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5 'Life is Wild' stars!
I am so impressed with Mia Sheridan. Her writing is so fluid and beautiful and she knows how to tell a story. After reading and loving the Leo books, I decided to read Archer's Voice and it quickly became my favorite book of the year. With the 3 books I'd read, her 'A Sign of Love' series had blown me away. So why did I skip book #3 (Stinger). I have no clue. This book was highly recommended to me by a friend so I jumped in. Better late than never. And I'm so glad I did. Stinger did not disappoint.
Carson Stinger and Grace Hamilton are both in Las Vegas for two very different conferences. Grace is in law school, and Carson is in the adult entertainment industry. Grace sees Carson in the lobby and is immediately attracted to him. That is, until she sees his name tag.
Carson Stinger, Straight Male Performer.
Carson is used to the judgmental looks and stares when people find out what he does, but for some reason, with Grace, it stings a little more. He jokes off her attitude towards him, figuring he'll never see this beautiful blonde again.
"Let me guess, law student conference" I started to walk around him, but stopped when I heard the clearly condescending nickname and the amusement in his voice. "Yes, actually. Is there something wrong with that"
"No, not at all. Looks like we're both here to learn how to be the best at getting people off."
Unexpectedly, Grace and Carson get stuck in the hotel's elevator. At first their banter is snarky and light, but with a little time, they actually start to have a meaningful conversation. Share things with each other that actually mean something to them both. They can't deny the attraction they both feel towards each other so Carson decides to make a proposal. Just one weekend together. The straight laced law student and the handsome porn star.
Grace never thought one weekend with Carson Stinger would change her. That she would develop real feelings for this man, but once she saw the real him, what was really inside of him, she couldn't help herself. Carson has it bad for Grace. He can't imagine being with his costars now and it puts him in a bit of a predicament.
"I really, really like how you make me feel - like if you looked at me every day, the way you're looking at me right now, I could do anything, be anything, be more" The second part of the story, I can't really talk about. To do so would be to spoil some pretty important stuff and thats the last thing you will want while reading. Let me just say the second half wowed me. There were things I didn't see coming, things that surprised me, but I was very happy with the way things turned out.
Carson Stinger. It is impossible not to love this man. Carson has a little bit of that damaged man that I love. He hides who he really is from the most of the world by his mask. He is confident and personable, but behind the mask, he doesn't always feel that way. Grace changes the way Carson thinks. Makes him want to be better, be worthy of her.
"All those years ago, I knew, I knew who you were. Thank you for proving me right." Grace Hamilton was a likable heroine. I know I just said that Grace changed the way Carson thought etc, but I'm going to also say that Carson did the same for her. Grace was a people pleaser. She was always doing whatever others wanted, not wanting to disappoint or let anyone down. Even if it meant sacrificing what she wanted and her own happiness. After that weekend with Carson, she changed. She made her own choices, lived life on her terms despite the wants of others.
I loved Carson and Grace together. It was amazing the type of connection they were able to develop in just three days. But it was believable and beautiful. I also really enjoyed the direction the book took after those three days were over. I feel sometimes in life you are meant to meet certain people. These two were destined to meet.
This story captivated me from the start. I got lost while reading and had trouble putting it down. The characters, the story, the romance, the self discovery. I loved it all. Even though this is #3 in a series, please note that it in no way connects with books #1, #2, or #4 so it can be read as a standalone. I would recommend all 4 books. They are wonderful reads!
"Why do you call me Buttercup"
"In life, there are those who save us, both in big ways and in small. Sometimes that means being set free from a dark, windowless room, or being pulled out of a burning building. More often, it means being saved from yourself, and made to finally believe that letting someone love you, isn't just a big lie that you're unwilling to tell."
A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.
Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him . . .
Carson Stinger was a man who didn’t play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn’t care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her . . .
When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn’t possible. At least not yet . . .
THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SCORPIO. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.