Book Review: Stud in the Stacks by Pippa Grant

Title: Stud in the Stacks
Author: Pippa Grant
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 281 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars


When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I’m your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You’ve come to the right place, kitten.

Every morning when my library opens, there’s a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I’m that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn’t gotten me plenty of action over the years, you’d be wrong.

But I’ve made a few miscalculations, and now my reputation has my job in danger. If I can’t prove to my boss that I’m more than a playboy who recommends romance in the hopes of getting some hanky panky in the stacks, I can kiss my job goodbye.

Ivy's review

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And boy is Parker Elliot desperate. She has recently been promoted to Vice President of Marketing for Crunchy and her boss has asked her to get a new account. Unfortunately, her new account target is her ex-husband. And she has to go to her high school reunion to corner him…I mean, talk to him. Oh, did I mention Parker’s high school nickname was Pimple Popper Parker? Yeah, not the best of times. So, she goes out and tries to win a bachelor at a bachelor auction. That bachelor is Knox. You wouldn’t blame her since he’s auctioning himself off in a loincloth. Knox is hot, loves romance novels and is more than happy to help Parker out and along the way, yep you guessed it, romance happens.

The Good. Ms. Grant just keeps bringing the fun in. I was hooked by the first book in this series, so much so that I didn’t want to leave this ‘verse. This has a different trope (older woman/younger man) and plot device (fake engagement), but the funny and the quirky are still in full force. Parker is pretty insecure and the hell that was high school really makes her issues believable.

You can Stuart Smalley all you want, saying it and believing it are two different things. Parker needs to believe it and it was a pleasure to see her finally come into her own. Knox is great and his love of romance novels, something that is stereotypically confined to heroines, is a refreshing change. I love that Ms. Grant threw in some real romance novel titles throughout and Knox’s defense of the romance novel reader was a great touch. So much yes to his blog post. The chemistry is strong, the Firsts are great, the romance builds naturally, the ending was heartfelt and all in all, I closed my kindle with a smile.

The Bad. As we all know, humor is subjective. The humor really worked for me in Mister McHottie (book one). Here, the humor was a tad more raunchy, and certain key phrases made me a little cringey. Not all of it, and I laughed more often than not, but it was there. Plus, Parker’s insecurity can, on occasion, be a bit trying. Her overall journey is strong, but insecure heroines have that negative inner monologue that can be exhausting, so that’s not my favorite. Still, quibbles that I can certainly move past and the overall tale made it easy to overlook this.

Everything in Between. Supporting characters have been strong in this series, and I loved Knox’s grandmother, seeing Parker’s BFFs (who were featured in the first book, so it’s old home week), Parker’s brothers – all of them entertained me and made this story come alive in the best way.

I really enjoyed this. When the world is crazy and real life is nuts, I love funny, sexy romances and Stud in the Stacks fit the bill. Parker and Knox were a sweet May-September kind of romance that I happily recommend. I need Zeus’ story soon, Ms. Grant, please and thank you.

– Ivy

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