Just a Nice Guy

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Is it true that nice guys finish last? It sure seems that way as a divorced man fights his way through a comedic dating scene. Will he ever find his soul mate?

Phil has been called the male version of Carrie Bradshaw. Enjoy his humorous essays about relationships and the struggles we all have finding and keeping lovers. Women appreciate his open view into the minds of men.

Artist Mike Swaim adds to the ...

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Is it true that nice guys finish last? It sure seems that way as a divorced man fights his way through a comedic dating scene. Will he ever find his soul mate?

Phil has been called the male version of Carrie Bradshaw. Enjoy his humorous essays about relationships and the struggles we all have finding and keeping lovers. Women appreciate his open view into the minds of men.

Artist Mike Swaim adds to the hilarity with his brilliant sketches, giving another dimension to Phil's quest for love.

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Blog - Cathy Givans
Like all of Phil's books, absolutely hilarious! I have read all of his books and am always looking forward to more! This book was a little more "mature" than his previous books but still just as funny! Like wine, his book seem to get better with age.

What I like the most about the author is that he is really straightforward in his writing. He doesn't censor it or beat around the bush, so to speak. It is real, it is raw, and it is hilarious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456499051
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Torcivia is a divorced man who transplanted himself from Pennsylvania into the treacherous dating pool in Southern California. His feline companions, Syd and Symon, share his home in San Diego and an occasional dish of leftover tuna. Torcivia loves nothing better than bellying up to the bar with his favorite social lubrication (wine) and watching the bizarre mating rituals of the locals, which he translates into humorous essays. He has been single long enough to be involved in a few train wrecks of his own, admitting that he's "one relationship disaster away from a third cat."
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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    didnt like

    I didnt like it at all none of them

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Darcus @ Starcrossed

    I have to say that this book was amazing and I can't wait to read more from Phil Torcivia. Not my normal kind of read, but it was hilarious and I enjoyed it immensly. And it was a quick read (or maybe I read fast?). Either way, I loved Just A Nice Guy.

    This book is basically an insiders look on the dating scene, the hilarity of men and women looking for that one person that they want to spend their lives (or more realistically, their beds) with. We get a look at what really goes on inside a man's brain, and occasionally the woman's. Nothing held back.

    This book is definitely not for younger readers. It is intended (and should be kept) as an adult read. It touches on everything from pets, "toys", sex, alcohol, what to do, what not to do, and everything in between, plus more. There's humor on practically every page, and the illustrations are graphic, amusing, and very well done.

    This is definitely a book I will pull off my bookshelf and read again in the future. And my husband has already claimed rights on reading it next.

    Phil Torcivia is an honest, raw, humorous author. And he does his job very well.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Great book and an easy read, very entertaining!

    Just A Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia is a very funny book that is based on his experiences with life as a divorced man without any kids, but he has a couple of cats. He is very candid on his opinions and experiences and I find that to be refreshing when reading a book based on true events. Phil gives his opinion on everything from getting turned down for a date to some of his more private moments that are anything but ordinary when you read them in the book, but many people have had the same experiences. He also gives his opinion on his cats and what they may be thinking. Although it is clear that he loves women, it is also clear that he would rather do without some of the antics that some women have put him through. I really enjoyed this book, and it is a very easy read. I have went back to the book a couple of times since reading it to reference a funny story that he told. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys something out of the ordinary and a little crude. The illustrations are also great, some made me laugh out loud when I saw them. I received this book for free from the author for this review, my opinion is my own.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Highly recommend - very amusing

    This book I found the format of this book very refreshing. It was like a bunch of short stories, so they could be read individually or all together. This made it very easy to read either in spare moments or longer sessions, without losing the focus of the book.
    I also found it very amusing. I love the 'conversations'. They reminded me of Dean Koontz novels in that they were fast pasted and humorous with kooky characters that you could relate too. I laughed out loud several times during the reading of this delightful book. 'Sex or not' was my all time favorite section. I will never forget about the gloves. The mental image kept me laughing long after I read the story.
    Torcivia does get graphic, but not extremely crude with the subject matter. A couple of the illustrations are a little risqué, but still humorous. I love his honesty in discussing the subject of how men feel/think about sex and love. It leaves you with a better understanding of what is going through your man's mind.
    I look forward to reading other books by Torcivia. His refreshing viewpoint and entertaining stories will keep me coming back.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    A hilarious look at what goes on in the minds of men.

    As I was loading this into my e-reader and getting ready to read I was thinking to myself "What does go on in the minds of men?" My immediate answer to myself was "sex". After reading this book, what is my new answer "mostly sex". It's an age old problem, women want to know what men think, and men want to get into their pants...

    I really enjoyed this book. It was witty, comical, and entertaining. There were quite a few times when I would laugh, then have to read the passage to my boyfriend so he didn't think I was starting to go crazy (why is she sitting there laughing to herself?) Some of my favorites include the commitment tests, Creepy, the conversation with the cats about the obsession with women, and the Twelve Nights of Christmas. (There were more, but if I just list the table of contents you would probably quit reading this review.)

    Before reading Phil warned me in an e-mail "PLEASE make sure you have a liberal sense of humor and are not offended by coarse language or sexual content." I would say that was a fair warning. So take head... If you're easily offended you probably will not like this one. I found it to be highly offensive and hilarious. Not that I was offended by it, but I could see how it would offend others. I've found in my life that if I can find the humor in something I should laugh, because without laughter life is so boring. I think this book proves my point.

    It was a very fast read, and had I not been so busy I probably could have finished it in two sittings. I think I'll have to pick up some of Phil's other books.

    A review copy of this book was provided by the author. Swag was received in return for a review. This is a truthful and honest review.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011


    Great, funny book! This is the man's view on relationships, much at "sex and the city" was the women's view on relationships. Sometimes crude, but utterly honest prose, illustrates the best and worst of ourselves and of relationships. The essays that didn't focus on the "relationships" seemed a bit out of place and I would love to read those "Carlin-esque" prose in a separate book. Overall, witty and painfully honest with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. A must read for anyone who still doesn't get it when it comes to the opposite sex!

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Relating to Relationships

    when i first started reading "just a nice guy", i wondered if i would be able to relate to the author and his relationship haps and mishaps. little did i know... his conversationalistic method and his frankness in the details provided an enjoyable read. it's definitely not for the faint-hearted. if you are looking for a read that will take you on a journey of the single male mind (before, during, and after his relationship haps and mishaps), this is definitely it. the author makes no excuses and opens the door to a world that most guys like to keep to themselves...but women always wanted to know. the chapters are short and sweet and not full of inane bs. his pointed focus kept me reading, and laughing all the way through. looking forward to reading more of his work.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    A great "purse" book

    This book is worth having around. I found myself laughing out loud by page 12 and chuckling through most of the book. It is easy to read with simple writing style and well timed quips.

    Phil Torcivia has written a book geared to women. It is definitely not something men would pick as a first choice- it is full of male "secrets" and things they probably don't want to be reminded about. I had a hard time believing some of the items so I "fact checked" some of it with a close male friend and he definitely agreed much of it is true. That said- it is a great book for insight into the male mind.

    It definitely has significant adult language and themes along with images - buyer beware. That said, it was all in context which I find appropriate but definitely not for children.

    It is a great purse book- each chapter is only a few pages long and are essentially short essays. Mr. Torcivia picks a range of topics to have his say over resulting in chapters more like "self help" and others that outright rants regarding expected behavior(s), likes/dislikes, with most regarding relationships (or lack their of).

    I don't give it 5 stars because it does get a bit repetitive. That said if you are looking for a funny book that can be read in snippets, here is a great option.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    I enjoyed it and so did my wife!

    Been there and done that , this book is like one of your memories. While reading it I was able to easily relate it to my own life, I don't know if it is the man version of Sex in the City but it definitely serves as a good reminder to those women who have read men are from mars , women are from venus. For men you will easily relate to many of the stories in here and women you will just shake your head because it is an honest insight into how men perceive things. While the chapters are short it makes it very easy to get back into if you set it down ( which I doubt you will). I now will have to get Phil's other books and read those as this is his first work that I have read.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Funny, Well-Written And At Times Sweet Read

    Just A Nice Guy by Phil Torcivia, is a very funny and entertaining book. It is not for the faint of heart; it can be graphic at times with particular humor and honesty. The book is a set of short stories that follows the journey of a man on his search for love and the happenings that come with many life experiences. I found the book engaging and very entertaining and it didn't go into the often disgusting and uncouth territory that some writers choose to go down simply for shock value, which in my opinion is not funny.

    Nice Guy On Board, He Is As Is, and Flake were some of the best stories in Just A Nice Guy. In addition to the topics that are covered, the book was very well written. The author has a true and great talent and the ability to make the stories very visual and draw the reader in, which is something many writers struggle to do. I enjoyed the honest approach to writing, including his confession that the book is a mix of fact and fiction; and I liked reading about a man who with all of his humor, is ultimately looking for love.

    In addition to the hilarious moments, the beautiful short story Making You Smile (aside from the unnecessary dig at Republicans), and the short story Women, are completely refreshing and sweet additions to the book. I hope the author's next book includes more stories like these, to further highlight that he is just a nice guy.

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