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Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

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Publication Date:
August 1st, 2008
Publisher: Harlequin Books
ISBN:  0373772998
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance

Lootability: ***
Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...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-solid 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 competition, the irresistible Trevor just can't seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys....
Journalist, and one of the guys, Chastity O'Neill is the only daughter in a family of four boys (and mostly firefighters) with the body of an Amazon. Meaning, if she doesn't intimidate men, then her family will.
Great.
Except now she's moved back home and is dating a hunky doctor, everything is looking just ...wrong. Her first love, Trevor, is handing around looking sexy and completely unaffected by her new bf, her parents are temporarily separated and moving towards divorce, and My Hunky is starting to lose his shine.
What I Liked: Chastity is a young woman, in her prime, who is ready to make something of herself and her life. She moves back home, tackles a new job and is ready to start looking for love. Not only that, but Chastity is doing her best to live up to her heroic fire-fighting family by training as a paramedic despite her crippling fear of blood. She's strong, she's determined and she's flawed. That's what I want from a character in a romance novel. Beautiful imperfections. And a sexy, smoldering and silent romantic lead like Trevor.
What I Didn't Like: The whole time Chastity was letting herself be blinded by her Hunky Doctor, I was yelling at her. The guy obviously never had a chance - he was smarmy, selfish and self-involved. He wasn't a really competitor for her heart and this part of the story seemed to drag on endlessly, and I was left impatient for the juicy bits of interaction between Chastity and Trevor.
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Cover Conversations: There isn't anything particularly special about this cover, though I do like that each cover features a furry best friend.

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