Author: Amy Noelle
Pages: 264 pgs
Release Date: April 11th 2013
Review Source: NetGalley, Omnific
After getting hurt in college by a gorgeous man, Nicole Magette vowed never to risk losing her heart again. Now she lives a structured and satisfying life. Her work is easy, her friends are her family, and the only consistent men in her life are her two cats, Winchester and Huntington Peabody the Third. She doesn't date, and she hooks up only with losers—men she has absolutely no risk of falling for. But if she finds herself in danger, she has her old fail-safe in place—the Code Red.
In college, she and her four best friends came up with the system as a way to keep away the good-looking bastards that might worm their way past their carefully constructed walls. Seven years later, three of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds and are happily married. Now it’s just Nicole and her closest friend, Jen, who are still on their own, and Nic is just fine with that.
That is, until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole’s office from New York and assigned to work with her on a special project. He's everything she's avoided and everything she claims she doesn't want, so why can’t she get him out of her mind? He's persistent, dangerously handsome, and sexy as sin. In other words, he’s her worst nightmare. She turns to her friends to help her resist Josh’s considerable charms and the inescapable draw she feels every time she gets near him. Can the Code Red save her this time, or will Josh send her perfectly balanced life into chaos?
Code Red is Amy's debut novel and a quick, fun read for anyone looking for a little romance. I'm so glad I got the chance to read it.
I really enjoyed the fact that the character's were identifiable and fun to get to know. Nicole's struggle to deal with opening up again, and even her best friend Jen struggling with putting herself out there to meet a guy. Though the other three were married, the group of girlfriend's pushed one another when they needed it and wouldn't let them back down. Their conversations and get together's were some of my favorite parts.
The romance between Nicole and Josh was sweet and swoony. They just seemed to mesh well together and Amy did a wonderful job of building up their relationship. I enjoyed watching them find their way to one another and figure out what they wanted.
Amy did a great job of mixing romance with humor throughout the story, with only a little bit of angst, but nothing too bad. I'd definitely like to read more from Amy. So, if you're looking for a sweet, funny, and quick read then you should definitely check out Code Red.
Amy Noelle is a thirty-something single woman with two cats, Lily and Logan. Though she contends that she is not a crazy cat lady, she freely admits to being a crazy football fan. You can find her glued to the couch every fall weekend, cheering on her Seminoles and Buccaneers.
After attending Florida State University for two years, she transferred to Northern Illinois University and graduated in 1997 with degrees in Journalism and Political Science.
She was born in the Azores Islands, Portugal, and lived as a military brat from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, though she's found her permanent home in Tampa, Florida, for the last decade. Besides football and writing, her other loves are television, movies, the beach, thunderstorms, and her family and friends.