Review: Anybody But Him by Claire Baxter


Title:  Anybody But Him
Author: Claire Baxter
Publisher/Year:  Random House Australia 7/1/13


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 couldn’t 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 boy she hated.Except Blair doesn’t seem to be a ‘bad boy’ any more – in fact, he’s charming, infuriatingly helpful and extremely attractive. If only Nicola could forgive and forget . . .

My Thoughts

I was looking for a book to read to take me out of the dystopia and erotica curve that i’ve been on, and this was a cute story.  we’re introduced to Nikki who finds herself returning home to help out with her parents who have always been a bit colorful, while also allowing her sister to get some peace of mind and do something for herself for once.  Niki is a successful accountant in her own right who lives in Syndey i believe and she’s swapped her home and life with her sister so that she can pick up some slack.

What she gets is a quick smack in the face of a reminder from when she was in high school.  she had this huge crush on Blair – this Jock popular guy and he embarrassed her full force.

So this story takes us on a journey of Niki trying to figure out how to make it through a 3 month stay back home, while finding a comfortable place in a small company where her best friend works as a receptionist (and who is having her own relationship troubles that we delve into a bit) and continually crossing paths with Blair who she still feels some bit of unease around.

All in all, we go on a mini roller coaster with these guys, nothing unexpected, but quite enjoyable none the less.  Definitely a good summer read and something to add to my YA type books to quench that bit of a thirst.  (cliche much?)


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