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THE GUY ON THE LEFT by Kate Stewart

It started with a lie. A night of blurred lines between a teacher and a student. 

I wasn’t her student, yet it was the single most defining night of my life. 

I’ve never been the man she thinks I am. 

Most people have no idea about the life I’ve lived or the words that ring true when it comes to me—still waters run deep. 

But you’d be hard-pressed to find a coed on the TGU campus who knows otherwise…because I’ve never corrected them. 

The clock is ticking down, it’s Fourth and Inches with the ball inside the one-yard line and the focus is on me, The Guy on the Left. I’ve never felt like a football god, inside I’m…just Troy. 

It’s time to set the record straight. 

For my son, I‘ll find the strength. 

In her eyes, I’m determined to gain redemption. 

I will have them both, even if I have to take my eye off the ball. 

All books in the series can be read as a stand-alone. 

Title : The Guy On The Left
Author : Kate Stewart
Series : Underdogs (book two)
Format : eBook
Page Count : 429
Genre : romance
Publisher : KLS Press
Release Date : December 6, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ .5

Hollis’ 1.5 star review

I was warned by some that book two in this series wasn’t on par with book one. But I’m not sure I expected it to be.. this.

I’m sorry to say there wasn’t a single thing in this that I enjoyed. Not the drama (of which there was a lot), not the characters, not the soap opera-style dialogue without any sense of actual emotion fueling them, just words thrown around, not the stalking-because-I-care behaviour that no one ever acknowledged was a problem (seriously he did this for years and at one point references hanging outside a window to listen to a baby cry.. like, wow, no), the back and forth rehashing of the same problems over and over again even though you thought you’d kind of resolved it the chapter before but surprise nope, the really annoying child character (I swear I got over this and found myself enjoying the young precocious child character concept but this one? nah..) .. I could go on.

Troy has always been diligent with his stalking. But can it really considered stalking when it’s your own child you’re watching over? I decide it can’t. <– this is from the female protagonist’s perspective. I hate it.

Everything I liked in book one was missing to the point that I truly don’t understand how this is the same series much less the same author. Was I drunk? Punked? I’m mostly being a shit but honestly, it makes you wonder.

I’ve already deleted this off my kindle and we’re just going to pretend it never happened. I think the third book is the final in this series but I’ve already side eyed some reviews, one from someone who warned me about book two but more telling are reviews by those who loved books one AND two, so that’s not reassuring. Completionist in me wants to wrap this up but considering I wanted to DNF this like twelve times.. the odds don’t look great. We’ll see. It won’t be soon, that’s all I’m saying. I would still recommend book one. But, as of right now, treat it as a one and done.

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