Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sy reviews: STINGER by Mia Sheridan

Title: Stinger
Series: A Sign of Love Novel
Author: 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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Hooray for Scorpio!!! Well since Mia Sheridan started her book by telling us about Scorpio's personality, I might as well start this review by saying hell yes that's how Scorpios do it! And yeah, I'm talking about Carson. And if you think I'm referring to his "skills" then I won't deny that. We, Scorpios, are also known for being passionate and I think we're like the sex sign or something like that and let me just say that the "lovemaking" here is just off the charts hot I even had a hard time pulling off a poker face while reading those parts in a room full of people. So Carson, for that, here's a fist pump for you for raising the Scorpion banner and making us proud. Woot woot!

So Stinger is a story about a girl (Grace Hamilton) who went to Vegas for a law students conference and a guy (Carson Stinger) who was also in Vegas but for a porn conference. Hehehe. I said porn. Hehehe. Anyway, so girl meets guy, girl was a bit uptight and driven by her "plans". And the guy, well, let's just say he simply lived by the phrase "Life is wild". They hated each other in the beginning but due to some "closed-space situation" they have gotten to know each other and their lives have simply changed after that.

I had several LOL moments in this book. I think most of them were Carson moments. I mean, my goodness, I'd have to google soon what Garfield, Flying Circus, Butterfly and Table Lotus positions are. Also, I can understand the fixation on Titanic. I'm with you there, Carson. You've made some really valid points. Hehe.

I'm a masochist so I got my kick here in this story when I also felt their pain when none of them wanted to let go but didn't really have any other choice at that time. And boy there were a lot of painful moments in this story. I was almost stressed out at some point.

I love how this book was written in dual POV. I have always been a big fan of men's POV so getting an insight of what Carson was thinking and feeling is a plus for me. I also love how even the minor characters in this book are very like-able.

You know how sometimes you read a book and the characters have gone through so much conflict and drama and hurt and you've been so hooked so you really feel what they're going through and you're almost on the verge of saying "enough of this, I can't take it anymore"? I felt that here, but when it also came to that part of the book where you know the plot's gonna change for the better you're just too happy and even if you know there'll still be drama you just feel safe and that everything's gonna be fine. I felt that here too. And that's what I really like about this book. I just felt too much emotion. It got me so hooked.

I've read a lot of books already and although most of them are stories about losing love and finding love again, I also appreciate it when it has other life lessons to teach me. I dunno, I might be crazy or shallow for resorting to books when it comes to life lessons but it just feels different when I read it in the book. It just sticks to me. And yes, this book has really taught some good lessons in life (aside of course from those positions I have mentioned earlier which I have yet to Google). Like living wild, not settling and being more. But my favorite would be Dylan's advise. For some reason, what he said to Carson just got me.

"What it comes down to is how much heart you have, and how you will give this your all, not because anyone will give you accolades, but on the contrary, because no one ever has, and you don't depend on that for your success. Those guys out there who have been coddled constantly, and cheered for their whole lives, they'll be the first ones to quit when they don't have anyone to depend on but themselves. But not you-because you've never known any different. And that sucks. But in this case, it's your strength."

God, I love you Dylan! Haha! Seriously though, I think this book has really taught me well about being strong amidst all. Finding that source of strength that is enough to help get you through every single day of your life. Like in the case of Carson, it's the sunrise
Here's my Stinger playlist:

This by Ed Sheeran
Weak by SWV
Sunlight by Kevyn Lettau
In My Veins by Andrew Belle
The Distance by Evan and Jaron
Flower by Amos Lee


You know how I love some Ed Sheeran so when one of his beautiful songs fits a book I read and reviewed it just makes me so giddy. Anyway, This is my song for them when Carson propositioned Grace for the weekend and how it has changed them. I think this is my overall Stinger song as a matter of fact. Weak is my song for Grace because really, Carson had that effect on her. Hell, Carson have that effect on me too so I totally understand you, Grace. Sunlight is my Carson and Grace song. We all know how sunrise was essential to this story especially to Carson. In My Veins is my song for Carson. I remembered when he told Grace she's in his blood. Awww, isn't that romantic? That's also my overall Stinger song. The Distance is my song for Grace and Carson. This song really fits them after that weekend and when they went their separate ways. Flower is sorta like my Buttercup song. Go figure. ;)



About the Author

Mia Sheridan is an avid reader, and now writer of romance and erotic novels. She live in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband who is a police officer and her biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When she's not sitting on her couch with her head buried in her Kindle, she can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs she get know no bounds. Leo is her debut novel, but her head is swimming with more… 
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