Large. Hot. With a pump of sexual tension.
RITA AWARD FINALIST • When the barista next door teams up with a slick ad executive in this steamy standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt, they both get a taste of unexpected love.
Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out.
After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around.
Praise for Stud
“Stud is outrageous, sexy, heartwarming, and angst-fueled.”—Harlequin Junkie
“[Stud is] my first book by Jamie K. Schmidt and it was pretty awesome. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. It’s also a bit of a gamer romance. So if you are into games this is definitely up your alley.”—Island of Reading
“Let’s start with the book title—it definitely suits the hero. . . . Stud is just a drool-worthy and steamy read.”—Self-Professed Book Hoarders
“I loved the sexual tension that Mick and Terri had. Right from the first page, it was there and it kept building.”—Life of a Crazy Mom
“This is a super cute and creative story. . . . There are twists and turns . . . but the way it’s written and brought together is seamless. If you’re a gamer, you’ll especially enjoy this book.”—The Jeep Diva
“[Jamie K.] Schmidt works their conflicting emotions to ratchet up the sexual tension before liberating it in steamy interludes. Plot twists and tender moments enhance the sexiness of this enticing story.”—Publishers Weekly
“I loved Jamie [K. Schmidt’s] writing style, as a gamer I fit right in with the lingo, but any noob off the street would find this story charming. I give it five stars.”—Books & Boys Book Blog
Don’t miss any of Jamie K. Schmidt’s seductive novels:
The Sentinels of Babylon series
NECESSARY EVIL | SENTINEL’S KISS
The Club Inferno series
HEAT | LONGING | FEVER
LIFE’S A BEACH
This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Sexy Heartwarmingly Complicated!
Sexy & Heartwarmingly Complicated!
Oh how I really liked this different storyline. These characters were so entertaining. I enjoyed their chemistry and unstoppable lust for one another at the beginning. Loved that it was written in dual POV.
As things unfold, there is great animosity and banter that’s super entertaining between the two. I loved watching that heat and need grow between them and explode. Terri is so stubborn and feisty. I liked her fire. Mick had some serious swagger and was so full of himself and it was great to see how easily Terri could handle him.
These two are so caught up in family drama in their lives that their connection takes somewhat of a hit. But as they become more involved the two of them made for some fun, playful moments as well as some really passionate ones. There was a good build that happened as they grow together and experience ups and downs that grew into so much more. But will it be enough for two very different people to make it through it all? Will they ever get to be a real couple?
Great story! I loved the ending and how everything came together.
Received an ARC through the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
This book was great because of the ACTUAL storyline behind the characters. Every scene was set and descriptive and the intimate scenes were hot and steamy. Definitely reading another one of her books.
When I started this one, my first thought was 'Yay, an Erotic Romance with an actual story line.' I was right on that part. It does have a pretty good story line, if a bit far fetched. The author has a good writing style and the story moves along nicely. Another plus was that while it is instant attraction, it's not exactly instalove - pretty quick love, but not instant. So, why only three stars? Through twenty-three chapters and an epilogue, I never once felt a connection between these characters. The pages told me that they wanted each other and then that they loved each other, but I didn't feel that. I felt Terri's angst and worry over her brother and Mick's frustration with his family, but the "romance" seemed more of a distraction to the rest of the story. Even the sex, while hot, felt more abstract than personal. The rest of the story was good and I wanted to see how things played out with Terri's brother and Mick's family, but I just wasn't invested in their relationship.
This was my first read by Schmidt and considering her writing style, I would read another book by her.