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Just One of the Guys

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  15,837 ratings  ·  1,258 reviews
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 hunky
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published August 1st 2008)
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Nope. Not my cuppa.

- Cheating.
- Annoying heroine.
- Weak hero.

**Spoiler alert!!

Chastity and Trevor knew each other since they were kids. He was like one of her brothers and her parents loved him like their own child. They had sex once but decided to be just friends. Since this book was written from Chastity's POV, I don't know Trevor’s thoughts exactly at that time. But what I know for sure is that she thought that they couldn't be together because he didn't want to lose her family. Then he moved
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
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
A fun Kristan Higgins standalone that follows a tall, physically strong woman with some "on again, off again" romance going on while she tries to claim her feminine power in a family of men. Being "just one of the guys" myself, I fully appreciated her character. So much more to this story than the title suggests though. A side story involving the heroine's mother was quite complex with a surprising ending that I did not expect. Another great novel from one of my favorite authors.

My favorite quot
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
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I'm done. At over halfway in, Chastity just slept with Dr. Smug and I can't stand it any more. Dr. I'm-so-perfect is an emotional black hole with zero compatibility to Chastity and obvious friction points that nobody seems to care about. Trevor is a blank slate denying us any chance of getting a read on his feelings. Chastity is hung up on him, and we can kind of see why, but there's no feedback that indicates any kind of reciprocity and that makes it extremely hard to engage in that relationshi ...more
Another great story by one of my favourite go-to authors. Loved reading Chastity’s story. She was a real firecracker, full of humour and attitude. The youngest sibling to all brothers, in a family full of firefighters, Chastity is, as the title suggests, one of the guys. She also happens to be hopelessly in love with Trevor, a close friend to the family.

Like other Kristan Higgins stories, I’ve read criticism that the hero of the story was too much of a mystery and we didn't get to see what was g
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is my third Kristan Higgins book and it was another winner! It was such a great love story. It was beautifully written, filled with a great cast of characters and an abundance of moments that will have your heart tied in a knot.

I loved Chasity and I loved Trevor. Their relationship was unique. They had shared so much. Mostly in a platonic way but there had been a short time when they had given in to their feelings and things turned sexual. For Chasity it meant everything. To her Trevor was
Sheyla ✎
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chastity O'Neill has loved Trevor Meade as long as she can remember. She has recently moved back home and is working as a journalist. As always in Mrs Higgins books she owns a dog, Buttercup.
Chastity has four brothers, all firefighters. Her father is also a firefighter, but he is separated from her mom. He loves his job more than his wife. Chastity has decided to find a man and settle down, get married, and have kids. She is looking for Mr. Perfect, When she meets a doctor, she decides that he
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed that one. The family banter, the heroine strong character, the humor. But I think I was really tired at both "main characters" for not getting their "shit" together more quickly. Then at the end I think it was all wrapped up too fast. Overall a good read, it fit my mood that day. :))
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is my first book by the highly recommended Kristan Higgins, and I must say that I am very confused with how to rate this book! Some parts were so brilliant that 5 stars aren't enough, and other parts of this book really grated on my nerves. I ended up giving it 3 stars because of my confusion.

I loved the humor in this book. Humor is very difficult to write well, and Kristan Higgins writes it very well . There are few authors that can make me laugh out loud and this book made me do just
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.
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
“Love gets used up, Chastity,” Mom says gently, reaching up to smooth my hair. “If it’s not returned, it gets used up.”

I adore Kristan Higgins.

I have read somewhere that she is the master of small-town romance. I agree completely.

This piece deserves (in my opinion of course) three stars for the main romance, four stars for an atmosphere (mostly family atmosphere), four stars for the whole Higgins' world and five stars for a story of Chastity's parents.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18, roma
Don't know what to make of it. The ending was abrupt and convenient. It was different though. 🙂
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
This is the second book I've read from her and I did not like it as much as the other. I felt no connection with the characters I didn't understand their weird relationship or care for how they played the relationship game. It took forever, to finally get together. There was so much unsaid game playing it drove me crazy. It took 97% of the book to finally get.....
Just not the book for the reader
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
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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
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3.5 Stars. Alright ya’ll so this book is a re-read for me. I don’t do them often but I was really itching for something like this and remembered enjoying this book. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s that my tastes have changed but the book dropped a star and a half the second time around.

While I liked the family dynamics, humor, and both the hero and heroine independently, I think there was definitely something missing. (view spoiler)
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I usually like Kristan Higgins - I mean really like her. Her heroes are all good guys - she thinks of the kind of people she wants her son to grow up to be (I remember reading it somewhere but my memory might be flawed). And I love her sense of humor.

This book did not do it for me though. The heroine spends too much time desperately wanting a husband and kids. Then she moons over her childhood friend Trevor. She has always loved him and you know, did not say anything for 90% of the book. Both o
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kristan-higgins
The reason I enjoyed rereading One Of The Guys is the big O'Neill family. I love them! All those strapping big O'Neill brothers teasing their youngest sister, Chastity, who can certainly stand her ground. Her brothers are all in the life-saving business, a helicopter paramedic, a bomb-squad technician, and two firefighters. Her parents are also quite an extraordinary pair. The Mom divorced their firefighter captain Dad, because he loves his work a bit too much and Mom wants him to retire and enj ...more
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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Amanda by: Nikki
Shelves: higgins-kristan
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
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
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and ...more

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“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.”
“And so I make a pact with the devil, or in this case, my mommy.” 34 likes
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