Some Nerve

Author: Jane Heller

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: September 5,2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Ann Roth has worked hard to move from the tiny Midwestern town of her childhood to become a journalist for the celebrity magazine "Famous". She prides herself on being fair and ethical. That doesn't help when her new blowhard boss tells her she needs to develop a killer instinct to go after the "big get" interview of Malcolm Goddard.

Malcolm refuses to give interviews and hates the media. Ann pulls some tricky moves with his publicist and is given an interview on one condition: Ann must conduct it while Malcolm is flying his small engine plane. Ann does her best, but at the last minute can't get on the plane. Fear of flying is at the top of her long list of phobias.

Ann's boss fires her and she decides to go back to her hometown to work for the local paper and plan her future. Fate smiles on Ann because Malcolm is coming to her town incognito to be treated for some heart problems. Ann signs up as a volunteer at the hospital. She believes this will be the best way to gain access to Malcolm and get her career back again. Along the way, Ann learns that by serving others we receive much more than we give.
With her lucky 13th novel, Jane Heller has another hit romantic comedy. We can laugh along with Ann as she deals with her phobias and the curve balls life throws her. Malcolm seems like the typical Hollywood "bad boy", but the author lets us see that even famous celebrities are just people and have to deal with the same emotional baggage from the past as the rest of us. At the same time, they must live their lives in "fishbowls".
The author says she volunteered at a local hospital to research this book and her life was changed, just as her heroine's was. She hopes her readers will laugh and have fun with this novel, but also take away a need to pursue volunteering.
I have been a big Jane Heller fan for a while and SOME NERVE is an excellent example of why she continues to be popular with so many readers.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Roberta Austin

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