Sunday, July 23, 2017

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Stud by Jamie K Schmidt

I got away from my Urban Fantasy kick tonight with an Erotic Romance, plunging into Jamie K Schmidt's Stud.

Momma Says: 3 out 5 stars⭐⭐⭐

Stud is well-written in first person POV with chapters alternating between main characters, Mick and Terri. It does fit into the Erotic Romance, but would as easily fit into the Contemporary Romance genre. The steam level is certainly high, so an 18+ recommendation. 

Large. Hot. With a pump of sexual tension.

When the barista next door teams up with a slick ad executive in this steamy standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt, they both get a taste of unexpected love.

Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out.

After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around.

When I started this one, my first thought was 'Yay, an Erotic Romance with an actual story line.' I was right on that part. It does have a pretty good story line, if a bit far fetched. The author has a good writing style and the story moves along nicely. Another plus was that while it is instant attraction, it's not exactly instalove - pretty quick love, but not instant. So, why only three stars? Through twenty-three chapters and an epilogue, I never once felt a connection between these characters. The pages told me that they wanted each other and then that they loved each other, but I didn't feel that. I felt Terri's angst and worry over her brother and Mick's frustration with his family, but the "romance" seemed more of a distraction to the rest of the story. Even the sex, while hot, felt more abstract than personal. The rest of the story was good and I wanted to see how things played out with Terri's brother and Mick's family, but I just wasn't invested in their relationship.
This was my first read by Schmidt and considering her writing style, I would read another book by her.

Stud is set for release on July 25th and is available for pre-order at the following links.

*Advanced Reader Copy provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept and NetGalley

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