Title: Stone: At Your Service
Author: Rie Warren
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Carolina Bad Boys #1
Main Characters: LeeLee and Josh
Release Date: September 2014
Links to Purchase:
Amazon (releasing tomorrow, but available for pre-order)
Sexual Intensity: erotic
Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.
Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.
The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.
Too bad romance is just for books.
I adored this book, but I will tell you right up front...the character Stone is not going to be one that everyone loves. But I thought that Rie Warren set him up perfectly.
Stone is an unrepentant ladies man. He's a single dad for his 3 yo son, but Friday nights are when JJ goes to stay with Stone's mom and it's his night to get laid...with no strings attached. And he's good-looking enough that the ladies are usually okay with that. Stone narrates the story in 1st person POV so this is where he sometimes is a little hard to take...because ego much?? Yeah.
But in this book, Stone is in a totally new situation. Stone's best friend is Nicky. Nicky happens to be a romance author who is good-looking in his own right, but he's tired of getting pursued at romance conventions by horny women, so that's where Stone comes in. Stone is going with him this time to act as his gay lover. These guys are as close as heterosexual men can get without being lovers. They've been best friends forever so neither one is all that uncomfortable about having to put on this act. They seriously have a great bromance. But the entire lie (and Nicky's career) is threatened when Stone sees LeeLee, another romance author. As they get to know each other, Stone realizes that for the first time ever, he's really interested in a girl for more than sex.
This book was so fun. I loved Stone and Nicky and the entire snarky sense of humor and vibe they have between them. Almost the entire book is set at a romance writers convention and having just attended one of those a little over a month ago, I loved that about it because the characters and settings were just so right-on. I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading the book, but it had it's heart-breaking sweet moments too that made me smile or tear up.
I loved all the parts of this book. The chemistry between LeeLee and Stone was sizzling and every single scene was perfection. I loved this book so much from the setting to the guys at Stone's auto shop. Those guys knew what he was doing on this trip and gave him a hard time about it the entire time he was going with dirty messages, watching the convention twitter feed, and with his awesome welcome home present. Way early in the book, when Stone looks like he's going to be a real jerk, there's a scene between him and his son that just melted my heart. JJ isn't just a prop in this book. JJ is Stone's entire life and seeing that amazing link between them just made me love Stone even more. I'll be honest, I don't think I've EVER seen a connection between a parent and child written better or more pure than Rie Warren did with these two. Seriously heart-melting scenes every single time Stone and JJ interacted.
I highly recommend this one and cannot wait for Nicky's book coming in December!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.