Friday, January 25, 2013

Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino 4 of 5 Stars

Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia, #1)Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

eBook ISBN:  978-1-937551-84-1
eBook release: Jan 14 2013
eBook formats:  pdf, mobi, html, epub
Print ISBN: Jan 14 2013
Word count: 80,500 Page count: 315
Type: Part of a Series
Cover by: L.C. Chase

The Blurb: It isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?


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If I told you that Sam is adorable and Ian is hot that wouldn't begin to describe these two MC's. Sam is intelligent, insecure, ridiculously introspective and brave. Ian is huge, built, gorgeous and confused.

I don't know who's head I enjoyed being inside of more; Sam is funnier, but Ian is so messed up about Sam. It's  just a wonderful thing to see. I don't want to spoiler anyone, but there is something about watching a big, hunky, hunk of perfection brought to his knees by someone...unexpected.

THE CHARACTERS


What guy wanted to be called cute? Sam, apparently.

Sam - Sam was a dorky, skinny, pale, unmuscled kid who'd tried to hit on a guy so far out of his league that Ian couldn't see Sam due to the curvature of the Earth.


"Like what you see, Sam"?

Ian - Oh! My Highlander's been wounded. A scarred man, looking for the one person who can help his heart heal.

THE STORY

Sam is a dreamer living in "Romancelandia", his go to place in his vivid imagination. (He's my kind of guy). The inside of his head makes this book a delight. When he and Ian first meet, it's purely an awkward accident. Yet, Sam romanticizes it. He realizes he'll never get another chance at "more" with his perfect Highlander, so he takes a chance and asks Ian for a date. Unfortunately, it doesn't develop the same way as his fantasy version.

So far from "his type", Ian can't really even see Sam. However, he also can't seem to get Sam out of his head.

Sometimes it really grates at me that sex fixes everything, but in this book it just works. Besides, they do get to the "important" stuff too, eventually.

THE WRITING

The fresh humor, tender moments and adorable fantasy reveries are a delight. For me, there was enough weight added in parts of the "reality" dialog to balance the silliness. In other words, this could have been too sweet, but instead it was rich and comforting.

There is a bit of formulaic predictability, escalating to a hospital scene, but honestly, I wanted it. All of my awww's and ooooh's were genuine.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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I sincerely thank Netgalley.com, Riptide Publishing and Anne Tenino for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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