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(Not So) Good in a Room (California Dreamers #1)

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She’s not the kind of girl he can take home to daddy.

(NOT SO) GOOD IN A ROOM, a romantic comedy novella by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison, is a modern reimagining of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Awkward screenwriter Nellie Berg is great with words, as long as she can write them down. She’s written over thirty action scripts, but has been unable to sell a single one to H
Published April 2016
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DJ Sakata
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Favorite Quotes:

He’s actually dumber than the rug on the floor. Yet he’s still inexplicably appealing.”

“You have to admit that I have a way with words… Even if I don’t always know what they mean.”

“If Shirley Temple and Dorothy Gale had a love child she would dress like you. Except you look more like a Munchkin with your little round face and tiny body.”

“You couldn’t sell meat to a starving lion and Chris could sell cookies to a Girl Scout.”

“What can I say? I really like to get into my roles. I’m
Christine Lee
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

(Not So) Good in a Room is the first book I've read from new to me author Dakota Madison. It won't be the last.

It has lovable, relate-able characters, and the story pulled me right in. I literally read it in 1 sitting.

There is comedy, and romance, and a perfectly imperfect heroine that everyone will love. Pre-Order this book now!

This is absolutely worthy of all 5 stars I've given it!

**Review has been done in conj
A. Powers
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Super cute and fun story!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well the main character, Nellie, is just awkward, & I felt the whole book was awkward. These characters are just totally bizarre & don't inspire a reader to care about them. I felt like I was reading a book a teenager wrote. I just couldn't like any of the characters. The flow was erratic & the plot itself was weak & not developed. The story line itself had potential, but did not deliver in the plot. The humor was the only thing that kept me reading, the reason for 2 stars.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awkward screenwriter Nellie Berg is great with words, as long as she can write them down. She’s written over thirty action scripts, but has been unable to sell a single one to Hollywood. Instead of working the room, every time Nellie tries to pitch her scripts to producers she becomes overcome with anxiety and completely blanks out.

When Nellie meets another aspiring screenwriter, Roscoe Rhodes, at Pitchfestapalooza they form an unlikely friendship. Roscoe is everything Nellie is not: ou
Paula  Phillips
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourite authors is the author whose one of her pen names is Dakota Madison. I love her writing and her characters are so easy to fall in love with. I especially loved the characters in her latest release (Not So) Good in a Room. In this book which is a variant rendition of the classic Cyrano De Bergerac , we meet Nellie Berg who in herself is an oddity but an amazingly awesome scriptwriter. She has written over thirty action type scripts which each story is great , she defi ...more
This was a fun, short, amusing read that really made a lot of innuendo references concerning sports. The story focuses on Nellie, an aspiring screenwriter who is trying to pitch her script to a producer. That is, if she could ever overcome her fear of talking to a stranger. Her screen writes are perfect, and could be the best to ever grace the Hollywood screens if only she could pitch the damn things! Upon bumping into a tall, dark, and charming stranger at Pitchapalooza, she makes the best on ...more
Sybil aka Lala
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book in one word? CUTE!

Just simply cute and adorable and sweet and funny and a brilliant way to spend an hour or two.

Roscoe and Nellie had a bit of a rough start to their friendship but Roscoe was completely charmed by Nellie’s weirdness. Nellie in turn has spent most of her life behind the screen of her computer and she wouldn’t know if a man was hitting on her if he was using a club. So now that she has two men showing interest, life is about to get much more interesting.

Performance anxie
Nicole Dunton
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nellie is an aspiring script writer looking to get her scrips opted. The problem is, she suffers social anxiety and is unable to find the courage to pitch her scripts. At an event, she meets a guy who proposes a perfect idea to help her with her problem. Can this be the golden idea she needs or will it backfire?

I want to start off by saying that I totally adored this story idea. It was amazing and cute and I could of just read it forever. However, I did have a few problems with it. I feel like t
Fiction  Vixens Blog
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading anything by Dakota Madison and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet ,fun story. Ms Madison has given us a short ,fun amusing story that will suck us in and keep us there from start to finish ,and will leave us wanting more from this author. The characters are amazing and so easy to fall for and each has their only charm. The story centers around poor Nellie who really wants to be screenwriter ,but it seems every time she tries to pitch one of her stories ...more
Dana Busenbark
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is pitchfestapalooza you ask? Well, you're going to have to read this book to find out in the very first chapter what it means and what it is. Imagine being there, and then suddenly having no control of your body, including your voice. What would you do? I will say this, the title of the book has a whole lot to do with pitchfestapalooza. Who is this Roscoe guy and why is Nellie suddenly nicknamed Munch? What does Roscoe invite Nellie to and why does she refuse to go? What does Roscoe assume ...more
Katy Gray
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lead character Nellie is a scriptwriter in LA, she's really good apparently but she's awful in a room and can't pitch a story to anyone. Along comes Roscoe, another screenwriter and his gorgeous but very dumb cousin Chris, a wannabe actor. Roscoe comes up with the amazing idea for Chris to pretend to be the screenwriter and pitch while Nellie continues to write. Things are going well until Nellie has second thoughts and wants to pull out.

So, not so good in a room? Hmm, not so good a book either
Rebecca Austin
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-magic
Nellie Berg wants to be a screenwriter but every time she goes to pitch her stories she freezes and can't get her words out. After her latest disaster she meets Roscoe Rhodes who is great at pitching ideas but he hasn't written anything.

Roscoe suggests that she has someone else pitch her ideas for her and suggests his cousin, actor Chris Rhodes to help her out. When it is clear that Nellie has talent will she let Chris take all the credit? But maybe Nellie will let Chris take even more than that
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Nellie is an aspiring screenwriter from Kansas, and she has a big problem: when faced with producer, she can't seem to get the words out of her mouth to make her pitch. She runs into Roscoe while pitching her screenplay, and is convinced to attend his group for aspiring action screen-writers. Together they come up with the idea of getting Roscoe's cousin to pitch the movie, which is a great idea...until it isn't.

This is a quick re
Holly Smyth
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Truthfully, I had a hard time getting into this book. I found the characters rather shallow and self-interested. The main character was a misfit that made the book read like a teen/young adult coming-of-age story. The plot was adequate but not realistic in that the actions taken by the characters weren't considered in their entirety, similar to poor choices often made when one is young. I felt that the sex was thrown in to try to enhance a w ...more
Jessica Mitchell
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romantic book about two people trying to make it California, but each has their own problems for not a being able.... can they help each other out?
In this first book you have a average woman named Nellie. Who loves to screen write but can't pitch her idea to save her life. So a little bit of lying, a friend who wants to be a writer too and a hunky womanizer make it all happen. Only it doesn't go as planned and everything soon spirals out of control. Will she every be able to claim her wo
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
so what do you do when you find a shy writer and a arrogant writer and a arrogant actor and a best friend who is a nanny .
you get complete chaos .
so what if you were too shy to pitch your work so your writing can be a movie .
and what if a man meets a woman who piques his interest
and a cousin who likes the same woman whom you do .
and a best friend who thinks her roomate needs to explore more .
what may happen find out by buying and reading and reviewing .
this is an ARC review given in excha
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for honest review.

I'd feel very comfortable giving it a 4/5 stars.
If you like vanilla romance, you would certainly enjoy this little number. The copy I received was without a cover, but u see here it certainly suits it. This novella left me wanting to read the full books for sure. I'm horrible at small reviews, so to see my whole review visit here:

Brittaini Ova and Out!!
Donna Huber
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, romance
I was looking forward to a cute, fun read. The story line was pretty predictable, but I was okay with that and Dakota Madison had some quirky characters. it should have been a cute, fun read. Such great potential. But the plot was rushed; the story and characters could have been more developed. It felt like a highlights reel. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Cyrano de Bergerac meets the casting couch in this light romance. Nellie is a screenwriter who can script a terrific action movie but freezes up when it's time to pitch. An unmotivated screenwriter offers the services of his actor to help sell Nellie's scripts--but then the work won't be known as hers, and crushes complicate matters.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I felt rushed reading this novella.

Nellie is an up and coming screenwriter, only she can't perform. At a pitch fest, she meets Roscoe Rhodes, who can perform fabulously, but sucks at writing. He helps Nellie by introducing him to Chris, his cousin. But Nellie falls for Chris, only to have Roscoe find out he likes her too.

There it is in a nutshell.

Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It reminded me that I use to be this type of girl growing up. The story line was well written and it made me want to read the book. I found it funny
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read about 30% of this book and stopped. I just couldn't get into. Wasn't into the dialog or the plot.
Socially Book Nerd
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny, I had tears and my sides ached I laughed so much.
The sarcastic verbal sparring matches are epic!!!
Adorable, Funny Quick Read
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A cute, fun, quirky and hilarious story with funny and interesting characters.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also wr ...more

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