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Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia, #1)

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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, ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937551858
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 545,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: This w

    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: This was funny, adorable, and really hot!

    I absolutely loved this! It was so cute, and so so hot.

    Sam is a sweetie pie. He's awkward, a bit of a nerd, and has an obsession with romance novels. He also continuously surprised me throughout the novel, which I loved. (view spoiler) I enjoyed Sam a lot. He's funny, sweet, sexy, and he pretty much goes down as one of my favorite characters in a Romance. I love that while he may have low self-esteem he is by no means a push over and doesn't take Ian's s***.

    Ian is a jackass. I say it with love. But he's just clueless, particularly about what he wants. Although, he does figure it out eventually. At the beginning of novel Ian meet's Sam. Sam thinks Ian is this big hot alpha man, the fulfillment of all his Romance fantasies, his future husband. And Ian? Ian thinks Sam is not his type, and proceeds to be a dick. Ian is rude, arrogant, and inconsiderate. But somehow manages to be likeable. As the story progresses it becomes obvious that Ian is also adorable and sweet. It was fun to watch him figure things out as he went along. He has these great moments of character development, and after a rocky start he begins to treat Sam really sweet.

    The dynamic between Sam and Ian is fascinating. They have a crazy amount of chemistry, and are great together. Both characters are loveable, fun, and complex. The development of their relationship is believable, and it was great to watch them grow together. Too Stupid to Live was funny, and oh so steamy. I mean, holy s***, it will burn up the page. I'm giving this 4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this one, and will be adding it to my reread pile.

    5 Stars

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    4.5 Stars from me!!! I love romance stories, there is just some

    4.5 Stars from me!!!

    I love romance stories, there is just something about them that brings a smile to my face. It could be the sense of happiness that comes from them. Or it could even be when you know that no matter what, the couple always ends up having their happily ever after.

    Sam also seems to have the same feeling towards romance stories like I do. He enjoys reading them even to the point when it comes to his love life; he bases it upon what happens in in the stories that he enjoys so much. After having been in some pretty bad relationships in his past he is unsure of what to expect from Ian though. Sam’s character just had something about him, he seemed so real it was like you actually know someone who is like him in real life.

    Ian’s character comes off as a typical confused man. He knows what he wants out of life, but he is unsure how to go about it because of his family. There were some parts of the story where I just wanted to reach through the book and smack him upside the head. But there were other parts where I felt so bad for what he was going through.

    This was a great story for me to read because it wasn’t an instant love type of book. Sam and Ian both fought with their feelings towards each other. And then they fought to be together. I will be checking out to see if Nik has his own book, because he was a great comic relief during the course of this book.

    All in all I really did enjoy reading this story and if you like this genre, this is a must read for you!

    Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    My favorite m/m romance

    I love this book. Sam is a great character and my favorite of all the m/m romances I've read. Funny and touching at the same time.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Marissa Book provided by: NetGalley Review original

    Reviewed by: Marissa
    Book provided by: NetGalley
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book




    I am such a huge fan of Anne Tenino’s writing that I grabbed this one as soon as it became available. I was already in love with the lead character, Sam, from his appearance in Whitetail Rock and looked forward to the lovelorn soul finding his true love.




    Sam is a man who believes in love. The problem is, he believes in the fairy-tale-happily-ever-after kind of love. But after a failed relationship (or two), he’s realizing that real life is not a romance novel. Even knowing this, he devours romance novels. I particularly love the way Sam likens his life and the men in it to the situations typical of romance novels.




    “Oh! My Highlander’s been wounded. A scarred man, looking for the one person who can help his heart heal.”




    And his inner dialogue is cute as all get out:




    “You’re thinking about it.
    Yeah, but just for a minute”




    In opposition to geeky Sam, TSTL gives us he-man Ian. Ian is a modern Scottish Highlander. He plays rugby, has abs, and comes complete with kilt. Like all my favorite heroes, Ian is a bit broken. That gives him the edge needed to play against geeky Sam and not be all macho and perfect. But the one thing I didn’t like was his pet name for Sam – “kiddo”. Every time I read that name, I thought of Sam as a 12 year old and Ian as his father. *urk*




    The best sex scene of the book, in my very humble and horny opinion, was the kilt scene. “Insta hard-on: Just add tartan.” I can’t say much without giving things away, but there are sex toys and role-play involved. I’ve been replaying this one in my head for a week now and I’m not tired of it yet. In fact, I’m thinking of showing it to my boyfriend and asking him to put on a kilt…

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet and very HOT! Sam has had a hard ti

    Laugh-out-loud funny, sweet and very HOT!

    Sam has had a hard time finding his Mr. Right, so he lives his life working, studying and reading his romance novels. Now that his best friend has found true love, he wishes he could find it for himself. In comes Ian. He is everything Sam has fantasied about. Tall, handsome and muscular- he is the perfect Highlander hero and the very person Sam knows he will never attract. An ex-firefighter who's denied his sexuality for years, Ian is ready to lead a new life. He wants to explore his emotional side and find 'emotional connectedness' with someone. To his surprise he is drawn to the tall and gangly Sam who is not his type.

    And so it begins. One step forward and two steps back, these two don't know what they want from each other, but they do know that their chemistry is off the charts. Their encounters are of the physical kind and each one draws them closer emotionally until all there is love.

    I loved Sam. With his theories on love extracted from his reading of romance novels, I enjoyed his voice immensely. He was real and lived in the moment, even if the consequences of his actions might end up breaking his heart in the future. He wants and he needs and at that moment Ian is the only one who could satisfy both. He fears and he doubts, but in the end he lets go of his worries and gives of himself. On the other hand, Ian is more reserved. He doesn't know what a relationship entails and opening himself to Sam is as hard as pulling teeth. He tries and he fails, but he doesn't give up. He wants to connect and apparently his heart is set on Sam.

    Filled with humorous banter, a touch of angst and off-the-charts sexual chemistry, Anne Tenino, brought to the page a wonderful love story. The complexity of Ian's character with his dominating personality and his desire to connect emotionally coupled with Sam's snarky thoughts, insecurities and theories of love kept me reading this book in one sitting. I loved their interactions and the way they came together and I enjoyed seeing the characters develop throughout the book. Their journey felt real to me and I found myself cheering them on. Their chemistry was very good and I savored each and every encounter.

    This book was a treat to read and I will be looking for more from Anne Tenino.

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