02 April 2013

{Book Review} Code Red by Amy Noelle

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 April 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | |

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Code Red
Author: Amy Noelle
Format: eArc
Pages: 264
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Publish Date: April 11, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Birds

After getting hurt in college by a gorgeous man, Nicole Magette vowed never to risk losing her heart again. Now she lives a structured and satisfying life. Her work is easy, her friends are her family, and the only consistent men in her life are her two cats, Winchester and Huntington Peabody the Third. She doesn't date, and she hooks up only with losers—men she has absolutely no risk of falling for. But if she finds herself in danger, she has her old fail-safe in place—the Code Red.
In college, she and her four best friends came up with the system as a way to keep away the good-looking bastards that might worm their way past their carefully constructed walls. Seven years later, three of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds and are happily married. Now it’s just Nicole and her closest friend, Jen, who are still on their own, and Nic is just fine with that.
That is, until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole’s office from New York and assigned to work with her on a special project. He's everything she's avoided and everything she claims she doesn't want, so why can’t she get him out of her mind? He's persistent, dangerously handsome, and sexy as sin. In other words, he’s her worst nightmare. She turns to her friends to help her resist Josh’s considerable charms and the inescapable draw she feels every time she gets near him. Can the Code Red save her this time, or will Josh send her perfectly balanced life into chaos?

Sometimes, I like to enjoy a book or story that’s a little more grown up than YA, and this book hit the spot for it!  Warning though: I would not recommend anyone under 18 read this book simply based on one chapter near the end – parental guidance suggested for that!  Otherwise, this book is pretty tame!

Nicole, or Nic as she is throughout the book, is a girl that SO many college girls/just out of college girls can likely relate to!  She’s been completely heartbroken once to what seems like the point of no return – and just hooks up instead of tries to open up her heart.  Who wants to open their heart after they’ve had it broken?  However, having a broken heart while being in college is sometimes good because you might be able to rely on a roommate, and possibly a few unexpected people to help get you through.  The thing is, when you have people surrounding you that are just like you, things tend to work out and seem easier.  The problem comes when the people around you change in some way, or grow up rather.  So how do you survive?  Well, Nic still survives alright, but it’s a little promiscuous. 

The great thing about this book is that it shows someone who is successful after college, and someone who learns to grow up along the way.  I actually loved all of Nic’s friends in one way or another.  Amy really did a great job of showing different personalities of females throughout!  Admittedly, I do wish that there was a little bit more of all the husbands of friends during the book!  However, the upside is definitely Josh!  Clearly, he’s quite imperative to the story and imagining him is definitely good eye candy. 

Reasons I loved Josh: he’s intelligent, funny, an all-American, kind, and extremely patient.  There’s so much to be said about a man who’s intelligent and patient in any book.  He made me think that maybe there are men like that truly left in the world – even though this was a fictional story. 

I truly hope that those of you over 18 will give this book a shot when it’s published.  I want to send a huge thank you to both Amy and The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House for allowing me to read this before it comes out!  It was definitely a pleasure.

Find Amy Noelle:
Goodreads | Writer's Coffee Shop | Facebook | Blog

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