Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Guy from Glamour

Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-365-5
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Dean’s childhood was as far from normal as you could get.  The only bright spot in his life is his sister but when the chance to leave Arizona came, he jumped on it.  Now a member of the elite Night Stalkers, Dean is used to being on his own, relying on his fellow Night Stalkers to watch his back and if he’s lucky, he can find a few minutes peace with another likeminded man every now and then.  To say Dean is shocked when his sister dies and he has to care for his young niece is an understatement, but with the help of Tony, Dean soon learns there’s more to life than the military.

The Guy from Glamour is the newest story by author Skylar M. Cates, and is the first book in the A Work in the Guy series.  I have not read any books by this author and was curious to see what I would find.  I found the story and the characters to be strongly written.  Right away I was pulled in by Dean.  Having known many military men, I found Dean, and the way he carries himself, to be very believable.  It was also easy to understand his confusion regarding the care of his niece.  Then there is Tony.  Tony is an Arizona boy who loves his small town.  He also has bad taste in men, so when his current boyfriend cheats on him, he has no problem running home to re-start his life.  The fact that he grew up in Glamour makes it easy for him to do his job as the guidance counselor at the junior high school without worry. 

There is an attraction between these two men, but the fact that Dean is deep in the closet, and Tony is unable to figure out whether the other man is gay or not, means the road to a relationship is rocky.  Then there is the fact that Dean, while secure in his role as a Night Stalker, is struggling in his role as an uncle, and later, boyfriend. 

The Guy from Glamour, while slightly angst driven also has its lighter moments thanks to the many secondary characters.  Mostly peppered with Tony’s relatives, the secondary characters lend Dean and Tony a hand more than once and not always when asked either.  The closeness of the family cannot be denied though and they all make the story believable.  

The Guy from Glamour was a great read and I cannot wait to see what else the author plans on bringing out in this series.

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