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Nick of Time (A Bug Man Novel)

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You've got to love the obnoxious, wise-cracking supersleuth Nick Polchak. This installment is full of his singular humor, bug facts, mystery and marriage advice. This book stands alone, but if you want to fully appreciate Nick and Alena's story, read … see full wiki

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Lots Of Laughs And Loads Of Fun

  • Aug 15, 2011
Since September of 2009, fans of the Bug Man Series have been waiting to find out what happens next in Nick's suddenly full love life. Ends Of The Earth abruptly ended with Nick impulsively proposing marriage, but with two women present for his proposal, it was literally left to the readers to decide who would become Nick's fiancé. When the votes were tallied, Alena was the winner! Yea!! She got my vote. It's now wedding time. Four days before their wedding to be exact and where is Nick? In Virginia with Alena working on final wedding details? In North Carolina wrapping up his spring classes so he can spend the summer with his new bride? No, Nick is tracking down a cold case that he believes led to the murder of a close friend. Anyone familiar with this series knows what that means. With Nick's propensity for doggedly pursuing a case to the exclusion of everything else, poor Alena is left to wonder if she's going to have a groom at her long awaited wedding. As with all the books in the Bug Man Series, Nick is Nick, which means lots of laughs, sarcasm and cynicism, shrugged off unwanted advice, and loads of fun for the reader.

Ugh, I hate to wait and much to my displeasure, there is still more waiting. I wanted Alena to be the recipient of Nick's proposal, but I was a little worried about her. After all, Nick's still thinking more like an insect than a human. He is making progress, but I was hoping that in the intervening months between his proposal and his wedding he might have made a little more. Like at least understand that if you say you're going to call, you'd better do it. But alas, Nick is still struggling with social etiquette and the basics of romance.

Nick of Time is exactly what one would expect from a Bug Man book. Given the upcoming wedding and Alena's attempts to find Nick, the murder mystery was not as intricate as previous books in the series. That was just fine with me. I actually was more interested in Alena and Nick's relationship. Downs did a great job of staying real to the characters. Nick did exactly what I thought his character should do. His friends responded as they should. Alena did exactly what I thought she should do. The advice given to both Nick and Alena was great, but they both did what felt right for their characters. There were times I was ready to deck dear Nick, but throughout the course of the story, at least he made some forward progress towards becoming more human.

Even with the characters doing what I expected them to do, Nick of Time was not at all predictable or boring, though there were some parts that felt too familiar. It had some nice twists that were both suspenseful and humorous, not to mention, quite satisfying for those (particularly women readers) who thought Nick was an insensitive jerk. The book ended as it should and I forgave Nick for his multitude of romantic sins. Like the previous books in this series, Nick of Time is a great story with lots of fun and an awkward romance right up my alley.

Review title provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson.

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