Title: Too Stupid To Live | Romancelandia #1
Author: Anne Tenino
Publishing Date: January 14th, 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 5 blissful hearts
It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.
Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
Until he meets Ian.
Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.
Until he meets Sam.
Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?
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We first got to know Sam and Ian in Anne Tenino’s two free stories Whitetail Rock and The Fix (reviews about these two will come later), where they both played minor roles, yet made an impact on the reader, which is probably also while they got their own story. I cannot express my delight over this in words.
Sam was always a dear to me. He is a skinny, gangly kid who tries so very hard to be the very best that he is. Somehow, Sam is an easy character to identify yourself with; maybe because we have all been through a period in our life, where we tried hard to fit in and felt like we couldn’t be in our own bodies. His insecurities are some we have all been going around with as well ‘am I good enough for him?’, ‘why is he with me?’ and so on.
While whiny characters have a tendency to annoy me, Sam never came across as whiny. Yes, he ‘complained’, in a sense, a lot about his body – or the lack thereof – and how he could not understand how Ian could be with him. What he never did was (ab)use the word ‘deserve’, as many other books have an awful way of doing. Quite the opposite, he was a young man trying to find the same love we all read about in our romance novels.
Ian is in some way your stereotypical muscle man, trying hard to stay in the closet, while still believing he is partly out of it at the same time. A walking paradox in the beginning. While he wasn’t nearly as dear to me, as Sam was, Ian is a character who grows on you through the book. He is not perfect, but he is a realistic alpha male, so to say. His fright of emotional commitment is almost comical to see at times and his growth from detachment to attachment was a pleasure to follow. Along the stereotypical road the undeniable ability to miscomminicate was present (of course), however it was not one, which dragged the story out and had angst following in its wake on a constant basis.
Anne Tenino manages to capture her readers with a well told story of coming out and being (or staying) true to who you are. While it is a story written a pink light of romance, it still manages to bring in the violence some homosexuals experience every day, taking the step into well written contemporary texts.
With a cover leading ones thoughts to highlanders, the 60s and idiotic heroines, one can only expect a humourous tale – and that is delivered!