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I loved it, I did! I absolutely loved this book. It’s fun, laugh out loud funny, full of emotion and so much more than the blurb would suggest. Clever, intelligent humor, that flows naturally without trying too hard or wandering into slapstick territory, is my favorite and Ms Stewart captured me here with her wonderful witty banter and hugely engaging characters. The situations they found themselves in, their thoughts and internal dialogue had me in stitches.
Theo is referred to as the underdog but I didn’t particularly get those vibes from him. He may not be the overly muscled jock, the one you notice first, but he doesn’t totally lack confidence, except perhaps when it comes to his love life. He recognises his own strengths and weaknesses and is happy to stay within the boundaries of his expertise, well for the most part! He may be a little nerdy and self deprecating, but he’s hugely talented. Although not your typical hero, as the story progresses he very definitely becomes worthy of the title of sexy book boyfriend. For me, there’s something inherently attractive about a man with musical abilities and Theo has those skills in abundance.
I loved the way that Theo and Laney became inseparable, their relationship growing so that they became the best of friends. There was a certain spark between them but it took a while for them to acknowledge and act on it. I guess you could call it a slow burn, but not frustratingly so. I was hugely invested in their friendship and for me the way it went from that to something more was perfect, seamless, real and relatable. Laney is amazing. Smart, sassy, loyal and often impulsive, she’s full of life and fiercely independent. She’s wonderfully quirky and I want her to exist in real life and not just between the pages of a book, so that I can make her my best friend.
There’s an amazing cast of supporting characters too, each with their own fantastic personalities. It was, however, Theo and Laney who stood front and centre and I adored everything about them. Their ups and downs, their willingness to show their vulnerability to each other, and ultimately their love born from that deep seated friendship.
I’m blown away by the versatility of this author when it comes to her writing. From the intensity, anguish and drama that is Method, to the fun, humor and heart of The Guy, Ms Stewart shows us that she is wonderfully multi talented and has firmly cemented herself as one of my favorite authors.
Strike One-My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.
Not cool, Mom.
I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.
Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.
There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.
Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.
That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.
Everything is perfect.
That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.
I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.
I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.
Spoiler alert: In this story, the underdog is going to win.
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