When tomboy Jen is dumped by her boyfriend Alex, she begins to wonder if something’s wrong with her. Maybe she’s not pretty enough, or perhaps she should start wearing dresses. Whatever it is, Jen knows she did something wrong, and she’s determined to fix it. She turns to her core group of friends: four guys who know everything there is to know about her, and who will tell her truthfully where she went wrong. There’s Ken, her best friend since college and the guy she tells everything; Bart, an African American chef who has women falling at his feet; Jason, who introduced her to Alex and sits next to her at work; and Davey, a computer nerd who is generally the strong, silent type.
What Jen learns is that her best friends all think she’s perfect—so perfect in fact that they’re more than happy to sleep with her to prove it. Before she knows it, the status quo is changed and Jen is involved in a sexual relationship with all of her best friends. But she doesn’t want anyone’s feelings to get hurt and she knows she has to put a stop to things before they get out of hand. But she can have fun in the meantime, right?
ONE FOR THE TEAM is a great “just one of the guys” type of story that has an edge I wouldn’t have expected. Jen is your typical tomboy: she plays on a softball team, can quote sports statistics, and plays video games with the guys. Alex was her first serious boyfriend, so when he leaves her without warning, she begins to doubt herself. Her insecurity is understandable, and Mykles does a good job of making her concerns realistic, rather than just seeming as if Jen is just fishing for compliments. And despite her tough exterior, we can see that Jen is vulnerable and a little naive when she learns that her friends all want her. She’s put off initially, but the more she thinks about it, the more she realizes there are no better companions for her then the men who know her best. Each of these guys satisfies a different aspect of Jen’s personality, and each gives something different to let her know that she’s just fine as she is. And in the long run, Jen realizes that she just might be happiest with one of her best friends.
This is the first story I’ve read by Jet Mykles, and I’m happy to say I’d definitely read more of her work. Her characters were well rounded and interesting, and their interactions with each other were amusing and realistic. It also doesn’t hurt that this story was hot with a capital H. ONE FOR THE TEAM is an enjoyable read that stays with you long after you’ve finished.