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Title: GUY HATER Author: J. Sterling Genre: New Adult Romance Release Day: October 9th
About Guy HaterFrom New York Times Bestseller, J. Sterling, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel. Frank Fisher is quiet, pensive, and sexy as hell. He's also stuck in a loveless relationship, bound by a promise he made years ago. It's one he intends to keep, no matter the cost. The night Claudia walks into his bar, both his life and his perspective are forever changed. She's feisty, strong, independent and everything he never knew he needed. She's also everything he never knew he wanted, and now he's torn. Will Frank follow his heart, or will guilt and obligation continue to rule his life? Choices aren't always easy, especially when you're a man, and Frank's indecision may cost him more than he's willing to lose.
Once the bar was cleared out and locked up for the night and the rest of the staff sent home, Ryan started in on me. The little shit had been waiting hours to have this discussion.
“Can we please have a serious conversation?” He washed a glass as he spoke, but his eyes met mine, and they looked almost sad.
When Nick stopped what he was doing and inched closer to where Ryan and I stood, I played dumb.
“What are we getting serious about?”
“You know what,” Nick said, but Ryan waved him off.
“Let me handle this,” he whispered to Nick.
“Um, I can hear you, you know?”
“Of course I know,” Ryan snapped. “Now, listen. There’s something I can’t figure out, okay? And I don’t want you getting all pissed off and closing up on us when I ask you.”
I groaned, wishing that Ryan would cut to the chase already and stop beating around the bush like a fucking girl. “Spit it out. I can handle whatever it is you’re too chickenshit to ask.”
He dropped the glass into the soapy water and it splashed all over his shirt. Thank God he’d put it back on after last call. “What’s the deal with you and Shelby?”
That was it? That was his big dramatic question?
“What kind of question is that? How am I supposed to answer that?”
Nick said slowly, “I think what Ryan’s trying to say is, we can see that you’re not happy. We don’t understand why you stay.”
I wasn’t sure how to answer that question, or if I wanted to. I’d kept everything to myself for so long, not wanting to burden anyone with my mess, but maybe it was time to unload. I wasn’t good at asking for help, but maybe that’s what these two were here for. God knew I’d do anything for either of them, and I knew they’d do the same for me. I just hated the very idea of needing anyone.
This was a tough book for me. I think I took the title to heart and really hated the guy!! Like to the depths of my SOUL!!! I liked the supporting characters, I loved the other Fisher brothers, I liked the writing in general and I even liked Claudia and Shelby. However, what I didn't care for was the hero, Frank being a total douche canoe. Yep, you read me correctly - douche canoe. At no time in this book did I find his self-deprecating, woe is me, I can't help but be a cheater self - a redeemable character. The excuses and storyline that were used to totally sweep away the girlfriend, Shelby, of nine years felt unresolved.
We're supposed to believe that because Frank saw Claudia in his bar and had this "immediate intense feeling" we're all supposed to jump on the Frank train? Eww. At no time did I want to jump on anything of his and so I skimmed through to read about the brothers. I possibly missed some good parts, but I went back and read about how while Shelby was sleeping in their bed, Frank decided to take a shower and "think" about Claudia while in there so that he could then climb in bed with his longtime girlfriend after doing that and thinking of another. I've been brought up that cheating begins in the mind and once you go there...well, it's only a step away until you do it. This wasn't a celebrity he was fantasizing about or someone unattainable, but someone who repeatedly came in his bar and he flirted with. At first, Claudia's reaction was spot on - she got angry and didn't want anything to do with him. However, after having him relentlessly call her and then he kisses her, she lets it all go after finding out he cut his girlfriend loose. How nice of him!
Claudia will be the girlfriend in nine years who gets left when he can't find a reason to marry her unless in the third book they're sooo happy. Call me jaded or whatever, call me having a bad book weekend, but this storyline didn't give me warm fuzzies or heartwarming feelings. It just didn't and that's okay because someone will love this book. Overall, it just wasn't my cup of tea, but that doesn't mean it won't be someone else's or that they won't love the hero because that's what's so great about books! They bring everyone together because we're so different. This one just wasn't for me.
I was given an ARC copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect anyone else's.
About the Author
I got fired from my last job. It's true. I know you're sitting there thinking, "Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?" And I'd love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn't fun for other people. They don't always tend to like it. lol So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn't really care about anything other than the bottom line. My soul has never felt more satisfied. My heart has never been more full. I've never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do. It is SO worth it. All of it. Every moment. The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn't change a thing.