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Genre: Romance (Spicy/ Erotic)

Author: Mia Sheridan

So, recently, I finished listening to an audiobook of Mia Sheridan’s spicy romance novel, “Stinger”. I have not been a romance enthusiast in recent years, and usually lean toward other genres, but hey, I’m all about switching gears once in a while. And when it comes to a spicy one, who could resist, right? Some of you may already be looking forward to reading or listening to this book as words like “spicy” and “erotic” have captured your attention, and that’s understandable.  But before you jump into the book, let me spill the tea on my thoughts about this one.

“Stinger" revolves around Carson Stinger, a hotshot “straight male performer” (aka a porn star), and Grace Hamilton, a law student. This unlikely duo happens to cross paths in Vegas, at a hotel where they both attend different events. Grace, a meticulous life planner known to be a “by the books” kind of person, is instantly attracted by Carson’s personality. Their story takes a spicy turn in a broken elevator, where they find themselves opening up to each other on a different level. What happens after that is probably everyone’s subject of interest! I will not lie; the story gets juicy for a while. What was supposed to be a weekend fling turns into a life-altering journey for these two. To sum up, you will get to be on the journey of Grace and Carson, their spicy relationship, separation, reunion, and the classic happily ever after- sounds pretty great, huh?

The first part of the book was fun. I think the spiciness promised in the genre was delivered, and I was on board for the adventure until I wasn’t. To give you some perspective, the audiobook was a solid 12 hours long. The first hours, filled with Carson’s sweetness and Grace’s transformation, were golden. However, the author stretched the plot so much that you could feel the redundancy in the story. In simple words, it just got boring. What began as a fun adventure soon became a tiresome struggle to finish the darn book. I guess what I am trying to say is that it could have been a much shorter book and a fun one if it was not stretched as much.

I have always noticed that finishing a good book usually leaves me with lingering thoughts about the characters, the storyline, and the lessons learned. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with “Stinger”. While I appreciated that both protagonists, Grace, and Carson, brought out the best in each other, the redundantly stretched story—especially in the second part of the book—overshadowed that. After the initial excitement wore off, the rest of the journey felt tepid and uninteresting. A promising start soon lost its flavor- what a bummer!

But I get it; different people have different opinions. Some might find the extended plot twists and turns enjoyable, but for me, it was blah! However, if you're still considering diving into "Stinger," well, consider yourself warned. Don't say I didn't tell you so!

Happy Reading!

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