Title: Stud in the Stacks
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Release Date: January 5, 2018
When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I’m your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You’ve come to the right place, kitten.
Every morning when my library opens, there’s a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I’m that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn’t gotten me plenty of action over the years, you’d be wrong.
But I've made a few miscalculations, and now my reputation has my job in danger. If I can’t prove to my boss that I’m more than a playboy who recommends romance in the hopes of getting some hanky panky in the stacks, I can kiss my job goodbye.
Stud in the Stacks is a sexy, hilarious, sometimes embarrassing romantic comedy told in both points of view, complete with tacos, romance novel love, and unicorn parties with no cheating or cliffhangers.
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Even though it’s been six years since I stripped for a roomful of women, I’m pleased to report my loincloth still fits in all the right places. Tad more snug in front than I remember, but if I had to grow, might as well be in the junk.
I give the elastic one last test as the producer signals that I’m up. Spider-Man gives me a fist bump. Thor smacks my ass. They’re the last two bachelors going up on the block after me in tonight’s superhero-themed auction.
There are some who might say Tarzan isn’t a superhero, but Jane would beg to differ.
And I fucking own this costume.
Plus, if no one else bids on me, my Nana’s right up front, ready to throw down the hundred bucks I slipped her before the show.
I’m hoping for a little higher than that though. Batman just went for a cool five grand.
Batman was a dick, which I assume my Nana didn’t know when she started the bidding on him. A grade-A, condescending asshat who thought just because he had a few million bucks in the bank, he could call people gay like that’s an insult and take a metaphorical shit on my favorite books.
I fucking want to beat Batman.
This is the kind of romance book that can easily polarise readers. You’re either going to be snorting with laughter, cackling at the innuendos or you’ll be rolling your eyes at the crassness of it all. I fall into the group of snorting cacklers.
Foremost, this book pays homage to romance books and romance book readers. Knox Moretti, aka Mr. Romance, and our hero is a librarian and romance book blogger. He exhibits many traits of hardcore romance readers; his Kindle is filled with books, he is quick to recommend a book based on tropes, he wants to convert others, he gifts books to aid in said conversion, and he regularly consults his Goodreads shelves. I found myself highlighting all of the books Knox recommended and I admit to adding a few to my own Goodreads shelves.
Parker Elliott, the heroine, propositions Knox into playing her fake fiancé at her school reunion where an important business contact will be attending. Parker had a horrible time at high school and as a result never really shook off her insecurities. Add in several failed relationships and a perpetual case of foot-in-mouth syndrome, Parker is still a bundle of awkwardness 20 years later.
Knox and Parker embark on this fake relationship and it takes little time for the attraction to flare between them. These two really know how to get it on. But they both agree to a casual arrangement since neither is looking for commitment. Ah, the delusions of romance book characters...
There are many humorous and laugh out loud moments both between Knox and Parker as well as other secondary characters. And as funny as these characters were, there were just too many of them. After a time I found it hard to kept them all straight. I gave up and just went along for the ride.
This is sexy, flirty and bawdy read. It’s fun!
Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.