5 July 2014

Stinger by Mia Sheridan Review


Stinger - A Sign of Love Novel
by Mia Sheridan




What they say: 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 STAND-ALONE 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.



What I say: I think by now it must be clear just how much I loved Archer's Voice - it's one a my very rare 5 star reads (review here), and I though it was about time I read more of Mia Sheridan's books. Like Archer's Voice, Stinger is another standalone, this time think Scorpio (my sign so I couldn't resist)!


I'm gonna admit I wasn't entirely convinced about a law student and a porn star, because I figured it would be cheesy and cliched. Thankfully, and I'm sure this is down to Sheridan's writing, it totally isn't. I really enjoyed Stinger and it went in a very different direction to where I had expected. 


Reserved Law student Grace Hamilton meets Carson Stinger 'Straight Male Performer' in Vegas. They're both in Sin City for very different conferences and even though she's instantly drawn to Carson, she's kinda judgemental. Carson takes the opportunity to tease her and the story evolves from there. 

I loved their banter and squabbling. The back and forth between Grace and Carson is really entertaining and witty. My favourite aspect was, how, in such a short period of time they both managed to encourage the other and bring out the best in them.

There were a few moments where I was ready to throw something (probably my kindle) when fate seemed to keep messing with them. The narrative shifts at one point and it becomes a very different story, but this helps to keep readers interested in their story. I honestly didn't see the twist coming, but it gave the characters more depth.


Oh Carson! He's beautiful, extremely complicated and damaged! I loved how he worked hard to not only move on from the past, but to help others. He may not be Archer (and let's face it there's only one Archer Hale) but I still really liked him - Sheridan does damaged male leads really well! 

I liked 
Grace and it was nice to see her take on the world and those who were holding her back. I did question a few of her decisions (who doesn't like snowboarding?) but I understood her motivations and reservations. 


I liked the story and was desperate for them to get their act together and find their HEA! I'm off to read the other books in the series and to spend some more time with Archer.


3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • I was being touched by Carson Stinger, Straight Male Performer! No! Yes! Yes! Yes! Three yes’s to one no. Majority rules!
  • "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."
  • No one frazzled me. I was un-frazzle-able. I was frazzle-less.

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