ARC Review: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

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Title: Not So Nice Guy
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 9, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


Rating: 5 stars

“Oh my god. Who that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.


“His hand wraps around mine so I can’t pull it away, and we might as well be in the 1800s because him touching my hand feels inappropriate and intimate and are there nerves in your hand that connect to your groin?”

If you’ve known me for about five seconds, you’ve figured out that I love anything and everything written by R.S. Grey. And of course, Not So Nice Guy is no exception. At this point, she could write an appliance manual and I’d probably fall in love on the first page and give it five stars. I’ve never known an author who can constantly knock it out of the park with every single book they write, but man am I ever blessed to have found one.

Sam was one of the most relatable characters I’ve read. She was at times shy and insecure and the queen of overthinking. I feel like her freak outs were so on brand to the character that R.S. Grey had developped.

Ian is the perfect man. It’s as simple is that. There never has been or ever will be a man as perfect as Ian Fletcher. He was so sweet and so hot and so sure. He was certain about Sam and who doesn’t want a literal perfect man who is so sure of the future he wants with you? Oh, no one raised their hands? Exactly.

The students, especially Nicholas, had me literally laughing out loud. He was so adorable. The staff members added the perfect amount of humour and one-liners to an already fantastic book, and Ian’s parents were perfect. I loved how much they loved Sam.

“Now we’re wedged together and my thighs are gripping his hips like a pole I’m about to slide down. Firewoman Sam, at your service.”

Every time I start a book by R.S. Grey I think that it’s funniest thing I’ve ever read and nothing can top it. Then I get to a new one, and somehow she does. Every single time her books get funnier and I’d like to take this moment to thank her in advance for the abs I’m going to get solely by laughing at her perfect one-liners. Also she makes top notch references. As someone who grew up watching M*A*S*H, I really appreciated Ian calling Sam ‘Hot Lips.’

The friends-to-lovers plot was amazing. Without spoiling too much, I’m just going to say I adored the way it progressed. It was quick, but at the same time it felt so natural and very in character to Sam and Ian. There was never anything that was out of place or strange in terms of plot and pacing.

Basically, if you are in need of the perfect friends-to-lovers book, then look no further. Not So Nice Guy is exactly what you’re looking for. It was so great it made want to fake sick so I could go home after my lunch break and keep reading (I didn’t of course, but it was so tempting). This is another R.S. Grey book that you desperately need in your life, and I promise, it’s one of her best!

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