Contemporary Romance/Romantic Dramedy
Designer: Q Design
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.
Spoiler alert: In this story, the underdog is going to win.
Friends-to-lovers is absolutely one of my favorite romance tropes; there’s just something about a relationship built on a foundation of friendship that creates a more stable connection – one that can grow as deeper and bigger feelings are felt by both individuals. And what I so appreciate about Kate Stewart’s latest release, The Guy on the Right, is that, even though the story line is more of a romantic comedy than the high angst readers are used to, Stewart’s flawlessly entertaining writing and multifaceted characters remain, captivating her readers yet again but also leaving them with a smile on their faces and and quite a few laughs along the way.
I will admit that it did take me a bit to get into Theo and Laney’s story, but I think that had more to do with me wanting them to hurry up and admit their feelings for each other and prove to one another that they fit perfectly together. Stewart’s stories don’t work that way, and it’s definitely something that I appreciate about her writing, even if, this time around, I wanted things to speed up;)
As the story progresses, nothing is rushed between Theo and Laney, not only because of what they both experienced before forming this unlikely bond, but also because there’s a significant amount of nervousness and fear that comes along with taking friendship to another level, and even more so with Theo and Laney, because there are other factors determining where this relationship goes and the progress made between these two, one being the fact that Theo and Laney are complete opposites, so figuring out how to mesh their two personalities is extremely important, and Stewart does an amazing job of bringing these two together in ways that fit their personalities and their connection.
Like always, Stewart creates amazing secondary characters whose roles contribute to Theo and Laney’s individual growth as well as together as friends and as more. Theo and Laney’s families and friends, especially Theo’s 3 older sisters and Laney’s mother and best friend add so much to the story line and offer insights and humorous moments throughout the story.
I’m a staunch supporter of the underdog – for those hidden gems who just haven’t quite reached their full potential, but then find out who they are, maybe with a little help of others, but mostly due to them figuring out their path and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to the point that it becomes second nature to go after what they want, never feeling inferior or unworthy. And that’s the hero Kate Stewart creates for readers…that’s who Theo becomes…who he’s always been, but just needed a bit of a push to find his new normal.
The old adage that nice guys finish last does not ring true in The Guy on the Right; in fact, not only does Theo win Laney’s heart, but he also comes into his own the further into the story readers get and that growth is illustrated through his emerging self-confidence, his ability to go after what he wants, but also in his drive to not turn into a jerk that a lot of alpha males seem to become, which makes it so easy to cheer for this guy and want him to have everything he wants and deserves!
4.5 Poison Apples