relationship with Zoey seemed to lack depth I did enjoy the secondary characters and can see where th I read Carter Ashby s Without You Here a couple months ago and really enjoyed it I was excited to start this book, but was diappointed Zoey is a really unlikeable character, and while she goes through some development over the course of the book, it was not enough change to redeem her character Her relationship with her mother was bizarre and a bit over the top Kellen was likeable but his relationship with Zoey seemed to lack depth I did enjoy the secondary characters and can see where the series is going The Big Girl Panties series tells us the stories of three best friends and their long winded paths to love and overcoming all the obstacles in their lives Once upon a time, there were three best friends Zoey, Addy, and Maya Book 1 is Zoey s story Now as adults, the three have remained as friends and are there for one another in crises Maya has been hit one time too many and is now leaving her husband and taking the kids With nowhere to stay, Zoey opens up her house to Maya and the kids Ke The Big Girl Panties series tells us the stories of three best friends and their long winded paths to love and overcoming all the obstacles in their lives Once upon a time, there were three best friends Zoey, Addy, and Maya Book 1 is Zoey s story Now as adults, the three have remained as friends and are there for one another in crises Maya has been hit one time too many and is now leaving her husband and taking the kids With nowhere to stay, Zoey opens up her house to Maya and the kids Kellan Maya s brother in law, has always been known as the nice guy as he is just that a genuine soul The thing is though that where Maya and her kids are involved, Kellan will stand by Maya s side This would be all well except that ever since they were kids Zoey has not been able to stand Kellan let alone be in the same room as him What happens though when Zoey pushes Kellan a tad too far, and he finally yells at her and stands up to her rubbish Zoey is slightly turned on by this and starts to see Kellan in a whole new light Thus begins a back and forward game of I love you I hate you Can Kellan prove to Zoey that he isn t going anywhere, no matter how hard she tries to push him away Will Zoey let Kellan into her circle when she discovers that he is there for her 100 % Find out in this edgy Contemporary Romance which is for the adult audience rather than teens as it does contain a lot of swearing as Zoey has a potty mouth on her 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 beginnin 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 justtoo 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 readby 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 ( DOWNLOAD ) ⚖ Zoey And The Nice Guy ♿ For Zoey Odell, the definition of family is her two best friends, Maya and Addy So when Maya makes the decision to leave her abusive husband, Zoey is only too happy to lavish her with support and a temporary home Unfortunately, taking in her best friend also means seeing of that no good do gooder, Kellen BradleyFor Kellen, the definition of family has just been shattered After finding out that his brother is an abusive monster, he can t help but question himself and his parents The one thing he knows for certain is that he ll do anything to take care of his sister in law and her children For them, he would walk into gunfire, pass through the flames of hell even go head to head with Zoey OdellZoey has no intention of letting him in, but Kellen is done taking her crap Life has just gotten real and he s than ready to shed his nice guy image When he finally stands up to her, Zoey starts seeing him in a new light As the attraction turns mutual, she finds it and difficult to hide behind her carefully formed walls And Kellen is finding himself and driven to tear those walls down DNF 25%I started reading this book a few days ago Managed to read 7 chapters before sleep demanded my attention instead.Tried again today and found myself thinking that these characters are so onedimensional and silly if not stupid that I am in no mood to read about them The pairing is pretty obvious and unlikeable for me The heroine was not likeable, nor could I relate to the hero in any capacity.Unfortunately, can t say that I d recommend this one to others. I wish I liked this bookI found that Zoey as a character was rude and obnoxious I really do not see how any man could put up with her antics I understand that there is the whole abuse in many forms theme but there are better stories out there that handle it better. I really enjoyed this book It was super cute, and such a light read, which was what I needed right now. This book was a rollercoaster of emotion, and I loved it This is the story of Zoey Zoey s not had any good parental guidance, and has essentially been on her own since she was 16 She yearns for her mother s love, while knowing her mother seems to lack in the maternal department Zoey s best friends are Addy and Maya Maya married young due to pregnancy, and has some problems come up and has to rely on her friends for help.Kellen is Maya s brother in law who everyone loves because he s a nice This book was a rollercoaster of emotion, and I loved it This is the story of Zoey Zoey s not had any good parental guidance, and has essentially been on her own since she was 16 She yearns for her mother s love, while knowing her mother seems to lack in the maternal department Zoey s best friends are Addy and Maya Maya married young due to pregnancy, and has some problems come up and has to rely on her friends for help.Kellen is Maya s brother in law who everyone loves because he s a nice guy except for Zoey Zoey is a bit of a pistol when she gets angry, she doesn t hide it She doesn t sugar coat anything The f bomb flows out of her mouth easily when she feels it is necessary.After years of hating Kellen, and initially disliking himas he comes to Maya s aid, Zoey finds herself drawn to Kellen Kellen is also a bit confused how can he be attracted to this volatile, hateful redhead Zoey tries to resist, because she does start caring for Kellen and wants to avoid hurting him.The two finally decide to give it a shot And the story that follows is at times heart breaking, at times makes you angry, and many times, makes you laugh Zoey tends not to think before she opens her mouth and lets her temper fly I ll be honest with you at times, I absolutely loved this woman, and at others, I wanted to throttle her She didn t piss me off so much that I didn t like her all the way around Zoey is human, and fallible We all have our moments where we aren t likeable when we get upset We all have friends who are the same way, yet it doesn t keep you from caring about them.Carter Ashby has done a wonderful job with this story You have your love story with its struggles, you have supporting characters that you like and whose storylines mean just as much to you You have the bad guy who you absolutely hate well, add a bad girl that you also hate as well You have friends who stand up to each other when one of them is being shitty.This is a MUST READ story for this year plus, it is set around the holidays which made it evenfun for me to read Zoey and Kellen s story starts out very rough Zoey has had a hard life and is now getting emancipated from a mother who does not love her She works full time and goes to school, basically taking care of herself Her friends Addy and Maya, well they all take care of one another.At first, Zoey cannot stand Kellen, since the wife beater who is beating her best friend Maya, is his brother Damon Zoey tells him at every opportunity she hates him and wishes he would leave Kellen, in a series of t Zoey and Kellen s story starts out very rough Zoey has had a hard life and is now getting emancipated from a mother who does not love her She works full time and goes to school, basically taking care of herself Her friends Addy and Maya, well they all take care of one another.At first, Zoey cannot stand Kellen, since the wife beater who is beating her best friend Maya, is his brother Damon Zoey tells him at every opportunity she hates him and wishes he would leave Kellen, in a series of twists, likes her even though she is so abrupt with him every time.Kellen is also a victim, since his brother Damon was always beating him as a kid Kellen loves his sister in law Maya, and her kids Kellen is a bright spot in all of their lives Lives that have started healing now that they live with Zoey.Zoey sees a whole new side to Kellen, when she witnesses how wonderful he is with Maya and her 2 kids She suddenly wants that attention on her, and she is willing to give it a try Kellen, who has waited for a chance forever happily gives her this chance Together, Zoey and Kellen are better than when they are apart He is good for her, helps her see the reality of being an adult and what she says can hurt others Kellen learns that love comes in all forms even very coarse and sometimes desperate like it does from Zoey When she is with him she is all in Can this last Really good and sometimes funny story that makes some of the bad get chased away with the good Carter Ashby makes us laugh quite a bit with very clever wit in this book We also get to cry when the bad things happen too Serious love story for the serious reader Well done This ARC review copy was given free from Netgalley.com for reviewer purposes