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Nightingale (Bigtime #4)

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Anxious brides. Drunken businessmen. Panicked partygoers. As Bigtime, New York’s premiere event planner, Abby Appleby is capable of handling almost any crisis, but even she’s not prepared when she finds herself in the middle of a fight between superhero Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit. Abby manages to save Talon, but the superhero is temporarily blinded, so she ta ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 292 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Jennifer Estep (first published July 1st 2012)
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This is Jennifer Estep's Bigtime series. Karma Girl, Hot Momma, and Jinx are the 3 novels prior to this one as well as the novella, A Karma Girl Christmas. You don't have to read them in order, but I do recommend it only because you get a better feel for the characters (some who were former main characters in the other books) appear as secondary characters in this book.

This book, like the others, is just full of fun. It has enough cheesy-ness in the names to make me smile and enough adventure an
I had really mixed feelings about this one. I have loved the Bigtime books so far, especially Karma Girl and Jinx, and there were so many things to love about this one too -- the silly comic book obliviousness to secret identities, the name alliteration, the outlandish schemes on the part of the ubervillains, they were all there. I think the main reason I couldn't get into this one was Abby herself. It's really hard to like a character who runs around screaming at people all the time, and while ...more
I wasn't very impressed by this book. Though I hadn't read the first three books in this series, I specifically chose Nightingale to read because I though it sounded more interesting and entertaining than the others. Let me just say, I was pretty disappointed.

Actually, I really liked the idea that Jenifer Estep laid out. But what dropped this book down from 5 stars to 2.5 is the overwhelming cheesiness of the entire thing. I didn't listen to the warnings about the cheesiness of it before I read
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The 4th book in the Bigtime series. Abby Appleby is the premier event planner in Bigtime and she prides herself on being prepared for any contingency during those events but what she wasn't prepared for was seeing Talon going head-to-head with Bandit in the alley on her way home from an event. She manages to save Talon but his eyesight has been compromised and he was shot but since she can't take him to the hospital since it would endanger everyone there, she t
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This is the fourth book in the BigTime Series by Jennifer Estep. I read the first 3 - Karma Girl, Hot Mama & Jinx - a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed the stories, and am totally in love with Ms. Estep's Elemental Assassin's series about Gin Blanco. One of the things that just tickles me as a reader, is finding the little references to her other books series in whichever one I am currently reading. Take for instance the Gin Blanco series, there are several references to the fashion desi ...more
Wow, I’ve been waiting for years to read this book. When I saw that Ms. Estep was re-releasing her other Bigtime books, I wondered if she would release Nightingale, which had been planned but never released.

Sure enough, here it is!

Nightingale was a fun return to the land of Bigtime, New York. Bigtime is Estep’s version of New York City with a large cast of superheroes, ubervillians, and regular folk.

Abby Appleby is an event planner in Bigtime. Her events are the biggest, the best and the most la
While I liked other entries in the Bigtime Series, Nightingale was a huge disappointment. The first-person narration was more or less indistinguishable from the first-person narration of Estep's other heroines, but that was nothing new. What was new was the boredom I experienced while reading this book.

Our heroine, Abby Appleby, is an event planner extraordinaire. Now, I like a professionally competent heroine as much as the next reader, but by the end of this book, I was sick to death of Abby
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A cross between The Incredibles and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, the Bigtime series is a must read. It is filled with humour and sensitivity. Ms. Estep is a master at creating lovely and realistic characters.

In NIGHTINGALE, Abby Appleby is the party planner extraordinaire. No one is better at putting out fires, calming hysterical brides and pulling off amazing parties everyone talks about. One night after a successful party, she comes across a hurt superhero, Talon. In the heat of the moment, she sa
Erik Dewey
I've really liked the Big Time series with it's light-hearted approach to comic books and its tropes, and this is no exception. This time we meet with a super-senses party planner and get embroiled in her struggle with her feeling towards a super hero, her own self-doubt, and the plan of yet another super villain.

The writing is full of fun in the four-colored world Estep has created and plenty of characters from previous books flit in and out of the story. My only real issue with the book was th
Jenni Ebba
I love Estep's Bigtime series! There is just something totally awesome about superheroes! I loved this one because the heroine is a mostly regular human; if you exclude the super hearing and super smell and super... okay she has super senses, but she doesn't control any extra telekenetic ability or possess super strength. Abby Appleby has had a life full of other people's problems. She is an event coordinator for the big and popular in Bigtime.
The hero is none other than one of the few superher
We met Abby Appleby, Bigtime's premier event planner, in the previous book when she coordinated Bella's museum fundraiser. Abby is always prepared and I love her "super planner" vest with pockets containing everything she might need in an event. When she comes across a fight between Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit, Abby does what she can and saves him, but he is temporarily blinded in the struggle and she has to nurse him back to health. They grow closer, but Abby feels that Talon would ...more
Had fun read this one but you have to suspend your disbelief because how can two people who have a one night stand together (superhero is blind due to evil gas, never sees the heroine and heroine lies about her identity) not know who their lover is after they hear their voice and touch them days later? This is the case with the superhero who a few days later meets the heroine who saves him. He has no idea he had sex with her because she hides her true identity and because he never saw her face h ...more
I have been awaiting a fourth full length novel in the series since the release of Jinx and the wait has been well worth it! I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Estep's choice of heroine in Abby Appleby, but Abby was just as enjoyable as Fiona/Fiera or Carmen/Karma Girl. I also enjoyed the ubervillain, Bandit in this one. I liked the fact that he was a mostly normal guy pitted against a Bruce Wayne type hero in Talon. I think this adds depth to the Bigtime series, since it's branching out into the ...more
Abby is a flawed character, which is way better than a Mary Sue, but she does get annoying towards the end. I still enjoyed it, though. It's better than Hot Mama and Jinx, I thought. I also see the stage set for a Piper story (along with a certain speedy superhero, I suspect). :)
tracey welch
this book has been my favorite so far. I can identify with the main character so very much it was like she was writing my story. I so very much like the unique storyline Amy has created on the comic book superhero genre and would highly recommend these series to anyone looking for a fresh idea and a witty and clever series to read. well done!
Pam Chaffin
Bigtime series Book #4. This series is enjoyable because rather than requiring a lot of deep intellectual thought, its frivolity is more inclined to bring laughter and relaxation.
Emma Clement
I think this May be my favorite of this series so far. (Although still predictable), it was not as predictable and obvious as the other novels. I also liked the focus on a non-superhero but someone who still has powers.
This is the book I've been waiting forever and a day for. I sped through the first three Bigtime books a few years ago, and then learned there would be no more, but then Jennifer would drop tantalizing hints of a Bigtime book #4 that was not published.

But... here it is! Finally!

I read this in one sitting, with mini-breaks to throw candy at trick-or-treaters. OMG SO GOOD. If you loved the first three, you'll love this one. Hopefully sales will be awesome enough (I already helped by purchasing tw
I think this is my favorite of the series. It felt faster paced than the others.
David Johnston
It's a bit of an idiot plot, although that could be because the Karma Girl series somewhat parodizes superhero elements. Like for example there's only person in this entire book who doesn't have an alliterative name and I think that's because she married. So the protagonist in a role reversal, rescues the costumed hero and then goes to absurd lengths to keep him from finding out who she is and what she really looks like, to the point that she actually hangs onto the maguffin that people will kil ...more
Was waiting for an Abby novel and this was great! I loved the mini twists and Talon was fantastic. Couldn't put it down.
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I am generous as I have given this story 3 stars. I got frustrated about the romance storyline and the worldbuilding was not very interesting (this is the first book I have read in the series). Plus for Rascal, love dogs:-)
loved it. Big fan of estep's work and this was a good one. my only complaint would be the main charrie was a bit whiny for my taste but i got over it. if you like the other bigtime stories, youll like this one.
The bigtime series is my least favorite of the 3 Estep series I follow, but all are engaging, fun, fast-paced little novels.
Fun, but not as much fun as the earlier books. Maybe I'm just jaded, still a fun, light read.
I always love reading this series. Its my guilty pleasure. :-)
Not as funny as the previous books, but still enjoyable.
I was waiting for this one & wasn't disappointed
Kim Dallaire
Amazing and adorable and totally fun!
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

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