I was lucky enough to read Nikki Logan's debut novel, Lights,Camera...Kiss the Boss and I can't wait to tell you all how great it is. This is 'our Nik...moreI was lucky enough to read Nikki Logan's debut novel, Lights,Camera...Kiss the Boss and I can't wait to tell you all how great it is. This is 'our Nikki' - a Bootcamp 109 coordinator and mentor - and she's absolutely nailed it. I plan on shouting it from the rooftop (pardon the pun) about this lovestory that blossoms...on a rooftop!
When talking about her writing, Nikki Logan says, she knows her job is done if her readers ‘catch a waft of rich earth and the spray of wild ocean between the pages’.
Well, she’s done that and more for this reader in her debut novel – Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss.
Firstly, I love the concept – a landscape designer whose rooftop gardens bring beauty to the ‘natureless urban environments’ of Sydney’s city skyscrapers. Happiest with dirt on her hands, talking to her plants, Ava Lange suddenly finds herself thrust in front of the camera as presenter on a new TV reality show – Urban Nature. And camera-shyness is not her main concern. Her new boss is hotshot TV producer Daniel Arnot, the subject of her youthful infatuation nine years earlier.
Nikki has woven her passion for nature with her understanding of human emotion to give readers a delightfully contemporary story with a rich plot, blooming with colourful characters. The writing is fresh and flows from the start to the very last line. I particularly like how the parallel plot elements of nature, set against the lavish city life, reflects the conflict between down-to-earth Ava and her ambitious boss.
This is not another fall-in-love-with-the-boss story, nothing contrived or trite about it at all. Nikki’s characters are credible with very real issues and obstacles to overcome. She had me riding the romance rollercoaster with the very unassuming Ava Lange as she desperately tries to deal with unrequited love.
By writing about what she knows, Nikki has also given her readers an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the television industry.
My favourite character: Nikki draws great characters to love and loath. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the unexpected uniqueness of a secondary character – Cadence. Very refreshing and wonderfully portrayed. Exceptional characterisation.
Favouite line: Every great romance has a great line – one that affects you so much you almost gasp (take Jerry McGuire’s, “You complete me” for example). Nikki provided that moment for me in this book with her perfectly poignant question about what makes a heart break. I’m not going to tell you what it is here - you’ll find it towards the end of Chapter Twelve.
Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss, by Nikki Logan, is due for release in February. Be assured that this is definitely not an I’ve-read-it-all-before book.” I couldn’t put it down. It was lights, camera, action from beginning to end.
I’m told the real beginning for this story was back in June 2008 when members from Romance Writers Australia undertook their first 50ks in 30 Days challenge. It was Nikki’s first go at writing 50,000 words in a month, so it’s kind of fitting that it should be her first published novel, with Harlequin US snapping it up in November of that same year.
Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss hits the book stands in Australia in February 2010. That’s a wrap on my review. Thank you Nikki Logan. A brilliant debut novel. One of many, I hope.
read The Right Chord yesterday - and thoroughly enjoyed it. You have a wonderful style - easy, relaxed, but flexible enough to hit the heights when y...more read The Right Chord yesterday - and thoroughly enjoyed it. You have a wonderful style - easy, relaxed, but flexible enough to hit the heights when you need to. Brava!
Anna Campbell --Avon Historical Romance author
THE RIGHT CHORD is a lovely, romantic novel. The characters felt real and personable. The plot was easy to identify with. I could feel the attraction that was building between Grace and Harry. Their conversations captured the emotions of the moment perfectly. There is nothing I would change about this story as it was the perfect length and was delightful throughout. Elizabeth Rose is a talented author who wrote an enchanting story that is hard to put down. I highly recommend THE RIGHT CHORD as it is one of the most sweetest stories I have ever read.
By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Zoe Knighton
"The Right Chord". I usually don't write fan letters, but this book was so good that I had to write to E.R. and tell her that I am a real fan and eagerly await her next novel, and many more after that! In admiration'
I had a hard time walking away from the story. My mind would wander back to Gina and Brad. In the end, I walked away with a smile. It's a charming rom...moreI had a hard time walking away from the story. My mind would wander back to Gina and Brad. In the end, I walked away with a smile. It's a charming romance and one that most readers will heartily enjoy.
Tracy Farnsworth -- Roundtable Reviews
". . .the cast is charismatic and easily lovable. Romance readers looking for a low-key time-burner will have a ball."
Publisher's Weekly Feb 2009
Preconceived notions and prejudices fall by the wayside in Rose’s highly enjoyable out-of-the-blue romance.
COMING HOME is strikingly reminiscent of the old romances of the early 1980's, with a sweet heroine, a strong man with a deeply hidden caring side, an...moreCOMING HOME is strikingly reminiscent of the old romances of the early 1980's, with a sweet heroine, a strong man with a deeply hidden caring side, and lots of angst between them deciding if they dare give love a chance in their lives. A pleasant, evening's read is in store for you with COMING HOME.
Carolyn Crisher Romance Reviews Today
Readers will love Rose’s enchanting tale of unexpected love. — Maria Hatton. Book List(less)
THE MAGNATE'S BABY PROMISE (4) by Paula Roe: Cal Prescott's life goal has been to have complete control of VP Tech, and no o...moreReview from RT Bok Reviews
THE MAGNATE'S BABY PROMISE (4) by Paula Roe: Cal Prescott's life goal has been to have complete control of VP Tech, and no one, not even his scheming father, is going to stand in his way. But the only way to wrest control of the company from his stepbrother is to be the first to marry and have an heir. Cal hits the jackpot after one night with B&B owner Ava Reilly. Pregnant, alone and with a business on the verge of bankruptcy, she's the answer to his problems. But Ava will only marry him if he helps her inn. Cal's single-mindedness and Ava's uncertainty may sabotage their future, until his past comes back to haunt them. Roe's characters are colorful and believable. You'll be rooting for them to overcome each obstacle.
An intriguing concept, Finn’s memory loss allowed him to make decisions without family interference. Finn does not recognize Ally but it seems his senses do. Ally too felt that spark but she wanted to protect herself and yet she is drawn to help him. Beautifully matched, that passion cannot be denied and blazes forth. A story of second chances, Forgotten Marriage is charming, fascinating and passionate. This is my first novel by Paula Roe and I can guarantee it will not be the last. She produces pleasurable reading from first page to last.