Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ARC Review: A Guy's Thanksgiving by Skylar M. Cates


Blurb:
Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.

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.


Dani's rating:




If you haven't read The Guy series, skip this book; it does not work as a standalone.

A Guy's Thanksgiving lets us revisit with all three couples from the previous books and introduces us to a new one.

Anthony and Dean are married and as happy as ever raising their brood of foster kids. Anthony gets the flu right before the big holiday, and Dean, who doesn't cook, has to pull off a Thanksgiving meal.

Jesse flies to Arizona for an art exhibit and to spend Thanksgiving with Anthony and Dean. Aaron stays behind for a few days, not to work as he claims, but to plan a Thanksgiving surprise for Jesse. Little does Aaron know that Jesse has a surprise of his own.

Henry and Locke are solid, even though Locke is still gruff and a man of few words. Henry has always wanted a cute little dog he could dress up in sweaters, but sometimes what we get is not what we want but what we need.

I really enjoyed visiting these men again. Jesse and Aaron have come a long way and fit together perfectly; I smiled big seeing their joy. I was touched by Locke and Henry's dedication to their new family member, even though Apollo broke my heart a little.




What worked less was the new couple, Mac (Jesse's agent whom we met briefly in book 2) and Conor. This was a former-lovers-reunited story, but it was too short and truncated to make me care about the couple.

The book has multiple POVs that switched between chapters: Aaron, Anthony, Henry, Conor, Mac.
Introducing a new couple in the middle of that, even if they did have history together, made their story feel rushed.

This is still a fun addition (finale?) to the series, but I think Mac and Conor deserve a book of their own.

Recommended for lovers of the series!



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