Friday, September 27, 2013

REVIEW: Stinger by Mia Sheridan

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…

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My Review:
Man, another good one by Mia Sheridan. A very different story than her other two works. However, it has what you loved from her other books. Characters with troubled pasts trying to make their way in life.

Okay so let’s start in with the most glaring of things about this book. The hero is a porn star. Yep, call him adult film star all you want, but he is in porn. I started this book thinking, WHAT. THE. HELL. I had a bit of doubt starting this one, that this hero would work for me. I was really WRONG. Hold on and keep reading. Carson is sexy as hell, hot, and morphs into something I never expected. A total gentleman and true hero. I am happy to say that you will REALLY LIKE this one also!

It appears Sheridan sets out to create really flawed heroes. Ones that you may find it hard to forgive their actions, but once you get to know them, you throw your judgments out the door. You make exceptions for them, their choices, their behavior, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Carson, makes transitions of his own in this book. When you are finished, go back and re-read the excerpt at the beginning regarding the Scorpio sign and its three transformations. It is the guide for Carson’s growth in this book.

Grace is a very likable and dynamic character. She occupies one of my favorite groups of heroines. Feisty and book smart, but under it all when you crack her shell, is very open and loving. For someone so set in her ways, once she lets go, she lets go and goes with it. Occasionally she will second guess things, but for the most part, she is open and accepting. The perfect quality to soften the brash and guarded Carson. Grace has her own sad back story that has formed who she is also. I really loved her family and their dynamic.

The book also brings up some strong points to have the reader consider. The Tennyson line, 'Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.'

    “….maybe having something good and then having to let it go is more painful than never knowing what you’re missing.”
I just love this couple together. Even when they are apart, they have a lasting mark on each others lives for the better. They can be off the charts scalding hot, then be very cute and sweet. Appearing outwardly as complete opposites, actually they have things in common. Sheridan knows how to write star-crossed lovers, that you are really rooting for. Several times while reading this book, I yelled out loud, "NO!" and “CRAP!”, to which I received odd looks from my husband and kids. Oops, forgot other people were in the room. Yelling out loud, for me, is a sign of a consuming story.
Sheridan continues to paint some shocking and sad history for her characters to work through and evolve. It was always approached with sensitivity, felt realistic, and believable. There were a  few scenarios that seemed outlandish, but I allowed myself to suspend disbelief and found myself immersed in the story. This story has steam, heart, yearning, and sweetness. Now go read this one and say Hi to Carson for me **wink**

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