Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is one of the most disappointing books I’ve read in a while. The summary, a girl who finds a business man’s cell phone and it turns their lives upside down, seemed phenomenal. I haven’t read a similar premise before so I was excited to dive into this one. And I was hit in the face with how bored I was. The trope that drew me in didn’t have any importance. It was important on the first few pages and afterward completely unimportant.
This was the most generic and formulaic romance novel in existence, it included all the main tropes (I am of course exaggerating).
Firstly, we have a filthy rich, business savvy male protagonist. He is an owner of an international billion-dollar company (but it is very ambiguous what he actually does) and he is of course, emotionally unavailable and an absolute asshole, except to his love interest.
Secondly, our female protagonist is a girl from a much simpler, poor family. The family is problematic and one of her parents is a dick. She is without a doubt the most unique person you’ve ever met but is unaware of it. She can’t see her own beauty, but the male protagonist instantly falls in love with her.
Thirdly, the insta-love is undeniable in this one.
Fourthly, we also have a needy, bitchy ex-partner who brings drama into the relationship and is, among other things, the catalyst of the main conflict between the main protagonists.
Fifthly, I was very disappointed with the way the pregnancy situation was handled. We were led to believe throughout the book that Soraya didn’t want children. She even had a conversation with Graham about it and emphasized it! And them, when she got pregnant, suddenly she really wanted the child. I don’t get it. I really hate the trope that finding „the one“ makes you change your opinion on something so important to you. And she seemed very certain about that.
Finally, the female protagonist is introduced and presented as an independent, strong-minded woman. However, every time it ends up that the male protagonist overrules her.
As you can see, I am a bit bitter. I can’t believe I actually ended this book since I was so bored the whole time. I contemplated on dnfing it a few times, but I pulled through somehow.
There are some funny moments in the book and the banter isn’t always cringe-worthy. I did enjoy those parts very much and they are probably the reason I didn’t put the book down.
“My life was far from Sex and the City. It was more like Sex and the Pity. Or Sex and the Shitty.”
“I had planned to give the phone back this morning. No, really. I did. Then again, I also planned to finish college. And travel the world.”
Reading this book was a rollercoaster. Everything was going so well for our main couple somewhere in the middle of the book so I just knew there was a ridiculous plot twist coming. All the same, it surprised me because of how stupid it was. You could see that the authors probably didn’t plan it from the beginning since there was no foreshadowing nor hints dropped before the big reveal. It seemed cheap.
I don’t think I’ll be reading anything by these authors in the near future, but everything can change if something catches my attention. Do you have any recommendations perhaps?