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

stuck-up-suitStuck-up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Apr 9, 2016
Audiobook Narrated by: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 2.5 stars = C

Instead of Stuck-Up Suit, this book should have been called Stupid Ninny.

The only thing you can say about Graham is that he’s rude to his secretaries. Besides that, he’s a heck of a guy. Soraya on the other hand, is an insecure ninny who does something at the end that should have sent Graham running for the hills. If that hadn’t happened, I would have rated the book higher.

The stream of consciousness that is the description tells you all about the how relationship started. What it doesn’t say is that throughout the relationship, Soraya is very skittish. From the beginning, she tells Graham she won’t sleep with him, which he accepts without batting an eye. Like normal people, they start dating, going to restaurants and events, without him pressuring her to go to bed with him. She sleeps with him when she’s ready and not a minute earlier.

The love scenes could be characterized as (like we say in my country) “too much foam, not enough hot chocolate.” There’s a lot of very graphic talk but when it came to the actual event, lots of fade to black. It was lame, as if the authors didn’t know how to write a good love scene.

Graham’s boorish behavior towards his secretaries seemed more like an excuse for the title, because otherwise, he’s as good as you could expect him to be. He’s hot, funny, sexy, understanding, loves his grandma, works hard, and when something comes out of left field that changes his life, the guy is a trooper. Soraya is the one that falls apart. Instead of actually supporting the guy when he’s going through a difficult situation, she lets her insecurities get in the way. She decides that he’ll be better off without her but instead of actually breaking up with the guy like a grownup, she does something so immature and hurtful that I wanted to smack her over the head. Worse, she didn’t even have to grovel because the guy figured it out and ran after her!! Give me a break. In my eyes, this raised serious questions about Soraya’s level of maturity and even mental health. Graham SHOULD NOT have forgiven her so easily.

Something else that drove me bunkers: there’s NO WAY that somebody who lives in Brooklyn and works in the Upper East Side takes the same train as somebody who lives in the Upper West Side. They are coming from opposite directions! That would be like saying that somebody going from Miami to Chicago takes the same flight as somebody going from Portland to San Francisco!! (Moral of the story: if you are writing a book set in a city you know nothing about, use something called Google.)

Overall, the book had some good parts (Chloe was adorable) but the story had too many weaknesses for me to recommend it. 

Rating: 2.5 Stars

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