Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review for Stacked Up by Sidney Halston - 3 out of 5


Working two jobs to support her infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own, she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets. Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.


I really love this series, and the writing is really great! Despite loving the writing, I still wasn't in love with this book because I didn't really care for the premise because it just wasn't the type of thing I like to read about, but I think a lot of other readers will enjoy this book. I didn't really care for Penny's backstory, and I knew this before starting the book, but since I love the series, I wanted to read it anyway, and I did like some of it, but overall, I don't think I would have been too heartbroken if I had never read it. Stacked Up is about Penny and Travis and Penny's daughter, Belle. Penny grew up in a restrictive, religious household, she then became pregnant, and through some circumstances, she ends up having to care for herself and her daughter on her own, so she ended up in Tarpon Springs, where she met Travis. Penny and Travis have known each other for a year, and both feel an attraction, but Penny is unsure about entering into a relationship because she needs to focus on Belle. Penny also doesn't really tell anyone she has a daughter, which I found to be weird, and the fact that she pursues something with Travis without having mentioned this, was something I didn't like about her, and actually, I didn't really like Penny too much, she was okay, but I just didn't vibe with her. I liked Travis okay, and the romance was cute, but it just felt a bit contrived to me, but the sex scenes were good. So, Penny ends up having some problems, so Travis steps up to help out, and they grow closer while dealing with Penny's problems, but both are unsure if they can make it work long term with Belle, and Penny's problems. I liked getting glimpses of the other couples from previous books, and as I said earlier, I think the writing is top notch, so I will definitely read more books by Sidney Halston! Oh, also I hate that Travis calls Penny, Momma, as a pet name!

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