Title: The Right Stud
Authors: Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Photo: Wander Aguiar
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Author: Ilsa Madden- Mills and Tia Louise
Publication Date: 31 May 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are back with an all-new romantic comedy filled with Southern sass and steamy scenes that will have you laughing out loud and fanning yourself. Pour the sweet tea and get ready…
“The best way to get over your sh**ty ex-fiancé is to get under a shiny new stud…”
As soon as Mr. Tall, Blond, and Handsome walks into that bar, I know he’s the hook-up I need to get over stupid Cheater Kyle.
A few stolen kisses in a dark hallway, and I’m pretty sure we’re headed for a home run—until he disappears without a trace.
Whatever. Men are all snakes in the grass, and I don’t need a new one anyway.
I resolve to forget about his perfect lips (and chest of steel) and instead focus on turning my Granny’s old beach house into a profitable B&B.
What I don’t expect is for him to show up the next day in my kitchen!
You see, my sexy mystery man is none other than Jax Roland, the drop-dead gorgeous home improvement star of The Right Stud, and he’s got an offer I can’t refuse.
With a suitcase in one hand and a hammer in the other, he wants to move in and renovate my old house while he films his new show.
But my roommate has secrets, and they threaten to rip our blossoming friendship—and possible love—apart.
When push comes to shove, is Jax really The Right Stud or is he just another nail in the coffin of love?
I had so much fun reading this book, it is eactly what you expect out of a RomCom. Sweet, funny, sexy, endearing. Ilsa Madden Mills ad Tia Louise just plain got it right with The Right Stud.
I throughly enjoyed these two main characters, (we'll talk about the secondary characters in just a second) they were tough and yet sensitive and caring at the same time. They are both out to make their and the people around them worlds better. I loved their tenacity and dedication to what they want and to their families. Although at times, I think Ashton tolerated a lot more from her brother than she needed to in all honesty. It was a little hard to figure out their families from time to time. Ashton's brothers lack of family ties, Jax's brother in law situation, but regardless in the end it was clear that these two characters would do anything for those that they love and care for.
I loved all their interactions and banter, they were sweet together even when fighting, their steamy levels, a definite hit, ha. The emotions between these two, all their broken pieces and how they tired to pick each other up and build each other up...it will get you right in the old ticker. This was a book based around restoring an old beach house but what it really is, is a book about restoring faith in oneself and family, biological or not. You will fall in love with these two from the first pages and even though all the 'drama' you will be rooting for them and so pleased with their HEA in the end.
The secondary characters for the most part were great. I adored Ashton's boarder, Jean Claude Van Ram....really what else is there to say about that. If nothing else, read it for Jean Claude, haha. I fell in love the filthy mouthed bird and now want one of my own when I turn into that old lady who doesn't care what any one else thinks. Those three are my 'people' and I adored them. Ashton's brother, honestly he was an ass, and maybe he came round in the end but I never grew to like him. Ashton's BFF, hmmmm, that girl has secrets and I don't know how I feel about that. Now, maybe those two are the way they are because something is coming in the future but if not, they left me not feeling all happy go lucky like everyone else in the book. Also, Jax's brother in law...what is up with his storyline. Where is he, (well, I mean we eventually find out but why does it feel like its a secret) why is he there, when is he coming back...what's going on, I am so confused, lol.
And then the last thing that makes this not quite a 5 star for me, even though I really loved it and I think that these two ladies have a great rom-com on their hands because if I could take these few things out it would be perfect, sometimes the behavior of these characters is really juvenile. Don't gt me wrong I wanted them to get back at the cheating ex and his girl toy, but there was no class in the way things were handled at all when they would see them in public. I would have loved a truly sharp tongue from some one instead of teenage-esque cutdowns. I needed those two to get their comeuppance but instead I got immature biting remarks and no real resolution. But I am just a vindictive grumpy lady who likes to see people get what they really deserve so that might just be me, hahaha.
All in all this really was a great read. It's a quick, fun, sexy, touching book that you absolutely want on your summer reading list. You'll have a great time reading this poolside with your favorite beverage so make sure you one click this book today!
~ HAPPY READING ~
Few things in life are as jaw-dropping amazing as Jax Roland emerging from the surf, muscles bulging, water running down the lines of his face, dripping from the ends of his hair… Jean Claude van Ram a rigid brown log in his arms, legs extended.
Okay, that last part I could’ve done without.
It takes less than a minute after he puts that asshole goat on the ground for JC to jump up and head straight for the shrub roses. I don’t even have time to say thank you before I’m charging up the hill after him.
“Oh, no you don’t!”
My overwhelming sadness at the prospect of losing Granny’s house, even my semi-gratitude toward Jax for averting Lulu’s anger over letting her precious goat drown, are forgotten in the race to save my grandmother’s flowers.
In addition to the house, they feel like my final connection to her, the plants she lovingly cultivated every year in her funny hat.
“Did you see that?” Mrs. C meets me at the gate. “He charged down there like Adonis heading into battle. It’s been a while since I’ve felt so stimulated. Reminds me of the time Mr. C talked me into taking a bite of a serrano pepper.”
I don’t have time to correct her Greek mythology or even ask why Mr. C was always taunting her with hot peppers. “Where did that bastard go?”
She jumps back, confused. “Rufus? I put him in his cage. It was time for his nap.”
“Jean Claude! He’ll eat everything!” Pushing past her, I continue running around the house, weighing my concern about Lulu’s anger versus killing that goat with my bare hands.
When I finally make it to the top of the hill, I see him, standing on the porch, his head plunged into the middle of my sweet olive, chomping away.
“Stop, you heartless bastard!” I catch him by the collar and drag him out of the deep-green leaves.
I look around, trying to decide what I’m going to do now. This jerk already chewed through the rope Lulu tied him with.
“Ashton.” The deep male voice pulls my attention to the top of the path.
Jax stands there looking all kinds of sexy with his tee stretched over his broad chest and his wet hair pushed back from his face. In his hand is a silver hook and a thin cable.
“What is that?” I drag the goat to where Jax is standing.
“I had it in the trunk of my car. It’s from a job I was doing. The owners had really big dogs.”
“He can get out of anything. I told Lulu not to bring him here again.”
“Lulu’s your friend?” He comes to where I’m standing and clips the hook through a loop on JC’s collar.
“Possibly ex-best friend.”
“You can’t really tether goats.” He gently extends the silver cable into the yard. From the soaked back pocket of his shorts, he pulls a metal stake. I watch as he loops the other end around it and pushes it into the ground. “How long do you expect to babysit him?”
“She’s got one hour left. Then we’re digging a pit. Roasted goat is delicious.”
The ripple of laughter from Jax’s throat does funny things to my insides...
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise kicked off their co-writing adventure in 2017 with the Amazon #4 bestseller THE LAST GUY. (They had so much fun writing that zany hit rom-com, they decided to do it again.)
Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life, they’ve teamed up to bring you laugh-out-loud naughty romances with strong leading ladies and sexy alpha males who know how to please their women—and who sometimes you just want to slap.
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