Stinger by Mia Sheridan was a heart-wrenching read but that’s what I’ve come to expect from this author.
A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Timesbestselling 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 . . .
I have a confession to make. I have a new favorite trope – two people trapped in an elevator. I know, I know. I can’t help it. Ever since I read Hearts in Darkness, my heart jumps a little when I get on an elevator (and I work on the 10th floor of my building). In Stinger, there are two people who hate each other trapped on an elevator together. The confined quarters and unusually stressful situation leads them to unexpectedly open up, and when one of them is a porn star and the other an uptight attorney, the tension is off the charts.
I listened to the audiobooks version and I’m glad I did for this particular book because at one point Carson Stinger sings and the voice actor did an awesome job. Typically, the voice actor doesn’t sing when there are lyrics but since this was a popular, well-known song it worked.
Once Carson and Grace really get to know each other. I was on board, full head over heels. They had unbelievable chemistry, witty banter and unexpectedly deep conversations. They really got to the core of each other.
The pace of this story is agonizing. The first part is fast-paced, exciting and exhilarating, but then things go awry (as they often do) and then there are…breaks in time. With each chapter, the anticipation of their reunion was tearing me apart, and once they were reunited, additional obstacles created another layer of agony until sweet, sweet relief when the main character comes to her senses.
The story takes place over a number of years and each character grows tremendously from their first meeting until they reunite. I loved that they were each other’s catalyst to make life changes. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was well done and the story takes on a murder-mystery feel towards the end. It felt a little like two books in one but it was all worth it for the happily ever after in the end.
STARS: 4 out of 5