the Meryl Streep of acting like I don’t want to lock myself in a closet with
Nico Todd and lick him all over.
going to look back at him. If I look back at him, he’ll think I’m flirting. And
I’m not flirting. I’m just a really awesome waitress who obsesses about the
well-being and voice and eyelashes and butt and hands and full lips of all my
customers. I check in with my other table to see if these non-Nico people want
anything else, and quickly glance over my shoulder at him.
wizard show—always more of a movie nerd—but I watched the first season if I was
at home when it was on. I was thirteen and my friends had pictures of Shane
Miller and Nico Todd up in their lockers. I may have had Annie Leibovitz
portraits and stills from Ken Burns documentaries taped to mine, but I had eyes
and hormones. Still do!
coffee shop, but my stomach flipped in a way that it hadn’t in years. We get
all kinds of celebrities in here pretty much every night, because Beachwood is
that kind of neighborhood. It’s a casual hipster restaurant, so most people
roll in here wearing T-shirts and jeans, unless they’re talent agency
doucheholes. But some people look better in T-shirts and jeans than others.
Some people have that glow about them, even in a dimly lit retro coffee shop.
And all the other waitresses who were on that shift were talking about Nico in
the back of the house. It seemed like every one of them knew someone or had
heard about someone who’d been out with him—once or twice. I’ve been somewhat
out of the loop for about six years, so that was the first I’d heard of him
becoming a musician, and that was when I knew for certain that he’d be
off-limits for me.
occasionally wonder what the fuck he’s up to when he isn’t here. And to think
about him every time I take a shower.
he has this way of singing with his whole heart and soul even though he isn’t
usually belting things out. And he’s got magic fingers because the way he plays
guitar—I swear it feels like he’s strumming my clitoris. His songs are cool but
warm at the same time, like an ice cream sundae. They’re all about women, of
course, and it’s so easy to close your eyes and picture him singing to you.
Even the songs that are about things not working out with a girl are somehow
poignant and swoony.
realized something: even though he writes and sings love songs—he never once
says the words “I love you.”
got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year
career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly
wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and
then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific
Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write
about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing
dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
After reading about Nico in “Sleeper”, I was all in to read his story in Charmer. I was not disappointed.
Nico Todd is a singer/songwriter who is about to go on a cross-country tour for his new album, “Charmer”. While at a coffee shop late at night writing songs, he meets Kat, a waitress who catches his eye. He is instantly smitten with Kat, but she keeps him at arms length.
Turns out there is a reason for Kat’s hesitance – she’s a single mom who is working on getting through school. Her son comes first, which I can totally appreciate. Once Nico finally gets Kat to open up, he finds out that she is in school to be a documentary filmmaker. So he comes up with the idea of hiring her to come on his tour, son and mother in tow, and document his tour.
While this was an interesting idea, having a 6-year old on a tour bus for a few months had it share of problems. But man, Tate, the son, was a super cute kid. Add that to Kat’s mom, Louise, who was an absolute stitch, you came out of this with a great cast of characters that we’re all rooting for.
I enjoyed this story very much. I love the process of reading about two people falling in love. When there is a third person, it’s even sweeter. The songs in the book were really great as well, and this book had some laugh out loud moments.
I would recommend both books in this series (Sleeper and Charmer) and this author.