February 21, 2013

book review: stuck on you

A steamy romance with a healthy dose of adventure packed into a faux reality TV show makes for a yummy read in Heather Thurmeier's Stuck on You.

In the follow-up to her equally delicious novel, Falling for You (read my review of it here), Paige Anderson, a former contestant on a dating show, is brought back to television to film an Amazing Race-type show with her former contestant-turned BFF Cassidy. When her friend is no longer able to participate -- for a reason I suspected and was glad to see confirmed -- she is partnered with Zoe, a rival from their season on the show. Thrown for a loop, Paige is determined to make the most of her time on the show, which she hopes will give her more confidence before she goes home.

Enter Jack Miles, the hunky outdoorsman, and member of a competing team. He's on the show to overcome past demons and raise money for his buddy, who has a mountain of medical bills to pay after an accident. He also has a secret history with Zoe, but is not sharing that with anyone.

The moment he and Paige set eyes on each other, their motives change and the sparks fly. Soon, competing for money and adventure are only part of what is at stake.

For starters, I love series that feature characters from previous books. Not only was I thrilled to see Cassidy and Evan in this book, with the latter playing a pretty big part, but I liked getting better acquainted with Zoe. From the moment Zoe and Paige were paired together I was delighted. One is a man-eater, who is secretly nice, and the other is the sweetest person ever, who has a bit more of fiesty streak. How could this not make for entertainment?

Though she was a secondary character once again in this book, I found myself more and more drawn to Zoe. She is enough of a dick to keep my interested, but her secret nice streak makes me like her. Both make for a character I want to know more about, which is a good thing, because it looks like she'll have her own story in book three.

Let's talk about Miles. For starters, I love his full name: Jack Miles. Already he sounds like a man who's arms I want wrapped around me, and who's shoulder I want to bite. Throw in his rugged good looks, outdoorsy interests and the fact that he teaches kids, and I had a big old crush on Miles from page one.

Unfortunately, the mysterious secret he is hiding -- particularly his connection to Zoe -- made me suspicious of him for most of the story. Even though I knew there had to be a perfectly logical explanation, this is a romance novel, I had the feeling I would not like it once revealed. Turns out I was wrong on this front. This twist was not expected, and I loved it.

Though I liked Paige in general, and was super excited to know she would have her own story after reading book one, I found her a bit annoying at times in this story. I imagine this mostly had to do with her continuing to wear high heels while trekking through the woods and mountains. I spent four years writing safety publications, and the thought of not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in the wilderness freaks me out. Aside from that, I truly enjoyed watching her character develop more confidence and take more ownership of her life.

While I enjoyed the sexual tension and chemistry between Paige and Miles, what I most liked about this story was the element of adventure. The more unique setting for the story made for some unpredictable moments, and kept me always interested.

Now, I can't wait to see what kind of reality show Zoe goes on after her track record of three times the contestant never the winner...

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an interview with the author!

About the Author
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.

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1 comment:

  1. We have the same brain, my friend. We had very similar thoughts on this one! Paige was such a twit for wearing heels, Zoe really grew on me, and I wasn't too sure what the hell kind of secret they were hiding. Fun twist. Can't wait for Zoe's story!