Stuck-Up Suit by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: This is not part of a series, it is a standalone novel, however, it does get a cameo from Chance, the leading man in Cocky Bastard (which I have purchased, just not read yet) and unfortunately it does give away that books ending. But, I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal, considering I expect most of the books that I read to have a HEA. So, that is the only warning that needs to be given. Enjoy.
Stuck-Up Suit will be told through the POV of Soraya and Graham.
Let’s start with Soraya. First, love the name. Soraya is a twenty something beauty living in Brooklyn. She is the assistant to an advice columnist and has had some pretty shitty luck lately with dates, one actually takes her to a funeral. Her best friends in the world are Delia and Tig (married to one another) who own a tattoo shop. When Soraya was just a young girl, her dad hooked up (while still married to her mom) to a woman who lived in the same neighborhood and who happened to have a daughter around Soraya’s age. Her dad eventually left her mom for the woman and took in the daughter as his own, leaving Soraya, her sister, and her mom behind, without ever really looking back. Soraya never really ever gave that life changing event any credit for fucking with her adult life, but she soon comes to realize that it is playing a bigger role in her life than she realized possible.
Graham is a very successful businessman (in the financial industry). But he is also a giant dick and not the good kind that brings you orgasm after orgasm. More like the kind shoved up your ass without any lube or preparation. I mean, Soraya and her friends even nicknamed him “Mr. Big Prick”. His mom passed away when he was just a teenager and the only person left in his family is his beloved Meme and his dog, Blackie. He was once engaged, but that ended horribly (you’ll need to make that discovery all by yourself) and like Soraya’s lack of a relationship with her dad is playing its part in her adult life, Graham’s failed engagement is playing a part in his.
Soraya happens to notice Graham one day while taking the train to work. While she certainly takes stock in the way he looks (mighty fine), his asshole demeanor is what she really notices. After he exits the train at his stop, she goes to exit at hers and notices that he left his phone behind, without it being password protected. . .what’s a girl to do? Well, she does attempt at doing the right thing by calling the first name in his contacts, but that person was nothing but a bitch and absolutely no help at all. She is able to track down Graham’s office and makes the effort to bring the phone to him. Graham is a big ole dick remember, so since he couldn’t be bothered, Soraya takes a couple of photos of herself and texts them to Graham, thus the beginning of a beautiful thing.
The pictures certainly get Graham’s attention and he and Soraya begin texting back and forth to one another, which eventually leads to meeting one another, which eventually leads to dating one another, which eventually leads to dropping to ones knees and burying ones face in nirvana, so life is good.
Stuck-Up Suit is one of those books that isn’t going to allow for a lot of “give away”. It kinda forces me to really just stick with the basics. Trust a BXTCH when she tells you that you definitely don’t want to know too much, the journey to the discovery to all that is great here, is too fun to ruin. So, having said that, let’s talk about my usual.
The supporting cast in Stuck-Up Suit is written well. This is not really an ensemble type of book. The ones that support Soraya and Graham are definitely important to the storyline, I just don’t think any of them are strong enough on their own to get their own story. What I’m trying to say (just not very well) is these characters do their job in lending the support to Soraya and Graham’s story, they just don’t really stand on their own (except one, but it’s about discovery people, discovery). But, it all works very good together and certainly makes Stuck-Up Suit all the better.
The sexual chemistry between Soraya and Graham was so thick, that it could’ve been a character all on its own. I have come to the realization that I will never be disappointed in these two authors and their ability to sex it up. Once the important parts of Soraya and Graham’s anatomy were finally introduced, it was pretty explosive between them. I love it when an author can realistically and successfully infiltrate a character to be a dirty talking dominant force in the bedroom, emphasis on the “dirty talk”. Now, Soraya certainly holds her own, but Graham knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it, regardless of the “where” they are at or the “who” that is around. As far as appearances and really personalities go, Soraya and Graham couldn’t be more opposite, but once they hit the bedroom and get to the business between the sheets, they quickly realize how much they were made for one another.
Ahhh. . . the things that I loved about this book. I loved how the advice column played such an important part in Soraya and Graham’s journey to one another. I loved the texting back and forth between them. I loved how Soraya dyed the tips of her hair to match whatever mood she was in. I loved how even though Graham was Mr. Big Prick, he went all in with Soraya and it really made him a much happier person. I loved how Soraya never really held back too much and gave Graham just as much “smartassyness” as he gave her “assholyness”. I loved the unexpected turn the book takes, even though I was waiting for something to happen, I just wasn’t sure what was coming and when it was going to hit. I really, really loved how they were truly each other’s missing puzzle piece (I know, sappy).
I just wish we could’ve met Soraya’s mom and sister. Especially with how impactful her childhood is on her adult life. But the lack of mom and sister is not enough for me to be like “damn, I was gonna give this book 5 hearts, but now I’m only giving it 3!”.
Read this book, it is that good. This BXTCH would not steer you wrong, trust! Oh, I almost forgot. . .Stuck-Up Suit was read in less than a day, so either I have absolutely no life or it is a really, really good book and for the sake of my self-esteem, I’m going with the latter.