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Peek Inside The Standby Guy

His best friend wants his help to get her back in the dating game, and nothing more. Can the town’s most confirmed bachelor prove he’s more than a rebound guy?

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For the last fifteen years, Katie Dixon has been focused on her responsibility as a single mother, raising her son and making ends meet. Now her son’s off to college, her photography business is stable, and she’s more than ready to embrace her “me time,” including a romantic fling or two. The only problem is that she hasn’t dated in years and needs a little help finding her confidence again.

Carter Colburn has been her next door neighbor and closest friend for years. So when he needs a date for a business dinner that could boost his law firm and help keep the family business on solid footing, she offers to pretend to be his girlfriend. He’s funny, sexy, and a confirmed bachelor—the perfect guy to help her find her mojo and nothing more.

But when local residents catch them sharing a tipsy kiss, the rumor mill goes wild. It's fun to pretend to be dating for a while. But when Carter starts to take the idea of settling down with his best friend seriously, Katie is terrified by the prospect of losing her precious "me time" all over again.

Each book in the Men of Lakeside series is STANDALONE:
* The July Guy
* The Standby Guy


“I really enjoyed this book- it was a fast-paced fun read.” -Lori G., Goodreads

The characters have tons of chemistry, and the situations seem very plausible. This was a very fun read!” -Alison P., NetGalley

“Natasha Moore won me over as one of my new favorite must-read authors with The Standby Guy. The characters, Katie and Carter, had an unconventional love story that resulted in a happily ever after. Neither character was perfect, which made the book that much more enjoyable to read. I cannot wait to read all of Natasha Moore's book after falling in love with The Standby Guy!” -Jennifer H., NetGalley

“It's a sweet best-friends-falling-in-love romance. I really enjoyed the story and the two main characters were amazing. I loved their friendship and I loved how they fell in love, slowly and then all at once...” -Fizza Y., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637658
Series: The Men of Lakeside, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 11, 2019
Page Count: 261
Imprint: august
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, fake relationship, friends to lovers

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By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 13, 2019

3.5 stars

The Standby Guy is the second book in Natasha Moore’s The Men of Lakeside series and while it was a good book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first in this series. Best friends and neighbors explore more than friendship when one becomes an empty nester and the other decides he wants to be ...more

By Bette February 10, 2019

The Standby Guy is the second book I've read from Natasha Moore through Entangled's new August Imprint. I must say I am really enjoying these slightly older and more mature characters. In this one we have single mom Katie Dixon who after years of devoting herself to her son is now able to have a lit ...more

By Donna February 12, 2019

Follow this link to my complete review on Scandalicious Book Reviews:

But the short answer is, I love it...4.5 stars of holy cow that was sexy against the wall, girl get your mojo back stars! ...more

By patrick February 17, 2019

Katie Dixon has seen her son off to college and now she has decided to look for her notebook that she started years ago of things she wanted to do he left home. A single mom her husband died a few years after they were married and she had Sean. She has been raising her son alone except with the help ...more

By Emily January 29, 2019

**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for an honest review**

I must admit that i was thrilled to find a book where the characters were no longer in their twenties and were slightly more mature, especially as i am now in my mid thirties.

Katie is 40 and her son has just fled the ne ...more

By Lara February 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this second book in the Men of Lakeside series. I love that the main characters are more mature than in standard contemporary romances. Katie and Carter are 40 years old, but they are both starting new lives. With her son off to college she's rediscovering herself, and he no longer ...more

By Shannon January 29, 2019

I received an ARC of The Standby Guy in exchange for my honest review. This is book #2 in the Men of Lakeside series, but could be read as a standalone. I did read book #1, and enjoyed getting to revisit with characters we met in The July Guy. In The Standby Guy we get to know more about Carter, who ...more

By Badass Lioness February 20, 2019

He's the rebound guy, and she's now spreading her wings after her son left for college. Katie and Carter are 40 (love a mature couple!) and are having a fake relationship to land a client for Carter's law practice. While the fake girlfriend/boyfriend is not my favorite trope, this author handles it ...more

By Terry February 11, 2019

4 1/2 Stars!

Katie lost her husband years ago and has raised their son by herself ... well with the help of Carter. Carter was Katie's husband's best friend and takes his promise to look after Katie and her son very serious. They even moved in next door to each other so that he would be close by if s ...more

By Teresa January 23, 2019

**I received a copy of Standby Guy from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions expressed below are mine alone and not solicited**

The Standby Guy by Natasha Moore is the second book in her Men of Lakeside series. I read this as a stand alone wit ...more

By Jessica February 12, 2019

I enjoy an older couple story. And this one fit the bill - Katie and Carter are next door neighbors and best friends. Katie is trying to find herself now that her son is 18 and moving out for college. In fact, she has a whole journal of things she wants to do. Carter was best friend's with her decea ...more

By Ashleigh June 24, 2019

The author did such a great job developing the characters, that I feel like I really know them, and not just the major two characters, but the minor ones too.

I loved everything about it - the characters, the plot, the emotion, the writing, and the ability that the author had to tell me a story that ...more

By Lori February 17, 2019

What a sweet book! And a great story of realizing everything you want has always been right in front of you. I loved Katie and Carter's friendship and then how it grew into more. It didn't seem like an awkward transition. It was such a logical next step for them to me. But it was funny at the same t ...more

By Fizza February 07, 2019

4.5 Stars
It's a sweet best-friends-falling-in-love romance. I really enjoyed the story and the two main characters were amazing. I loved their friendship and I loved how they fell in love, slowly and then all at once...
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley ...more

By Eva July 06, 2019

the men of lakeside series continues with the standby guy. carter colburn and katie dixon have been best friends forever. he was her late husband's best friend, and after tim's death he helped her raise their son, sean. but now sean is off to college and it's time for katie to tackle her list of thi ...more

By Diane February 11, 2019

True friends to lovers story!

Photographer Katie Dixon has always taken care of everybody else first since being widowed. Now her son Sean is leaving for college, she is taking time for herself and checking items off her bucket list she has been making for years. Katie’s best friend and next door nei ...more

By Laura February 18, 2019

A sweet, charming romance. ...more

By Reading January 19, 2019

Katie is trying to find her away around being a empty nester. What will she do? Sean her best friend who happens to live next door knows exactly how she should be spending her spare time. This was a great best friends have feeling for each other book! I really enjoyed this book it was a fast paced f ...more

By Melinda February 25, 2019

Natasha Moore has just wrote a slow burn friends to lovers romance that hits all the right places. “The Standby Guy” is funny, flirtatious and the characters are sweet and animated all the way through the book. This is the perfect pick me up book and I have to recommend to all book lovers out there ...more

By Amy April 21, 2019

I was grateful to receive a free copy of The Standby Guy in exchange for an honest review. I found the story intriguing. It was a nice change to read about an older couple with real life experiences. I absolutely adored Carter and was amazed that it took him and Katie so long to connect. I'm glad th ...more

By Rachel February 12, 2019

The story of Katie and Carter, who have lived next door and been best friends for years. But now that her son has left for college it is her time, and she wants to start living life again - part of this is starting dating again, and where will Carter fit in to her plans?

An enjoyable read - looking f ...more

By Rhonda February 11, 2019

Wonderful friends to lovers romance

I love the energy in the world Natasha Moore has built in her Men of Lakeside series. Katie and Carter in The Standby Guy are a wonderful couple in their 40s who have spent their adult years living next door to each other raising Katie’s son Sean. It was heartwarmi ...more

By Kristin February 19, 2019

"Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review."

Loved this book very much. It had just enough sweet, sexy romance and the storyline was great! I highly recommend! ...more

By Leanne February 11, 2019

I enjoyed this book. The story was well developed, for me it just didn't grab me like some have. A nice read for lazy Sunday afternoons. ...more

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Natasha Moore

About the author

Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she could read. She’s the author of more than twenty romances, and believes that stories of love and hope are important. Love can happen at any age and she often writes about vibrant and passionate characters finding love later in life. She’s a snowbird, spending the winters in sunny Florida, and the rest of the year in beautiful western New York with her real life hero who is happy to tell everyone that he’s her inspiration.

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