Contemporary Romance

Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Review (1)Title: Stuck-Up Suit | Series: Standalone | Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | Publisher: Ever After Romance | Publication date: April 9th 2016 | Num. Pages: 285 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.


Review

 
Stuck-Up Suit is a contemporary romance with the typical alpha billionaire trope to go with it. Originally I was a little bit put off by that but then I downloaded a sample and then I bought the book. All within the space of about 5 minutes. I had to wait nearly 3 weeks before it was actually released though and it made the book all the sweeter for the wait.

The book follows Soraya Venedetta and Graham Morgan on their journey to love through the trials that are thrown at them.

One morning while on the train to work Soraya overhears a man yelling at his secretary. When his stop comes he rushes off and accidentally drops his phone which Soraya picks up, she keeps it a few days before going to his office to give it back to him with a few new pictures to boot – thus begins our tale.

Graham Morgan is the billionaire asshole we all love to hate and hate to love, with this trope I normally start off hating the male lead character for the better part of the book and then liking him about halfway through. With Vi and Penelope’s Graham I liked him right off the bat which was pretty cool – he was gorgeous, smart, rich, sarcastic and witty as all hell and really a nice guy underneath all the coldness.

Here’s a quote from their first date:

Both our dishes looked more like art when they arrived. “I hate to eat it; it’s so beautiful.”

“I have the opposite problem. It’s so beautiful; I can’t wait to eat it.” His smirk told me his comment had nothing to do with his fancy looking dinner.

This is grandmothers comment about him – to his face:

“Anyway, I think this girl is a wake-up call for you, that we don’t always have control over things. Just go with the flow. Let things happen on their own. Give up control. But more importantly, for God’s sake, don’t be an asshole.”

Soraya on the other hand is nothing like your typical contemporary romance heroine – although she’s not rich and doesn’t fit into his lifestyle and his ex hates her which is typical – she’s a brash, bawdy, trash talking, no-shit-taking, hair-dyed Italian from Brooklyn.

The book starts out pretty normal – billionaire finds a woman he wants but can’t have and he makes it his mission to have her in any way possible but then his ex-best-friend (whose company Graham is trying to take over) dies and Graham goes to the wake where he comes face to face with his ex – fiancé who left him for his best friend after he found them in a compromising position.

It gets worse when he meets their daughter and finds out that it’s not really his best friends daughter but his own.

That was a real nice twist and I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting Graham to get so throughly involved into his daughters life – especially while the ex fiancé is trying her best to get back into his pants (including stripping naked in front of him at a later stage) but he did and it was really nice to see.

The book itself was written really well, the prose and dialogue flowed with an ease that is sometimes missing from con-rom’s; the characters despite their differences were well matched and the storyline provided the perfect amount of balance.

There was one section that was repeated word for word but that’s probably just an editing error and there wasn’t really much that put me off.

The thing however that made me give this book only 4 stars instead of 5 was the instalove. I hate it and no matter how good the book is written and how much much love the characters etc is ever going to make me give instalove 5 stars.

A parting quote:

Graham brought my hand to his mouth and kissed it. “No one knows what’s going to happen from one day to the next, but if the world were to end tomorrow, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with you. That tells me everything I need to know.
Happy Reading! (1)

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