Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Work in The Guy Series
Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.
Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.
Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor’s still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can give Conor a second chance.
You know that meme “You had one job”? Here cover artist Maria Fanning had one job and nailed it. I saw the cover and knew I wanted to read this story. That was it. From that table above the title that you knew was going to be laid out full of food for Thanksgiving to that soulful pup gazing out at you below the title, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for stories with dogs in them anyway, add to that a holiday story other than Christmas? I’m in.
A Guy’s Thanksgiving by Skylar M. Cates turned out to be such a heartwarming and lovely story, perfect for this Thanksgiving season or anytime you are looking for a sweet romantic contemporary romance to read. Its the first in the series for me but I don’t feel that it worked against me here. The author did a nice job of bringing all the couples of the previous books together in short little sketches, enough to let us know something about each of them and their relationship and their part in the group. I have to say that the 126 pages flew by and made the town of Glamour warm and inviting, enough so that I’m going to be backtracking and picking up the rest of the stories.
There are several main story lines, not just one. The first involves Mac Sharma, art dealer and Irish artist Conor Harvey. Their past history is one of broken hearts and miscommunication. I liked the interracial relationship, especially Mac searching for his mother’s recipes to bring to the table for Thanksgiving. The dog? All I can say is that it involves Henry and Locke from The Last Guy Breathing (The Guy #3) in a heartbreaking, very real way. And yes, it was my favorite part of the story. But there was also Anthony Carrino (The Guy From Glamour (The Guy #1) trying for the perfect Thanksgiving for Dean and his loved ones even though, dare I say it, he was sick as a dog. Who couldn’t relate to that? All the couples from the previous stories are united here for Thanksgiving in Glamour.
My only issue here was that this story had so much heart, so many great couples and story lines that it should have been much longer to give them all their needed time and length to shine. I wanted just that bit more of each of them in this book and feel they all got cut a tad short. Still the author’s writing is lively, concise and the sex scenes are pretty darn hot.
In all, A Guy’s Thanksgiving by Skylar M. Cates is 126 pages of sweet, heart-felt romance and a quick read at this time of year when so many other things are grabbing at your attention and time. I was so happy that cover stopped me in my tracks and made me read this story. I mean really how can you pass that face up?
Cover art by Maria Fanning did the job. It made me read the book without the blurb, without the title, just the cover. You had one job and you did it perfectly! Grade A.
Published November 4th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1627985034 (ISBN13: 9781627985031)
seriesThe Guy #3.5
The Guy Series:
- The Guy From Glamour (The Guy, #1)
- The Only Guy (The Guy, #2)
- The Last Guy Breathing (The Guy, #3)
- A Guy’s Thanksgiving (The Guy, #3.5)