“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” ― Sylvia Plath
I don’t know about anyone else, but every so often I crave something that’s funny and not so full of angst that I become even tenser than I already am, something that just helps me escape, in a good way, from a really cruddy day.
Aaaah…what a little tickler I found in Serenading Stanley!
Stanley, even though he’s geeky, is sweet with a little spunk thrown in for good measure, though his cofidence, when it came to his own self-image…sucked! He was so afraid that someone who was as gorgeous as Roger would never even consider starting something with someone as drab as Stanley, and Stanley would rather run than take a chance on love. Guess we can blame that one on his chain-smoking harpy of a mother.
As for Roger, he sees something special in his quiet new neighbor, and it’s kind of sweet how he goes about his gentle pursuit of his little mouse, Stanley. This is where Roger has his work cut out for him, to convince Stanley that there’s a possibility of something more. If only Stanley would take a chance…
What really kicked this story into gear was how the tenants of Belladonna Arms helped in bringing Stanley and Roger together. Let’s just say, they knew how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional, and a few of them even stole my heart with their antics. I’m still debating whether to stick pins in my eyes whenever I conjure up an image of Arthur, and whoever left the brownies at Stanley’s front door…thank you…it sure moved things along in the romance department. Sure was cute, seeing Stanley like that.
My cheeks were hurting from all smiling I did throughout the story. Mr. Inman, I love your sense of humor, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your books.