Serenading Stanley

John Inman
Serenading Stanley
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed… which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane. Smitten, the hunky nurse with beautiful green eyes does everything in his power to woo Stanley, but Stanley has always lived a quiet life, too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on love. Especially with someone as beautiful as Roger Jane.

While Roger tries to batter down Stanley's defenses, Stanley turns to his new neighbors to learn about love: Ramon, who's not afraid to give his heart to the wrong man; Sylvia, the trans who just wants to be a woman, and the secret admirer who loves her just the way she is; Arthur, the aging drag queen who loves them all, expecting nothing in return—and Roger, who has been hurt once before but is still willing to risk his heart on Stanley, if Stanley will only look past his own insecurities and let him in.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Nov 19, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
SERENADING STANLEY is a very cute new adult romance.

Stanley just moved into a new apartment building. The tenants in the building are eccentric, to say the least. There is one resident who is seemingly normal, not to mention totally hot--Roger. But Stanley is super shy. So super shy that he purposefully avoids the one potentially normal-ish person in his whole building on a daily basis. But Roger just won't let him stay away for too long.

Stanley was a good character and it was fun being inside his head...for a while. Roger so obviously liked Stanley and Stanley just wasn't having any of it. He refused to believe that this guy he's putting on a pedestal was into him. It was cute seeing Roger chase Stanley. He certainly didn't give up and it made him an endearing and likeable character.

However, Stanley just grated on my last nerve. I don't know what else Roger could have done to prove that he was seriously serious about Stanley. It was very frustrating by the 50% mark when Stanley still wasn't completely on board. But once their romance got going, they were sweet and adorable, just plain fun to read about.

There was a fabulous cast of quirky and fun characters. Everyone in the building was unique and added to the enjoyment of the story. And they all may have been weird but they were true friends to Stanley and were there for him in different ways. They all had me chuckling out loud on more than one occasion.

The romance was sweet and the characters were absurdly entertaining, which made SERENADING STANLEY an all-around great read.
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