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I'm not opposed to the storyline of guy meets new girl, realizes his current relationship isn't love and then figures out a way to be with the new girl. However, it needs to be done while not disrespecting the heroine in the process and without the author making the guy look like a spineless jerk and then trying to redeem him.
Overall, when I started to write this I realized I knew nothing about these 2 characters other than surface detail. No talk about their goals or desires for a future or even just basic getting to know you things. There was no depth or real story.
Soul Mates are what’s on the drink menu in J. Sterling’s newest, Guy Hater. Insta-love isn’t always my favorite, but I do believe in the power of soul mates and it’s obvious that Frank and Claudia are meant to be together. Getting there, though isn’t going to be easy.
For a very long time, Guy Hater is two separate stories. With Frank in a ten-year old, dead-end relationship he’s just not available when he and Claudia lock eyes for the first time. He’s let obligation and a promise to keep him from being truly happy, something he realizes when he meets Claudia. Claudia, on the other hand is very available. Not only that, she’s happy in her job and in her life. But, she does have some issues that need to be dealt with and it’s their meeting that sets both of these characters on a life changing path.
It was a little frustrating that Claudia and Frank spend so much time apart in Guy Hater. While their meeting is a catalyst for both of them to face things they needed to fix, these were things that they had to do on their own, especially in Frank’s case.
Frank is a great guy that was sort of unattractive for a good part of the book because he wouldn’t take control of his life. I love it when a character grows within a book, recognizing something within them that needs to change. Unfortunately, Frank knew what he needed to do, he just wouldn’t step up, making his character static for a little too long. There’s a lot of introspection on his part that I felt would’ve been better served in developing his relationship with Claudia, which heavily relied on the "we're soul mates" concept. That said, I could empathize with what he was going through and his situation felt true (though maybe not for a guy who’s headlining a romance novel). When Frank finally grabs the reigns of his life, he really stood out.
Claudia is very engaging. A Colombian immigrant, she’s feisty and funny and falls for Frank almost right away. But, she’s never really gotten over her father cheating on her mother and then leaving them both, something that doesn’t come to the surface until she learns that the guy she’s falling for has a girlfriend. I loved how she handles herself after the revelation that Frank isn’t who she thought he was. She’s honest with herself every step of the way and I loved how real it felt.
When these two finally get together (and it’s late in the book, they don’t kiss until the 85% mark) they’re absolutely adorable and their connection shines through. The supporting cast is engaging as well. Guy Hater is book two in Sterling’s Fisher Brothers series, so many of the characters will be familiar to readers (though, it's totally a standalone). Frank’s brothers are often times hilarious and always a great support system for him. My favorite secondary character is Claudia’s roommate, Brittney, who is crazy and smart and a great friend to Claudia.
3 Stars for Guy Hater. Heat level: 3
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
I have to say I wasn't sure about Frank at first. I wanted to throttle him a few times but I also understood his dilemma. I think we've all stayed in some kind of relationship, whether it be friendship or one that started with love, out of guilt and some sort of obligation. The guilt Frank felt throughout most of the book was palpable at times but that didn't keep my from screaming at him a couple of times.
And boy did he meet his match in Claudia. They truly are the perfect harmony when together. Although she felt weak at times I never ever got that vibe from her but maybe that's because I find myself close to her right now in my own life.
Sterling's books will always be some of my favorites and Guy Hater is no different. A fun, easy read that if full of love that you can feel ooze of the pages at times. There is never a doubt in my mind that she writes what she knows and love and passion are both something she knows. I cannot wait for the Disney Princess Ryan's story. He may just be my favorite brother.
I've said it before and I will say it again, J. Sterling is a genius. I loved this book so much. In all honesty there isn't a J. Sterling book I don't love, but this one...it resonates at some deep part inside of me. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. This is one of my all time favorite stories.
Frank, gawd, Frank Fisher is not the type of man who would ever do anything rash and stupid. Frank is responsible and strong. He's committed to a loveless relationship that makes him miserable. No matter how much he wants to walk away, he feels like he can't. Frank fights with himself to make it all okay, until the day he meets Claudia. Claudia blows everything out of the water for Frank. She makes him question what type of relationship he really wants and with who.
This book is beautifully written. J. Sterling does an amazing job of expressing the emotions of both Claudia and Frank. Seeing everything from both sides could be hard to write, J. blew that out of the water. I love the Fisher Brothers and can't wait to see what J. Sterling has in store for Ryan.
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