Title: The Only Guy
Author: Skylar Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Spin-off of The Guy from Glamour
A Work in The Guy Series
Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.
Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he’s an oddball, and that he’s an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron. Over the years, Jesse was a faithful pen pal to him. Still, he’s shocked to his core to find Aaron on his doorstep.
As long-buried secrets and past hurts take center stage, the two are overwhelmingly drawn to each other. But it’s their future that may force them to risk everything.
I will admit, after being disappointed with The Guy from Glamour, I went into my reading of The Only Guy by Skylar M Cates with much lower expectations. This time I was pleasantly surprised.
We start in childhood when Aaron Weiss is obviously in lust with his straight best friend, and his straight best friend’s little brother is obviously head over heels for Aaron. Aaron is pretty clueless and eventually ends up in the Army, rather than face his former best friend. Fast forward a decade and Aaron is home from the Army with a bum heart and not much going for him.
Aaron and Jesse are an odd pair. I like that it isn’t instant love. I like that they both have shit to deal with on their own. I like that once Jesse gets what he wants, he is bullheaded enough not to let Aaron play him. I like that neither MC is perfect. I like that Ms. Cates was much more judicious with her use of sex scenes.
I still felt there was a predictability inherent in the plot of The Only Guy, but not so much that I felt I could skip ahead and not miss something important. I also appreciated that in the end, not every conflict had been wrapped up in a bow. There is still room for this relationship to build and grow, but you know they will be together for a long time.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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