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One Real Man (Real Men #3)

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Amidst an ugly divorce and an even uglier scandal, Paige Kerrigan has returned to her parents' estate to hide out until things blow over. While she's enjoying a late-night naked swim, however, she's shocked to find Owen Bellamy— her family's former cute pool boy—standing poolside. Now he's all hot, grown up, and renting the Kerrigan property…and he's definitely not forgive ...more
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published February 9th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Bliss
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Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
*ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars

This is my first Coleen Kwan novel, and despite reading the third book from the series without having read the previous ones, this didn't confuse me at all. There was enough back story included in this book that it can be read as standalone.

The concept to this book was just so different from what I've always read. It's usually, rich guy meets poor sweet girl, and she turns into a Cinderalla -- from rags
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Eleanore
Jan 28, 2015 Eleanore rated it it was amazing
Sweet romances --- ones that don't contain graphic nudity or sexual content --- are pretty hard to find these days, given the recent success of extremely explicit works. However, I'll admit that I'm partial to romances with scenes that --- in what seems an almost nostalgic nod to romances of the past --- lead up to sexual content, and then very neatly close the bedroom door, so to speak.

If you find you're like that, as well, and you're just looking for a well-written, feel-good romance between t
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Sandra
Jan 24, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Paige Kerrigan, the spoiled haughty queen bee of the manor has returned to her parents' estate to escape the fallout and scandal of her short lived marriage and divorce and is shocked when she finds her former pool boy Owen Bellamy is in residence as the new tenant whose company has leased the property. When he discovers her taking a dip in the pool he orders her out and the tables turn quickly as Paige is in desperate need of a job so Owen decides to hire her as his housekeeper. With the roles ...more
wrecked_life
Jan 29, 2015 wrecked_life rated it it was amazing
A sizzling romance between two people who considered each other enemies. Paige was a rich and spoiled teenage girl and Owen was a rebellious boy from the wrong side of the track. Now they are both grown ups and a lot has changed. Owen has a successful business and renting the house of his former employers. While Paige is divorced and broke. Now circumstances have reversed their situations. Owen offered her a job as his housekeeper and she took it out of desperation. As it turns out that he is st ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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I love the Real Men Series by Coleen Kwan. I was extremely excited to find out there was a new book in the series. Unfortunately for me, One Real Man didn’t live up to it’s predecessors.

One Real Man is a very good story in concept. You have a down-on-her-luck “rich” girl who ends up being a housekeeper for her former pool boy. And not just any pool boy, the boy who captured her young heart and attention years before.

I really really wanted to like
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Christina
Feb 12, 2015 Christina rated it liked it
I had NO IDEA that this was the 3rd installment of the series when I picked this up. But it didn’t seem to be a problem. Even though I didn’t really know much about some of the “previous” characters, they didn’t play a major role in this book, so I’ll take it that it can be read as a stand-alone.

Owen is a low income, turned rich guy who literally runs into his old high school crush, Paige, while he’s renting out her families house. Problem is, there is some serious baggage between the two that
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April Symes
Feb 09, 2015 April Symes rated it really liked it
****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***

Nice story with a different slant of on the same ole stories you normally read.Where instead of the usual story of the” poor girl in High School makes it big”, try its where the Rich Girl is now broke and down on her luck. Paige has returned to her parents’ home needing to let some things calm down in her personal life because of the divorce , needing for once to have her parents give her guidance and comfort when she came fa
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Inspired Kathy
Feb 11, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review to come... predictable but cute

Content: Some language, closed door sex, skinny dipping, innuendo
Jen
Feb 05, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One Real Man
is the third novel and fourth release in the Real Man series by Coleen Kwan. Those familiar with the series will remember the female lead character here as having been introduced in the first book and showing up again, albeit briefly, in the second installment. She's always been the girl who had the world at her feet, but there was one point in her life where she gave in to temptation.
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Judyrudy
Feb 08, 2015 Judyrudy rated it really liked it
One Real Man is Coleen Kwan’s third book in her Real Men series. Paige Kerrigan has led a charmed life having everything that she’s ever wanted. Owen Bellamy has lived a hard life losing his mother when he is young, trying to help raise his sister and then, unfortunately, falls for the wrong girl. The fallout from his encounter with Paige forces him to relocate while Paige continues on with her life and even marries. Little does Paige know that Owen eventually overcomes his childhood and finds h ...more
Cheryl Sanders
Feb 01, 2015 Cheryl Sanders rated it really liked it
Owen Bellamy was the pool boy and the caretaker's son, at the Kerrigan house. Growing up there and often teased by the princess, Paige Kerrigan, he thought himself in love with her. To Paige, Owen was the lowly caretaker's son, that kissed her every chance he got for two weeks when they were sixteen. She, being a Kerrigan, was ashamed of her feelings for the hired help. When the school dance came up, Owen assumed they would go together but she went with another boy. Owen caused a scene, was kick ...more
Jessica Alcazar
ARC provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.

I rather liked this story. The concept itself wasn't different than the many other books out there about rich girl gone poor. But the way the story was told and its characters was. So we have our hero, Owen, who used to be the pool boy for our heroine's family. And we have our heroine, Paige, who used to be the rich girl that treated Owen ... well, like he was beneath her, for lack of other terms.
TODAY, Owen is NOT the
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Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Did I like the book? Yes. Did I love the book? No, but I do think I pinpointed the reason why, which I will mention later.

Like all Entangled Bliss books, One Real Man was a very in a very sweet contemporary romance. There was very little drama, which I love about Bliss book! The drama was also solved very quickly. This was also a very easy read, it goes by every quickly and can be read in a night with ease.

This was also a second chance, which again I enjoy reading. Both main characters, Owen an
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Nicola
Feb 07, 2015 Nicola rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed the previous three books in Coleen Kwan's Real Men series. But unfortunately, One Real Man wasn't for me. It's nothing to do with the author's writing capability - the storyline had potential - it was simply a case of me being unable to warm to either Paige or Owen and was too heavily weighted on her being the rich girl and him the poor pool-boy, which I didn't find particularly endearing.

That's not to say it doesn't fall into the feel-good category, it does, but I needed t
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Shari
Feb 10, 2015 Shari rated it really liked it
A fun sweet, clean romance. A reunion is sorts. Paige returns home down on her luck and it only gets worse. She has found out her parents have rented their house to their former pool boy, Owen. To make matters worse Paige had a crush on him in high school, but she was the rich girl and he was the poor boy. Now the table has turned, rich boy/ poor girl. Paige evens takes on the job as his housekeeper. Sparks begin to fly between the two of them, but not all good. Can the past stay in the past.

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Carol-Ann
Feb 06, 2015 Carol-Ann rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable story and read ,That was beautifully written loved the character's of Paige Kerrigan who was a spoiled rich girl who was about to have the tables turned by former pool boy Owen Bellamy who is now a Tenant of her former family home, she needs a job and somewhere to live after her failed disastrous marriage so she has to swallow her pride and live and work with owen. He hasn't forgot how she or her family treated him in the past! What goes around comes back around springs to mind! ...more
Bette Hansen
Jan 26, 2015 Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! This is a great reunion story. Home after a humiliating breakup, Paige Kerrigan never expects to find Owen Bellamy living in her parents house. Owen was the family's pool boy when they were teens and although Paige was crazy attracted to him, she snubbed him for coming from a poor family. Now it seems the tide has turned and Paige is the one in need of a job. The attraction is still there but can the hurts of the past be forgiven if not forgotten?? You will definitely want to pic ...more
Allison
Feb 10, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read from this series, and I enjoyed the story of Owen and Paige. Classic case of rich girl down on her luck, and the poor boy done well for himself. I enjoyed the characters, and liked the side characters enough I'd go back and check out their stories as well. This definitely worked as a standalone. I love the entangled line of books, I always find quick, fun and affordable reads!
Stacee
Jan 22, 2015 Stacee rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I liked the idea of this, but I just couldn't get into it.

I struggled with both Paige and Owen as characters. Too many mentions of her being a rich princess and him being the poor pool boy. I didn't get the impression that time was moving or that their feelings were growing. It seemed to be a quick leap from hate to lust to love.

It was a quick read, but ultimately, not for me.

**Huge thanks to Bliss and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Chrissy
Feb 10, 2015 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing a great story. Get it today. You will love this book. This is a must read. I highly recommend this.

***I received this book in exchange for a honest review***
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Though there was quite a bit about this book that I highly enjoyed, there was also a huge chunk that I did not. I was back and forth with my rating trying to decide just how much I was going to let the stuff I didn't like truly bother me. But I was happy with the way it ended and lots of this and that somewher
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Angie
Jan 29, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I really don't know what happened to me and this series. I adored the first book, but I haven't connected with any of them since then! I was eager to get Paige's story in One Real Man, since she was just awful in Real Men Don't Break Hearts, and it sounded like she's gone through some big changes. While I did enjoy seeing Paige's transformation from snobby girl who uses people to a more independent, compassionate person, I couldn't stand Owen! I was hoping for
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Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

2.5 Stars

I’ve enjoyed each of the books in Coleen Kwan’s Real Men novels but One Real Man was a miss for me. I get that things that happen in our childhood and teen years can give us baggage but at some point you either have to get over it or gets some therapy because carrying that around for years and letting it affect you as an adult is just flat out not healthy. This sweet romance reunites two people with a shared history; one is now a har
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Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Feb 09, 2015 Eleanor (The Book Hammock) rated it really liked it
Every now and then I try a new author. When this came up as an opportunity on NetGalley, the synopsis sounded great.

Paige and Owen's story is a classic snotty teen girl and lower class boy falling in love but not really acting on it. Paige is a socialite, filthy rich, a snob. Owen is the caretaker's son, the poolboy. He's dying to follow up on his teen hormones. She's got a reputation to maintain. Not to mention her mother isn't making life easier on her. She must keep up her status.

But when Pai
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Angie
I received a copy of this story through the publisher for an honest review (thank you!!). This was a quick and light afternoon read. The story was told in dual points of view so the reader is able to know what's going on in their minds. I believe this is the 3rd book in the series, but it easily stands on its own. Now that I know there were books before, the established friend couples does make a little more sense.

Even though it was a humbling experience, I liked how Paige decided to take contro
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Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review
3.5 Stars
When I read the blurb for this I immediately knew that I wanted to read it. I loved the idea of the pool boy and the spoiled princess getting a do-over. However, the story fell a little flat to me.
Through most of the book I found myself disliking how entitled Paige came off and how Owen so often gave into it. I realize that he was the "nice guy" and he was behaving appropriately for his personality but I wanted him to get a little revenge for how he was treated as a teen. I know I'm no
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Anna Lenhart
Feb 09, 2015 Anna Lenhart rated it really liked it
Paige is having a bad year. She has divorced her husband, he has posted a nude video of her dancing, her family has just lost a lot of money, and she is broke. Paige trying to hideout at her family estate and avoid friends and colleagues. Little does she know that her parents have rented the the estate to their former pool boy, Owen. He has returned to his home town for business, and is in need of a housekeeper. Paige takes the job and they slowly overcome their shared history.

This was a well wr
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Penny
Feb 05, 2015 Penny added it
*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Unfortunately I couldn’t get into this book.

I found Paige to be very hard to like, she was too snobbish and her constant need to boost her own self-worth by being a snotty bitch made me want to slap the crap out of her. I understand she was having an emotional tough time, and her upbringing encouraged this attitude but she was just nasty.
Owen had a few hang-ups himself and I don’t really enjoy my H’s to be cons
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Kelley Schmidt
Feb 03, 2015 Kelley Schmidt rated it liked it
This story was well written with a unique storyline and had a lot of potential. However, it fell short. There were a few surprises I didn't see coming that made the story interesting. But, there were also times when I didn't feel a connection to the characters or the story. I wouldn't say I regret reading it. I was just expecting more. This story is part of a series and works well as a stand alone without having read the others first.

ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an hone
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Isha Coleman
Feb 06, 2015 Isha Coleman rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
One Real Man by Coleen Kwan was a good read. It was actually a beautiful and unique read. The main characters are Paige and Owen. Paige once had everything during that time she was not a nice person, Owen was the help on her parents estate. Now Paige has returned home to lick her wounds and Owen wants revenge for the way she treated him. A reversal of fortune book that is a beautiful story. Received a copy of this book for an honest review.
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Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.

Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

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Real Men (4 books)
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