Title: Stuck-Up Suit
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Publication Date: April 11th, 2016
Genre: New Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Format: eBook (245 pages)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.5 stars
It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
WHO DID THE STUCK-UP SUIT THINK HE WAS…GOD?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I MIGHT HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL OF HIS PHOTOS AND CALLED SOME OF THE NUMBERS.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I MIGHT HAVE ALSO LEFT BEHIND A DIRTY PICTURE ON IT FIRST THOUGH.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
WHEN WE FINALLY CAME FACE TO FACE, WE FOUND OUT OPPOSITES SOMETIMES DO MORE THAN ATTRACT―WE CONSUMED EACH OTHER.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was
All good things must come to an end, right? Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
“Don’t be afraid to get hurt. It’s far better than never experiencing anything earth-shattering. Even temporary joy is better than nothing at all.”
During a disastrous morning commute to work, Soraya Venedetta chooses a seat close to Graham Morgan, who spends the train-ride shouting into his phone. While she find him very attractive, Soraya dismisses him as another “stuck-up suit” – all arrogance, selfishness, and wealth. When Graham gets off the train and leaves his phone behind, Soraya picks it up and (eventually) returns it to him at his workplace. But when he refuses to see her, Soraya gets revenge on Graham and leaves some sexy, angry selfies on his phone along with her phone number under the name You’re Welcome Asshole. Through flirty text exchanges and romantic dates, they fall for each other, but when Graham receives some surprising, life-changing news, Soraya is left uncertain about where she’ll fit in to his new life.
This book was entertaining and adorable! I discovered it through a blog post and thought why not, and started reading it pretty soon after. The first chapter got me hooked and I ended up reading it in one sitting. It reminded me of Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren in that it revolves around two pretty big personalities who initially clash with each other. I’m a total sucker for the enemies to lovers trope so I found this novel pretty entertaining. I’m so basic…
Soraya was my favourite. She’s hilariously feisty and witty which I especially love to see in young women characters because this behaviour is the complete opposite of myself. She’s so independent and cool and I wish I could be that badass! She also has her vulnerable, sensitive side, and her past understandably affects her relationships with people. Her narrative is humorous and entertaining, and her first impression of Graham was both funny and accurate.
Initially, Graham is incredibly rude to everyone around him. He later reveals to the reader that he holds people at arm’s length and treats them terribly because he doesn’t want to experience heartbreak again following his mother’s death, and his ex-girlfriend’s infidelity. He’s actually very sweet and kind, though I won’t deny that I really disliked his previous behaviour toward others. He falls for Soraya hard and fast, and seeing a character like him react this way is always entertaining (and it’s beyond adorable). Also, the positive impact Soraya had on Graham was actually quite funny given his colleague’s complete love for her when they started dating.
The chemistry between Soraya and Graham was great. As mentioned, I love ‘enemies to lovers’ novels and I thought Stuck-Up Suit did it so well! These two characters and their lives appear to be vastly different from one another, but they fit together so well, and their relationship felt real to me – which is something I always look for in contemporary romances. Reading their bickering, scathing, sexy, sometimes-odd text exchanges made me laugh out loud, and then later, their cute dates were really sweet!
There were some side characters that I was curious about but they weren’t very fleshed out. We meet Soraya’s friends, Tig and Delia, who own a tattoo studio – Tig especially seemed like a really fun character but we don’t see much of him which I thought was a shame. Graham’s grandmother also added humour to the novel – her exchanges with both Soraya and Graham were funny and sweet – but again she appears very briefly which I thought was a waste of a potentially great character.
In terms of plot, I do feel that it could have been stronger in parts. There’s a plot revolving around Graham’s job (I won’t say much to avoid spoilers) but this becomes a big part of the novel and then it is completely forgotten about. There’s also a storyline regarding Graham’s grandmother that is also seemingly forgotten about as drama between Graham and Soraya unfolds. Having these minor plotlines introduced and then essentially discarded without resolution bugged me slightly, because it appears as though they were only added for extra drama.
As for the writing, it is very straight-forward. I think part of the reason why I read this novel so fast was because there is little focus on the likes of scene-setting, and instead that focus is on the two main characters and the plot. There also isn’t many sexy scenes in this novel as I was expecting going by the novel’s genre, though this didn’t bother me – I wanted a quick, fun read, and that is exactly what I got from this novel.
Very cute! And I definitely need to read more Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward novels!
Would you read this novel again? Yep!
Who would I recommend this novel to? Fans of NA fiction. People looking for something adorable and quick to read!