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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Waiting for Nick


***** Waiting for Nick by Nora Roberts. Contemporary romance. Re-read.







This is the 5th book in the Stanislaski series, and my favorite of that series.

Freddie Kimball is the daughter of Spence Kimball from Taming Natasha. Nick LeBeck is the brother of Zack Muldoon from Falling for Rachel. They met back in Falling for Rachel, when Freddie was 13 and Nick was 19.

Back then, Nick was trouble, but becoming part of the Stanislaski family straightened him out, and he's now a respected composer. In fact, he's been asked to write the songs for a new musical for Maddie O'Hurley (Dance to the Piper). Unfortunately, his usual lyricist can't work with him.

Which is fortunate for Freddie, who offers her services, and after quite a bit of arguing, she convinces him to work with her.

What Nick doesn't know is that writing lyrics is just the tip of the iceberg of Freddie's plans. She's been in love with him for years, and has decided that it's time to do something about it.

Nick has trouble initially thinking of Freddie as someone other than a young girl, a sort-of-cousin. He's also troubled by his past, feeling that a former gang member is definitely not good enough for Freddie. And then there's the whole family looking over their shoulders. But Freddie's nothing if not determined.

There were the expected appearances of other family members from the series, as well as the O'Hurleys from another of Nora's series, but in this case, it didn't seem remotely forced. Freddie and Nick were members of the same extended family, so it would have seemed odd if the family hadn't shown up. And the O'Hurleys were a nice bonus, but also logical.

I always like the books where the h/h have known each other a long time. Something about them knowing each other so well & falling in love with the whole person. Odd, because I was married within 6 months of meeting Carl, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Maybe it's the contrast with real life that appeals to me.

Surprise, surprise, I don't have any complaints with this one. It's just a sweet, feel-good book that leaves me smiling:
  • I smiled when Freddie came to New York with her 3-fold plan.
  • I smiled through all their bickering about the songs.
  • I smiled at Nick's reaction to meeting Chantal O'Hurley (Skin Deep).
  • I smiled when Nick wanted to get her some brandy or a glass of water "for the shock" after the first time they made love (well, okay, I laughed).
  • I smiled when the family discussed Freddie & Nick's budding romance after the anniversary party.
  • I smiled when Spence gave Nick a hard time & said it was his duty as a father.
etc., etc.

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