Series: Cocky Bastard #2
Published by Everafter Romance on April 11th 2016
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
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From the New York Times Bestselling authors of Cocky Bastard, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
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.
This review will be completely spoiler free. Usually I don’t have to state this but here I’m going to be vague in some and/or most areas. I’ll tell you I didn’t like something to do with the characters actions or the plot, but I won’t tell you what happened or why I didn’t like it to avoid this spoiler issue. If you want to know, please feel free to message me! I’d love to chat about it. Anyways, here we go.
I’m going to start by saying I’m a huge hypocrite. I’ve read books before by both Vi and Penelope and you know what? I didn’t love them. Actually I either found that I had major problems with them or they were just average. I have read Cocky Bastard, which was the first book in this series – but I didn’t seem to love it nearly as much as everyone else. Here’s where the hypocrite part comes in: after every one of else books that I didn’t love, I’d say no more. There’s tons and tons of books coming out every week that I could be reading instead, but I want to love these authors. I want to love these books! I just don’t. So after seeing the synopsis and later the cover for Stuck Up Suit, I was sucked back in instantly. I needed it! I simply had to read this book. Going in I said, ‘Okay, this is it. If I don’t like this one, no more, and I mean it!’, while considering I rating Stuck Up Suit as 4 stars, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be trying more from them in the future. Will there be more in is series? I certainly hope so.
Graham is an absolute babe. At first I thought he was going to be the typical hero from a CEO/billionaire trope but boy was I ever surprised. Yes he was an ass and yes he was an alpha – that’s kind of a given, just look at the title of the book – but he was so much more than that. He always said the right things. He always had the right actions. He had such a huge heart and took every surprise in stride. I loved every one of his actions and couldn’t fault him for a single thing. Everything about his character is explained through his previous experiences and we can see why he is the way he is. But even with this tough exterior, he still wants to love and be loved. The only way to describe this man is swoon worthy. And that cover?! So good! This is a perfect model for Graham and it made it so easy to picture him. Me likey.
“Because I don’t want to be anywhere but here. If anything were different in my life, I might not be. I don’t understand it, either, Soraya. This. What’s happening between us. I can’t make any promises. I just know I don’t want it to stop.”
“He’s a good man. Fiercely loyal and loves his family. Very protective of his heart. But once he gives it, he doesn’t take it back.”
“You can fix the rest. Pry the stick out of his ass and hit him over the head with it a few times. He’s smart. He’ll figure it out real quick.”
“Now that, I can do.”
Ultimately I came up with my rating by simple math. The first half of this book I was head over heels in love with. Every word, every sentence, all of it was exceptional. Then by the time the second half rolled around, I started to have some problems. No complete deal breakers but enough to give me a pause. After Beatriz having to endure hours of my pathetic ramblings about not being sure how to feel and what the heck was going on, I managed to get though it. The first half I without a doubt would give 5 stars to but the second half fell to 3. Thus, we have a 4 star overall rating.
This focused on one of my least favourite tropes/plot twists (I’m talking about two separate but interconnected issues in the book). I hate it with every bone in my body. I hate it, I hate everything to do with it and I’ve been accused of having hateful outbursts when I read about them. Let’s be honest, that last point is totally true. But why is it so overdone?! Why does almost every book I read these days have this twist?! Okay, I’m calm. I didn’t actually hate it. Did I have an outburst? You can bet your hat I did but I didn’t actually go on a rampage and instantly start hating the book. I found that the authors tweaked this twist slightly and I seemed to digest that better. So while this is still far from my favourite elements, I was intrigued. The writing was strong and even if I wasn’t happy, at least it did make me feel something. These authors kept me captivated though a subject that I hate. Someone start the slow clap.
“I don’t know what to say.”
I looked into her eyes. “Say you won’t leave me.”
“My insides felt like they were twisting, and I wondered if this was what happened when you truly loved someone, that you could physically feel that person’s fear. His fear was mine. His pain was mine. His life had now merged with my own. I hadn’t told him I loved him, but as I sat there feeling like my entire future depended on the next few minutes, I came to the conclusion that this had to be the real thing.
There was one distinct turning point where everything for this couple started to get difficult. Depending on how you look at it, nothing was going right and there were a whole lot of obstacles that they never imagined they’d have to face. My problem was with how much drama was loaded on top of everything else. There was an issue, they think about a resolution and then oops, more drama. Seriously, it was a one way trip to drama llama land. All aboard! Yes this was to add dimension and angst but I’ll be honest and admit that at this highly emotional time, I started to laugh. I laughed until I cried because it was just too much at once. The world hated these two together at the time and I just found some of the emotions to be a little far fetched. Keep in mind they had been together for what, 2 months at this point? I would be freaking the EFF out.
“Trying to stay composed, I just kept nodding my head over and over in an attempt to convince him and myself that things were going to be alright.
“It’s okay,” I silently mouthed.
Deep down, I was far from sure of that. I knew I loved him. That was all I knew anymore. I just hoped that would be enough.”
Advice columns have the worst advice ever. Everyone knows this. The heroine even knows this. So why do you think the characters use these to communicate and look for advice? LOL, let’s just wait to see how this goes, shall we? Some was cute and fun but oh my gosh, one sentence in one entry made me want to almost claw my eyes out. And no I’m not being dramatic. This one sentence was a major part in what sent the second half down to 3 stars. Loving something and setting it free is an excellent concept but not always excellent in execution. What happened to adults being able to talk about each other? Now here’s a concept that I’d like to explore! You should never be able to take away someone else’s choice, I don’t care the reasoning. I could laugh along to the soap opera drama, I could root for these characters and forgive them for their mistakes, but when this one sentence changed the direction of the book, it changed a lot of my opinions along with it.
Conflict wise, I can understand the heroine’s approach and why she was thinking through all the options and choices that were available. I can understand why she made the decision that she did, but what I don’t like is the way she went about it. This same result could’ve been accomplished in a different way whereas the heroine isn’t taking the selfish and stupidity route. I completely understand her decision, that’s not the problem. It was the action that she took to execute this decision that I have major problems with. I lost respect for her and by the end didn’t completely gain it back. I think it was a little rushed and we didn’t get to fully experience her guilt and realization.
“Sometimes life throws you a curveball, something you never saw coming. We have to make decisions about whether we want to be true to ourselves or honorable to those we love.”
Overall, I’m left with a good feeling from Stuck Up Suit. It was fun, flirty, sexy, while it has some drama, cliches and tension thrown in, all in all it was quite enjoyable. I’m so pleased to say that I liked this book when I went in with mixed feelings. Just because I had some hang ups about particular situations doesn’t mean that everyone would have the same thoughts. This one took me by surprise. With my review having at times somewhat of a negative feel, please take away that I would recommend this.
“Don’t be afraid to get hurt. It’s far better than never experiencing anything earth-shattering. Even temporary joy is better than nothing at all. You’re afraid of getting hurt like I’m afraid to die. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to live every day to its fullest.”
*An ARC was received from the authors and TRSOR in exchange for an honest review.