The Guy From Glamour
Title :The Guy From Glamour
Author : Skylar M. Cates
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 246 pages (e-book)
Published : January 10, 2014
Rating : ★★★★
Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He’s happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can’t manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the “nice” guy.
Dean Pierce doesn’t do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.
I absolutely loved Exposed so I was so excited to read another book by this author. Sometimes a debut novel getting such rave reviews can put a lot of pressure on a follow up book. Well, Ms. Cates doesn’t disappoint! I really liked this book.
Dean grew up in foster care with his big sister. He runs off to join the military as soon as he turns 18 and never really looks back. He’s risen to a very elite group of pilots and it’s the sole purpose for his being. Then he gets a call that his sister, whom he hasn’t seen in years, has died in a car crash. Dean heads back to the little town outside Phoenix, AZ named Glamour to see his niece whom he’s never met and deal with whatever needs done. He has no plans to stay because he no longer belongs in a civilian life. Once in Glamour he meets the temporary foster family watching his 13 year old niece, Nicki. This is where he meets Anthony.
Anthony practically shines with happiness and goodness. He’s recently left his long time boyfriend who cheated on him. He isn’t looking for any type of relationship and the options of finding one in the small town he group aren’t that great anyway. Then Dean walks into his life. Anthony is attracted to him from the start but he thinks Dean is straight. His only concern should be making sure Nicki gets to know her uncle. The guys hang out frequently and one night they kiss and almost have sex but Dean’s inexperience with men outside of his hidden fast and rough encounters he’s had so far, prove just how different these guys are. Anthony has always been a relationship only type of guy. They decide it’s not a good idea and agree to forget it ever happened. Yeah, that doesn’t happen. Soon they give in to their lust with the understanding it’s only a casual friends with benefits type of thing. Anthony thinks Dean won’t ever stay in Glamour because of his need to fly. Anthony thinks Dean is too good for him and won’t want him long term.
There was a good amount of misunderstanding going on in this book. Both of the MCs were treating the relationship how they thought the other wanted it to be, when all along they were falling in love with each other. This can sometimes be frustrating and silly but not in this book. I think there was so much going on with the MCs that confusion is a very likely outcome. Anthony’s issues with his ex, his family, keeping their relationship secret, and worrying about Dean. Dean’s now a civilian taking care of child he didn’t know until recently, living in a small town again with no job and in a relationship for the first time in his life. Oh, and he’s in love! I love it when a hard ass goes all soft for his man. So, them not getting it perfect right away is totally understandable. Their chemistry was smoking hot! I really seem to enjoy Ms. Cate’s sex scenes. They’re fun and sexy with some really intense feelings lurking behind the smexy.
I adored Anthony’s family. They were so great. They all really rallied around Nicki and Dean. Accepted and welcomed them as part the family. I think they really added to the book. They also gave Anthony a sense of normalcy he’d never had before. Which I think was great because he not only falls for Anthony but his family too. A problem Anthony’s ex seemed bitter about. The ex was probably my low point of the book. Almost every time he showed up I wish he hadn’t. Seeing him with Anthony helped establish how their relationship was but towards the end I wish he had just stayed away. I guess he gave Anthony that final kick he needed. I almost cringed at their meeting at the school. I saw just what was happening but thank goodness it didn’t play out EXACTLY how I’d dreaded. Thank goodness Anthony wasn’t taking no for an answer for that misunderstanding.
Overall another really good book from this author. I’m a fan and am already looking forward to her next book. Whatever that may be. 😀
Rated 4 stars by Whit