Book Review: Not So Good In a Room by Dakota Madison 1


Not So Good In a Room

by Dakota Madison





She’s not the kind of girl he can take home to daddy.

(NOT SO) GOOD IN A ROOM, a romantic comedy novella by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison, is a modern reimagining of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Awkward screenwriter Nellie Berg is great with words, as long as she can write them down. She’s written over thirty action scripts, but has been unable to sell a single one to Hollywood. Instead of working the room, every time Nellie tries to pitch her scripts to producers she becomes overcome with anxiety and completely blanks out.

When Nellie meets another aspiring screenwriter, Roscoe Rhodes, at Pitchfestapalooza they form an unlikely friendship. Roscoe is everything Nellie is not: outgoing, witty, charming…and good in a room. Roscoe suggests that Nellie hire his cousin, Chris, an unemployed actor to pitch her scripts to producers.

Things get complicated when Nellie falls for Chris and she seeks Roscoe’s help to seal the deal. Roscoe realizes he actually has feelings for Nellie. And Hollywood falls in love with the hot the new pretend screenwriter, who has never even read an entire script let alone written one.

WARNING: This book contains foul language, sexual innuendo and a little bit of hanky panky.  Buyer beware.


My Rating:

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Favorite Quotes:


He’s actually dumber than the rug on the floor.  Yet he’s still inexplicably appealing.”


“You have to admit that I have a way with words… Even if I don’t always know what they mean.”


“If Shirley Temple and Dorothy Gale had a love child she would dress like you.  Except you look more like a Munchkin with your little round face and tiny body.”


“You couldn’t sell meat to a starving lion and Chris could sell cookies to a Girl Scout.”


“What can I say?  I really like to get into my roles.  I’m a Methodist actor.”


My Review:


This book has everything I like to see in a story – witty banter, humorous dialogue, endearing yet flawed characters, and an entertaining and unique plot with smart and clever writing.  It was adorable, relevant, and fun – with a side order of a sweet and slightly steamy love story.  The tale was interesting and amusing from start to finish and remained an enjoyable read throughout.  Dakota Madison is holding strong at the top of my list and is my new favorite author.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMERS is a series of interconnecting romantic comedy stories that can be read as STAND ALONE NOVELLAS or as part of the SERIES.



(Not So) Good in a Room (Nellie’s Story)
Beautiful Abyss (Chris’s Story)
So Far Away (Maddie’s Story)
Rookie Mistake (Cody & Maya’s Story)


USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.


One comment on “Book Review: Not So Good In a Room by Dakota Madison

  1. Reply heylu May 30,2016 5:16 am

    Dumber than the rug on the floor, I’ve got to use that next time. This seems like a really fun book! Love the review!

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