Title: Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia #1)
Author: Anne Tenino
Length: 315 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: m/m contemporary
Blurb: Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
Until he meets Ian.
Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.
Until he meets Sam.
Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?
Review: I was looking forward to this book because I loved Sam in Whitetail Rock. I had seen a fair number of raving reviews so dived in. Then I got worried. For the first 1/4 of the book I was not loving either character. Ian was acting like an arrogant bastard who could get Sam just by crooking his finger. And Sam was proving him right. Now I’ve got no problem with just having sex for fun, but every time, Sam felt weird after and not good about himself. If my daughter behaved that way, I would have smacked her upside the head.
However, I soldiered on (I wasn’t hating it, I was just not loving either guy much), and then when they finally decide to try seeing each other, it did a 180 for me and I started to love it. By the end I was thoroughly convinced of their HEA, but I will confess, I had to get through the initial phase. (I seem to be alone here.)
The sex was super hot, with Sam being submissive and Ian happy to be the dom he is. I would have liked to see more of Ian’s interacting with is family beyond one scene with his father. I’m not sure the crisis at the end worked for me that well, but Sam’s behaviour following it was hilarious, so it worked for that reason alone. :-)
It was great to see Nik and Jurgen, Nik not changed a bit, and I loved Ian’s therapist. She was a great character. Most everything in the story has a slight air humour permeating it (save for the crisis which is maybe why it didn’t fit for me as well), but on the whole, I would say if you want to smile and have a chuckle at Sam’s antics and inner monologue comparing his life, and Ian and himself, to romance novels, you’ll enjoy it.
I would recommend though you read Whitetail Rock first (free) because it will help you understand the role Jurgen and Nik play in Sam’s life. Not essential, but worthwhile reading. I sense a couple of other stories on the horizon (also given this is book #1 LOL Wow, big clue) but there were a few other characters including Ian’s new admin who look like they are poised for their own HEA.