Title: Serenading Stanley
Author: John Inman
Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
A Belladonna Arms Novel
Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city’s lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed… which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane. Smitten, the hunky nurse with beautiful green eyes does everything in his power to woo Stanley, but Stanley has always lived a quiet life, too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on love. Especially with someone as beautiful as Roger Jane.
While Roger tries to batter down Stanley’s defenses, Stanley turns to his new neighbors to learn about love: Ramon, who’s not afraid to give his heart to the wrong man; Sylvia, the trans who just wants to be a woman, and the secret admirer who loves her just the way she is; Arthur, the aging drag queen who loves them all, expecting nothing in return—and Roger, who has been hurt once before but is still willing to risk his heart on Stanley, if Stanley will only look past his own insecurities and let him in.
My View – Story:
This story was so much fun! There was sappy romance, but it was the characters and humor that I really connected with.
The Belladonna Arms apartment complex was full of funny, interesting, different, lovely, snarky, unique characters. I could easily imagine Arthur in his over the top, terrible drag ensembles. I could see poor Stanley trying to find his way in this sea of absurdity. I saw Roger trying to hold everyone together including the awkward, carrot top, kleptomaniac. And then there was Silvia. Poor sweet Silvia. She broke my heart and yet she was one of my favorite characters. Just trying to find her way in life while being trapped in the wrong package.
While Stanley and Roger were the main focus of the romance, there were two other couples who ended up together in this story as well. It was great. If you are looking for sappy, over-the-top romantic love, pick this one up. There was plenty of cheesiness but in the end it was hopeful and romantic, and I may have teared up a bit when Silvia got her man! I will be adding this one to my re-read pile.
I really enjoyed this one and am so glad I have book 2 in my hands. I cannot wait to revisit the folks in the Belladonna Arms.
My View – Narration:
Tyler Stevens did a wonderful job giving life to each of the individuals in this story. Each voice was spot on and OMG he NAILED Stanley’s mother. Tyler did not just narrate this story, he performed it and his performance was perfect.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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