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His Uptown Guy

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  79 reviews
When Jesse Grace-Martin loses his father on 9/11, his charmed life is gone forever. People look menacing, and the streets no longer seem safe. After experiencing a brutal mugging, Jesse retreats to his apartment in the landmark Dakota building. Five years later, his first attempt to walk outside those famous gates again is a disaster—except for meeting the gorgeous mainten ...more
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Published January 21st 2019
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Damn but this book has potential: diverse representation, mental illness, comfort/healing ... it's all there. Sort of.

The problem is that it's all surface. The dialogue is wooden and scripted. The MCs are super awkward and talk like angsty teenagers.

One of the MCs is Albanian, but all we learn about his culture is the food, which is basically a five-minute Wiki special.

Ditto the agoraphobia. Compare this book to Nicky James's brilliant Trials of Fear series, and it pales in comparison.

The roma
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
So far my 2019 romance reading has been a joy, filled with stories which don't follow a traditional contemporary path to love.

Felice Stevens' latest is no exception and in this she gives us what seems like a bit of a Cinderfella style relationship until you realise that it's the handsome prince who is need of help, not our erstwhile Albanian porter.

Jesse has suffered a slow decline since his world was ended so abruptly - like so many others - when his father was killed in the 9/11 attack.

His an
Jan 28, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 7%

“Why? Why am I like this? I want to be normal. I want to go and do and see everything, but every time I think about doing it, I choke and can’t move.” Jesse set the coffee on the table with a bang. “I don’t want to be like this.” His words echoed against the walls.

Oh no, a woe is me character. Victimizing yourself has never helped anybody.

“That man had no feelings whatsoever. You’re better off without him.”
Easier said than done when you’d been with someone for three years and they d
There's a reason why Felice Steven is hands down my favorite author right from the first time I read her first book. She provided what I craved in a book, a little angst blended with with sweetness and a guaranteed happy ending.

His Uptown Guy is a no exception. Jesse is the sweetest man Dash has ever met, Dash couldn't ask for better man than him. But Jesse has flaws himself that from the first time they met, Dash knew something was wrong with Jesse.
Along the way, Dash become what Jesse need fo
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"People with the loudest bark are often the ones you want to hear the least..."
In the case of Jesse & Dash, neither are loud, the only "Loudness" is Jesse's demons and Dash's insecurities.
While Jesse's main demon is fear due partially to the September 11th terrorist attack, that's not what changed him the most. Yes, it made him a lot more wary but, an event after that is what really brought out his anxiety and fear.
Dash feels that due to his background and
Mia Sciberras
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful #MMRomance from Felice.

I enjoyed Dash and Jesse's love story - from the original chance encounter, through to their upstairs/downstairs situation, Jesse's agoraphobia, Dash's employment, and the unique setting within the Dakota building. With this author, you're guaranteed a sweet, sexy story with an HEA that'll leave you satisfied that the couple will make it beyond this story, and you'll definitely feel this way about the MCs in this book.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read a few Felice Stevens books and am always happy to come back for more. Therefore, I was more than willing to dive into His Uptown Guy. It sounded like another winner, and I was eager to see how things would play out.

As I’d hoped, His Uptown Guy sucked me in from the very start. It’s a book that left me addicted, one I was unable to put down, and I devoured it in no time at all. There was so much to enjoy with this one – the characters, the drama, the development – ensuring I was curious
On the surface this is a sweet, slow burn, opposites attract romance, but it’s got so much more within the pages.

Jesse meets Dash the first time he leaves his apartment in years, and under less than ideal circumstances. This is a huge step for Jesse, and something that’s been coming for the past year. His agoraphobia has kept him prisoner in his luxury apartment in the Dakota for the past five years, but he is finally ready, with the help of both his therapist and his PA/friend, to push back an
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My First Top Pick for 2019!
Felice Stevens continues to blow me away! I have always been a huge fan, but her writing seems to get better and better with each book. All of her books are unique, vivid and totally in depth....
This one is about a rich uptown guy with agoraphobia, who collects precious stones and a poor Albanian porter from the Bronx, who is a college student. See what I mean? Felice puts unlikey people together and they just work... beautifully! She researches everything and gives u
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
His Uptown Guy is an amazing story of loss, despair, hope, strength and love. Jesse has experienced the unimaginable pain when he lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. His world keeps shrinking until he is locked into his home by extreme fear. He is so isolated and lonely. Just as he begins to hope for more a chance meeting with Dash gives him the drive to keep pushing forward.
Dash is full of ambition and hope for a better future. The son of immigrants he will be the first person in his family to
Joscelyn Smith
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Don’t ever think you’re something less because of what you went through. I love you because of who you are, and that includes your pain." - Dash

Dash and Jesse were such amazingly complex characters, their meeting was so random. The day Jesse decides to break down the walls of his prison he finds Dash on the other side. I loved everything about this book, this is most definitely going on my keeper-shelf.
Funzee Shu
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

He was a porter, a poor kid from the Bronx, from an immigrant family…

And I’m the guy who can’t leave his apartment without having a panic attack…

“I thought I’d never get put back together. But I must’ve been waiting for you to find my pieces.”


It a very sweet, heartwarming story about two men from two different world who meet by fate. And like long lost pieces of puzzles, they perfectly fit for each others.

This book gave me strong emotional feelings when I read it. The story sounds a bit cli
Tracy Perry
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read, I so loved this book! I loved Jesse & Dash too. I love Felice's books because they always end with a HFN or HEA, sometimes you have to work to get through the book to get it with all the ugly crying sometimes. This book had very low angst & it was late in the book when I had a little cry, but it worked out in the end, phew... I was hooked lined & sinker reading this because it reeled me in & I didn't want to stop reading to sleep but sleep won over, but I got it ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felice Stevens is one of my favorite authors, and with this book, she managed to awe me once again. A book about grief and loss, about fears and self-doubt, but also about strength, courage, and undying love. Sad and heartbreaking, warm and uplifting, this book put me through all the emotions.
Everything about this story is just perfect. The writing is beautiful. I kept highlighting phrases that touched me deeply. Seemingly just a few words, but with so much depth and at the right time.
The charac
Cee Brown
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
♡🌟(.•♥🌟5 awesome stars and heat

"Last year, you were sleepwalking. Not this year. This year you woke up." ~Dash

Dash and Jesse

Top five couple since the year rolled in.

The plot was fabulous. Agoraphobia is so real and it can take over one's life. Scary and mentally depleting, it can induce anxieties and other mental issues. Jesse's life had been on the low following his father's death, but a mugging sent him into state of panic that had him locked away from society for five y
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This is such a seeet read from Felice Stevens, it is heartfelt and touching and I loved it! Dash and Jesse are such amazing characters that owned my heart right from the start! I felt like this was one of the least angsty books I’ve read from Felice but it does deal with serious issues.

After losing his father on 9/11 and suffering a mugging, Jesse hasn’t left his apartment in over 5 years. His agoraphobia has taken over his life but he’s also tired of living that way and wants to try, e
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! It checked so many boxes for me. I loved how Dash and Jesse came from different ethnic and monetary backgrounds. In learning more about Dash’s background, I enjoyed getting some exposure to Albanian food and with Jesse’s background came learning about the famed Dakota Building! These differences weighed on Dash’s mind as relationship obstacles, but they were the furthest issues from Jesse’s mind as relationship issues. I loved the patience that Dash had with Jesse on h ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
When Jesse and Dash meet the world opens up for them ..
Both have issues that perhaps they can deal with .. Perhaps !!!
Jesse has a wealthy background ( old money ) he has agoraphobia for the last few years he hasn't left his apartment.
There is a good reason for that.

Dash is from Albania he wants to have a better job than a porter and works hard to attain his goal.
He sees Jesse , meets Jesse and helps Jesse..
How they meet and the struggles Jesse has but with the help of Dash wonderful things can
Jennifer Reilley
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first five star book of the year thanks to Felice.

Dash is a porter at the famous Dakota building and meets Jesse during his first outing out of his apartment in years. He suffers from agoraphobia but is trying to break free.

Jesse is so sweet and kind and only thinks of making others happy. He just sneaks right into your heart and buried himself there. Dash is a student working at the Dakota and trying to support his mother. Dash also knows the rules of his employment but is willing to take
His Uptown Guy (KU) by Felice Stevens is live and wonderful!! *SIGH* I absolutely loved this story. Felice’s writing is gorgeous. A beautiful, sexy, friends to lovers, slow burn story with an unusual premise, Jesse and Dash stole my heart. Jesse's story had me literally pushing on my heart at times, and Dash, so sweet and caring, is not without his own struggles. I loved the storyline and the pace, and some of the secondary characters. There were a few, however, I wanted to throat punch!! An exc ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hit a special place in my heart.  My husband was a Police Officer who worked "The Pile" after 9/11 happened.  He stayed down there for months trying to help families find their loves ones.  PTSD was felt by the whole city, those who survived, those that lost and many others. 

For Jesse, hi PTSD left him homebound.  I can't imagine the pain and anxiety he suffered.  It takes the tender touch and love of a good man like Dash to help Jesse heal.  This is a heartfelt story of over coming tr

What a sweet, emotional story. I wasn't expecting this one to pull at my heartstrings as much as it did. While Jesse and Dash couldn't be more opposite, they also couldn't be more perfect for each other.
Katie Townsend
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Jesse and dash from the moment I met them

His uptown guy had me on a emotional rollercoaster they were heartbreaking and heartwarming moments

Jesse and dash's journey was powerful meaningful incredible moving beautiful inspirational adorable and the storyline had me hooked on every word
Sandy S
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 24, 2019

When Jesse Grace-Martin loses his father on 9/11, his charmed life is gone forever. People look menacing, and the streets no longer seem safe. After experiencing a brutal mugging, Jesse retreats to his apartment in the landmark Dakota building. Five years later, his first attempt to walk outside those famous gates again is a disaster—except for meeting the gorgeous maintenance worker who helps him through his crushing panic attack. Jesse
The theme of opposites attracting has been done many times before, but Ms. Stevens has put a fresh spin on the familiar theme with a storyline that charmed me from the first page to the last. The personalities of the two leads shone through to pull me in wholeheartedly through the ups and downs of their journey to HEA. It’s a journey weighed down by inner demons along with intrusions from the outside world that pulled at my heartstrings a time or two as I cheered this couple on through their har ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Ever since Jesse lost his father on 9/11, he's been living in darkness, never venturing out of his penthouse, locked alone with his anxieties. He has a good friend who tends to him and is his assistant, too, but Jesse doesn't really have love in his world any longer. Until a chance meeting with one of the porters in his building, Dash, during a heart-poundingly anxiety-filled venture out of his penthouse.

Dash is a hardworking guy, just trying to get through college and working full-time all whil
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was sweet. To me both Dash and Jesse were in their own types of prisons. Jesse’s was fear and Dash’s was his own stubbornness and perceptions.

Dash was the guy that was working towards a dream. A dream of a better life. Jesse’s dream was to find himself again. Which did I connect with more? Jesse. Why? He was so kindhearted and gentle. He didn’t think about money or the divide. He saw people for who they were and didn’t care about their social status or bank account. To Jesse, everyone deser
Barbara Ingram
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
❤⭐❤⭐❤5 Sweet and Sexy Stars⭐❤⭐❤⭐

There is nothing more enjoyable than sitting down to devour a Felice Stevens story! The slow burn sweet romance between Jesse, a wealthy young man who is held captive to his severe anxiety and fears from a tragic incident years before, and Dash, a proud and honorable man from the Bronx, working in the luxurious Dakota to help himself and his family live a better life.

Jesse hasn’t left his beautiful apartment in 5 years as agoraphobia has ruled his life and made h
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we look at buildings and wonder what would it be like to live within those walls? We see the opulence, the history and the romanticism of it all. What we do not see are the people actually living there. In “His Uptown Guy,” we meet Jesse, a man who would appear to have it all but a man who has been living in a prison of his own making. He lives at the Dakota, a building where the rich and famous of New York City live, a place so guarded that only residents are allowed behind the gates. ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't get any better than this...

This book is really personal to me become someone very close to me recently began experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Not nearly to the extent that MC Jesse suffers though. It's hard to see someone you love go through this and it's difficult to understand how they are feeling.

Jesse's story allowed me to see what he was feeling and experience the world through his eyes. I love how a book can do that. Being able to feel like I was in his shoes and see what he w
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two) of red wine. She’s
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