book review

The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris

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Release Date: May 01, 2017

Adam, a serious cinema nerd, has no idea that he is the Hot Guy – a man so ridiculously attractive there’s a Facebook group dedicated to seducing him.

Cate, a sports publicist who loves to crack a joke, is feeling down about her newly single status when her friends suggest the perfect pick-me-up: a night with the Hot Guy.

But that one night leaves both Cate and Adam wanting…

Is a genuine connection possible with a guy this phenomenally smokin’?

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*Thank you to Bonnier Publishing Australia and NetGalley for making this title available for review.

I don’t really know how to start my review on The Hot Guy. Maybe because I don’t enjoy it as much as I hope I would and it will be a first time for me to give a somewhat unsatisfied review. I feel kinda bad about it but I know it is inevitable. The synopsis, as well as the title, are really interesting and the cover is super cute. So, what could possibly go wrong on this one?

Adam is dubbed as the Hot Guy as he is ridiculously good-looking that girls (and guys) are fawning over him at all times. So attractive that there is a Facebook group made by girls who called themselves the League. Their mission is to get the Hot Guy sleep with each and everyone of them. Apparently, spending one night with Adam will cure a broken heart and boost a girl’s confidence. Like, really? Worst, there are hundreds of girls on queue and every week a new girl is supposed to get her hands on him for one night. The next day, they have to come up with whatever ridiculous excuse they can think of to run away and not come back. Mission accomplished. Until Cate come around. She is a sports publicist of a rundown stadium and actually hates sport. She also just broken up with her social climber boyfriend and is mopping around for being dumped. Come her friends to the rescue and pushed her to have one night with the Hot Guy so she can get her confidence back. Unaware of the “rules”, Cate ends up spending two nights with Adam and they seem to hit it off. And just like that, they’ve been exclusive. It annoyed the League to no end when they found out about it and promised to do whatever it takes to get the Hot Guy on the market again.     

I really want to like this book but there are just too many issues that bothered me and I can’t get past them. Adam, for one, is considered the most handsome guy you’ll ever meet if ever there is such a thing. He is a totally nice guy but so totally clueless how hot he is. Is that even possible? I found that hard to believe when all his life, people are clamoring for his attention, everyone adored him, not to mention girls are throwing themselves his way at all times. And what happened to all those girls sleeping with a guy just to feel better with themselves? And a whole Facebook group members? And all along Adam doesn’t have any idea even if every week he is sleeping with a new girl and the next day they will throw out excuses like “saving the president” or some nonsense lame excuse. Still, he’s hoping that one of those one-night stand girls will take him seriously. He is actually hoping that those one-night stands he’s having will be something more. Is he for real? I’m not expert on dating but I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of other means to find a girlfriend. Anyway, aside from being hot and nice, I don’t see much personality with Adam, he even appears dumb at times. His co-workers/friends are jerks who keeps on talking him of splitting up with Cate so he can sleep with more girls and in the process get girls for themselves as well.

Let’s get to Cate now, shall we? She likes cracking jokes which I don’t find funny at all. I don’t know if it’s because I’m in my “mood” or just don’t get the jokes at all. She appears to be smart but inconsistent. For instance, it was told that she’s really good at her job but failed to show it. If she’s so good, why can’t she even speak well to her clients? Her friends can be horrible, too. Like Adam’s, they tried to break off the couple, too, for they believed Cate will get hurt in the end. I understand their concern, but giving advice and doing something drastic about it are just too much. If you see your friend happy, can’t you at least support them even if you don’t agree with their choices?

So, overall, the main characters are forgettable. Nothing special, aside from the good looks, I guess. There’s a lot of sexual innuendo’s talk, alcohol and slight drugs, and man-crazed women. Unrealistic at some point and it is a wonder that I managed to finish it, though, I actually abandoned it multiple times. Also, expect a lot of movie and pop culture reference since Adam is a movie buff. There may be some humorous lines once in a while but not enough for me to bumped up my rating. It may appeal to some people, but sadly, it is just not for me. 

Have you read The Hot Guy? What are your thoughts?

RATING: 2/5

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(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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