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?
I’ll be honest: when I began this novel I wasn’t grabbed by the protagonist, Nathan. His ‘voice’ irritated me and I found him too whiny and annoying. As the relationship between Brooke and Nathan developed (he pretends he needs romance pointers to help with the girl he likes at work, who is actually Brooke but Brooke thinks it’s another girl Dani) I just wanted to throttle them both. Was Brooke seriously so dense that she could think Nathan liked someone else? The way he behaved with her, especially since she knew he was essentially inexperienced should have sent off warning bells.
As the story moved along and their relationship became more than just “friends” I started to enjoy their weird dynamic. When they actually behaved like a couple you couldn’t help but go “awwwww”. And of course, you can’t have a love story without conflict threatening to drive the couple apart. And we got that with Arnauld, the jerk boss who dangled Brooke’s career over her head and sabotaged any effort she made to move onto a different firm. And to make it worse, he used loopholes in the employee contract to possibly destroy Nathan as well. I really wish as Brooke and Nathan were dealing with Arnauld’s meddling they had just communicated to each other instead of staying silent. The miscommunication/lack of communication between the love interests is so irritating. I always want to reach in the book and shake the characters.
I think my favorite part of the whole story was the images interspersed with the text. This story revolves around animation and comic books. Both characters are self-proclaimed geeks when it comes to cartoons. And the way Nathan gets to Brooke’s heart is through his drawings. He creates something special on each cup of coffee he brings her. The drawings brought that touch of ‘wow’ to this story. If it had just been a story of a geeky guy who drew comics trying to win the heart of the gorgeous executive it might have fallen flat. Clampett’s own background in the animation world plus the use of cartoons to illustrate parts of the story makes it such a fabulous clever book.
4 out of 5 stars
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About the Author
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.
From this colorful background comes Ruth’s first novel, Animate Me, a fun and sexy, unique and engaging contemporary romance.
Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.
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