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The Other Guy

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,466 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Emory James is, by his own admission, not the type of person the adjective exciting would ever deign to touch with a ten-foot pole. Cautious, reserved and staid, however, all crowd around him like best friends. Still, he gets by -- or at least he gets by up until his fiancée dumps him at the altar. Out of spite, he takes a solo honeymoon to Thailand, where he can pretend t ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published October 26th 2012
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Julio Genao
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Julio by: Kimberly
This thing starts off so intensely funny it's like a shock-and-awe campaign: Operation Rolling Chucklethunder.

But once you get into the meat of the story, you find a certain number of troubling things to consider:

1. A delusional MC too chickenshit to do anything but wait for his life to deteriorate around him.

2. A kind of oddly anachronistic, condescendingly fustian attitude towards sex that produces a situation where two grown men circle round one another sniffing one another's balls—but heaven
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ami by: Arthur
Dear book, you made me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, with warm and fuzzy feeling. I wanted to squeeze you and hug you and kiss you all over. Thank you for putting a huge smile to my face ... because I rarely get that these days from this genre. You are like a ray of sunshine after a huge amount of rainy days. MWAH MWAH MWAH!!!


This was the story about The Other Guy. The guy that the heroine left at the altar to be with the True Love. The guy whose only fault was being boring or less-handsome
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-favorites

4.5 stars!!!!

My love letter to this book…

Dear Emory “Archibald” James:

Hello! How are you? What a pleasure to get to know you in “The Other Guy”. Will you be my best friend forever? As I see it, we are kindred spirits and are MEANT to know each other. I love that you are witty, self-deprecating, silly, cracked in places, yet so kind. You’re totally unaware of how awesome you are…which just makes you…MORE AWESOME.

Your man, Nate, is quite possibly one of the swoon-worthiest men around. I so love th
Serves me right, next time I will listen to the warning bells that kept going off in my head, this is why I stayed away from Mechanical Heart. I should have known it wouldn't work its magic on me. Sorry, "runs and hides" tiny lone voice of didn't love it here. Likable and cute in parts and frustratingly difficult to get through in other parts. Its not a bad book, I can see the appeal and all my friends so far have loved it, I only wish I could have felt that connection to the story too. No ratin ...more

The best thing that happened to Emory was being left at the altar. He goes on his honeymoon in Thailand and meets a photographer who is also on holiday. They become friends, chums, pals, companions for the remainder of their time there and just maybe more than that but with the holiday over and real life back in swing there's no chance for them to ever cross paths again...or is there.

I loved being in Emory's head. He is so clever and snarky and fun. This is a wonderful read. Nate, the photo
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars for this one. I enjoyed the basic elements of the story and the settings in Thailand and Chicago were described well enough to make you think the author actually has a working knowledge of both places. Both of the main characters were likeable and believeable, not pedestal-worthy idealized super heroes. But I definitely agree that the book could have used some more editing, tightening up the story and descriptions and cutting out some of the lengthier sections of ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: various-romance
4.5 stars. This book has one of the most irresistible first chapters I've read in a while. It's impossible not to relate to good-guy Emory and his bad luck with love. After being jilted at the altar he goes to Thailand alone and meets Nate who re-ignites his passion for life. But Emory is still too wounded emotionally to let someone in, so they part, not thinking they will ever meet again. Several months later Nate turns up and a beautiful friendship starts.

This is just a lovely gentle story. Em
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

You know those stories in sitcom or romantic comedy where the girl is about to marry the other guy until the love of her life suddenly appears in the church, declaring his undying love, and then they run away? Great for the girl and the her lover. Suck for the other guy. This is the story of that other guy. The one who was left at the altar. Emory.

Since everything was already paid for, Emory went alone to Thailand (where they were supposedly to have honeymoon) and had vacation by hims
Mandy*reads obsessively*

I have to thank Ami for bringing this book to my attention. Smooches Ami! :)

Emory is great, his humor is exactly my kind of humor, very dry and self-depricating.
After being left at the alter ( literally ) he is understandably sad and mourning, but I loved that he didn't make Michelle
( the now ex) into an evil caricature, he never talked about her or put her down, yes he was mad and upset, but we didn't hear about all the things he had to put up with while being with her, no she was actually
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book was sweet and funny and passed the time perfectly on a 4 hour plane ride. I really enjoyed the story but it missing that extra umph that makes up a 5 star read. A very nice clean romance!
Edina Rose
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Edina by: Ami
I liked this as much as I liked How to Repair a Mechanical Heart. I am freaking in love with this author's style, humor, characters. The plot is very simple and it seems like just another gay-for-you story when you read the blurb, but it's not. It's not even gay-for-you (if there is such thing as gay-for-you. Gay is gay, isn't it?). I liked that there was no explicit sex. I am deeply bored by unnecessary sex in romance, especially when it's not hot, when it's just the average MM romance sex with ...more
Camille Adams
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica

I enjoyed this author's vocabulary. Her word choices were great overall, though there were points at which she made some errors, seemingly having chosen the wrong synonym from the thesaurus. Those few occurrences gave the impression of trying a tad bit too hard.

I feel the same way about the witticisms and quippy banter. I had a general appreciation for it, thought there were a few places where it could have been reeled in a bit so as to avoid coming across deliberately cutesy-clever.

The t
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

The Other Guy has been hanging out on my kindle for ages. I’m so happy I finally clicked it open! It’s lovely. From the beach to the wide open starry sky to the chemistry between the main characters. It all felt so natural and lovely to me.

Emory and Nate meet in Thailand. First off—I love Thailand as a romantic setting. There’s just something special about the warmth and mystery and faraway-ness of Thailand. It’s a magical place to meet someone in my opinion. These guys have such a “see you arou
Hugs adorable ebook in my Kindle tightly to my chest!

OK, so this had the dreaded last 1/3 of the book a character does something that makes you go, "noooooooooooesss!" It bothered me, obviously. But, I thought on it, and as much as it hurt, I realized it felt natural for that character. I may have not liked it, but I could at least understand it.

The rest of the book though was pure joy. I had a perma-grin on my face from the first page, and literally laughed out loud throughout my reading. It wa
Kaje Harper
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light, m-m
This story could have been an angst-fest, beginning as it does with the narrator, Emory, jilted at the altar by his fiancee. But the self-deprecating, determined tone of Emory's first-person narration keeps that from happening. Instead this is a light, funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes frustrating book. Although Emory and Nate come together in very early in the story, in Thailand, as Emory determinedly takes his planned honeymoon alone, this is a slow-build relationship.

Emory's somewhat hands-o
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, favorites
Like How to Repair a Mechanical Heart I've been wondering how to review this book without it falling into babbling joy.


I really liked the main character. His personality, sense of humor, and way of looking at the world were very relatable to me. I may or may not have some very similar theories on life, and love.

The love story was well developed, and the ending made me very happy. One of my new favorites.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen by: Susan
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I love holiday romances - not for myself, of course, I'd never have the guts! - but I love them for other people. There's something about the quality of the light when you're traveling that lends itself to romance, so I adored the first third of this book like nobody's business. It's about how Emory gets jilted and tries to escape himself by going to Thailand (and would that we all could run away to Thailand when the going gets tough - it's amazingly restorative). There he meets Nate, a charming ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, m-m
2.5 stars

This is a good book but there are a few things that bugged me.

It starts out with Emory (a speech therapist) being left at the altar by his (female) fiance, Michelle, when her ex crashes the wedding and sweeps her off feet. The way this is told is quite humorous and I found myself giggling a little bit over Emory's descriptions. He decides at the last minute to go on the planned honeymoon to Thailand alone. He has a week before he has to start facing those who are no doubt whispering ab
Tiya Rosa
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

I've always thought self deprecation is a pretty hard thing to successfully pull off. I mean, if done with too little sincerity, the character comes off as an arrogant rat bastard. If the character is too sincere, however, they're just being pathetic and don't really deserve to headline a book. There has to be this balance of brutally honest self reflection, hope, and humor if someone wants to actually sound charming while hurting their own feelings. I'm happy to report that Emory Jame
3.5 stars rounded down because the last 40% or so of the book dragged a bit and it was predictable and a bit unoriginal too. (view spoiler).

Also, seriously, where was the sex?
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-romance
I loved Emory's voice, I found his narration so very adorable and funny . I did not laugh out loud much, but I giggled many times and I am unlikely to forget his voice any time soon. His meeting with Ned was entertaining, but what I was so very impressed with was their chemistry and the writer managed it without explicit sex scenes too. All sex fades to black in this book and yes, romance without explicit sex is still a romance :)

I have read romances which have great characterization, plot and h
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, m-m, fade-to-black
this book was adorable perfection. i don't really have much else to say. great characters and just a lot of awesome.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how happy I am I picked up this book. I've been in a book funk this past week, a slump. I'd picked up 4 books that I never got past page 40 on. I'd almost given up hope, but then a friend of mine recommended this one (Thank you, Susan!) and presto, book funk gone. This was exactly what I needed.

The Characters

Emory - The story is told from his POV, which I thought was brilliant, even though I'm not usually one for a first-person narrative. I loved his sarcasm and dry humor and
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, gfy
4.5 stars - This was surprisingly great. It was funny, cute, and also a little bit angsty in places (particularly the last third or so of the book). I really enjoyed the first half for its comedy value (some parts were friggin' hilarious) whereas I enjoyed the second half for its more serious side. What caused my rating to lose half a star was Em's stubborn nature. At some point, Em started to annoy me a little. I just wanted him to be honest, and his constant refusal to pull himself out of his ...more
3.5 Stars

This book was hard to rate. The writing was wonderful and I found myself laughing out loud throughout. Having said that, first person narration is tough. I was stuck with Emory's mental meanderings and he often wandered, which proved frustrating at times. I LOVED Nate but I felt that he got short-changed by the predictable plot twists near the end ... (view spoiler)
Absolute perfection.

I have no objections or complaints other than superficial ones of the "NOOOO! CAN'T YOU SEE YOU'RE DRIVING THIS INTO DISASTER?" sort.


This calls for this meme:
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Liked it, got a bit irritated in the end with Emorys tendency to not face his problems.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, humour

The Other Guy is a story about, well, the other guy. The guy that stands left at the altar after the female lead chooses the good-looking ex-boyfriend who thinks that crashing the wedding is just the romantic thing to do. And while they run off into the sunset in their supposed-to-be HEA, the other guy is the one that has to deal not only with being rejected in front of everyone they know but also with the gifts, the money deposits, and the pity.
Emory James is that other guy (has been in the
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I am a first-time author living in Seattle, Washington, where it rains and rains like the dickens, except when it doesn't. Fretting occurs on a daily basis, and small acts of idiocy are perpetrated with stunning proficiency much more often.

If, every so often, you hear the trace of a little whisper-scream on the evening breeze as it swirls past you, that's probably just me still not having gotten o
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Dear Aunt Patty,

Thank you for coming to be part of what definitely ranks in the top five worst days of my life. While your generosity is appreciated, I am returning this gift, as forced bachelorhood necessitates total abstinence from bamboo placemats and matching napkin rings in my daily life.


Too much?”
“Yesterday, when you said you told everyone, what did you mean?"
"Everyone important, I guess. I mean, I didn't rush out to inform my mailman or anything."
"Oh, he knows," Nate said offhandedly.
"Oh. Okay," I said, thrown. "Well, I guess I can cross him off the list.”
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