The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart ~ Review & Teaser (@authorklstewart)

I read the blurb for this one, and thought I'd grab it to meet Theo and see his story unfold. For my first Kate Stewart read, I quite enjoyed it as it wasn't too heavy, had fun elements and sweet moments that had my toes curling.

Title: The Guy on the Right
Author: Kate Stewart
Series: The Underdogs #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 25th 2019

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Strike One - My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.

Not cool, Mom.

I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.

Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.
There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.

Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.

That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.

Everything is perfect.

That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.

I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.

I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.

Theo and Laney's first meeting was pretty entertaining, as they both went through awkward moments and made each other feel better. They clicked from that first moment, and each time they met afterwards I could see their friendship building. They had so much fun together, not that much in common, but were so good together.

Theo was a really sweet guy, who kept to himself a lot. He was burned by a girl, so was reluctant to move on and put himself in that position again. I liked that he was hesitant and it was nice to see him relax and open up to Laney.

Laney was the polar opposite to Theo, she was loud and spoke her mind. She was an action person and held down multiple jobs. She had a strong relationship with her mother, and grieved the loss of her grandmother. I could see that Theo was getting under her skin, despite not being the usual type of guy she would fall for.

I really wanted to love this book, but there were a few moments that annoyed me. What happened before Theo and Laney met was not cool, and there seemed to be a moment where they had a drink and then drove immediately. What the blurb portrays isn't quite how the book went down either. Otherwise, it was a pretty solid read, with a slow growing romance, and a lot of fun with the characters opening up to one another.
I loved Theo's possessive moment here!

… something inside me snaps and I make a beeline for the maid of honor.
Laney sees me just before I reach her, and I grab her hand, leading her toward the exit.
“Oh my God, my dress is tucked in my panties, isn’t it? I thought I felt too much air down there,” she says, fumbling behind to keep up with me.
Unable to manage a word, I drag her through the endless crowd of buzzing Texans.
“Theo, where are we going, what’s wrong?”
Outside the reception, in the hall, I pin her against the wall, grip her chin, and hear her breath catch just before I crush my mouth to hers. It’s a bold statement, and I’m making it in front of the drunker half of the wedding with zero fucks to give. As far as I’m concerned, the minute our lips touch nothing can touch us.

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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title Drive was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodread's Choice awards for best contemporary romance for 2017. Her works have also been featured in USA TODAY and BuzzFeed, and translated into five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey. ​

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