Named one of Cosmopolitan's Best Books of 2018
From the husband and wife writing duo Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer comes Mr. Nice Guy, a funny and all too real comedy about the pursuit of success in life--and love--in today's working world.
Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home...
Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire's sex columnist thanks to the boys' club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.
Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, "Nice Guy." Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together... and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.
It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.
“The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City—a page-turner that's part sex diary, part coming-of-age story." —Carolyn Kylstra, editor in chief, SELF
“I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!! It totally messed up my week, it messed up my deadlines, but I absolutely loved it.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians
Spouses Feifer and Miller's witty romp through the allegedly glamorous world of magazines follows an aspiring writer and the jaded sex columnist who unintentionally launches his career and boosts it into the stratosphere. Na ve Southerner Lucas Callahan worships Empire magazine and is thrilled when he lands a gig as a fact-checker there. When he embarks on his first one-night stand with an attractive brunette he meets in a dive bar, he doesn't know she's Carmen Kelly, the sex columnist for Empire. Carmen is increasingly jaded, and after a night of so-so sex, she excoriates Lucas in her well-read column. Hurt, Lucas pens an eloquent rebuttal and soon finds himself cast as "Mr. Nice Guy" in a relationships and sex column in Empire. Neither expects to fall in love but when they do, they'll be forced to decide between ambition and desire. The authors' intimate knowledge of the New York City media world is on full display in this smart successor to glossy media business tell-alls such as The Devil Wears Prada and they aptly illustrate the sometimes ruthless tactics endemic to this career path. Sharp and satisfying, this well-plotted, expertly characterized tale will have readers turning the pages quickly to get the latest dishy details.