Book Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Stuck-Up Suit

Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

My Thoughts

“Mr. Grey will see you now.” Oh, wait wrong book! Fans of Fifty Shades are going to love Stuck-Up Suit! Although instead of the shy and timid Anna Stuck-Up Suit has the super sassy Soraya that gives the stuck-up suit a piece of her mind, although we still get the cocky and hot CEO. You also get all the drama of the Fifty Shades trilogy in one book.

Soraya

Soraya notices him right away on her way to work. His commanding presence fills the train car and she can’t look away. By the way that he’s talking to whoever is on the other end of the phone she can tell that he’s a ‘stuck-up suit’ and coins the nickname “Mr. Big Prick” for him. When he gives her shit she dishes it right back without hesitation. Just when everything seems to be going their way the unexpected happens she is faced with some tough decisions that will make or break them.

Oh man, Soraya is sassy! She definitely gives Graham a run for his money because does not put up with his shit. When he acts like he doesn’t have time for her she makes it clear to him that she won’t be sitting around waiting for him while also showing him exactly what he’ll be missing. I think that Graham is drawn to her because he never knows what she going to do or what is going to come out of her mouth. As someone who is used to dating boring models she’s a breath of fresh air.

Graham

As someone used to people bowing to his every whim Graham isn’t sure how to react when Soraya comes crashing into his life. At first he tries to treat her like he treats everyone else: bossy and rude. However, when he gets pushback from her he finds that he likes it and is instantly drawn to her. The chemistry between them is off the charts and explodes off of the page. What starts out as a casual relationship quickly turns into something else, something totally unexpected. Things take an unexpected turn when a past relationship comes back to haunt him and secrets are revealed.

Eeeeep! I loved Graham and Soraya! The tension! The heartbreak! The suspense! They are the epitome of opposites attract and yet they work so so well together. Even when they’re arguing/bickering they are perfect. Now I think that Soraya makes some stupid decisions along the way and takes advice from unsavory characters but, like all of us, she’s only human. Truthfully it just adds to her overall character and makes me like her even more.The same goes for Graham when he acts like an asshole, once you get to know him you learn that it’s all a front and that he’s a genuine and lovable person underneath.

Overall, this was a great read! I really enjoyed the dynamics between all of the characters and the twist towards the end truly makes the book and was totally unexpected. I would definitely recommend this one although maybe read it in private *wink wink*


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About the Authors

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in eight languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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penelope wardPenelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult/contemporary romance genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is the author of RoomHate, which hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Her novel, Stepbrother Dearest, also spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include the New York Times bestsellers Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Sins of Sevin, My Skylar, Jake Undone, Jake Understood and Gemini.

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Book Review: So Much More by Kim Holden

So Much More

Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love is strange. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no logic to it. It’s not methodical. It’s not scientific. It’s pure emotion and passion. And emotion and passion can be dangerous because they fuel love…and hate.

I’m now a reluctant connoisseur of both—an expert through immersion. I know them intimately.

When I fell in love with Miranda, it was swift and blind. She was the person I’d elevated to mythical status in my head, in my dreams.

Here’s the thing about dreams, they’re smoke.

They’re spun as thoughts until they become something we think we want. Something we think we need.

That was Miranda. She was smoke.

I thought I wanted her. I thought I needed her.

Over time reality crept in and slowly dissected and disemboweled my dreams like a predator, leaving behind a rotting carcass.

Reality can be a fierce bitch.

So can Miranda.

And I can be a fool…

who believes in dreams.

And people.

And love.

My Thoughts

This is unlike any book I’ve ever read. The closet I can come to is maybe something from Tarryn Fisher but truly this book is wholly unique. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. It came in my Bookworm Box and the synopsis is fairly vague and although I have only heard good things about it I hadn’t heard much else, about the plot or otherwise. I was riveted from the very first sentence in the prologue I just had to keep going.

Seamus

Seamus is the ultimate book boyfriend/husband/father. He’s attentive, caring, and selfless and his world revolves around his three kids. He was so blinded by love that he didn’t see any of the numerous red flags when it came to Miranda, his college sweetheart. Now he finds himself a single dad, Miranda having run off with her boss thousands of miles away without a second thought to her family. He’s struggling to make ends meet on a guidance counselors salary and three little mouths to feed but his oddball neighbor sure makes life more interesting.

Gosh you just can’t help but fall in love with Seamus throughout this book. He’s just one of those people that are completely selfless and even though life has taken an unexpected turn he doesn’t lose that side of himself. Miranda (I’ll get to her later) makes it her life’s mission to destroy Seamus and she’s almost successful but his love for his kids motivates him to keep fighting making him a true hero in my mind. I love that even though he’s this beautiful person inside and out he still struggles with not hating Miranda and to try and be the bigger person, even when she does some truly horrible stuff. Because let’s be real, nobody is perfect and we struggle sometimes so I like that he’s not 100% perfect.

Miranda

Oh, Miranda. So much to say. She never hides the fact that she’s a manipulative shrew and an all around horrible person but that doesn’t make her character any easier to tolerate. It’s rare to find a character so unapologetic for being horrible but Miranda is well aware of every calculated move she makes. Even Saints would have a hard time forgiving her so it’s no surprise that Seamus is at the end of his rope. Although she’s a terrible person it’s very interesting to follow her thought process. You really get to see just how calculating she is and it’s almost chilling. It doesn’t take long for her choices to come back and haunt her and she starts to realize that maybe the life she has built for herself isn’t all its cracked up to be.

Miranda was unlike any character I’ve ever encountered before. While I’ve read books with evil characters before (Umbridge, anyone?) I’ve never been able to read their innermost thoughts which makes it very interesting. While I could barely stand the other characters I didn’t find myself actively hating Miranda. Now don’t get me wrong, the stuff she does is beyond messed up. Not even knowing her thought process behind her decisions helps excuse her but there’s just something about knowing her intention that stops me from completely hating her.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I normally read which made me love it even more. The characters are well developed and each one is unique. I love that we get to see things from different perspectives without it feeling overwhelming. There’s some nice plot twists at the end that really wrap up this book beautifully.


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About the AuthorKim Holden

I (Kim Holden) live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality.I love to hear from fellow readers. Love. It. Please come find me. We’ll hang out.

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