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Nobody's Business (Nobody Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Gina Ardito
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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After the death of her husband, professional competitive skier Brooklyn Raine has shunned the press. Living as Lyn Hill, bed-and-breakfast owner in a quaint Vermont mountain town, Brooklyn keeps a low profile and avoids any link to her former celebrity status. Now, her famous older sister has arrived with her children and fiancé in tow, and the spotlight threatens to burn bright on Brooklyn once again.

Sports reporter Douglas Sawyer sustained a devastating loss in Iraq and no longer cares about his career, much less his future. At the insistence of friends and family, he becomes the first civilian participant in Ski-Hab, a winter sports rehabilitation program for war veterans and amputees. After he discovers that pushy Lyn Hill is actually former ski star Brooklyn Raine, his instincts sense the perfect story line to thrust him back into the journalism world. Despite interference from other skiers, the local cab driver, and Brooklyn herself, Doug is determined to chronicle the life of the former ski champ.

But when their secrets are revealed, each will face a hard choice. Will Brooklyn and Doug abandon the easy trail to take a chance on the more challenging slope to love?



Editorial Reviews

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Nobody's Business is a compelling tale addressing modern day themes - war, injury, death, and recovery.  The reader will root for Doug in his quest to romance the reluctant Lyn, and Lyn's gradual awakening from grief and isolation is well told, with emotion and nuance.  Doug's conflict over his feelings for Lyn versus his mining her for information about her life adds to the story's depth.  Readers will thoroughly enjoy a tale about two individuals who are so different from each other, yet their life trajectories bring them together with an unforgettable impact.  Another 5 star read from Gina Ardito! -- InD'Tale Magazine (For full review, go to indtale.com/reviews/nobody's-business)

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"Nobody’s Business is a compelling tale addressing modern day themes – war, injury, death, and recovery. The reader will root for Doug in his quest to romance the reluctant Lyn, and Lyn’s gradual awakening from grief and isolation is well told, with emotion and nuance. ... Another 5 star read from Gina Ardito!" -- InDTale.Com

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  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K2E500
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw in this book January 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I really liked this book except for one thing. The heroine, Brooklyn Raine, a former ski champion is described as being tiny, while the hero, Doug is well over six feet tall. Brooklyn herself even mentions that Doug is about fourteen inches taller than she is. My husband of many years is about eight inches taller than I am, and that's about the height difference I am comfortable with. But that's just me. Now back to Nobody's Business. I got this book at my local library and it was an enjoyable read. Brooklyn is keeping secrets because of the pain she suffered at the death of her husband, also a ski champion. She has made a new life for herself and she shuns the spotlight. Doug Sawyer has his own secrets - he is a former sports writer and once he finds out who Brooklyn is he wants to shine the spotlight on her and her work with the Ski-Hab program. Doug sees a chance to revive his career with the story. Brooklyn wants to keep her part in the Ski-Hab program a secret. Both of them pass up the opportunity to tell the other who they are and lay their cards on the table, leading to a mix-up that could end things for them. Ms. Ardito weaves a satisfying story and ties everything up nicely. I look forward to the final book in the series and to further books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good read June 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
What a heartwarming tale. Ms Ardito weaves this love story with an expert hand. While the hero is an injured war hero, we quickly see him as more than just someone to feel sorry for. He's determined to rebuild his life like any other normal person. The heroine also has her scars, but hers are on the inside and Doug patiently uncovers them, until Lyn is free of her pain. A truly satisfying read that leaves the reader feeling good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Veteran amputees angle kept me going. August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm no fan of romance novels, but this title caught my attention because of the veteran amputees angle. Lyn, a former Olympic skier whose husband died of cancer has retired from public life. To honor her late husband, also a champion skier, she opens a B&B in a ski area and, with the help of an amputee, opens a skiing rehab center for amputee vets called Ski-Hab.

Enter Mr. Uh-Oh. Doug is a sports reporter who went to Iraq for a story. The humvee he was in blew up and he was the only survivor, minus his right/dominant arm. He is the first non-vet to enter the Ski-Hab program.

The tension comes from Doug wanting a "where is she now" story about the former Olympian, and her horror of any publicity. They're hiding these major secrets from one another while falling in love (in one week!). The secrets were a stretch for me; I would have blurted them out. But if you're a romance fan, there is a decent amount of tension build-up before they manage to fall into each other's arms/arm.

The author is a solid writer, not much corny stuff or overused cliches. I was confused as to whether Lyn had one sister or two -- ultimately, two. I would recommend this book to romance readers who like a clean read with little over-sentimentality.

-- Java Davis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! cute middle piece to trio July 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really liked the simplicity of this installment in the Nobody Romances. Even though the romance within the last few chapters seems a little rushed, it is a good read nonetheless. I like how the story captures highlights of its predecessor while taking on an attitude of its own. I wish that there was more detail given to some of the characters listed in this book. I think it would have added some more value to the intensity and strength of this novel. Yet, as I stated previously, simplicity is really nice and makes this story unique. The chronicles of a woman scorned by vulnerability to only find it again for good is quite intriguing. Can't wait to dig into the next installment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting November 25, 2013
By CiCi J
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A sweet interesting take on celebrity and the role of the paparazzi. The back story of the various characters is good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's fool on this purchase! August 30, 2013
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Just as wonderful as the first novel in the series: Nobody's Darling! I could not put the book down. I didn't even turn the television on until after the last page was read. I've already purchased and will be reading the next book of the series (Nobody's Perfect) tomorrow! Job well done Gina!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read February 27, 2013
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This story-line is a novel twist. I enjoyed it. I wonder if there really is a program like this for our Wounded Warriors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ BUT WAY TOO SHORT! February 7, 2013
By J Benz
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This was a good read, really good at the start but then I felt it was way too short, not detailing the characters or the story enough. There were several relationships developing during the course of the book but none of them were really explored like I wish they had been. Especially the main one. A great build up and then boom! they were in love (kind of like after one short date and a walk in town). Would have loved to explore them more and also the snowboarder and the daughter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
Yes, I liked this book, as well as the other two in the series, so far. What I DIDN'T like is the abrupt ending with very few loose ends tied off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by motormouth65
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the other two I read
about the Raine sisters, but this book fell flat for me. April and Summer seemed real, but Lyn? Not real and not at all likeable. Such a delicate flower! Read more
Published 2 months ago by CEECEE
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Business is a bit of entertaining fluff
I have now read two of the Nobody Romances and I find them entertaining and light. A nice book for beach or bath or any time you just want to escape for a little while into a bit... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jill S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Story
I read the first "Nobody's" story in the series and enjoyed it very much. So I figured why not continue? I'm glad I did! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Deborrah Menow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I have never heard of this author and decided to give it a read. I was very happy I did. What a surprise to find such good stories that flow easily and make you laugh. Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute romance
Nice story. I liked the disabled Vets tie in. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published on January 21, 2013 by S. Abshire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was a very good read. A little slow at first, but a great way to pass the the time.
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More About the Author

I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I'm not boasting. I just figure that if you're reading this, you're looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear reader, even if you're not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother, not a female. We're human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:

I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don't know--jingles from television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I'm grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I'm not singing, I talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after a while.

I don't eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about ten years ago, but I'd still rather have a cookie.

Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I'm extremely fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.

I can't sleep without background noise so the television's on all night. If it's too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts. And even *I* don't want to be alone with my thoughts.

Don't ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have absolutely no rhythm.

I color outside the lines. Not because I'm a rebel, but because I suck as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don't even draw that well.

Regrets. I have more than a few.

My favorite activity is sleep, and I'm pretty good at it. I don't clock a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate within ten minutes.

I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong in my life.

My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter century claims it's because I'm an alien sent to Earth to destroy him. (He might be right about that.)

Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you've given me plenty of advance notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets once a week (I'm climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?) Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally honest, it's not on the list at all.

I can resist anything...except ice cream.

Since this is our first date, I figure I've revealed enough secrets for now. But if you've read this bio and think I might be the author for you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website: www.ginaardito.com and my personal blog: http://ginaardito.blogspot.com.

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