Title: Code Red
Author: Amy Noelle
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: April 11, 2013
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?
I liked that Nicole was an independent woman. She was happy with her life and comfortable with herself. And she had the best group of friends that I've read in a long time. Their emails back and forth were hilarious and they didn't tell each other what they wanted to her, they told each other what they needed to hear. The idea of the "Code Red" was pretty ingenious too. I wish I would have thought of that in college.
I absolutely loved Joshua Daniels ( I love saying his whole name). I think I've fallen in love with a new book boyfriend. He understood that Nic was a skittish woman and didn't push her before she was ready. He had the patience of a saint at times. Joshua Daniels is the ultimate guy to take home to your parents and bonus- he was funny too.
Sometimes (like every chapter there in the middle) I wanted to thump Nic upside the head. I sympathized with her broken heart from when she was in college but her practice of dating men she didn't really like or see a future with was a little off-putting. And it did seem like that she was looking for any reason to drop Joshua Daniels before they had a chance to really get started.
At least he didn't steal any hearts. Josh did. He's a thief, too. A cat burglar.
~ Nicole Magette
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