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A Reclusive Heart (Hollywood Hearts #2)

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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  8,371 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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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Lindsay
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
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Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
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
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Norma
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
Emily
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
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Anna
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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.
Nicole
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
Dali from TJLovesToRead
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,
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Nikki
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
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Michelle
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
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Katie(babs)
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.
Ta Ta Ta Tia
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!
Shellie
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
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Lariza
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
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,
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Nichole Eblin
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
Beatriz
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
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Tina
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
Angela
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
Booklover
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.
Amanda
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!
Malinda
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
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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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Diana
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Nick and Jamie!

Starts out a bit rocky, but soon gets a shot of adrenaline in the name of Nick!!! Don’t you just love when opposites attract??? I know I do!! Sooooo major hottie playboy meets hottie virgin bookworm!!!

Totally cracked up at the “sex list,” and “buy books about sex,” and “watch porn,” and “learn to flirt!” This girl is soooo freaking funny!!

Sad to see that to spite the wonderful person Jamie is, she has the worlds worst family. Thank God for good friends, great editors, and Nick!

Fun
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Cher
I wanted to love this book, I really, really did but I didn't. I like it but I couldn't. The story itself was clever and was well written but I just couldn't love the characters. The main character had so little backbone that I found it hard to like her.I know her character is supposed to be weak and timid but God woman, grow a pair!! I have problems with weak main characters and I have to question my own logic as to why I seem to be reading about them?? The book itself is about a reclusive woma ...more
Kerris
Ja to nechapu... prvni dil byl hrozny a druhy byl uplny opak :D Uz pri druhe strance jsem se smala, jak mam u tehle autorky zvykem. CHA! :D
Sandi
Having read and enjoyed the Neighbor from Hell books, I was looking forward to reading this one. It began well, with a self-centered man and a timid heroine, but devolved into a chocolate/sugar rush mess. It almost feels like the author stopped trying at some point. While the characters changed as their relationship did, Nick's character grew while Jamie's went from that of a shy entrepeneur to a chocolate-obsessed dullard.

I gave this book 3 stars because there are many places throughout the boo
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Booklover, Indianapolis
February. I liked this better than I thought I would. It was similar to A Humble Heart but more believable in a way. I liked Nick - I read others didn't, but I think he started as a jerk and definitely reformed. I was driven a bit crazy by some of the punctuation errors - Miss does not have a period after it (Miss.)- that one really annoyed me! I also think that the paparazzi was portrayed way over the top, as was the major love (and stalking) of a relatively unknown writer! But, I enjoyed it ju ...more
Tawn
I love, love, love this book. I couldn't put it down. Thanks to my girls Elenie & Jaritza for recommending this book to read. I can officially say I'm hooked on RL Mathewson books
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hollywood Hearts (3 books)
  • A Humble Heart (Hollywood Hearts, #1)
  • Untitled (Hollywood Hearts, #3)
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1) Perfection (Neighbor from Hell, #2) Checkmate (Neighbor from Hell, #3) Truce: The Historic Neighbor from Hell (Neighbor from Hell, #4) Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel, #1)

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