Title: A Guy’s Thanksgiving
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 4th 2015
Page Count: 126
Reviewed by: Ele
A Work in The Guy Series
Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.
Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.
Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.
Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor’s still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can give Conor a second chance.
Skyler Cates on Proposals
How did your significant other propose? Or if you’re single, what would be your dream proposal?
My husband planned a huge outing, but I had a bad cold that night, and asked him if we could just stay local. So instead of the fancy meal by the ocean as he’d planned, he proposed over Thai food at a tiny restaurant around the corner from his apartment. The ring he wanted wasn’t ready yet, so he used a silly frog ring. I didn’t care. I was beaming from ear-to-ear. Although a few weeks later, with the real ring ready, we did go out for the fancy meal and he proposed again because I felt so bad about screwing up his initial plans. I still have my diamond ring and my frog ring—it was perfect both times.
In A Guy’s Thanksgiving, two different characters are planning proposals. It was fun to think about how they’d do it, what their worries would be, and how it would turn out. I won’t give away both men, but my excerpt below does tell you about one of the proposals, so only read the excerpt if you want to know.
The thing about planning a wedding is that the family usually becomes pretty involved. It can be great to have your mother or your sibling offer insights….and it can really suck. From the moment you get engaged, your family and his have opinions. Or was that just my family, lol?
What I treasure about my proposal was how private it was. It was the two of us—our moment—and in some ways more intimate than the wedding that followed.
I tried to capture that in the novella too.
Below is an excerpt before the proposal scene. One of the guys is planning to propose and is asking his most trusted family member for some advice. If you want to find out who, read on.
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Thanks for hosting me!
Aaron glanced at Dean’s odd text and frowned.
U better be ready for surprises, Weiss. We got lots of them here.
“Cryptic bastard,” Aaron murmured. He’d ask Jesse what was going on later. Right now, he was due to visit with his grandmother. When Aaron was younger, all his friends loved her. She told a gazillion jokes, took them on “adventures” in Central Park, and seemed to always know where to buy the best toys in the city. Aaron pitied the other kids, whose grandparents seemed, well, old compared to his lively grandma. Grandma Belle was all about fun. Maybe she would have some fun ideas for his proposal.
An hour later, when he told her about shopping for a ring, she roared with laughter. Her wispy hair, worn loose that day, swung, and her apple- green housedress bounced with her jiggling belly as she guffawed. Aaron laughed along with her.
“Jesse would lose a fancy ring swimming in the lake, or drop it in a pound of clay. For the love of God, Aaron, what were you thinking?”
“I know. Valerie got me all caught up in shopping and excited, but once I thought it over, I realized it was ridiculous. I want to do it right and propose in a big way, but it’s Jesse. So it’s complicated.”
Grandma Belle patted his hand. “No, son, it’s real simple. Do it from your heart and you can’t go wrong.”
“I thought you’d advise me to do something crazy and fun like on one of your soaps.”
Grandma Belle’s eyes twinkled. “I do like my shows. But Jesse isn’t me. He’s a dreamer. You know that. You’re the one he’s had a crush on his entire life. You got him to come out of hiding. No, Jesse doesn’t need anything more than for you to speak your heart.”
Aaron nodded. “You’re right, Grandma.”
“I always am. I’m old and wise.” She grinned. “And I got more dating experience.”
It was true. Aaron’s Grandma Belle was a huge flirt, having even pushed the men at the senior center to blows once. She had that something age hadn’t managed to steal from her. A zest for life. And as she’d be the first to say, her legs weren’t bad either.
“But I still would like to buy something for him.” Aaron wrung his hands. “He does so much for me. He takes care of so much—”
“He likes taking care of you. I can tell he does. And I’m sure he’d say you do as much for him.”
“How did you get proposed to?”
“Which time?” Grandma Belle asked. She waved her wrinkled hand, nails painted a bright blue, in the air. “And which ring should I discuss?”
“Okay, then. What romantic gesture stands out for you? Maybe I can use it.”
Grandma Belle shook her head. “A proposal isn’t about which restaurant you pick or the poem you recite. Jesse probably never imagined he’d have this life with you. That’s what you need to remember. The two of you living out in the woods with the dogs, and him baking and gardening and doing his art. You doing your gaming thing, which, frankly, I still don’t understand. The two of you are together. Think of the proposal as only a symbol, not the life. You got the life already.” She regarded him intently. “Although you could shave and buy a new suit.”
Aaron grinned and said, “I guarantee Jesse won’t care about that.”
Jesse usually wore overalls, smeared with paint, and untucked shirts. He completed the look with a floppy hat to keep the sun out of his eyes. Jesse’s smile was so warm and naturally gorgeous, that he hardly needed to worry about his wardrobe anyway.
“Last time I bought him a new shirt, it sat in our closet for months.”
“Ah, well, we can’t all be fashion forward like me. Fix us some Cocoa Pebbles, and we can brainstorm about Jesse some more.”
The Complete Guys Series
Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.