Title: The Guy in the Window
Author: Cara Dee
Release Date: November 11, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 190
Reviewed by: Valerie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
I was in the middle of my divorce when Adam messaged me. I believe his exact words were, “Hi. I think you’re my dad’s brother. Would you like to get to know me?”
My brother and I had never been close, so I’d only met his adopted son a few times when he was very young. Instinct told me to ignore the message, and I did. For a few days. It took an exhausting fight with my soon-to-be ex-wife and half a bottle of whiskey for me to change my mind.
Adam first became “sort of my nephew.” Next, he became the guy who helped me find an apartment in the building next to his. He was a sweet, cheerful young man doing his best to raise his four-year-old daughter, which led to him becoming the guy who wanted to help me patch up my relationship with my own daughter.
Then one night as I got ready for bed, I looked across the alleyway to the next building, where I saw him getting ready for bed too.
I couldn’t look away to save my life.
It was the night he also became the guy in the window.
“The Guy in the Window … who showed me the world.” -Everett
This is one of my favorite Cara Dee books. It’s an easy read with little strife, and I am smitten. It’s the story of Everett, a man who spent the past ten years existing, not living, in a bad marriage to a woman. He’s given a second chance at love and life with Adam, a man 18 years his junior – specifically his nephew by adoption – and Bella, Adam’s adorably precocious four year old daughter. Everett is also creating the opportunity to build a better relationship with his own college aged daughter.
Ev and Adam establish a friendship and Ev rents an apartment across an alley from Adam; their bedroom windows face each other. Adam becomes Ev’s Guy in the Window when Ev begins to surreptitiously watch Adam at night, and sketch his naked form. This is the initial step of self-discovery for Ev, recognizing that he’s attracted to men. or more accurately, one man – his nephew. Ev doesn’t initially realize that Adam is gay, only that he’s obsessed with the younger man. Adam, meanwhile, has become infatuated with Ev, but assumes he’s purely straight.
Notes of Interest
*The mature nature of their relationship is refreshing. No angst, no miscommunication, and no head games. Ev comes by his maturity from age and living, while Adam does from parenthood and responsibility.
*My number one criteria for an engaging romance is palpable chemistry, and Ev and Adam have it in spades. Ev and Adam’s love affair scores a 5 on the Feels Meter.
He wasn’t the lightning that struck, but the roll of thunder that shook the ground you walked on. Adam consumed me with everything he was.
*In addition to the passion, the sex is dirty and smoking hot and just the right frequency that I didn’t start to skim.
If this was what sex was supposed to be, I’d never had it before. The unbridled euphoria, the passion, the animalistic behavior he’d drawn out of me…were things I didn’t know existed.
*Ev and Bella score a 5+ on the Feels Meter; their bond is heartwarming and one of the preeminent features of the book.
*Much to my delight, this is the second book in a row I’ve read where there weren’t any instances of homophobia and no one blinked an eye that Ev is now gay or bi. I did think it was odd that no one was bothered by the relationship between uncle and nephew, even if they weren’t blood relatives. Given it is one of the premises of the book, I expected there to be some blowback about the potentially taboo nature of their pairing.
*The plot is solid and the pace never drops off.
*No angst here.
Finally, Cara Dee gifts us with a truly fantastic happy ending. Seriously, it’s wonderful. For this reason, and the ones above, I highly recommend The Guy in the Window. I’d love to hear what you think of the book.