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Nickels [Kindle Edition]

Karen Baney
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Niki Turner has finally arrived.  Her career is soaring--she has just been offered the company's most sought after account, Helitronics.  Life would be perfect, if she could stop her roommate from playing matchmaker.
 
Then Kyle Jacobs mysteriously re-enters her life.  As painful memories resurface, his presence turns her life upside down and threatens to waylay her career.  She must find a way to work with him--after all, he's the helicopter flight consultant for the new flight control system she's programming.
 
Kyle Jacobs struggles to start over in the civilian world following a tragic accident in Afghanistan. He must learn to move past the guilt. As he picks up the pieces of his life, he hopes to win Niki over, the girl he carried in his heart during the war.
 
Can Niki forget the past and see Kyle as the new man he has become?  Or will her resentment keep her from finding what she has always been searching for?
 
This contemporary novel is an upbeat and compelling story set in the Phoenix Metro Area.  Karen Baney shows a new side to her writing with great wit and banter between the main characters.   Inspired by her love of romance and of computers, this story takes readers on a journey filled with laughter and tears.


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"Karen Baney weaves a wonderful and enjoyable romance with realistic and believable characters you will grow to love as family. Nickels is an intriguing story that will capture you in the very first pages and keep you engrossed until the end." --Readers Favorite Reviews 

About the Author

KAREN BANEY, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen loves writing stories set in Arizona. Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983548684
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Author Services International LLC (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HASILA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian Contemporary December 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
Have you ever been hurt by someone in the past and even though they seem like they might have changed, you struggle with letting go of the hurt and your opinion on the way that person used to be? I know I have. Nickels is story about Niki, a young software engineer that just scored her dream account at Helitronics. The hard part is she will directly be working with Kyle Jacobs, a friend from the past that she isn't sure she should trust. And with all the loss she's had in her life she can't take any chances on a broken heart.

Niki's character is so dynamic!! She is struggling with forgiving the past and moving forward and she is very lost, which makes this character so realistic and interesting. She needs healing and she needs to trust in love again. Kyle has been through some serious tough situations also, but in the process has found God and is hoping that Niki will see his new attitude and personality as appealing!

The whole story is primarily focused on Niki and Kyle completing this computer code for Helitronics by a certain deadline. The boss keeps changing the deadline and seems to have it out for destroying Niki. You can tell Baney knows what she is talking about when describing the software aspect of the story.

Nickels is fast-moving, thought provoking, spiritual, sweet romantic, full of God's restoration and healing, forgiveness, and a match-making friend making this story one amazing Christian Contemporary novel.

I have read all of Karen Baney's historical novels and loved them but I was little nervous to see if she could pull off doing both historical and contemporary! I had nothing to worry about, Nickels was truly amazing!! I will keep reading whatever genre Baney decides to write!!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Nickels in exchange for my personal and honest opinion. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nickels by Karen Baney March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't at all sure of what to expect from this book so my mind was pretty open and I had no expectations going in. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end! I am looking forward to reading more by Karen Baney, and I would recommend her books to anyone who wants a thought provoking read.

There is a little bit of everything in this book, and it kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are well thought out, and I really enjoyed the interaction between them. I found myself laughing and crying and rooting for them at different points. I think we all have a best friend like the lady in this book, and if we don't, we wish we did!

Most of all the struggles experienced by the main character was one that I think we all identify with on some level. Although we may not be in the type of industry she is, we've all had things hit us from left field in our jobs. We may not have dealt with the issues she had to deal with in relation to her *man*, but we've felt her pain on some level. We may not struggle with our faith in the same way, but we've all faced the loss of it at some point or other. This story makes you realize that others have the same problems and reminds us all that we are not alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Urba-centered inspirational romance February 19, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Niki Turner has managed to shove the pain of her past far enough out of her life to create a successful career as a software engineer. She's hard hitting and focused and, as the novel opens, is on the verge of landing a large project with her dream client, Heliotronics. In fact, she'd be able to hold her life together if her roommate would quit trying to get her married off.

But who knew that Kyle Jacobs was back in town, and working for Heliotronics? He was the jerk who tormented her mercilessly all through high school. Worse, he was the guy she'd had a crush on. It would have been nice if his little sister-her roommate-had warned her, but no.

Can Niki ignore her revived feelings for the new-and-improved Kyle and keep the project focused on a shifting schedule? Or will the tension-and history-between them sabotage the whole thing and put lives at risk if the simulation fails?

Nickels is a contemporary romance novel set in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area. It's obvious the author is well acquainted with the heroine's career. Sometimes I wanted Niki to get over herself, but I realized that was (part of) the point of the story. Kyle's path from beginning to end was a bit more complicated and therefore seemed more understandable.

If you like Christian contemporary romance set in urban areas, you might enjoy Nickels. It's available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Niki has never quite recovered from the many losses in her past. Friend Marcy tries too hard to marry her off, while Niki seeks only success and approbation for her undoubted computing skills. Meanwhile Kyle, suffering his own losses, prays for second chances without realizing what he might find. This story starts slowly, setting up characters and situations, but finds its speed when estranged friends finally fall into step with each other.

Author Karen Baney creates an interesting mix of close friends keeping distant secrets in her Christian romance, Nickels, and it's enjoyable to find a female protagonist familiar with computers. The background is shaped by 9/11 and the foreground by software programming, but wars of the mind replace those of gun and a quiet undercurrent of faith grows strong, offering anguish or relief.

The race to complete computer code on time feels familiar to me as a former software engineer. The longer race to heal wounds is carefully steered through interesting questions of God's care and why he allows those wounds to happen. The whole is a sweet romance with all the right hurdles to cross, wise lessons in faith, great scenery, Arizona sunshine, computer programmers, and even a game of Taboo. In this pleasing romance, wounds can be healed, love can grow, and holes in lives are gracefully filled by their creator.

Disclosure: I received a free eARC of this novel from the WoMen's Literary Café in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs some heavy editing
This book suffers from too much information. There were subplots, such as a barbecue, hiking trip, single parents, harassing boss, and a new job, that added nothing to the main... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DeeDee
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK HELP YOU TO LOOK AT LIFE DIFFERENTLY
Nickels with all her experiences in her life made me to just not want to stop reading this intriguing story I just simple loved it . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nella Fourie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all-around story
This is the first Karen Baney book I have read - it was wonderful. Instead of the typical short story that ends when the man gets the girl, Karen Baney created real-life situations... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, chrisitian romance!
Never a dull moment in this lovely romance.
The sparks fly from the start, but that is exactly what captivated me and kept me reading to the end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leona
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Easy Read
Easy, relaxing reading, but enough to keep my interest. I enjoyed the story line a lot. This makes a great weekend, vacation, beach book!
Published 10 months ago by debbadoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Romance and mystery delightfully combined.
Karen is a superb author and this book reveals much about her as a software engineer and author. Her characters become real and loving; the mystery unravels without fault. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jack G Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Make a new BFF
Once again Karen Baney allows you to see yourself as best friends with Niki, the main character. So as BFF's you feel all the emotions with her, the highs and the lows. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bunni
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good read
It was a good read but I felt like the main character was a bit infantile when she held onto a grudge for high school pranks 4 years later. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lvs2read
5.0 out of 5 stars Nickels
I read a lot of books. But this was one of the best, I usually don'T READ CHRISTIAN books. There was a lot on angst in this one. I found both h/H to be well written and rounded. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. curby
5.0 out of 5 stars Nickels
I liked the story and the author allowed me to identify with the 2 main characters. I would definitely read another of her books.
Published 14 months ago by Dale Garriotte
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Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary romance novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen loves writing stories set in Arizona.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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