Book Review: Cover Girl by Nic Tatano

19 Mar
Book Review: Cover Girl by Nic Tatano

 Thank you to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for gifting me this book. I was looking forward to reading Cover Girl as it is the second book I have read by Nic Tatano. The first book ‘Twitter Girl’ was rated in my top ten reads of 2015, which you can read HERE So I had high hopes for this new book.


Powerhouse romance editor Keira Madison is known as “Cover Girl” – because she’s come up with the concepts for the covers of the best selling novels in history. But right now, she’s desperate to replace her best selling author.

Wannabe author Alex Bauer has given up hope of ever selling his military thriller, so he takes a shot at writing a romance and sends it to super agent Bella Farentino. She’s blown away by the book, but more shocked to find out the author is a man. So she decides it’s best to keep it a secret when pitching the novel – what does a man know about romance after all?

When Keira buys the book, Alex needs a cover story to hide the fact he’s the real author. So he invents a fictional cousin who’s an agoraphobe; too shy to ever leave the house. He agrees to work as “her” intermediary during the editing process while getting a friend to “play” the author on the phone.

One major problem. He falls hard for Keira, a spunky redhead who is a dead ringer for the heroine in the book. And she’s smitten with him, as he’s a clone of the novel’s romantic hero, a fictional Mister Right come to life.

You see where this is going.

As the release date for the book gets closer, their relationship grows stronger while the tale of the fictional author goes over the top. At some point Alex will have to come clean that he’s the real author of the book but worries he’ll risk losing Keira because she won’t be able to trust him.

It’s “Tootsie” meets the publishing world… without anyone getting dressed up in drag.

Published September 3rd 2015 by HarperImpulse


My Thoughts:

As I mentioned I had high hopes for this book, due to the last one. I did enjoy Cover Girl, but not quite as much as Twitter Girl. The ‘spunky redhead’ Keira is not quite as spunky as the redhead in Twitter Girl. I did like her, especially because she is written as a real woman i.e she likes her food, she isn’t ‘perfect’, and when times go bad…. she turns to chocolate!! (I can relate to that part for sure)

“Fine, I’ll have chocolate for dinner”.

The story was cute, if a little predictable. It has great characters who make up a love square! The two main characters Keira and Alex (the publisher and the Author) fall for each other, but both are seeing other people. The story revolves around what happens with them and includes a couple of outer characters, who are also really interesting too.

I liked to hear about the publishing side of things in this story, as I don’t know a lot about publishing, editing etc. So it was interesting to hear about it as part of a good read. The novel was written almost like a story within a story, it was cleverly written to give the reader a insight into a writers mind and a publishers mind. But  whilst doing so was still an easy read. Obviously the Author has experience of both. 

The characters used language that was total bookish talk too, Keira says:

“…you should consider me a sold out best seller. Currently unavailable”. 

I enjoyed this book, it is an easy reading story with cute parts, funny parts, parts where you are screaming ‘No, don’t do that’ and parts when you are saying ‘do it do it’!!  😉

I did find it a little odd that the publishers didn’t want its readers to know that the Author was a man. (because readers are less likely to read romance novels written by men). The gender of the Author makes no difference to me, I consider the cover, the description and the reviews, so it did make me wonder if this is true or if it were just added for the story effect? Would this make a difference to you? Let me know.

Have you read any books by Nic Tatano, can you recommend any others and what did you think of Cover Girl? Do you want to read it? Does it make a difference to you if the Author is male or female? 









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12 responses to “Book Review: Cover Girl by Nic Tatano

  1. Double the Monkey Business

    March 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I dont think I have ever paid attention to the gender of authors, I have to agree. I am always on the look out for new books though and will check both these books out. I might start with Twitter girl. Just popping in from WkendBlogShare

    • chocolatepages

      March 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Twitter Girl was definitely better. I think the Author has another book either just out or due very soon too. I think I will take a look at that too. Hope you enjoy them.

  2. Picking Up Toys

    March 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t think it really matters about the authors gender does it?You either like their style of writing or not,suppose it would remove half the story without that bit though lol.I do enjoy this type of book though and I like them to have that feel good ending even though you know where it’s going most of the time x #kcacols

    • chocolatepages

      March 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Exactly, it was the crutch of the story so it was necessary. But interesting to know if it makes a difference to anyone. Not to us at least! Thanks for popping by.

  3. mumjd

    March 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I haven’t come across the author Nic Tatano. I haven’t really thought about gender of authors. I know some use different pen-names for some of their books only. Like the sound of this book. Will go and take a look at your review of Twitter Girl next

    • chocolatepages

      March 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      That’s true, I’d forgotten about pen names, I guess that is the same kind of thing. 😉

  4. Suburban Mum

    March 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve not heard of the author before but the story sounds like an interesting one and seems like a good read!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on sunday x

    • chocolatepages

      March 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you, I did enjoy it, and I will be back on Sunday with more book reviews.

  5. Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)

    April 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I do enjoy a good book! i haven’t heard of this author before so thank you for the review 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again this Sunday.

    • chocolatepages

      April 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you, it was a really fun read. I will definitely be back on Sunday, I missed you last week.

  6. A Moment with Franca

    April 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    It does not make a difference to me if the author is female or male as long as the story is good there is no problem with that. The story of this book is very interesting. I guess also learning more about the publishing and editing side of a book sounds very appealing to me. It definitely seems like a good read. Great review as always!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 x

    • chocolatepages

      April 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you, it was interesting to read about the publishing in a fiction story. Easy reading. Thanks as always for hosting kcacols, looking forward to Sunday after our holiday week. Hope you had a lovely time.


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