Series: The Stanislaskis: Those Wild Ukrainians #5
Published by Silhouette on November 1st 2004
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Frederica Kimball had been waiting all her life...waiting to grow up...waiting to become a woman...waiting for the day when Nicholas LeBeck would fall as desperately in love with her as she had always been with him.
Now, at last, she was ready!
Nick didn't know what hit him. Sweet, adorable Freddie, whom he'd always loved like a kid sister, was suddenly looking and acting like a woman--and what a woman! And she was making him feel things no brother ought to feel. The waiting was over...but the wanting had just begun.
Not too long ago I posted a Top Ten Tuesday about my favorite books featuring musicians. And in that post, I mentioned Waiting for Nick by Nora Roberts, part of The Stanislaski series written quite a few years ago. And naturally, I just had to re-read Waiting for Nick and loved every minute of it.
Nick LeBeck is a composer for Broadway. He’s successful, but he’s had a troubled past (which you can learn about in Falling for Rachel), and has quite a chip on his shoulder because of his past. Nick’s step brother, Zach, married Rachel Stanislaski years ago, and brought the Stanislaskis into Nick’s life. Which is how he met Freddie (Frederica), who is the step daughter of Rachel’s sister. It’s odd, but it doesn’t feel gross in the story. They are not related in the least.
I love Freddie. Freddie moves to New York with a very specific plan. She’s had a happy life growing up. Her father is a famous composer, and Freddie is now determined to make it in the industry as a lyricist. And she wants to work with Nick. And maybe she wants more with Nick. Freddie’s determination is really admirable. But as much as she wants to get together with Nick, she’s not obnoxious about it. And she also doesn’t let Nick walk over her.
Nick is an interesting guy, and I do really like him. He loves the Stanislaskis so much, and thus, he tries to push his attraction to Freddie away (because he doesn’t feel good enough for her). But that doesn’t really work. Sometimes Nick can be a bit mean, but he isn’t afraid of apologizing. And I was SOOOO rooting for Freddie and Nick to get together.
There are a few signs that Waiting for Nick is a bit dated. The biggest one is that Nick, the hero of the novel, is a smoker. I can’t think of one romance written in the last 10 years (maybe more) where the hero or heroine is a smoker. But besides that, Waiting for Nick is a fantastic contemporary romance read. It’s filled with a lovable heroine, a tough, but sweet hero, and a loving family that you can’t help want to be a part of.
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