The Standby Guy

The Standby Guy

by Natasha Moore

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637658
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/11/2019
Series: The Men of Lakeside , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 720,243
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she could read. She’s the author of more than twenty romances and believes that stories of love and hope are important. Love can happen at any age, and she often writes about vibrant and passionate characters finding love later in life. She’s a snowbird, spending the winters in sunny Florida and the rest of the year in beautiful western New York with her real-life hero who is happy to tell everyone that he’s her inspiration.

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The Standby Guy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Two and a half stars. Katie Dixon has been a single mom to her son Sean ever since her husband was killed in a road traffic accident when Sean was still at daycare, helped by her husband Tim's best friend Carter Colburn who happens to live next door. Over the years Carter has been like a father to Sean and Katie's best friend, they pop in and out of each other's houses and regularly eat together. Now Sean is off to college and Katie is about to indulge in some me-time and maybe cross off a few things from her bucket list for when Sean left home. Carter is struggling to run his own law practice and help out at his family's reclamation business after his father's heart attack. Given the opportunity to take his law practice to the next level by winning a prestigious new client Carter is astonished to find his reputation as a ladies man has preceded him, his new client wants to meet Carter's girlfriend as a character test. Only problem is ... all of Carter's female friends and exes are too busy or won't return his calls or just wouldn't give the right impression. In desperation he turns to Katie who promptly volunteers, crossing a line he has drawn for himself, after all this is his best friend Tim's widow. I loved the premise of this but I just did not like either of the characters. Katie was wet, a neurotic mom who can't let her teenage son go without calling and texting him constantly. She was too saccharine sweet and drippy. Carter on the other hand was a weird character, self-sacrificing when it came to his family, Katie and Sean but dismissive of other women generally. I just don't see how it is even possible to run your own law firm and work several hours every day at your family's business. Also Carter's jealousy seem out of kilter and borderline scary to me. Don't even get me started on the two of them misinterpreting each other and downplaying the relationship. I finished the novel but it wasn't for me and I wish I hadn't bothered. Judging by the average reviews I am in the minority so maybe I'm just being a Grinch. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo 3 months ago
What a sweet book! And a great story of realizing everything you want has always been right in front of you. I loved Katie and Carter's friendship and then how it grew into more. It didn't seem like an awkward transition. It was such a logical next step for them to me. But it was funny at the same time when they would try to deny to themselves that it was not real, only pretend. I loved their big scene towards the end when the bright light bulbs went off in their heads. First Carter realized what he wanted was right in front of him all along. And Katie realized she could go for what she thought she didn't want. Carter and Katie together makes me say, "Awwww!", along with the scenes with her son Sean. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.6
Bette313 3 months ago
The Standby Guy is the second book I've read from Natasha Moore through Entangled's new August Imprint. I must say I am really enjoying these slightly older and more mature characters. In this one we have single mom Katie Dixon who after years of devoting herself to her son is now able to have a little "me time" when her son leaves for college. Reentering the dating game isn't so easy since she hasn't dated for years. She may need a few pointers. Enter Carter Colburn, Katie's next door neighbor and best friend. He needs a date to a company function and they both think this will be the perfect way for Katie to dip her toes into the dating pool. Let's just say things escalate quickly from there. Come along on this crazy ride while Katie and Carter navigate some murky relationship waters. I highly recommend it.
TerryL56 3 months ago
4 1/2 Stars! Katie lost her husband years ago and has raised their son by herself ... well with the help of Carter. Carter was Katie's husband's best friend and takes his promise to look after Katie and her son very serious. They even moved in next door to each other so that he would be close by if she needed help. But when Katie's son goes off to college, she deicides that she want "me time" to tick off things on the list she's been keeping for years of the things she wants to do when her son leaves home. When Carter needs a "girlfriend" to help land a big client, Katie volunteers so that she can tick a couple of things off her Katie List. And maybe Carter could help her get back into the dating game. I loved this book ... it was just so real. I just loved Katie and Carter and could just feel the electricity between them jumping off the pages ... the only ones that didn't know it was them! This book has a little bit of everything in it ... romance, laughs, steam and drama! I also really liked that they were older ... not many books feature couples over 40. You don't wanna miss this down to earth romance! I received an early copy courtesy of Entangles Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.