Too Stupid to Live

Anne Tenino
Too Stupid to Live
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
January 2013
Book 1 of Romancelandia
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

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?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Feb 26, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
190 people found the following review helpful
What seemed like an easy enough story turned out to be complex enough to demand attention and quirky enough to keep me smiling throughout the pages.

Sam is an incorrigible romantic who reads romance novels and dreams of that perfect happily ever after all the characters in books always seem to get. He knows he doesn't look perfect and his failed relationships are more than enough proof, but if not for his dreams, he would be a crying depressed mess, so he just keeps on pushing forward.

Ian is an ex-closeted firefighter who, after an accident, decides to not only change his occupation but his bad traits as well. He's had enough of hiding and chasing that elusive reality where he is straight and married with children, and instead decides to finally start living despite the judgment of his family. Only he never imagined being free to do whomever he wants would leave him getting someone who's far from physically perfect.

Their story takes a happier turn of course, but I actually loved that beginning where nothing was certain and both men were more than likely to make mistakes. The middle of the story had me tripping a bit because I felt it was stretching too long and nothing ‘real' was actually happening, but the author changed my mind again and finished the book with humor, a bit of angst and enough fuel for us romantics to hold us for a while.

In addition to a solid plot and interesting characters, this story is actually pretty hot and the details the author provided about the two men kept it from becoming monotone (Yes, I'm talking about Sam's perfect glutes with natural hollows and the paleness of his skin against black sheets…).

So, I'm confident that this romantic story will easily win over readers left and right, with good writing and characters who are far from perfect but still amazing enough.
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