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Anybody But Him

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A deliciously funny rom com from Random Romance. What happens when you fall in love with the man you hate?

Nicola Doyle's dating record is a disaster, and it doesn't improve when she returns to Redgum Valley, after an absence of twelve years, to look after her increasingly eccentric parents. There, she's thrown into regular contact with Blair Morrissey – the very reason she
ebook, 150 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Random House Australia
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

We all have that one person female or male from school that we hated, just could not stand them for whatever reason, yes most of the time for us girls it is a boy that either broke our heart or a girl that stole our man!

No matter none of us can wait to let payback be sweet or to just get the heck out and as far away as possible.

This is exactly what Nicola does, after the hero of her heart Blair becomes the piece of ice in her heart, she takes off and never looks back, only circumstances bring h
Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

Anybody But Him is short and sweet. It's the story of Nicola, an 28-year-old accountant who lives in Sydney. Her older sister, Una, takes care of their parents, who are a bit loopy. When Una wants time and space to finally write the novel she's had in her head for ages, she demands that Nicola move back home for a couple of months. They swap houses so that after all thes
Nancy Crocker
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Anybody But Him by Claire Baxter: You have sisters Nicola & Una trading places for a couple of months. Una is a writer and is in desperate need of a break from their parents. Even though she lives in a separate house from them, they are quite a handful, especially their forgetful father.

Nicola Doyle has come home to Redgum Valley. She is staying to keep an eye on her eccentric parents. But the first person she comes into contact with besides her parents, is the one person she would rather
Nas Dean
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anybody But Him (Random Romance)

ANYBODY BUT HIM by author Claire Baxter is a Random Romance release for July 2013.

Nicola Doyle couldn't leave her small town home fast enough after the way she was treated and bullied during her school years. But going to the big city, she reinvented herself. Now she worked in a corporate world and had made a name for herself.

Then she had to come back to her hometown for her parents. And guess who she runs into?

Blair Morrissey, her teenage crush later turned into
3 years, 5 months

Huh. IDK what to say about this one. Again, didn't find it funny. I also did NOT believe in the relationship at all.

In thinking about this read, it took me a while to figure out the disconnect – it was the dialogue. This book has TON of dialogue but very little to no inner monologues. There are no introspective moments where the reader can see the heroine fall in love. We never get a real chance to see her grow and mature. The reader mostly gets a lot of snappy dialogue which n
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this romance novella by Claire Baxter for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which was the Irish connection. The heroine, Nicola Doyle, might have grown up next door to me. The fact that she had an elder sister named Una and that her parents were an elderly, mildly eccentric Irish couple who were also loving parents - just let's say I related.

The experience is so common. Was there ever a boy you had a crush on at school, or maybe when you were still on the naive side, at
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Nicola and her sister, Una, are swapping living spaces for three months. Nicola has come home to Redgum Valley to help watch their absent-minded and eccentric parents while Una lives in Sydney so that she can write her book.

Nicola's next door neighbor, who, of course, has an adorable dog, is Blair. Nicola had a huge crush on Blair in high school and even wrote a poem about him. He publicly rejected and humiliated her and from that moment on, she has hated him.

This sweet romance is told completel
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars

Anybody But Him is a sweet romance and a quick read. Unfortunately,characterization takes a back seat to fun and witty dialogue. A LOT of dialogue. So much that I felt like this could have been a great play. Blair is charming and funny, and his little dog, Dammit, likes to steal the show. Nicola gets herself into ridiculous scrapes that Blair is all too willing to help her out of, too bad she holds a grudge on him for his high school misbehavior.

The characters were quite thin, and this
Kristin Madelaine Hanna Hansen
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I like it.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
just so so.. nothing special or exciting. she hates him bcoz her boys classmate found her poem to him and read it loudly and then hand it over to him and he just brush it off and get her poem back to her own hand, all the while she expected that he got down on 1 knee and declare "my... i feel the same too" -crap delusional hi school girl type. she got nothing of it, she then hate him, she leave town w/that memory, and she back in town 10yeras after w/the same hatred, du'uh... she's a grown up wo ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
ANYBODY BUT HIM by Claire Baxter is a short, sweet, and comforting contemporary romance about not judging a book by its cover, or in this case, its high school history. I give it four stars for its humor, realism, and relatability.

In ANYBODY BUT HIM, Nicola Doyle returns to her hometown after several years living in Sydney, Australia, in order to "take her turn" in supervising her aging parents, switching places (and houses) with her sister Una for the summer. Nicola immediately runs into her hi
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Was really sweet.
Sean Harding
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anybody But Him - Ho Hum Gee I wonder where this story is going to go, sigh, predictable, lame and nothing really exciting in it at all - a shorter form book and part of an omnibus, pretty ordinary.
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
I absolutely love it when a story has me so gripped that I have these rather loud outbursts of unrestrained laughter and Anbody But Him did just that, offering me a brief escape for a couple of hours. It is a laugh-a-minute account of Nicola Doyle’s return to Redgum Valley and her childhood home.

Former Financial Controller of a huge corporate giant, Nicola recently walked out of her job and decided to come back to Redgum Valley to keep an eye on her parents at her sister, Una’s, behest. Only pla
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars! Light, sweet, and humorous, Anybody But Him is the perfect read between two heavier novels. Claire Baxter has some wonderful romances, and Anybody But Him is the perfect addition if you're looking for something short and sweet. Note: due to brevity, I use a 3 Star rating system for short stories and novellas.

Nicola Doyle has never forgotten her embarrassing childhood. Not the numerous times her parents did something eccentric in the public eye, and certainly not the continuou
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was easily able to identify with the main characters which made it difficult to put the book down. Old emotions surface when one returns to the town in which they grew up; sometimes even hate. But, whether we want to or not, we all have to deal with such emotions at some point in time in our lives. As adolescents we try to bury those emotions because we don’t know how to process such feelings or maybe we did not want to deal with them in the first place. How would it make you feel to find out ...more
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nicola is back in her home town of Redgum Valley for three months while she house swaps with her sister. She also is watching over her eccentric parents who have always been a bit high maintenance so her sister needs a break from them as well. Nicola is between jobs so she agrees. She’s not got fond memories of her home town but she’s going to muddle through. Her friend Lainey gets her a temp position at her place of business that allows her the freedom to look after her parents as well.

Nicola i
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

I thought the hero was too much of a bully in the past and not all that much better in the present. Teasing her present day when he knew what he did in the past didn't exactly endear him to me. I understand his initial reaction to the events in high school, he was a kid and embarrassed. However, that he continued to harass her shows to me a character flaw. I thought the book gave him a pass for bad behavior. (view spoiler)
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

What happens when you fall in love with the man you hate?Nicola Doyles dating record is a disaster, and it doesnt improve when she returns to Redgum Valley, after an absence of twelve years, to look after her increasingly eccentric parents. There, shes thrown into regular contact with Blair Morrissey the very reason she couldnt wait to leave town in the first place. The decade-old scars are still raw from that humiliating day in high school when Blair went from the boy she loved to the
Sam Still Reading
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sweet romances
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: eGalley form publisher - thank you!
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I really enjoy the Random Romance series. I know that I’ll get a fun story that’s well written and will make me smile. I’m particularly a fan of the ‘pink ones’ – described as a romantic comedy. Anybody But Him fits beautifully into that description and would in my opinion, make a great movie. It has all the elements of a good rom-com – misunderstandings, quirky characters and a gorgeous love interest. There’s also a dash of crime and match making add ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anybody But Him

by: Claire Baxter

Should you read this book?

Answer: YES

(if you want an entertaining read)

Here's why:

This novella was very entertaining. It is a sweet, honest romance that will make you fall in love. Personally, it took me awhile to get used to the Australian English, but after I got over that it was an enjoyable read. It made me laugh and cry, which in my opinion is the mark of a good book with a dynamic story. The main character Nicola Doyle was likable, I found her instantly re
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
In this sweet novella, we are introduced to Nicola, a successful business woman who has recently returned home for a few months. Little does she know that those three months will re-introduce her to the man who shattered her heart in high school and lead to a different perspective on events that have happened in the past. Blair is the handsome, charming, artistic high-school-heart-breaker, but he very quickly makes it clear that things are different now from what they used to be. Blair is easy t ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written, but lacking in any sexual tension or steam. Really needed male POV. Parents were cute, and very true to life for some of us. Not a re read for me. Sorry to damn it with faint praise, but it just seemed that it had promise and then petered out.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novella is just the right length to tell the story of Nicola and Blair. It is full of complex characters, no stereotypes here, and the author does a great job of bringing them to life. You know there is going to be a "happy ever after" but the road getting there is bumpy. I liked how I didn't know what was going to happen next. The story has some Aussie lingo but nothing too confusing for the rest of us.

We meet Nicola, an executive from the city who returns to her hometown after escaping y
Char (1RadReader59)
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What can I say? Who in their lifetime, as a young adult, can say they have never been made to feel like Nicola (or like Blair Morrissey liked to call her Nicki Doyle)? If they tell you they haven't I would say they are lying. Nicki grew up in a small town with a best friend who always had her back, which she really needed. You see Nicki came from a very eccentric family or at least her mom and dad were. Her and her sister were the laughing stock of the town or so she thought or some made her fee ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ms. Baxter's contemporary romance is witty and heartfelt. I loved Blair and Nicola's relationship or lack there of. They have history and need to hash things out to get to the bottom of things. Nicola had to come to terms with her feelings and she it is mite slow but does work it out in the end. Blair has some issues he needs to come to terms with as well. I really savor the friendship that Blair and Nicola develop. Blair seems to be in the right place at the right time. But, Nicola does not alw ...more
Nash Norden
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Anybody But Him is sweet and quick read. I enjoyed reading this one. It’s a cute read that you can finish in less than a day. I love Nicola. She had dyslexia, but that doesn’t stop her from doing her best and becoming an accountant. Blair was really charming and nice. He's the kind of guy I know I would fall in love with. The minor characters like Lainey, Dammit and Nicola’s parents were lovable.

I really like enjoy the dialogue in the story. I definitely love the conversation between Nicola and
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Do you fancy going for a drink one night?’
‘A drink?’ she said, frowning as if it was an unfamiliar concept.
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘You know, a beverage. A libation. Wet stuff in a glass. It’s meant to make you feel good.’
‘Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t. I’ll be busy that night.’
‘I didn’t say which night.’
‘No, I know.’ She shrugged as she carried the leftover food to the fridge.

(lol at the above passage)

one of many little moments between the hero and heroine. the heoine had loads of memorable
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a copy of this book by NetGalley in return for an honest review. This was a sweet little read. I understand Nicola's not wanting anything to do with Blair after the total embarrassment of everything that happened in High School. Blair was cruel to her, and she just got on with her life without him and everyone else in her little town. Nicola returns to town to give her sister some time off and time away after 12 years. Fate has a way of throwing Nicola and Blair together, and ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anybody But Him is a cute, sassy, funny romantic comedy. It started out a little quirky and confusing, but midway through I was hooked on the story of Nicola being back in her small hometown. The characters, plot and dialogue were believable and well-written. The only idea I thought might have been farfetched was the initial meeting between the Nicola and Blair. Once they met, their interactions were natural and fun.

I was satisfied with the predictable happy ending - I like a happily ever after
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Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages, and have finalled in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Rev ...more