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Animate Me [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Clampett
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Book Description

She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together?
For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections.

But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?

Contains sexy scenes-Recommended for 18+


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A unique and sweet storyline that will have you cheering from the start. ~ Jennifer, Wolfel's World of Books

I loved these characters...an instant favorite. I didn't want it to end! ~Brenda, Amazon Reader
 
Incredibly sweet, hot, & well written. ~ Miss Construed's Reviews

A home run. Nathan's the kind of guy I hope my sons grow into-the kind that look for a special girl then pour their whole soul into loving her. ~V. Rundell, Amazon Reader

A fun & sexy romance! ~The Little Black Book Blog
 
A story so different from other books. Great characters that come to life on the pages. ~Cindy J, Amazon Reader

From the Author

The manuscript has been re-edited to correct missing errors.
Thank you so much for reading Animate Me! Your response has meant the world to me.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989391906
  • Publisher: Clampett Studio Collections (February 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLHAZZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By Dux
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really did enjoy this sweet debut novel. Given that it was the later-in-life author's foray, I found it to be especially well-written.

Unfortunately, and I'm going to start off with it, there is NO EXCUSE for the 50+ errors in this book -- at one point the female lead's name is misspelled. The author even thanks editors / proofreaders and I'm left thinking "are you kidding me?" If you're going to ask us to spend money and time on your book then dammit, you need to do the same before you publish. As ePublisher Jamie LaRue said: "nothing says amateur like a misspelled word." Uh-huh. One of the author's named friends is another writer whose writing I quite like, SL Scott. And SL Scott is another author whose work is unforgivably filled with errors. These two authors are really talented so their mistakes distract and detract even further. Ugh. Their writing group needs to get organized tout de suite.

Okay, "Animate Me" has a special place for me because my name is Brooke and I grew up in Toluca Lake, so as I read and kept seeing "my" name and reading place names from my childhood it felt natsukashii. However, I am not nor ever was a fan of cartoons / comics, so after purchasing this book I kept putting off its reading, wondering if I could really enjoy a book about cartoonists.

I was wrong. The comic / cartoon references only added to the story line, (almost) never felt gratuitous and never turned me off (as I am by cartoons and comics). Of course when the author mentioned her dad a few times it was hard not to feel like "oh please, not here." But I'll let it slide (-ish) because overall she made being a part of this world such a pleasant ride.

Nathan is a socially insecure mid-twenties animator who works at an animation studio.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sexy Perfection! May 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished Animate Me! To say I loved it is a gross understatement. Loved the male POV...especially since Nathan is geeky yearning romantic perfection. *swoons* Great dialogue, very real characters, just enough drama to leave you breathless...and some very nice steamy wooing.

Now I'm left to wonder what's next for Nathan and Brooke?! More please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Animate Me June 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There are so many things about this book that I liked. For example, I loved the animation within the book. The pictures made me smile. I also liked Nathan's brother, Curtis and his girlfriend Billie. I even liked Nathan, even though he isn't the kind of guy I typically would like. I love geeky guys. My husband is a geek. However, Nathan was a bit too insecure for my tastes. But, I did like him.

What didn't work for me was Nathan and Brooke's relationship. I just didn't really care for Brooke at all, so it was hard for me to see him fall in love with her. Their relationship seemed unbalanced to me. Don't get me wrong, I do think Brooke cared for him, but I never really felt their connection. They certainly shared some steamy scenes, which I thought were well done, but again...I just didn't feel it between them. Honestly, I kept waiting for Brooke to turn on him. I had hopes that Nathan would end up with someone like Morgan.

Overall, what I did like balanced out with what I didn't, so this was a hard book for me to review. It is unique and parts were fun and made me laugh. I think this book will appeal to a lot of readers who like the underdog getting the girl.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By BG
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the honor and privilege to read an advanced readers copy of Animate Me the first novel by contemporary romance author Ruth Clampett.
Animate Me tells the story of Nathan Evans an animation superhero hiding in geek clothing who spends his day drawing animation for Sketch Republic and his night's drawing his comic book B girl based on his dream girl. B girl is actually based on Brooke Tobin, a woman who is not quite comfortable in her own skin, an executive at Sketch Republic whom Nathan worships from afar. Animate Me follows the unconventional relationship of Nathan and Brooke who meet accidentally outside the work place. Through the course of the novel there are many twists and turns but in the end we find that it is important to be comfortable who you are on the inside and then you will find your happiness. We are all superheroes!
The first words in the book are the definitions of the word animate - to bring to life; to give spirit and vigor. This definition captures the absolute feel of the book and the theme. Brooke and Nathan bring each other to life over the course of the book. The most amazing part of Ms. Clampett's novel is the weaving in cartoon characters and references to classic animation. I had to laugh out loud when characters were described like Wiley Coyote or Tweety or Pepe Le Pew. In addition each chapter starts with a classic quote that sets the mood for the events to come. All the comic references give the book such spirit and vigor. One of my favorite parts of the book is the use of the word "woo" and how the characters woo each other. The best wooing is when Nathan draws pictures on Starbucks cups of B-girl and gives them to Brooke. I just could not wait to coffee time each day in the story to see what Nathan drew.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
I don't give five star reviews often. I save them for when a book really amazes me - and Animate Me did in every way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by booksofferlife
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sweet
Fun ride, great pacing, funny scenes and hilarious geek self talk, as well as sweet drawings and happy ending. Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by M. Herrle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different kind of romance story
I really liked the history of animation details woven throughout the book, and the sketches were whipped cream with the cherries on top! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Earl W. Zeitler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance
Despite the cartoons throughout this book, it's definitely not for younger audiences, although it's perhaps one of the much better romance novels this reader has read, focusing on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Animate Me
Great book didn't need all the sex scenes but otherwise a great story line. Loved that the geeks came out on top
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Trotz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and flirty
A great easy read. Perfect for the summer vacation. I was able to set it down and pick it back up later and not be lost. Haven't read a book like this in a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise from Wisconsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested til the end...
Very easy read. Kept me interested to the very end. I love animation so this was a hit gor me. Definitely would suggest it.
Published 2 months ago by Stephani Behrle
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Funny, Moving and Factual:
Without a doubt Animate Me is one of the most original romance books I have read and you can believe me when I tell you I have read hundreds. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kookooleish
5.0 out of 5 stars Very hot & steamy
I really enjoyed this book, taking an underdog & beauty and getting them together.
Very cute & romantic, hot & steamy
Published 2 months ago by Susan Beaulieu
4.0 out of 5 stars Animate Me
A very cute take on a romance story. The characters in this author work are in the animation industry so the references of super hero's, cartoon characters, and other people in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nana
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More About the Author

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she's had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

Mr. 365 is Ruth's second novel and is inspired by her varied experiences in the television world from winning big on a game show, to guest hosting on the QVC shopping network, to sharing a studio with a production team that produced early reality television. Her first novel, Animate Me, is a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who helps her plan and execute their yearly Christmas extravaganza.

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