Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.
Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.
But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
Title: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
Can I just say that the blurb of this book had me at the first word: Tomboy. Why, you ask? Well, I was a total tomboy growing up. So I knew I would immediately connect with the main character of the book. Then throw in this little business she starts and I knew I'd be in for a fun ride.
Can you imagine being a tomboy and being sent to an all girls school? Well, that's what happens to Toni. And she doesn't fit in at all. She has a hard time making friends because she'e tough and rough around the edges and just doesn't fit the persona of a girl at Winston Academy. But Toni is nothing if she's not opportunistic and when she sees the need for her to set the girls at the school up with boys, she goes for it. She's always been just one of the guys, so why not use that power.
You can imagine things don't go as planned. Toni finds herself falling for the one guy everyone else wants. And, while she wants to run the business, she can't help but have a streak of jealously over any girl who asks for him or actually goes on a date with him. I loved this conflict she went through. And the premise of falling for a guy who has only been a friend in the past is one trope I will always read!
I will say that the business she runs isn't totally believable to me. I can't see any teen getting away with this so easily. I also felt like there should have been more romance for a book that really is based around romance (dates and all that). I wanted more of a build up with Toni and Loch. The tension between them just wasn't enough.
Overall this was a really cute and fast read. Not the most intense or in depth contemporary romance of it's kind, but fun none-the-less. Fans of Miranda Kinnealy will enjoy this light and fun read.