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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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: one - she's five feet and 11 inches of rock-solid girl power; two - 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....

©2008 Kristan Higgins (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Funny and sigh worthy all in one!

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Xe Sands

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is great! The first line had me laughing, and I didn't stop till the book was over. I have had this book on my TBR shelf for a while now, and from the blurb I was thinking it was a second chance book (it's not really), it was actually one of my favourite plot types. I don't know why I am always worried I am not going to like her books! Every one I have read... I have Loved!

I read a review of this book, that said you don't get to see much of the hero.. which let's face it, is a clincher for me. I love reading the hero's point of view. However, even though Higgins writes in first person (as Chastity), she writes so well, that you get the feelings of the hero anyway! Trevor shows up all throughout this book, and I couldn't wait to listen to their conversations.

Higgins evokes so many feelings, I love her sense of humour, her characters and secondary characters are fantastic.. and listening to Xe Sands read this book was superb. She has the perfect amount of sarcasm and her male voices were wonderful.

I must agree with a statement I read, not too long ago: “You can't go wrong with a Kristan Higgins book!”

It was a sigh worthy romance!

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Great narration

Xe Sands performs this so well. Good male voices and such a lovely, soothing voice.

The story itself is cute and sweet along with enough drama to create a story. A few touching tears. My only real objection is that it's written in the first person which I find tiresome. But overall, worth a listen.

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Perfect.

One of the smartest, funniest and perfectly sarcastic books I've ever read. I giving it as a Christmas present to several of my best friends bc I know that it will not disappoint. Also Xe Sands is a genius narrator. Love her timing, sarcasm, male voices, intelligence and wit!!

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Prepare to laugh out loud and sob uncontrollably

One of the best books I've read/listened to in years. Pulls at the heart strings.

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My favorite Kristen Higgins book

Funny, funny, and sweet and heartening. Not huge amounts of graphic sex. Great story. I love it.

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Wonderful, love this book, hilarious.

I have been enjoying Kristen Higgins books for quite some time now. But this book was hilarious to the point of tears. I enjoyed this book very very much. The narration was was excellent. Ms. Higgins please keep writing these wonderful books. And ms. Sands keep narrating books, with the warm heartfelt feelings that you do.
KD

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Very Enjoyable Read

What did you love best about Just One of the Guys?

I loved that the main character's relationship with her family.

What other book might you compare Just One of the Guys to and why?

I would compare this book to My One and Only, also by Kristin Higgins. I have read most of her books. Both books had strong female characters, not just the heroine. And both of the main characters could laugh at themselves while not falling completely apart when things did not go their way.

What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

She sounds exactly like you think the characters would sound like, including the men. I think she is very talented.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really like the book. I have to admit I may have shed a couple of tears during two major scenes involving her parents.

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit

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  • Karen
  • Chatsworth, GA, United States
  • 03-27-16

What a terrific book!

What a terrific book. I just finished it for the second time and I'm laughing and keeping myself from crying.
I love every book by Kristan Higgins. She really knows how to pull you right into the story. Thanks for your stories.

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  • Sarah
  • pennsburg, pa, United States
  • 12-18-15

Love love love Kristan Higgans

What did you love best about Just One of the Guys?

the story was wonderful. i loved the family bond and their love for each other. I want more can she write another book about this family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chastity i loved her sense of humor and he banter with her brothers.

Which scene was your favorite?

too many to name just one.

Any additional comments?

this is worth a credit any of Kristan Higgans books are!

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Bad on all sorts of levels

1. This book is homophobic. Lesbian jokes from the jump. Constant reference to the bredth of Chastity's shoulders making her "look like a drag queen" when she wore feminine clothes. A very gross homophobic slur is used casually against a gay man, and without reproach. It's never called out or mentioned again. That was insanely jarring.

2. Chastity constantly perpetuates misogyny. Negatively commenting about smaller women's bodies, often mocking their personalities without knowing them just for being supposedly more beautiful than her classically. This is a boring and bad trope and it would have been nice to have an Amazonian Sports goddess who doesn't hate herself and all other women she perceives as superior to her. It would have also been nice to see her not shun or muck women who actively participate in femininity, and enjoy it, but that bad personality trait was forced into this narrative with gusto. She doesn't stop doing this throughout the entire book. There's absolutely no growth of character, and she really needed it.

3. The word "bleeping" is used every other sentence to replace an expletive. However, this is unfounded as there is cursing in the book and it honestly gets really annoying and feels very juvenile, considering these are adults in their 30's. Oh, and it's used a lot. Like every other sentence a lot.

4. Speaking of really annoying - Chastity is truly the worst heroine. Age obsessed, baby obsessed, looks obsessed, weight/height obsessed (she mentions her exact pound to height ratio at least 9 times, and it's very off-putting), all around mess. She is a single woman in her early thirties "approaching spinsterhood" who hates her appearance because men "don't find her desirable" (they do, she's just literally been obsessed with the same man since she was practically a third grader. Also WHO CARES? Being desired by men isn't how women should measure their worth. This trope is sexist and should be stopped). She doesn't grow at all as a character. She gets worse as the narrative progresses. In a genuinely embarrassing way, too.

5. SPOILER ALERT.

The heroine kinda loses it. The entire plot focuses on the obsession of a 31 year old woman who sort of falls into this lifelong obsessive fantasy over a 72 hour love affair she had at 18 with a family friend (who, honestly, was raised like her brother from such a young age that it's kinda... gross).

I've had to skip over an hour of this book just to see how it ends. The only 2 redeemable qualities are the great narrator and her husky and honey voice and Chastity's dog, Buttercup. Who is by far the most likeable character.

EDIT: Chastity having a literal mental breakdown when her divorced mother dates a guy is laughably selfish. Especially because it takes her mother sitting her down and saying "I deserve to be happy" for Chastity to ACTUALLY take her mother's happiness in to consideration. As she always sides with her father, ubfoundedly, and never actually thought of her mother as an independent entity separate from her father and his happiness. Which, yeah, I guess... if you're a 12 year old daddy's girl. This is almost obscene in it's solipsism coming from a 31 year old woman who is closer in the narrative to her mother than her father.

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