Published by Smartypants Romance on October 15, 2019
Series: Cipher Office #2
Genres: Romantic Comedy, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Weight Expectations
Steven Thompson had a bad year. A string of mean, kinky (the alarming kind, not the good kind), and crazy dating debacles combined with a boss who appears to be experiencing male-prenatal-psychosis means Steven’s stress levels are high. They’re so high, he’s decided to quit dating and focus instead solely on his job.
Until he meets Dr. Ken Miles.
Doctor Ken Miles is having a fantastic year. His hard work is paying off in a big way... professionally. But his social life? Not so much.
Until he meets Steven Thompson.
Steven isn’t so sure about Dr. Miles, but Ken is one hundred percent certain about Mr. Thompson. And even though both men know full well that the key to getting what you want out of life is hard work, they can’t seem to make them—together—work.
Will they ever get on the same page? Or just keep sticking to the same old script?
'Sticking to the Script' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #2 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
Sticking to the Script is the second book in the Cipher Office series by Stella Weaver. Sticking to the Script is a standalone adult contemporary romantic comedy series, published by Smartypants Romance. If you are new to Smartypants Romance, here is the quick breakdown of how this publishing company works. Smartypants Romance is the publishing company started by Penny Reid, which as most of you know, is one of my all time favorite romance authors. Smartypants romance brings on new authors to write their own series or stories, and the cool feature is that all of their stories will be set in the Penny Reid universe! I love this idea so, so much. It is perfect for new fans and old fans because we get all new story lines and characters, but we get to see plenty of character crossover. The Cipher Office series is set in Chicago in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series.
I just posted by review of the first book in the Cipher Office series, Weight Expectations. (You can see my review here) At the end of Weight Expectations, we meet Steven. Steven is our main character for Sticking to the Script. I really liked Steven. ( I have also read in some reviews that Steven makes an appearance in the Knitting in the City series, but I still have not read that one, so this was my first experience with him. But if you have read the Knitting in the City series, it appears that Steven is a fan favorite.) Though this was my first time meeting Steven, I could telling right away that he was a great guy. He is super loyal and dedicated to the people that he cares about, but he hasn’t has much luck in the love department. I don’t read much (or basically any m/m romances, but I have been binging pretty much all of the smarty pants romance books, and I couldn’t miss Steven’s story!)
Steven may have been initially hesitant about DKM (Dr. Ken Miles) but I was pretty much a fan of his from page one. He has a harsh exterior but he is such a great guy. I loved his inner dialogue. I really enjoyed getting to know DKM and Steven. Stella Weaver did a wonderful job fleshing out both of their characters. They each had a lot of great depth to them, and ultimately I think they worked really well together. Sticking to the Script was a lot of fun.