Audio Review: Waiting for Nick by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Waiting for Nick by Nora RobertsWaiting For Nick by Nora Roberts
Series: The Stanislaskis: Those Wild Ukrainians #5
Published by Silhouette on November 1st 2004
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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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10 Responses to “Audio Review: Waiting for Nick by Nora Roberts”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Ooh I love that Nick is a Broadway composer! This one sounds like something I could get into – I kind of like those young girl crushes turned romance. Is there a lot of Broadway type settings to the story?

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Nick and Freddie end up collaborating on a musical. So there are a number of scenes of them working together, but it’s mostly at Nick or Freddie’s apartments. It is fun, though!

  2. Nick

    Yet another book by Nora Roberts I haven’t had the chance to read yet. It sounds great though and I love the sound of Freddie especially. I can see myself rooting for Nick & Freddie too. 🙂
    Lovely review!

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I loved this one!! I think it was one of the first Roberts books I ever read and it was mostly because I was in a friends to lovers binge. I had forgotten about Nick smoking but now that you mention it I definitely remember that. I read this book in the early 2000s and it was a little jarring then now it’d just be shocking! You’re making me want to reread this series. You’re a terrible influence! 🙂

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    I had to pop over to Goodreads and look, I have read all put this one…so it will go on my list! Thanks for sharing I am glad it was a winner for you. So true about novels dating themselves like that…all the eighties books and movies had smokers.

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