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Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood
Narrator: Meg Sylvan
Series: STEMinist Novellas #2
Published by Penguin Audio on March 5, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hours, 22 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Logically, Sadie knows that civil engineers are supposed to build bridges. However, as a woman of STEM she also understands that variables can change, and when you are stuck for hours in a tiny New York elevator with the man who broke your heart, you earn the right to burn that brawny, blond bridge to the ground. Erik can apologize all he wants, but to quote her rebel leader—she’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee.
Not even the most sophisticated of Sadie’s superstitious rituals could have predicted such a disastrous reunion. But while she refuses to acknowledge the siren call of Erik’s steely forearms or the way his voice softens when he offers her his sweater, Sadie can’t help but wonder if there might be more layers to her cold-hearted nemesis than meet the eye. Maybe, possibly, even burned bridges can still be crossed….
I’m continuing with the STEMinist Novellas . The audios are releasing before the ebooks by 3 months or so. The audio is about half the length of a regular audio. I did see the pages for this one listed as 312 in one place, which is a full book in my mind.
The first book, Under One Roof , was enjoyable but I thought it should be longer as I wanted more. Now I guess I am more settled in the world, and with the three friends Mara, Hannah and Sadie. I felt more comfortable with the development now. We still had a past and present timeline, back and forth here.
I love the STEM career and the ecological mindset of these three friends. In Stuck with You, Sadie meets Erik and goes out with him and home with him the same day. It was a whirlwind of insta-love. Then it seems like he betrays her and she won’t talk to him and is upset for weeks.
Now they are stuck in the elevator of their building together so they have an opportunity to talk about why Sadie is so upset. All three of these women seem a bit reactionary, perhaps because women get the short shrift too often in the Stem careers and women have to work harder for everything. I really liked Erik. I recommend this hot and hilarious romance.
I don’t think I’ve listened to Meg Sylvan before. I was comfortable with her voices for the main characters, Sadie and Erik. Most of the vocals were for Sadie as it was her point of view. There were distinct voices for the characters. Her voice for Mara was a bit odd, very deep. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I really like Ali Hazelwood’s writing, but I haven’t read (or listened to) any of her novellas. Yet. 🙂
I’ve been enjoying them but wishing they were full length books for more character development.
stuck in an elevator. i have been and am freaking out….LOL
yes I’d be worried about having to go to the bathroom and eventually being hungry.
Loved her full length book so I’ll get to these novellas eventually. I’ll have to borrow from the library since I don’t even see them available to request. I like the forced proximity troupe, and I’ve read one romance where they were stuck in an elevator, too. I’d probably freak out, but it was a great story.
The ebooks are releasing 3 months after the audio books. So the audio is March 15th and the ebook is June 7th.
Oops that is March 5th not 15th.
I’m liking the sound of these novellas. Can’t wait to get to them and am glad you’re feeling better about the length of the stories.
Yes I might enjoy them a bit more with a full length but they are fun as they are.
Nice review. Anne. I have this on audiobook, but I’m waiting for the next one in the series to be released and then I plan to listen to all three together. I’m really looking forward to it after this review!
Thanks Wendy! I think they are really fun. The next audio is out next month. The ebooks are this summer
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first. The back and forth in the timeline really built up tension and I loved how the two timelines played off one another. I’m looking forward to the next one!
Yes I also liked this one more than the first one. I still wish they were all full-length for more character development. But they are fun!
I am glad that you liked this one. I am sure that I will be picking these up at some point.
They are really fun, just a bit shorter.
STEMinist novels. What a great name! Love it.
They are awesome! I am sure you would enjoy that. I just wish they were full length for more development but you would enjoy these and the full length ones like The Love Hypothesis.
I got the first book with the Audible sale. Will be excited to get to this one next! Thanks for sharing, great review!
Thank you Lisa! They are very fun stories for me.