In my recent post about summer reads, Nomes recommended Kristan Higgins’ books. Earlier that day, Sarah Rees Brennan mentioned the same author in a tweet, saying that her work is similar to Jennifer Crusie’s. I took that as a sign that I should read one of Kristan Higgins’ books as soon as I could. The premise of Just One of the Guys looked interesting so I thought it would be a good introduction to the author’s work.
Here’s the summary from Kristan Higgins’ website:
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-foot-eleven 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…
I could relate to the title, Just One of the Guys, and Chastity’s situation. My major in college was electronics engineering and there were a lot more guys in our class than girls. I have been part of groups where I was the only girl countless of times and my classmates treated me like I was just like them. So because I knew what it felt like to be just one of the boys, I had a feeling Chastity and I would get along just fine. And we did. It was easy enough to like Chas because she’s smart, funny, athletic and loves her big family like crazy. I think the O’Neill family is wonderful even though I couldn’t keep track of the names of all the nieces and nephews. It’s only natural that Trevor gravitated to this family when his own fell apart. He’s now the honorary O’Neill son and Chastity knows that she should only treat him like family even though he has always been her one true love. Now that Chas is back in town, working as an editor in the local newspaper, she wants to finally get over Trevor, settle down and start a family of her own.
The book had several scenes that had me laughing out loud. The embarrassing situations that Chastity gets into were hilarious. Based on the covers, I think that all of Kristan Higgins’ heroines own dogs, which I think is adorable. Chas’ own dog, the ugly Buttercup, was a funny character in this one. The pacing for the first half of the story was really good – it kept me captivated and I wanted to know how everything will unfold. However, the latter part of the story kind of dragged for me. Look at that premise, you already know how’s it going to end, right? I kept waiting for it to happen and I wanted to shake the characters and say, “Oy, you better shape up so we can go on with the story!” I just felt like it took too long for Chastity to get her happy ending. As a result, I didn’t like this one as much as I’d hoped. That’s my only quibble with this book but overall, it’s an enjoyable read and I wouldn’t be surprised if other people say that they loved this. I think it’s a perfect summer read and I’m glad I was persuaded to pick it up. I look forward to reading the author’s backlist.