Book: That Kind of Guy
Series: Ravenswood #3
Author: Talia Hibbert
Release date: 2 May 2019
Main characters: Rae, a talented, if somewhat frustrated writer who moved to Ravenswood to get away from it all; Zachary Davis, local blacksmith, town lothario (but is he though?) and Rae’s best friend in town.
Plot: Rae has the kind of life in Ravenswood she’s always wanted. She has an intimate group of friends, she’s the town enigma – dubbed the ‘gauche divorcée’ – she loves the disapproving looks she receives from the community. Let them look, let them wonder.
In Ravenswood, Rae is able to rebuild her persona and be untouchable. When an invitation to a literary event arrives, her newfound bravado takes a hit. Her ex-husband Kevin will also be in attendance and facing him and his new wife on her own brings her out in hives. The only solution is to enlist Zach’s help. He’s her friend and he already flirts with her on a daily basis – surely pretending to be her boyfriend for the weekend won’t be too hard?
Zach is finally realising some things about himself – things he tried to ignore in the past. He’s ready to be honest and find an honest relationship, and not pretend to be what others want him to be. The more time he spends with Rae, the more confusing things become. Suddenly, what’s real and what’s imaginary aren’t so clear cut anymore. Will their friendship survive the weekend?
Why you should read it: I thoroughly enjoyed this book – one of my favourites in the series, definitely. It introduced me to demisexuality, which I confess, I knew NOTHING about. I literally had never heard of it before. I really enjoyed going on the journey with Zach and experiencing life through his eyes. I understood his frustrations and his weariness – I loved that he found solace in Rae and that he didn’t have to be anything other than who he was. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Rae is a great character too – she has had difficulties with relationships in the past and manipulation by so-called loved ones has left some lasting damage. She doesn’t let it conquer her though. She longs for connection, yet worries that she will be hurt again. Her burgeoning relationship with Zach evolves steadily and it was as much a turn on to see their growing trust for each other as it was when things got steamy. And believe me, things get STEAMY.
What you may not like: Not a clue – this totally opened my eyes to the arospectrum, entertained me with the dialogue, and make me sigh in satisfaction by the end of the story. I loved just about everything written between the two covers!
Rating: 5/5 for an engaging and thoroughly absorbing tale. Super, super sexy, and a story about grown up relationships.