by Kristan Higgins

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-77299-5
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Chastity O’Neill is looking for love. Unfortunately, she already has her sights set on Mr. Right, but he seems unwilling to make a move. Trevor Meade, longtime family friend, Chastity’s unofficial fifth brother, is not willing to move their relationship past friendship, so Chastity decides it is time to find a new Mr. Right.

Only, it is not that easy, especially in Eaton Falls, her hometown where the O’Neill name is a legacy, where she has four older brothers and a father who are all community heroes. Chastity is definitely considered one of the guys and it does not help that she is far from the stereotype of petite feminine perfection. Chastity is fine with that however. She loves her life, loves rowing, her dog Buttercup, her family, and the Yankees. She knows there is a man out there who will appreciate all her great qualities; she just has to find him.

And then she does! Ryan Darling is handsome as sin and is genuinely falling hard for Chastity. But she cannot help comparing him to Trevor, the one who got away, the one who holds her heart. Will Chastity ever find her happily-ever-after?

I think what is most right about this story, what is most interesting, is the character of Chastity. She makes mistakes, she is not always right, she has strong opinions, and she has a variety of interests and hobbies. Chastity has heart and depth and she makes the characters around her that much more interesting. Eaton Falls comes alive with a lively cast of characters, from the firefighters in Chastity’s family, to the EMT crew that Chastity is taking classes with. There are highs and lows for this group but it all comes together beautifully.

While the romance tends to take a backseat to some of the other plotlines, there is still a tangible and lovely developing relationship that will hook you in.

Just One of the Guys captures the tension and fragility of moving beyond friendship into something more difficult in many ways, but something so much more rewarding. Chastity O’Neill is a character readers will remember even as the story closes.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Sarah.

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