Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Only Guy
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Series: The Guy #2
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
What a sweet, enjoyable story this was! I was really looking foward to it after reading the first in the series, The Guy From Glamour, and as with that book, I was not disappointed. While the two MCs from Glamour do make an appearance here, this could easily be read on its own, though I’d wager to guess this might interest you to check their story out as well.
As with Glamour, I found this to be a little different than what I was expecting. Here, we have teenage best friends, Aaron and Gregory, and Gregory’s younger brother, Jesse. Aaron has a crush on Gregory that is unrequited, the results of which send Aaron packing for the Army. Gregory’s reactions are harsh and cold, leaving him wanting to have nothing whatsoever to do with Aaron.
Ten years later, a medical discharge leads Aaron back home to recover and make a new life. Things haven’t much changed for Aaron where Gregory is concerned, as he still harbors that crush he has carried for all of these years. Meanwhile, there is sweet Jesse, now a bit of a recluse, living by himself in the middle of nowhere. He has terrible anxiety issues that are more sadly explained as the story goes. While he has become quite the successful artist/sculptor, he has also had to deal with his own crush, on Aaron.
Now, what I really loved about this story were the interactions between Aaron and Jesse, mostly once they get past their own various issues enough to really see each other. I loved watching Jesse’s attempts to overcome his social issues while Aaron dealt with his own, and how they each helped each other through them. These guys are really sweet together, they communicate fairly well, and really come to care about each other when neither really thought it was possible.
While there are some bumps in the road and a small amount of angst involved in the same, the joy of seeing them work through them and overcome makes it all worth it. There is quite a bit of family drama/bad behavior which is the cause of most of Jesse and/or Gregory’s issues. Many times I wanted to wrap Jesse up in a big hug and never let go, while at the same time, kicking Gregory’s ass to kingdom come.
This is just a good quality, solid series about finding love and making futures together. The sex scenes are hot and emotionally charged which just adds to the overall charm of these stories. While either story didn’t blow me away or had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, they are wonderful romances with extremely likable characters. If you like your characters a little flawed or broken and love to watch them heal, find love and happiness, I definitely recommend you add this book and The Guy From Glamour to your TBR.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*