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  • Published: 1 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857981080
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 150

Anybody But Him

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A deliciously funny rom com from Random Romance. What happens when you fall in love with the man you hate?

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 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 . . .

  • Pub date: 1 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857981080
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 150

About the Author

Claire Baxter

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 Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

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Praise for Anybody But Him

“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 added for extra interest . . . A sweet romance that has plenty of subplots to keep you entertained. Definitely reading more by Claire Baxter.”

Sam Still Reading, http://samstillreading.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/anybody-but-him-by-claire-baxter/

“I highly recommend this read for anyone looking for something fun and exciting, that delivers a nice message of letting go of the past.”

Desere, Contemporary Romance Reviews, http://rbh-contemporary.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/anybody-but-him-by-claire-baxter.html

“ANYBODY BUT HIM is a delightfully sweet romance. I loved the quirky characters of Nicola's parents. Author Claire Baxter brought this exceptionally realistic romance that will touch your heart and make you shed tears.”

Nas Dean, Goodreads

“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. Another thing I love about this book is, it's a sweet romance, which means I can share it with my teenage daughters. Provided they've done all their homework, of course . . . Because this ticks all the boxes where a romance is concerned and a few more besides, I'm giving it a hi five.”

Maria, Goodreads

“This was pure chick lit through and through. A cute blossoming romance thats short enough to keep your attention till the end without feeling rushed.”

Em-Afternoonbookery, Goodreads

“Ms. Baxter's contemporary romance is witty and heartfelt.”

Tifferz, Goodreads

“This was a great little novella. It was a wonderful length for the story and gave us good insight into the characters without drawing things out . . . The entire cast of characters made this book a quick and fun read that had me smiling most of the way through it”

Book Binge Blog, http://bookbinge.com/

“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.”

Marcia B, Book Muster Down Under, http://bookmusterdownunder.blogspot.com.au/

“Anybody But Him is a breezy, delightful, contemporary romance about letting go of the past, growing up, and not judging a book by its cover. Author, Claire Baxter also touches upon more serious life events such as fraud, aging parents, and divorce; however, she does so with a light hand. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two main characters and watching the dynamic of their relationship change as the story unfolds. Although there are mature topics interwoven throughout the story and Blair’s dog is named Dammit; I would have no problem recommending this book to a teenager. I think they could easily identify with the life moments that the author has created. If you are looking for a short, sweet, and easy read after a long day at work or something to soak up on a lazy Sunday I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Anybody But Him by Claire Baxter.”

Griffin's Honey Blog, http://www.griffinshoney.com/anybody-claire-baxter-bookreview/

“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 relate-able with her terrible dating history and dislike of her hometown.”

Should You Read This Book?, http://shouldyoureadthisbook.blogspot.com.au/

“This light-hearted story is a fun read that avoids the pitfalls of generic romance.”

A Book Fiend, Goodreads

“A sweet romance about love lost and then found again, even when you never thought it was possible.”

Kirsten, Goodreads

“Anybody But Him is a cute, sassy, funny romantic comedy.”

Calliope, Random Book Muses, http://randombookmuses.com/2013/07/15/review-anybody-but-him-by-claire-baxter/

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