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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: The Other Guy by Cary Attwell

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: The Other Guy (Goodreads)

Publisher: Self Published

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 26 October 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: ebook
Pages: 233

The Author on the Web:
Cary Attwell – Official Site

Place(s) Traveled to: Thailand / Chicago, Illinois / North Carolina

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

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I first stumbled across The Other Guy by Cary Attwell as I was commenting on posts for the WWW Wednesday Meme it sounded like an interesting read so I bought it. I liked the premise of this book as it deals with what happens to guy who gets left at the alter rather than following the girl whose ex swept her off her feet again. In this book rather than the girl taking off on the honeymoon it is the former groom, Emory, as he decides to spend a week trying to reinvent himself before returning to reality. While there he meets Nate and learns things about himself that he hadn’t realized before.

I really enjoyed Emory’s journey towards self discovery as he realized that maybe there was a big part of himself that he had been denying his entire life. That maybe the reason things never seemed to work out with women might be because he really isn’t into women, at least not entirely. I loved Nate and Emory together and found their relationship to be believable in all that happened. I loved Emory’s doubts and angst…well, there were times when the angst came across as very teenagery but it wasn’t over done so I was able to live with it. My heart ached when Emory made some mistakes and it got all heart-achy (the good kind) during all those squishy happy romantic times.

But The Other Guy wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Emory (and sometimes even Nate) seemed to delight in using $3 words whenever they got a chance. Now, I count myself as pretty word smithy and I recognize a lot of words that regular people (ie non-bibliophiles) don’t but there where several times where I was really glad for the built in dictionary on my ereader for looking things up. I also felt that there was something missing in this story. It often just seemed to skim the surface on some emotions and I felt it could have used a little more depth. I would have also liked to see more interaction from some of the secondary characters as they can really flesh out a story. 

Throughout my read of The Other Guy I was also reminder of old school dime store romance novels as sex was only something that was alluded too. Now I don’t need sex in a story to move it along but I think that this book might have been a little better with a sex scene or two. Perhaps the lack of a sex scene is part of the something that was missing from this story. Overall, though The Other Guy was a quick read and I whipped through it in just a few hours. The characters were likable and I enjoyed the freshness of a M-M romance. Though I would be curious to see what a gay man might think of the book as they have a little more insight than I do on the struggles with coming to terms with their sexuality in a world that isn’t always very forgiving. The Other Guy is a decent read and I’ll be curious to see what Atwells comes out with next.

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