The power of a lie

The Guy on the Left (Underdogs #2) by Kate Stewart

So, Ms Stewart went there, she really did…. I won’t ruin it by saying more, but she really did and it’s amazing.

It’s the story of a lie. A simple but damaging lie, that means Clarissa feels entitled to hold onto her anger. Troy works hard to be forgiven, for her to see him as the man she needs but she clings onto Troy the teenager.

It’s the perfect amount of angst, heartbreak and redemption. It completely consumed me, I didn’t know who I was cheering the most for. I loved how Ms Stewart had me warring with myself over which character was ‘right’ at every stage.

But ultimately I loved Troy. I loved how he grew into a man and how he fought with everything he had for a future with Clarissa. No matter what that’s love. And who doesn’t want that? We all crave it. Troy made me fall in love with love all over again. He was also super super sexy, so get those ovaries ready to do some overtime!

It is an emotional read but there are many light moments. Dante and Parker made me laugh, Parker really was fierce and such a game player!

Next up in this fantastic series is The Guy in the Middle, I cannot wait!

Batmen, heroes and the underdog

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

Oh my…

We shouldn’t fit, but we do, and our fit is nothing short of spectacular. There’s no wool in the world thick enough to make me blind to that.

Yep, spectacular. Written with real class and a decent dose of realness.

Ms Stewart serves up a double masterclass. She completely nails the slow burn. And if you love a friends to lovers story, this is so far above the rest that you’ll immediately reread!

It is a true slow burn, I started to wonder if anything was going to happen and then I found I couldn’t put it down. Theo and Laney surprised and totally delighted me.

What a complete read. It was warm, charming, sweet and harsh all at once. Theo/Teddy will resonate a little everyone, even though you know he got it wrong, you can’t help but be sympathetic. Team Theo t-shirts on order!

And Laney killed it. I adored the way she went after her realest life – she really is a role model. Superb.

“I’m done with batman”

Lainey’s description of her Batman superhero boyfriends cracked me up! It was genius. If you or your bestie has a problem with commitment phobes you gotta read the Batman reference at least. You will see the light! Classic!

I guess the truth is we all want the underdog to win, but we don’t really expect it. We also define what a hero is like based on some pretty narrow parameters. Theo seems to be the underdog, not the obvious choice for a romantic hero. But in reality, he’s clearly the hero, it’s just he and we don’t quite realise it, not at first anyway. Thank goodness for Laney.

Ms Stewart is a wonderful writer and she’s on top form here. Totally recommend this one.