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Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1--she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2--she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a h...more
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books
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Tammy
Being one of the guys isn't what it's cracked up to be.

Chastity O'Neill is the only girl in a rowdy family of four alpha male brothers, all who are firefighters. Dad is the fire department's captain. Mom is the no-nonesense, take-no-prisoners type.

And then there is Trevor Meade, also a firefighter. An old-fashioned good boy with brown curly hair and soft brown eyes. The honorary O'Neill. Best friend to Chastity's brothers. A real live, walking, talking Vagina Magnet. Trevor is also Chastity's f...more
Didi
LOVED THIS!! I'm still a blubbering mess right now, give me a minute.


Kristan Higgins is AMAZING. I haven't felt so connected to an authors work since Lisa Kleypas, and she is a GENIUS. I laughed, I cried, I felt everything reading this book! It was so emotional, so poignant, so well written, so sweet, so freakin good! The cover? It gives a false impression. This isn't a cheesy, sweet and light romance.
It's a powerful and moving story about not settling for the love we truly want and deserve. It...more
Tina
Plot device used in this book:

* Heroine (desperately/pathetically) pining for the hero.
* Cheating on Heroine/Hero - (to be correct, they're not committed to each other since they have BF/GF, but they do go from each other's bed to their BF/GF again).
* Heroine and Hero cheating with each other.
* Plain Jane heroine
* Tom boy heroine - She looks just like a man - with boobs.
* Secret love
* Unrequited love
* Chick - lit
* Characters with low substance
* Beta hero
* First person POV
* Clean romance (no se...more
Lisa O.
Chastity is a tall, big, healthy girl - a journalist, who comes back to her native town of Eaton Falls after a decade of studying and working in New York. She is also part of a big family of firefighters, the youngest sisters of four equally tall, big and healthy brothers. Chastity is ready to settle down, find a husband and start popping out some kids, but her rather domineering looks do not help in her quest. When she starts dating Ryan - a doctor, perfect husband material - she thinks she's f...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Another library find. Chastity O'Neill has returned to Eaton Falls to work as a reporter at the local newspaper. She has five older brothers. Six, if you count Trevor. She's had a thing for Trevor since she was a child and now at thirty she has decided it's time to settle down and start a family. But Trevor seems more like a brother than the mate she wants. So after being dumped because she wasn't attractive enough, Chastity is having a few confidence issues. Then her divorced mom decides to hit...more
Tam
An interesting book. Less a story about love as the book's description would lead us to believe and more of a story about Chastity O’Neill, who ends up requiting her unrequited love. The reader is thrown into her life shortly after she moves back to her hometown. It just so happens that this point in her life includes certain romantic relationships.

I always enjoy reading about the day to day life of characters and this book certainly provides that. In this case the emphasis is heavily focused on...more
Nisha
Jun 28, 2009 Nisha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a clean romantic comedy
I wanted to read this book ever since I heard about it on amazon. It had my favorite theme. Childhood friends who bordered lovers but not quite, because they've been more like family even longer. Its a cute novel. The humor is always fun (as well as her LOTR obsession) and the characters were all quite likable (I loved her brothers and their asking her for advice and her stiff trauma surgeon bf, oddly). Her family is very amusing though slightly dysfunctional (her parents are divorced, but are s...more
Jennifer
Dear Authors: Please give us more heroines like Chas, because she is freaking amazing.

I freaking loved Chastity. Honestly? One of the best female protagonists ever written IMO. How many times do we get to read about a heroine who is assertive without being douchey, generous and big-hearted without being a doormat, and competent and confident without being arrogant? Not often enough, let me tell you. All of these great qualities, but her character is so well-drawn that she is still human and rela...more
Tracy
I loved this book. Stick with me here. I'm not very good with reviews and the more I like a book, the more I tend to babble, lol. I had been wondering about this author. After getting some opinions on Amazon, I decided to check her out. I started with this one because I've read other books with a similar theme and liked them a lot (Her Best Friend's Lover, Seducing Simon).

It's true that Higgins leans toward the "chick lit" side of romance. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about such a G rated book, bu...more
Jennifer
Though some of the antics are positively slapsticky, this was actually really depressing. I normally don't have a problem with first person, but this seemed almost designed to torture readers...and the h. And, let's be honest, there really wasn't a romance at all, 'til the HEA. (view spoiler)...more
Diana~
Just One Of The Guys happens to be one of those books where the heroine has always been in love with her first love since the very beginning. It's sweet and I have a thing for that. But due to some difficult circumstances and misunderstandings... things just didn't work out. I've been a fan of Kristan Higgins for awhile now and I've loved every single one of her books. It's charming, witty, and just downright heartbreaking sometimes. I absolutely adored Chastity because even though she's a tombo...more
Ellen
This book is so hilarious that it literally made my stomach ached and also heart warming at the same time that made my heart hurt. It's actually the first time that I’m making a review at whatever I read. I finished reading this book three days ago and by now, I already read two books of Rachel Gibson and yet at night I still remember Chas and Trevor’s story before I sleep. I can't help it, not because I'm currently single so I have nothing better to think during this short sembreak but because...more
Amanda
Feb 04, 2010 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Amanda by: Nikki
This is book number three by Kristen Higgins and my love for her books is growing with every one. This is the sweetest, most keep you on your toes story, filled with family drama that will not only enrage you right along with main character but will also endear the side character to your heart as much as the main character. It will keep you guessing till the very end, which I must say is a very large talent to poses as an author of any type of romance. I can not tell a lie I was sobbing througho...more
Carrie
I'm always unsure how many stars to give a Kristan Higgins book. She writes well, handles dialog better than most, and has good characters. However, she writes in first-person present, which I find distracting, and she seems to be reusing the same basic plot line for the last three books. I'm tired cringe-worthy embarrassing moments for the heroine. And in all three of the books I've read, the heroine, and usually the hero, too, are involved with other people (or want to be) for most of the book...more
willaful
I thought this was a well-written book with appealing characters and a good number of laughs. I would have rated it higher, but the romance plot seemed really depressing to me. Perhaps if it hadn't been written in the first person and we could've seen the hero suffering a little, as well as the heroine, I would've liked it more. As it was, reading about someone constantly yearning for a man who is always trying to foist her off on someone else for her own good was a bummer.
Stephanie
Just one of the Guys ended up being a very good book. As hard as it is for you all to believe that I would enjoy a book that THERE IS NO SEX IN! I did! It was all that "he took me in his arms. The next morning..." crap, but the writer is funny and she develops likeable characters, so it manages to be a very enjoyable read.




ALPHAreader
Chastity O'Neill has just been unceremoniously dumped by a too-skinny guy with freckled legs. His reason? She’s not “attractive” enough. The nerve! Just because Chastity is sportier, fitter and taller than him does not make her “unattractive” it makes him a pipsqueak, and not good enough for her. Unfortunately, now Chastity has absolutely zero dating prospects in the hometown she returned to six weeks ago. Even worse? The man she’s been in love with since adolescence is more handsome than ever,...more
Jessi
I love this author usually and, while this book wasn't bad, I guess I just expected more.
Like the title suggests, Chastity O'Neill has never really been seen as a sex-kitten. As we are told again and again, she is broad-shouldered, athletic, and five feet eleven inches. And three-quarters.
She's been in love with Trevor for years. They had a fling (one-night stand) in college but Trevor completely shut down after that. His family had broken up soon after his sister's death and the O'Neills becam...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The wonderful Lauren Willig mentioned this book on her blog a few days ago, and I happened to be between books at the time so I decided to pick up a copy on a whim. It quickly became clear as I was reading that I had found a new favorite. Not only a new favorite book, but a new favorite author!

Chastity O'Neill is not down with being considered "just another brother" by close family friend Trevor Meade. The question is, what is she gonna do about it? She is such a great character - certainly not...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.


I could relate to the title, Just One of the Guys, and Chastity's situation. My major in college was electronics engineering and there were a lot more guys in our class than girls. I have been part of groups where I was the only girl countless of times and my classmates treated me like I was just like them. So because I knew what it felt like to be just one of the boys, I had a feeling Chastity and I would get along just fine. And we did. It was easy enough to like Chas be...more
Leah
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Patti Loves FAB Romance
This was the second book I've read by Ms. Higgins and I loved it! Chastity O'Neill (Chas) is a journalist who returns to her hometown to work at the local paper. She's got four older brothers and her dad who all work at the Fire Department. Then there's Trevor - her family "adopted" him after the death of his sister and his parent's subsequent failure to be there for him. Trevor is her brother's best friend and idolizes her father. Chas loves Trevor but can't do anything about it.

While doing a...more
Toni Aleo
this book will be placed in my favorite book shelve. It was amazing, one minute I am busting a gut, I am laughing so hard, than I am tearing up because I feel bad for Chas. It was amazing!! the story the characters, amazing. The relationship between Chas and Trev, I tell you, I was rooting like a mother f. I wanted them together so bad, than the family dynamics, my good. She loved her brothers and parents. along with all the nieces and nephews and sister in laws. It was GREAT! I love it! really...more
Kate McMurray
Oh, happy sigh. I <3 Kristan Higgins.

What a great heroine! A Yankees fan, a Lord of the Rings nerd, a woman with a successful career. She's moved back to her home town to take a job (and also with the hopes of settling down). What follows is a very funny comedy of errors in which Chastity dates guys, including a sexy doctor, while still being in love with her childhood friend/crush and brief college affair Trevor, and though you know Chastity and Trevor will end up together, the book doesn't...more
Sophie ♥
Loved Chastity!!! Loved this plotline!!! The title says it all... cliche, whatever. An easy 5 stars :D
Mojca
Meet Chastity O'Neill. She's thirty-one, owns a strange mix-breed of a dog, and is still single. Well, being the "O'Neill girl", with four older brother, five foot eleven and three-quarters, sporting a nice size eleven, and a pair of O'Neil (rowers) shoulders might have something to do with her single status...But mostly it's due to the fact she's been in love with Trevor Meade, a sort of adopted O'Neill, since she was ten. He was her first love, her first lover (shush, it's supposed to be a sec...more
Bri
3.5 stars (wish goodreads would fix that already)

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of reviews that talked about their personal distaste for the author's choice of writing in first person/present, but I wasn't bothered by it at all. There are some stories that need to be told like that, and I think that the MC's voice probably would have been compromised had she not written it this way.

Now, on the topic of the MC's voice - I loved it. I laughed out loud, snickered, snorted, and guffaw...more
Maldivianbookreviewer
Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins is a book that always ends up in one recommendation list or the other. And the hero Trevor James Meade seems to be a real hit amongst the ladies so much so that I decided to give this book a try because when it comes to Kristan Higgins you are always in for a laugh-fest no matter what.

Chastity Virginia O’Neill is the youngest child and the only daughter in the O’Neill family. She is a plus-sized heroine if there ever was one and a jock to boot, a mark left...more
elstaffe
This was an odd experience for me. I found myself liking the heroine better than I had the ones of Higgins' last two books that I read, but the hero really remained a mystery to me. I'm sure it didn't help that the story was told in first person, and so the only inner thoughts I got to see were those of the heroine, but Higgins did this in the other two books of hers I've read as well (Fools Rush In and All I Ever Wanted) and still managed to give the heroes more definition. It wasn't that I did...more
Mikki
Just One of the Guys is rather different because Chastity's not your typical bombshell/waif--she's built like a tank or an Amazon, and that makes for some pretty interesting characterization. Her forays into the world of femininity were hilarious and also sort of touching. She takes initiative to improve her weaknesses, help out her family and friends, and at one point knees someone in the groin. Excellent!

It hits all the right notes and tropes for me--particularly the unrequited crush on brothe...more
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“And so I make a pact with the devil, or in this case, my mommy.” 31 likes
“Where's your fiancé?" Trevor asks casually. I stiffen slightly, and Trevor steps back a little. "Well," I breathe. "Um, we sort of broke up."

Trevor's eyes widen a fraction, an eyebrow raising in surprise. He stops dancing, but none of the other couples seem to notice, too caught up in being in love. "Why?" Trevor whispers, still holding my hand, his arm still around me.

My hearts thumps harder, slower, each beat waiting for my answer as I stare into Trevor's eyes. I open my mouth to give some answer, some casual it-didn't-work-out kind of thing. But instead, I hear myself say something else entirely.

"Because he wasn't you.”
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