I don’t do book reviews very often. It’s not that I don’t like/love most of the books I read, but more often than not, I find the majority of my to-be-ordered/read list from reviews I've found through the blogosphere. Plus, I am an incorrigible ‘mood reader’- I go looking for books I’m in the mood for, whether its YA, Romance, Historical, Paranormal, etc…I read a little bit of everything but one thing that really seals the deal on if I order a book or not is the reviews.
This week I read my first book by Kristan Higgans entitled ‘Just One of the Guys’ and after finishing, I not only went and gave it five stars on Goodreads but I also did a quick review (which I never do). I couldn’t help it! The book totally rocked my world.
Back cover description : So when journalist Chastity O’Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it’s time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems : #1—she’s five feet eleven inches of rock-solic girl power, and #2—she’s cursed with four alpha male older brothers.
While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there’s only one problem : Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she’s never quite gotten over—although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.
Yet, the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competitions, the irresistible Trevor just can’t seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys…
Well, the back cover description pretty much blows chowder compared to what this little beauty actually holds.
What I love about Higgan’s characters is that they are all flawed in some way but she was very clever in choosing flaws that would help advance the plot. In the very first scene Charity chokes on a hors d’œuvre and struggles to give herself the heimlich all while her boyfriend of three weeks (who doesn’t notice her dilema) tries to ‘put her down’ gently. I knew from the first page that this wasn’t going to be a normal chick lit/contemporary romance.
Not only are the situations themselves funny as hell, but the way the main character explains and shares her thoughts is right on the money. –and I’m not talking about that faint pleasant smile and head bob I usually get while reading witty dialogue or even a mild-mannered ‘snort’ here and there when something silly happens. I’m talking about having to put the book down and laugh for a good minute, replaying the episode in my head while my husband looks at me like I’ve finally lost it. --From being chased down by her female dog in heat during a first date to realising she’s been chatting with her BROTHER on eharmony.com, we laugh and cry by Chastity’s side as she struggles to find her way through the dating pool towards Mr. Right. This was just too good not to share !
I hope ya’ll have a great Monday !