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A Reclusive Heart (Hollywood Hearts #2)

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Tired of being walked all over and ignored, Jamie decided that it was time to make something out of her life. She sold her company, signed a contract and was determined to live it up. Only problem, she was a bit of a recluse, painfully shy, kind of clumsy and didn't know the first thing about living it up. Thankfully she has a very sexy, very determined editor to help her ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published November 16th 2011 (first published September 1st 2011)
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I loved this book. After reading A Humble Heart, I couldn’t wait to jump into this one. Nick started off as an overbearing, demanding, intimidating jerk but once he started to fall for Jamie, his temperament improved. He could still be a little overbearing demanding, but he quit being a jerk about it.

I have to admit, I love it when the hero of the book gets jealous that another guy is paying attention to the girl he likes…especially before he realizes he’s interested in her for himself. Nick wa
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Mar 03, 2012 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I started this book last night and pretty much HAD to read it straight through! Another FAB book from R.L Mathewson..who I picture wearing some sort of wonder woman outfit holding a chocolate bar in one hand and a chocolate shake in the other (am thinking after reading this one she may just have a wee bit of a sweet tooth LOL) because she just delivers every single time I start one of her books!!

This one is about Nick and Jamie. Nick is the bad boy from "A Humble Heart" and I was so happy to hav
Apr 12, 2012 Norma rated it it was ok
Phew! I finished! I would say at the 50 - 60% mark this finally got better. Not good but better. I enjoyed it for a bit, but then I didn't really care what happened. The problem was the characters were so darn annoying! I didn't care what happened to them. Nick the H is a bad boy man whore. I get it. Shoving it down my throat every page and having him mentally justify it was just annoying. He's a man-whore. Ok. Big deal. Lots of characters are. But no. He's not just any man-whore. He needs to be ...more
Jamie can't believe she has gotten the nerve to actually sign with Rerum publishing in two different capacities, one as editor to the clients she already had and the other as the next best selling author. The biggest hurdle for Jamie now is that although she signed, it didn't require her to leave the comfort of her home. A recluse who has always felt inferior in her family, Jamie doesn't even have a close friend to turn to during this new transition of her life.

Enter Nick, Nick playboy and flir




And yes, I am so emotionally overwhelmed I just used a Glee and High School Musical gif. I think that about sums up how amazing this book is.
Dec 15, 2013 Dali rated it it was amazing
I just love R.L. Mathewson’s books, they’re guaranteed to make you smile and Reclusive Heart is no exception.

This book reminds me a bit of the Bradfords, with hot, sexy, arrogant, asshole Nick who slowly but surely is convert to a sweet, caring and loveable man, all the while clueless and in denial during this charming story two souls needing the right combination to make their lives complete.

Where other woman had failed, his little recluse had not only succeeded in bringing him to his knees,
Another hilarious book from R.L. I swear can not read these books in front of people because I end up being giddy and giggly, which does not help people thinking you're a nut. I liked this one as much or maybe more than the neighbor from hell series. Maybe because love bad boy/playboy Nick. He's just that good. *sigh* At first I hated him. I mean really hated him because he's such a jerk but he grew throughout the book thank god. AND JAMIE. She's just so darn adorable. Her chocolate addiction an ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-award
I should stick with the Neighbors from Hell series. This book is a hot mess. The heroine alone makes me go WTF? No one is that naive and simple thinking. Also the heroine writes erotic romance and regardless if she has never had sex, she has never kissed a man, no joke. She knows how to write her love scenes by reading romances. That's her research.

Don't get me started on the the douche of hero who thinks he's god.

Um no. No no no.

I'm going to act like this book doesn't exist.
Holy Hot Editor Batman! Jeez... I feel like kicking my own ass right now.

See, I have this friend. She is constantly trying to get me to read books that I just don't want to read. "But it's so good" she says. "You'll love it" she says. She happens to love books about musicians / actors / other famous types, but I've just never been interested so I'm always putting her off. Well, she finally won and I gave in. Now I get the pleasure of the "I told you so!" speech. :P

I've read every other book R.L
Ta Ta Ta Tia
Jun 24, 2012 Ta Ta Ta Tia rated it it was amazing
I have officially fallen in love with this author's writing style. With that being said.... I was blown away by the number of errors in this kindle book written about book publishing editors! I really don't pick out these things normally, but it was kind of a disaster. Again, I love this author, the characters and stories. It was a great read, but a proof reader would have helped!
Feb 13, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Nick and Jamie were great fun. Jamie was a shy woman that just happened to be a best selling author. Nick was the Editor that was hired to handle her on the promotion tour. The dialog was very good because Nick was a good looking, hot, sexy womanizing man and Jamie was a little bit of an innocent fixer upper.

There were crazy things going on in the background that made for an interesting side story. Several side stories to be honest. There was her family that had been
(ツ) Hache
Feb 07, 2016 (ツ) Hache rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virgin-h, 2016
He might come off as a jerk, but he really was a big sweetie pie.

Ok so he was a total jerk to start off with but I knew he would start to act better once he fell for Jamie, and I was right. He was sweet and tender and looked after her and I absolutely loved him!

All he could think of was grabbing his little recluse, hunting down a jar of hot fudge and letting her go to town licking it off his body

This book had a lot of cutesy and awww moments. She was sugar addict which was supposed to be c
Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus
Feb 26, 2012 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fav-s
only one word:

5 Awkwardly Shy Stars

Nick never thought he could fall in love. He grew up in a broken home and he knew that he could not love or be in love with anyone but......

Jamie is awkwardly shy when it comes to men and her surroundings. So she decided that she needs a list to do to break out from the old Jamie into the new Jamie and who is there to help her? Yes, Nick.

“You're willing to whore me out for chocolate?" he demanded as he came to his feet and pulled his hand away from hers.

She rolled her eyes
Jun 12, 2013 Shellie rated it it was ok
This book was just eh to me. It would never happen in real life. How would a published romance author know absolutely NOTHING about sex? And I mean nothing. So of course she needs to have someone teach her the "ropes"
It just gets a bit ridiculous. I mean for fucks sakes. They watch porn and she's got her little notebook out to take notes and she is asking him questions like there's going to be a test later or something. And this is a woman who has written romance novels! She mentions later that
Sep 11, 2013 Lariza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, challenge
Wow this was a story that I absolutely loved!! We know Nick as a sexy, charmer who never fails with the ladies from Dana and Edward's story. Nick does not do relationships; he's content with his womanizing ways. He makes no excuses for his behavior and that is why you can't help but like him- he lets it be know he is not in it for the long haul it's just sex. Jaime was painfully shy, quite insecure and unsure about everything in her life. She always felt inadequate because her family ignored her ...more
Buffy Niffenegger
Apr 15, 2013 Buffy Niffenegger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-steamy
I've read quite a few of R.L. Mathewson's novels at this point. I've read all but one of her Neighbors From Hell series (looks like she has a new one planned, so make that two). I'm finding I really enjoy all of her novels, her humor and the characterizations of her main Hero for each book I've read.

This book isn't related to the Neighbors From Hell series, but does have a prior book, so it is a two part series. I don't believe you need to read the first novel in the series to enjoy this book,
Jul 19, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I had liked Nick in A Humble Heart, but fell in love with him in A Reclusive Heart. I had thought things could not get better than Edward, but they did. Nick was just edible. I loved his inner thoughts as he was just so certain he was not having any feelings for Jamie at all. Between his bad-boy going all mushy in love persona and Jamie's hilarious addiction to her junk food it I was laughing throughout this story.

This story takes off with Nick you you meet in A Humble Heart, the big flirt that
Nichole Eblin
Mar 13, 2013 Nichole Eblin rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with this book! It was amazing and by far the best book I’ve read in a while! Jamie was hysterical (I seriously have a girl crush on Jamie) Ha-ha. She’s definitely the best female character I’ve read about in so long normally I always end up wanting to strangle the female characters at one point during a book, but nope not Jamie. She was comical, shy, naughty, sweet, loving, etc. And her sweet tooth reminded me of Jason from Playing For Keeps (heck maybe that’s why I have ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Beatriz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely adored this book. Jamie and Nick complimented each other. When I first read about Nick in A Humble Heart, I actually wanted to hear more about him and I was actually happy that he got his own story. Jamie is no doubt a tortured soul, her so-called family had hurt her so much that I actually felt is as well. I wanted to kill them myself too. It was a good thing that she met Nick and introduced her to her mother. She deserved to he happy more than anyone.

No doubt, RL Mathewson is now
Really great story and I loved the characters, also damn funny. My favourite part in This book is When Jaime (heroine) wants to learn about sex so she decides to watch porn on her computer but promptly downloads a virus and has to take her computer to Nick (hero) his responses is fricken priceless!! I nearly peed my pants laughing... My laughing woke up my husband because I couldn't get control of myself!! The good news is that there are many other moments in this book that had me laughing just ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: oh-so-steamy
Excellent!!! Much better then the first book of this series! The writing was greatly improved from book one. I loved that it was Nick (from book 1)'s story! It was a perfectly romantic, sexy and heartwarming. I loved the characters from book one and it was great to see their familiar faces in Nick's book. I loved finding out about Nick's past, he is a such wonderful character with a lot more depth then you realize. I really liked Jamie and it was nice to see her grow her back bone throughout the ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Riz rated it it was ok
2 Stars!

Uuugh... I tried so hard to love, at least to like this book, but apparently, I threw in the towel to like it. So many parts of this book felt so boring (although there were few parts entertaining me, so that was why I gave a two star, not only one star), so I had to skim them while reading it.

And... I have to admit that chicklit genre and me barely get along... reading chicklit often frustrates me, because I always feel no connection to the characters and to the story itself :(
Aug 20, 2015 CC rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
I really loved the Neighbor from Hell series but I did not like this book at all. Nick was/is a jerk. With basically no redeeming qualities. I know he tried to be a little better in the second half of the book, but he was still a mega jerk. Jessie is a total push over and she made no sense to me. I did not see any transformation. Most importantly, I felt no chemistry between them. And where was the humor? I loved laughing through the other series. Not much funny about a diabetic in the making...
Loved this one... at first I didn't like Nick very much, he was an asshole, Jamie was a bit shy and with heavy self steem issues, but I enjoyed so much the way things developed. At one point Nick was so nice with Jamie, still bossy and a bit pushy, but he definately turned into a wonderful Hero.

With a bunch of sex scenes that are rather hot, their chemestry was something worthy of reading, oh and ther's also a lot of funny moments, as in most R.L. books, you that Jamie is a chocolate addict and
Enjoyed it!Nick started out as jerk but we get to know his childhood its understandable why he does'nt do relationship.Jamie is a sweet caring shy person but as story progresses even her character develops and we see new Jamie which i liked more then the old shy timid Jamie.There were few funny moments,liked all characters in the book.The only thing disappointing was Jamie's so called family did not get paid for what they did to Jamie.

Overall a good read
Recommend it.
This book is totally not for me. The plot has absolutely no depth and the heroine is so damn naive (is she a 12 year old? ). The hero is such a manwhore. Even if I wanted to treat this as a guilty pleasure read I can't make myself finish it. Urg!
RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca
Dec 03, 2015 RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

4 stars

This was a very good story. To be honest, in the beginning I had trouble with both main characters... Jamie was so shy and downtrodden that it was ridiculous and Nick was such a major asshole for the first 25% or so of the book and I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish the book (and I've never DNF a book before). Fortunately, I kept reading and Nick gets much better as the book progresses and by the end I really liked him and Jamie gets more of a backbone as well and I found I really liked
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.75-4 stars

This one took me a while to warm up to. Our hero, Nick, was hard to like at first. He was very bossy, had a two f*** minimum when it came to women (what a pig, right?) and kept openly admitting he was just using Jamie, our heroine. However, he slowly transformed for the better once Jamie started to make her way into his heart. Jamie was too innocent at first. She was very shy, and huge pushover. His little recluse, Nick would call her and it was well deserved. I started to like the b
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Hello, my name is R.L. Mathewson :)

Before I tried my hand at writing I was a receptionist, cafeteria worker at the college I attended, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things that are pretty embarrassing so we're just going to skip over those things and pretend that they never happened ;D

At some point I got a little direction in my life and tried my hand at emergency medic
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